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On the Media

3 pm Sundays and 10 am Mondays on WILL-AM: A clear-eyed look at all media.

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.

Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.

For more on the history of On the Media, and how it fits in to the rest of public radio, check out the "manifesto" written by OTM managing editor Brooke Gladstone for Transom.org back in 2004. You can find it here.


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Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise almost $50,000 during our August TV fundraising drive!



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Backyard Industry: Words on the plate

As summer draws to a close, Lisa Bralts happens upon writer Ava Chin's memoir, Eating Wildly, and discovers that being in the weeds isn't always a bad thing.

Words "eating wildly" on a plate

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Big Picture Science: ZZZZZs Please

5 pm Saturday, Aug. 30, WILL-AM: We explore the evolutionary origins of sleep and whether novel technologies could cut down on our need for those zzzzzs.

young woman sleeping

We’ve all hit the snooze button when the alarm goes off, but why do we crave sleep in the first place? We explore the evolutionary origins of sleep … the study of narcolepsy in dogs … and could novel drugs and technologies cut down on our need for those zzzzs.

Plus, ditch your dream journal: a brain scanner may let you record – and play back – your dreams.

And, branch out with the latest development in artificial light: bioluminescent trees. How gene tinkering may make your houseplants both grow and glow.

Guests:

Emmanuel Mignot – Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and director of the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, Stanford University
Kyle Taylor – Molecular biologist at Glowing Plant
Jerry Siegel – Neuroscientist and professor of psychiatry, the University of California, Los Angeles
Jack Gallant – Professor of psychology and neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley



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Changes to the WILL-AM lineup

The Moth Radio Hour has joined WILL-AM's schedule at 10 am Tues. (repeated 1 pm Sat.). More schedule changes here.

The Moth Radio Hour has joined WILL-AM’s schedule at 10 am Tuesdays, as NPR’s Tell Me More goes out of production. The Moth Radio Hour features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Each show mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor.

The Moth was originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen). Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs such as StorySlam competitions that contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour.

 “I love the feeling of The Moth,” says program producer Jay Allison. “You can feel the risk each storyteller takes, getting up before us to recount something spellbinding and real. It makes you recognize how rare it is to hear truly honest, vulnerable voices on the airwaves.” 

To replace Tell Me More, we’ll be offering a different program each day at 10 am Monday through Friday, with some of our most popular weekend programs repeated to give you another chance to hear them.

In other changes, This American Life moves from 1 pm to noon Saturday; Travel with Rick Steves moves from noon Saturday to 6 pm Sunday.

Here's the rest of the 10 am weekdays schedule:

Mondays: On the Media

While maintaining the civility and fairness, On the Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency .

Wednesdays: Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. The show reveals science as an adventure.

Thursdays: TED Radio Hour

Hosted by Guy Raz , the program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme, and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

Fridays: State of the Re:Union

Hosted by Al Letson, the program takes a journalistic, documentary-style approach, with each episode focusing on one city or region.


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Linder new IPM Education Outreach Coordinator

Suzanne Linder, an English teacher at Urbana’s University Laboratory High School for 17 years, will join the staff of Illinois Public Media Aug. 18 as education outreach coordinator.



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New to WILL-TV: Doc Martin

8 pm Thursdays: Adventures of a socially challenged doctor in a Cornish village.

Martin Clunes as Doc Martin

DOC MARTIN is a catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly). The series follows the celebrated London surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. After retraining as a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy village of Portwenn replacing their deceased local doctor. But his abrasive personality doesn’t exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.


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