Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster and host of Comcast Newsmakers in Indiana.

Bennett also hosts morning news for WFYI-FM, Indianapolis’ NPR station. Previously, she served as the managing editor and news anchor/reporter for Network Indiana, a statewide radio news network producing content for more than 70 Indiana radio stations.

Videos hosted by Taylor Bennett

Beyond the Craft: Furniture Design with a Purpose

To design with a purpose and move beyond the craft of woodworking, the Indianapolis-based, wood shop, Purposeful Design, looks to create more in its employees than just great work ethic. With a tag line: Building Furniture to Rebuild Lives, Purposeful Designs employs and trains men who are without or have been without a home and find securing a job difficult. PD Indy "...design and build a variety of furniture, each handmade by these men. Much like the wood (Indiana hardwood) we use, each piece of furniture is unique and behind it a unique story of life restored." - PDIndy/About. Patrons are encouraged to stop by the Purposeful Design shop anytime and employees are encouraged to linger before and after work hours for fellowship, Bible Study and more. Most recently, you can find PD Indy works in the cafeteria at Pendleton Heights High School and in the new, Braden Business Systems HQ in downtown Fishers. Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1. Read a partial transcript of the interview here: Bennett: Established in 2013, Purposeful Designs is already outgrowing its home and taking on big clients, was this success expected Mayes: No, I know the passion our Director David Palmer has put into this. From the start we asked God's blessing if this was to continue; if not let's get over it quick. In that sense, the growth is not surprising. Bennett: You've been here from the beginning...did you have a plan Mayes: I recently retired from the fire service and at that time I was looking for something meaningful to do. I met David Palmer, someone brought us together and said I think you two have something in common. He had a vision to provide work for some of the men he had already contacted down at Wheeler Mission. Some of those men, when they graduate that program, don't have a job they can go to. That will often through them back into the cycle of brokenness and poverty. We figured out a way to give these guys employment, direction, discipline, I do some mentoring and we have a weekly Bible Study in the shop. Bennett: Do they feel a sense of accomplishment when they get to work with their hands and seeing what they create Mayes: Absolutely. All my life, I've worked with my hands and always like to see what I've accomplished at the end of the day. I think men were born with a purposefulness. Some of these men have made some bad choices but they want to grow out of their past. To have something to get up for each day, to be teamed up with other men that have the same desire to make a difference. Seeing their passion emboldens me and makes us want to go stronger. Bennett: Describe for me a typical work day. I understand lingering is welcomed. Mayes: Yes, we love the public to always visit us. Some of the guys come in as early a 7 a.m.. They always have a prayer and scripture verse shared each day; to start the day. Most of these men are cross-trained to be able to do a variety of skills. That's what we are trying to do is give them a foundation so that if they want to go somewhere else, they are qualified to do so.

Setting the Pace for Pediatric Cancer Research in Indiana and Beyond

Associated with Riley Hosptial for Children at IU Health, the Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at Indiana University and Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Researcher, Dr. Mark Kelley and the Lilly Foundation Professor in Pediatric Diabetes, Department of Diabetes and Director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Dr. Raghu Mirmira discuss the state of pediatric cancer funding in Indiana and nationwide. To learn more about the center and it's affiliation with Riley Children's Hosptial visit: Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research Interview recorded on August 23, 2017. Hosted by Taylor Bennett. Part 1 of 1. Read a partial transcript of the interview here: Bennett: Well first let's highlight the role of the Wells center in conjunction with Riley Children's Hospital. Mirmira: Well the Wells center is really the nerve center for research within the hospital. The investigators conduct all the basic and translational research. By translational research I mean the research that moves from bench research into human studies. Bennett: When we look at the new amount of pediatric cancer cases each year, it pales in comparison to the new adult cases. Is that a major reason behind the funding Kelley: There's about 16,000 new, pediatric oncology cases a year. I think that's part of the reason since it won't attract a lot of pharmaceutical companies to invest in research, but I think that is changing some. We are living in a really great time because we are making new discoveries everyday. A lot of the research that is done on kids impacts more than just cancer, so the impact...even those numbers are smaller can be quite huge. Bennett: How do you feel about state of research and where it is going Kelley: Very excited. We are making new discoveries in the Wells center and our pediatric oncology group; both clinical and basic sciences. Probably, in my lifetime, this is the most excited I've been about research...it's moving rapidly. What's frustrating is the funding. It has gone up a bit but still only amounts to 4% to National Cancer Institute budget. I like to break it down and say we spend about $18-$20 per American per year on cancer research and less than $1 for kids and we spend over $250 on soft drinks. It's very important for private donors, Riley Children's Foundation and supporters from all around. Bennett: What do you think is the most promising thing so far Kelley: There are a lot of new discoveries on precision medicine where you can tailor the treatment to the patient. Kids with cancer are different from adults. Just because you have the same type of cancer, doesn't make it the same. Mirmira: I think what's exciting in the Wells Center. We study more than just cancer. We study cancer, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease...all the things that affect children. The exciting part is that, as we are in the hospital, and can learn from one another. Kelley: This is a very unique environment in Indiana.
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