December 10, 2012

Home Care and Maintenance

Our guest today is home inspector Scott Spies. We invite your questions on everything from windows and siding, to roofing and gutters, to attics and basements, just about anything that goes into the single-family home. If you’re thinking of making some changes or something needs to be repaired, you are welcome to call.


August 21, 2012

Joseph William Royer Urbana’s Architect

Brian Adams, Ph.D., Archeologist, the Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

We’ll review the life of an architect who made a great contribution to the built environment of Urbana. You may not know his name, but you should know his buildings: the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana High School and the Urbana library. His name was Joseph William Royer, and he was active from 1897 to the early 1950s. Our guest will be Brian Adams…, he author of a book on Royer and his work.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, June 29, 2012, 10 am


July 06, 2012

To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

A plane crashes, a bridge collapses, and our first impulse is to blame design. Henry Petroski has been studying catastrophic failure for a long time and he says there is always a human element to be considered. The Duke University professor of Engineering will discuss his new book To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure which looks at the ways that people and machines come together in ways designers never anticipated until it was too late.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 11 am


June 29, 2012

Joseph William Royer: Urbana’s Architect

Brian Adams, Ph.D., Archeologist, Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois; Book Author

Host: David Inge

We’ll review the life of an architect who made a great contribution to the built environment of Urbana. You may not know his name, but you should know his buildings: the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana High School and the Urbana library. His name was Joseph William Royer, and he was active from 1897 to the early 1950s. Our guest will be Brian Adams, the author of a book on Royer and his work.


June 14, 2012

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

Guest: Daniel Halperin, Ph.D.

Scientists believe that the virus that causes AIDS jumped from chimpanzees to humans about a century ago. It had been confined to a small patch of southeastern Cameroon, and it might have stayed there had not Europeans come, ensuring the disease would spread as an accident of their efforts to exploit Africa’s resources. We’ll look at the role of colonialism in the spread of AIDS. Our guest will be medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, co-author of the new book Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It.


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