Edo de Waart conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist. Also on the program, Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony, Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.
Every year more than one million students fail to graduate from high school on time. But we rarely explore what happens next. What are these students’ lives like 10, 20, even 40 years after they leave the classroom? Do they ever get a second chance?
Yesterday’s Dropouts is a documentary about the 30 million dropouts in the U.S. and the hundreds of thousands who return to the classroom every year as adults. It’s been years since these students dropped out of school, but the long shadow of their unfinished education still follows them every day.
The program is part of a new documentary series, Breaking Ground with Kavitha Cardoza, dedicated to making the invisible visible.Breaking Ground focuses on specific issues that poor and disenfranchised Americans face, from illiteracy to homelessness to hunger. It is produced by WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Cardoza began her career in 2002 at WUIS-WIPA Public Radio, University of Illinois at Springfield. There she reported and produced features for the Illinois Public Radio network’s 11 member stations, inlcuding WILL-AM.
It's the fifth edition of the wonky holiday tradition from NPR Music. Host Bob Boilen and friends trade holiday cheer and snarky barbs while bringing you the best holiday songs from new and emerging breakout bands. Hear renditions of great holiday music you'll never hear at the mall.
Farmers have been operating for more than a year now without a farm bill. Since the 2008 bill expired, there’s been an ideological debate surrounding the funding of certain programs in the farm bill, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. There are currently two versions of the bill stalled in Congress, one passed by the Senate and one passed by the House, and if legislators can’t come to a compromise by Jan. 1, farm policy written in the 1940s will take effect. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about why there’s been such a fight over this year’s farm bill and how that differs from farm bills past.
A welcome treat for millions of viewers eagerly awaiting the debut of the new season of Downton Abbey on MASTERPIECE on PBS on Jan. 5, 2014, RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY savors fond memories from the past three seasons and offers a tantalizing taste of Season 4 from the series The New York Times called “an instant classic.” Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon — a devoted fan of the series who especially admires the writing of fellow Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes — the program includes a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. It airs at 7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 4, on WILL-TV. It will be repeated at 2:30 pm Dec. 7.
“We invite viewers to dive back into the Roaring Twenties as excitement for the new season continues to grow,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive for PBS. “This special shines a light on the most compelling aspects of Downton Abbey and previews the intriguing things to come.”
Downton Abbey has captivated viewers worldwide, each season building on the love affair with the series that began three years ago. Over the years audiences have witnessed the Crawley family gripped by wrenching social change, romantic intrigues and personal crises. Last season saw the family experience great joy and profound sadness, leaving viewers to ponder these and other questions:
• How will Lady Mary cope now that Matthew is gone? Will she find love again?
• How will cousin Rose affect the social order at the majestic English country estate?
• What’s in store for Anna and Bates?
• How does Branson adjust to his new role as agent of the estate?
Structured around three themes, RETURN TO DOWNTON ABBEY explores “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey,” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.” Cast members interviewed include Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Shirley MacLaine, Sophie McShera and Laura Carmichael.
Interviews with creator and writer Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame provide an overview and context for the series and the upcoming season, which is sure to include more drama, rivalry, intrigue, jealousy, ambition and romance. Also interviewed is Rebecca Eaton, MASTERPIECE executive producer, who comments on the phenomenal success of Downton Abbey in America.
After years of debate and political wrangling, the Illinois House and Senate narrowly approved a plan to deal with the state's $100 billion public employee pension problem. On a special edition of Illinois Lawmakers, host Jak Tichenor and his guests discuss the negotiations and last-minute efforts to pass the agreement negotiated by the four legislative leaders and a bipartisan conference committee of Representatives and Senators.
House Speaker Michael Madigan (D) Chicago, describes the shuttle diplomacy role he played in the final days and hours leading up to the vote in an exclusive newsmaker interview on the program. Two of the conference committee members, Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D) Northbrook and Rep. Darlene Senger (R) Naperville provide an in-depth discussion of the agreement's details. Later, Sen. Daniel Biss (D) Evanston, a conference committee member and Sen. David Luechtefeld (R) Okawville, an Assistant Senate Republican Leader, explain the reasons for their votes. Biss was one of 30 senators voting for the bill. Luechtefeld was one of 24 senators voting "no." The House approved the bill 62-53. Union officials representing state workers and retirees say the changes are unconstitutional and are planning a legal challenge.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was originally formed from members of Wynton Marsalis’s septet and surviving members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. They’ll play in Bloomington Thursday night, and Kevin Kelly talks with longtime member Victor Goines, a clarinetist and saxophonist, on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” Also on the show, guest host Roger Cooper will preview Charleston Alley Theatre’s production of Miracle on 34th Street with members of the cast.
A bill to fix the state’s massively underfunded pension system is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. We’ll talk with Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and former state senator Rick Winkel about what’s in the bill and what happens now.
The Illinois Legislature Tuesday approved a historic plan to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, considered the worst in the nation. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky and other guests join host Jim Meadows to discuss the situation.
The House voted 62-53 Tuesday in favor of the plan, which the Senate approved just minutes earlier. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it.
Lawmakers in the two Democrat-controlled chambers took up the plan after years of inaction on a problem that other states have addressed. It has damaged Illinois' credit rating and diverted key funds from schools and social service agencies. Legislative leaders say the plan will save the state $160 billion over 30 years by cutting retirement benefits for hundreds of thousands of workers and retirees. Labor unions oppose the measure and say they plan to file a lawsuit arguing it's unconstitutional.