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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - July 26, 2012

Low Power FM Stations

Brandy Doyle, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Vanessa Graber, Community Radio Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Guest Host: Craig Cohen

Throughout the week here on The Afternoon Magazine, we have been speaking with attendees of the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference, which begins today at The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. The conference offers an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Among the topics that will be discussed in the coming days – low power FM stations. Many of the folks there come from such stations; others may be seeking to start their own radio station. One of the organizations working to create a network of such low power community radio stations is the Prometheus Radio Project. Two of the project’s members – Brandy Doyle and Vanessa Graber, join us.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - July 24, 2012

Political Ads on Commercial Television

Candace Clement, Campaign Coordinator, Free Press

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center this week is hosting the 2012 Grassroots Radio Conference. It’s an opportunity for community radio stations to gather and discuss a variety of issues. WILL is a media partner for the conference. Another key organization in the endeavor is the media reform organization Free Press. Candace Clement manages Free Press’s initiatives on community media, and advises on the group’s efforts to expand support for public media. In her role with Free Press, she has also advocated for greater transparency when it comes to commercial TV stations’ public files. She'll tell us about those efforts.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - July 23, 2012

Race and the American Media

Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press; co-author, News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

When we think about the history of media in America, it’s easy to think of it in terms of technology – from the rise of newspapers to radio to television to the Internet and beyond. Or you could look at media as a vehicle for reflecting and even contributing to social change – from Colonial-era newspapers encouraging the American Revolution to TV cameras bringing the civil rights movement into 1960s-era living rooms. But there are other ways to examine media in America. Joseph Torres, along with co-author Juan Gonzalez, recently placed the history of media under a different sort of prism – that of race. In their book News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Torres and Gonzalez explore how America’s racial divisions have played a major role in the development of our media system. Joseph Torres will appear at this week's Grassroots Radio Conference in Champaign/Urbana.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - June 26, 2012

The University of Illinois Police Training Institute

Michael Schlosser, Interim Director, Police Training Institute
Margaret Gray, Graduate of PTI’s 10-week Adult Citizens Academy course

State and university officials have been working on a plan to keep the University of Illinois’ Police Training Institute open. The state’s Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board unanimously agreed earlier this month to re-certify courses there, after initial discussions about closing the facility led to vocal support from area legislators and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, among others. While all involved are working to determine what shape PTI will take in the months ahead, we thought it might be helpful for you to learn a bit more about what the Police Training Institute already does now. Craig Cohen will talk with Michael Schlosser, Interim Director of the Police Training Institute, and Margaret Gray, a recent graduate of the PTI’s 10 week long Adult Citizens Academy course.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - June 21, 2012

How Media Has Covered the Health Care Debate

Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, the Project for Excellence in Journalism; Journalist and Writer

Next week, the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling on some aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including whether a federal mandate to purchase health insurance is Constitutional. The legal challenge to so-called "Obama Care" has brought the debate over health care back into the national spotlight. According to new research conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, most of the coverage of the health care debate by mainstream media since 2009 has been focused on the politics surrounding the legislation, and not the substance. Craig Cohen talks with Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, about the results of the research.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - May 31, 2012

Art Theater Co-op

Sanford Hess, Owner, Art Theater, Champaign
Ben Galewsky, Chairman, Common Ground Co-op

Illinois Public Media's Craig Cohen talks with Sanford Hess and Ben Galewsky about efforts to establish a community co-op, to share ownership and provide the capital needed to purchase digital projection equipment for Champaign's Art Theater. This interview was recorded on May 17, 2012.

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - May 30, 2012

The Transit of Venus

David Leake, Staerkel Planetarium Director; Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Parkland College
Illinois Public Media's Craig Cohen speaks with Staerkel Planetarium Director David Leake about the "Transit of Venus." The planet will pass across the sun for six hours, beginning at 5:09pm the evening of Tuesday, June 5th, and then not again until the year 2117. Parkland College invites the public to view the transit using Staerkel Planetarium telescopes. The public is invited to park in the C-4 parking lot on the west side of Parkland College, and south of the planetarium, and then walk to the telescopes

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WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - May 18, 2012

Shedd Sleepover, Sleeping with the Fishes

Kenneth Ramirez, Executive Vice President of Animal Care and Training, John G. Shedd Acquarium

In wake of the NATO summit in Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium will be closed Saturday through Monday. Veterinarians and other key staff are worried about the well-being of animals housed there. So, they’re locking themselves inside the aquarium. Illinois Public Media’s Craig Cohen talks with one of those staffers.

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Categories: Animals
Tags: animals, nature

WILL - The Afternoon Magazine Archive - April 24, 2012

Boxcar to Board Rooms

My Formula for 14 Years of Average Annual Double Digit Growth, Restoring The Harlem Globetrotters, and Changing Business Perceptions Along the Way

Mannie Jackson, President of Boxcar Holdings LLC; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame; Chairman of the Board and Owner of the Harlem Globetrotters;and Chairman and a Founder of the Executive Leadership Council.

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