Madafo Lloyd Wilson has been hosting public radio's only Kwanzaa program for nealry 20 years. During this hour, we'll join him as he captures tales and traditions of African American and African people with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.
NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth and a host of festive voices. Continuing the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales, this is another collection of NPR favorite holiday stories. NPR personalities from past and present share stories of joy, hope and childhood memories.
Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special, we'll experience wistfulness, joy, doubt and hope, summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives. David Sedaris, Bailey White, and John Henry Faulk, among many other NPR voices from the past and present tell stories of the season.
Bill Kemp recently penned his 400th article for the Pantagraph newspaper based in Bloomington-Normal. He’s been writing about history for nearly a decade and says even though we’re in a pretty rural part of the Midwest, he’s never been at a loss for an interesting tale to describe in his history column.
This hour on Focus, we revisit when host Jim Meadows talked with him about his book “Pages from the Past: Stories from the Sunday Pantagraph.” We learned more about Adlai Stevenson II, former Governor and 1950’s democratic Presidential candidate, and we talked with Kemp about his accounts of myths surrounding the Underground railroad in Central Illinois and the Orphan Train movement.
with Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blau, professors of Islamic and Asian Art, Boston College
Monday, December 23: We'll listen back to a conversation Jim Meadows had with Bill Kemp, a historian who writes the "Pages from the Past" column for Bloomington-Normal's Sunday Pantagraph. He tells us about his recenlty published book and a little about quirky history in central Illinois.
Illinois isn’t the only place where pension funding has been a problem. Many private companies have been dropping pension plans in favor of other retirement packages, like 401 K’s, in recent years, and the federal government’s new budget deal also targets pension funds as a way to save money. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with personal finance experts Kevin Waspi and Kathy Sweedler about saving for retirement, what your options are and how to plan for how money comes and goes through your lifetime.
Or course, this hour on Focus, we also welcome your personal finance questions whether you’re looking at buying a car, sending a child to college or just starting out.
Read more for this month's updated Couch Potato Porfolio.
Matt Zoller-Seitz was a young film critic working in Dallas the first time he met filmmaker Wes Anderson, who’s responsible for movies including “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and “Rushmore.” Zoller-Seitz was the first critic to review one of Anderson’s movies, before either had made a name for himself in the film industry.
Today, Zoller-Seitz and Anderson are good friends, and Zoller-Seitz has just published his first book “The Wes Anderson Collection” that contains photos from the movies and transcripts of in-depth interviews between the two. This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Zoller-Seitz about the relationship between a critic and a movie maker.
When it comes to the meat industry, there is no shortage of opinion about whether large meat producers and packers are good or bad, but how and why did meat production become so controversial? How did we arrive at the production model we use today?
Author Maureen Ogle says that early in American history eating meat was a symbol of status and that consumers demanded low cost meat for their families. That, in addition to industrialization and the move of many Americans from rural areas to cities, is all a part of the very complex history of meat production in America. This hour on Focus, Ogle talks about her new book “In Meat We Trust,” with host Jim Meadows. She’ll tell us more about why most of the meat we consume comes from a large factory farm rather than from a small family owned farm and about why Americans eat so much chicken.
There’s a lot of forethought, and sometimes a lot of stress, that’s a part of the holiday season. That’s completely counter-intuitive considering the holidays are supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why certain expectations are attached to the holidays and what we can do about it.