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WILL - WILL Highlights - September 18, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

WILL-FM 90.9 off the air; schedule will temporarily move to 101.1 FM

Because WILL-FM is off the air due to transmitter problems, WILL-FM 90.9 programming will temporarily air on 101.1 FM. Read more.

WILL-FM is off the air due to transmitter problems, so WILL-FM 90.9 programming will temporarily air on 101.1 FM, which can be heard in Champaign-Urbana. You can also listen to WILL-FM 90.9 online. Our engineers are investigating the problem and should have an estimate tomorrow on the length of time needed for repairs. We'll keep you updated. The WILL-FM HD channels are also off the air. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Program addition: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

9:30 pm Tuesday, Sept. 23, on WILL-TV: Critically acclaimed film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait.

American Masters will present Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a critically acclaimed independent documentary that debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film is a year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life. Peeling away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposing the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. The film is an emotionally surprising and revealing portrait of one the most hilarious and long-standing career women ever in the comedy business.

Watch the official film trailer:

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Liang Wang performs Rouse’s Oboe Concerto

7 pm Thursday, Sept. 18, on WILL-FM

Liang Wang

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Alan Gilbert, conductor; *Liang Wang, oboe


R. Strauss: Don Juan, op. 20         

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

*Christopher Rouse: Oboe Concerto

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy

WILL - WILL Highlights - September 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

America After Ferguson

7 pm Friday, Sept. 26, on WILL-TV: Gwen Ifill hosts a town hall meeting on issues raised by the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri.

America After Ferguson logo

Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour co-anchor and managing editor, and moderator and managing editor of Washington Week, will moderate America After Ferguson, a town hall meeting that will explore the many issues that have been brought into public discourse in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. The program will air at 7 pm Friday, Sept.26, 2014 on WILL-TV. This is a recent program update, and the program will replace Washington Week and Charlie Rose: The Week.

While the facts of the case are still in dispute, for many the story of Ferguson has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America, exposing a persistent disconnect along lines of race, class and identity. Through conversations and special reports, America After Ferguson will explore these complex questions raised by the events in Ferguson.

America After Ferguson will be taped before an audience on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Intended for audiences in communities across the country, America After Ferguson will include national leaders in the areas of law enforcement, race and civil rights, as well as government officials, faith leaders and youth.

“The upheaval in Ferguson stirred up an all too familiar stew of debate over race, justice and citizenship," Ifill said. "It's a discussion fueled by community outrage and resentment on all sides, but it is one that shouldn't end. Our town hall conversation will shed light rather than heat on the topic, as we seek out the voices interested in digging deeper.”

As a multi-platform initiative, American After Ferguson will also deliver content and conversation online and in social media. To continue the dialogue after the town hall, visit pbs.org/afterferguson and follow #AfterFerguson.

On WILL-AM: Part 2 of Beyond Ferguson

In September, a talk special on WILL-AM covered many of the issued raised by the shooting in Ferguson. Join U of I journalism professor Janice Marie Collins at 10 am Friday, Oct. 3 for part two of the discussion, Beyond Ferguson. She'll talk with guests about the role race continues to play in their lives and what it means to be black men and women in modern America. Call in to the program with your questions and comments.

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Glenn Gould in rapture

From NPR's Krulwich Wonders: Watch Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."

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Birmingham, Ala. on State of the Re:Union

10 am Fri., Sept. 19, on WILL-AM: Some residents are unearthing the city's often violent past so they can take a hard look at it.

Ticket stub in palm of person's hand.

Birmingham, Alabama. Just the words make you think about freedom riders, church bombings, civil rights marches and police dogs. This is a place that can’t escape its history—especially the painful parts. Almost 50years later after the tragedies and triumphs of the civil rights era, Birmingham is still a community trying to put itself back together. Some have started trying to unearth the city’s past and face it. To do that, people are looking beyond the civil rights era: from slavery to vaudeville, and from Birmingham as a steel town to its post-industrial future. In this hour, SOTRU brings listeners into the courtrooms, churches and backyards of Birmingham to answer the question borne out by the lives of people here: is Birmingham a monument to brutal segregation, or one of the few American cities willing to take a hard look at race?

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