5 pm Saturday, Oct. 25, on WILL-AM: Imagining the unimaginable – including unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them.
We all have at least some musical talent. But very few of us can play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz. His talent was rarefied, and at the tail end of the bell curve of musical ability – that tiny sliver of the distribution where you find the true outliers. Outliers also exist with natural events: hurricane Katrina, for example, or the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Such events are rare, but they often have outsized effects.
In this hour we imagine the unimaginable – including the unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them. Also, how a supervolcano explosion at Yellowstone National Park could obliterate the western U.S. but shouldn’t stop you from putting the park on your vacation itinerary.
- Donald Prothero – Paleontologist, geologist, author of many books, among them, Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
- Dawn Balmer – Ornithologist at the British Trust for Ornithology
- Jake Lowenstern – Geologist, USGS, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
- Hank Heasler – Yellowstone National Park geologist
- Andrew Maynard – Director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan
Watch online now: Host David Inge talks to the entomologist about her love of bugs and the value of insects.
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8 pm Thursday, Oct. 9, on WILL-TV
Candidates for governor Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn will meet for the Illinois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate in Peoria at 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 9. It will be hosted by Illinois Public Media and three other Illinois public broadcasters along with the League of Women Voters of Illinois.
Public TV and radio stations throughout the state will broadcast the 60-minute debate. The debate will take place at WTVP (Peoria), which will sponsor and broadcast the debate along with WILL-TV and WILL-AM-FM (Urbana), WSIU-FM-TV (Carbondale) and WUIS-FM (Springfield).
Jak Tichenor, host of Illinois Lawmakers, from WSIU will moderate with questioning by Amanda Vinicky, statehouse bureau chief from WUIS; H. Wayne Wilson, host/producer of WTVP’s At Issue; and Jamey Dunn, executive editor of Illinois Issues magazine.
Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for governor, did not meet all of the candidate eligibility requirements to appear in the debate. Those requirements are contained in the debate agreements posted below. See Illinois Public Media News stories about Grimm's candidacy.
Additional TV stations carrying the debate are WEIU (Charleston), WQPT (Quad Cities), WSEC (Springfield), WMEC (Macomb), WTTW (Chicago), and WQEC (Quincy). Other radio stations broadcasting the debate are WBEZ-FM (Chicago), WCBU-FM (Peoria), WVIK-FM (Quad Cities) and WNIJ-FM (DeKalb).
WTVP-TV, WILL AM-FM-TV, WSIU-FM-TV and WUIS-FM will stream the debate live on their station websites.
WILL-TV will re-air the debate at 10:30 pm Friday, Oct. 10, and 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 12.
Join the conversation online during the debate: #ILGov2014
WILL's Tiffany Jolley visits Fresh Press in Champaign to find out how.
7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 23, on WILL-TV: Host David Inge talks to the Busey Bank vice chairman.
9 pm Tuesday, Oct. 21, on WILL-TV: Frontline examines the chaos in Iraq, the rise of ISIS and the U.S. role in the conflict.
Over two weeks, Frontline examines the chaos in Iraq, the rise of ISIS and the U.S. role in the conflict. Part One revisits Frontline reporting on U.S. missteps in Iraq since 2003, and how, as American troops withdrew, the stage was set for a deadly adversary to rise up.
Part Two, The Rise of Isis, airing on Oct. 28, investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. Correspondent Martin Smith reports from Iraq on how the country began coming undone after the American withdrawal and what it means for the U.S. to be fighting there again.
Once Urbana, Ill., batik artist Jill Miller discovered batik, she forgot all about that degree in sociology. Watch our newest video.