Begining Monday, April 14, WILL-AM will continue Morning Edition until 10 am weekdays, replacing the BBC at 9 am.
Beginning Monday, April 14, WILL-AM will add a fourth hour of Morning Edition from 9 to 10 am, replacing BBC World programming at that time.
The change was necessary because BBC World changed its schedule during the 9 am hour, and the new line-up is incompatible with WILL-AM's commitment to agriculture programming at 9:50 am.
BBC content continues to air on WILL-AM weekdays at 2:35 pm, and as part of The World at 3 pm. WILL-AM also airs BBC World programming Monday-Thursday from 9 pm – 5 am; Friday from 9 pm – 6 am; Saturday from 11:30 pm – 6 am; and Sunday from 11 pm to 5 am.
8 pm Monday, April 21: The incredible true story of the small town with the big sound.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
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The first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement.
American Masters presents the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement in A Fierce Green Fire, airing at 8 pm Tuesday, April 22, on WILL-TV in honor of Earth Day. The one-hour documentary chronicles one of the largest movements of the 20th century, and one of the keys to the 21st. Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties), American Masters: A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide.
Inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist and film interviewee Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like conservation biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character, featuring vivid archival footage and new interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. The first four acts include success stories of people fighting for causes against enormous odds, and the fifth concludes with climate change.
Act 1, narrated by Redford, focuses on the conservation movement of the 1960s, the Sierra Club and its Executive Director David Brower’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Act 2, narrated by Judd, looks at pollution in the 1970s, spotlighting the fight led by film interviewee Lois Gibbs and other Love Canal (Niagara, N.Y.) residents to save their children from toxic waste. Act 3, narrated by Jones, features alternative ecology strands like Greenpeace and its famous campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals, including interviews with co-founders Paul Watson and Rex Weyler. Act 4, narrated by Allende, charts the rise of global resource crises in the 1980s with the struggle to save the Amazon rainforest, led by Chico Mendes and his fellow Brazilian rubber tappers, as its centerpiece. Act 5, narrated by Streep, tackles climate change and the 25-year effort to address this ongoing, global problem, featuring author/activist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, a movement dedicated to solving the climate crisis.
The film’s title is derived from pioneering ecologist Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac (1949), which describes his awakening after shooting a wolf while working as a U.S. Forest Service ranger: “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes.”
“The environmental movement is the biggest movement the world has ever seen, yet so broad and diffuse that we lack a larger sense of what it was about,” explains Kitchell. “A Fierce Green Fire is meant to take stock, explore the historical meaning, where we’ve come from and where we’re heading. A hugely ambitious undertaking, it has proved to be the greatest challenge of my career.”
“A Fierce Green Fire furthers the story of the environmental movement that American Masters began exploring in 2011 with John Muir in the New World, which won an Emmy,” said Stephen Segaller, executive-in-charge of American Masters and vice president of programming for WNET. “The film is a series first because there is no ‘American Master,’ per se. Instead, we are featuring a movement made up of individuals and organizations worldwide that have left an indelible impression on America’s cultural landscape, and beyond.”
An Illinois Public Media News series beginning April 10.
On Thursday, April 10, Illinois Public Media News begins a series of reports on air and online about the challenges of living with mental illness in our region. Over the course of the following few weeks, we’ll hear the stories of a mother and her son who is living with schizophreia, a couple living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and many more.
- At 6:40 and 8:40 am Thursday, April 10, during Morning Edition, we’ll hear a report from WILL’s Sean Powers, who investigates some of the reasons many patients are waiting up to six months to get a first time appointment with a psychiatrist.
- At 6:40 am and 8:40 am on Friday, April 11, Sean talks to Holly and Rich Brandt of St. Joseph about their life together coping with diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
- Live at 10 am on Friday, April 11, WILL’s Focus will look at what some hospitals are doing to try and shorten those wait times and provide better care, including using telemedicine where patients talk to a doctor they see and hear on a monitor.
The series continues at 6:40 and 8:40 am on Thursday, April 17 and 24. And, each week during Here and Now, we'll hear oral histories from those living with mental illness and their loves ones. Tune in at 12:45 pm or listen and read about their stories online.
During the next few weeks, we’re also interested in hearing what you have to say about mental illness in central Illinois. We’ll be hosting a twitter chat Friday, April 11, at 11 am. Tweet us #WILLchat.
10 am Mon-Thurs on WILL-AM: Provocative conversations that go behind the headlines. Hosted by Michel Martin, pictured. Focus still airs on Fridays.
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9 pm Tuesday, April 22, on WILL-TV: With unprecedented access, Frontline uncovers the raw reality of solitary confinement.
An estimated 80,000 Americans are in solitary confinement — even people who haven’t committed violent crimes — sometimes for years or even decades. Using extraordinary access to the segregation unit at the maximum security Maine State Prison, Frontline examines America’s use of solitary confinement — a practice U.S. prisons and jails resort to more than most other countries. Some prison officials see it as necessary to keep order and safety, but critics say it is inhumane and counterproductive. “Solitary Nation” is an extraordinarily rare and intimate view of life in solitary, through the stories of inmates living in isolation, the prison officers who keep them locked in and a new warden who is re-thinking the practice and trying to reduce the number of inmates in solitary.
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8 pm Thursdays on WILL-TV
Father Brown, a BBC One series new in 2013, features a crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. Based on the character of Father Brown created by G.K. Chesterton, but created using new stories written for the series, Father Brown stars Mark Williams in the title role as a priest who uses his understanding of people to solve crimes.
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