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WILL - WILL Highlights - September 23, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Inspector Lewis comes out of retirement for Season 7

Premieres at 8 pm Sun., Oct. 5, on Masterpiece Mystery!: Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague Hathaway, now an inspector.

Kevin Whately as Inspector Lewis, Angela Griffin as DS Lizzie Maddox and Laurence Fox as Inspector Hathaway

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the beloved Inspector Lewis series. Hathaway has been promoted to inspector after an extended break from the force, and Lewis is enjoying retired life until he’s asked to team up with his old colleague again. With their partnership renewed under altered circumstances, the duo continues to solve crime in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford.

In Entry Wounds on Oct. 5, Hathaway gets to work on his first case as an inspector, with the help of his new partner, DS Lizzie Maddox. The crime is a complicated one that bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help. With Lewis back on the team, will they be able to solve the mystery?

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WILL - WILL Highlights - September 22, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Journalist Hockenberry hosts show from WILL

The former NPR correspondent is at the U of I Sept. 29-30 to meet with College of Media students and faculty.

John Hockenberry

Journalist John Hockenberry, a former NPR and Dateline NBC correspondent, is visiting the University of Illinois campus Sept. 29-30 and will host his public radio show, The Takeaway, from the WILL Radio studios on those two days.

During his visit, he'll meet with students and faculty from the U of I College of Media.

A paraplegic since an auto accident at age 19, he is also prominent figure in the disability rights movement. He is author of the nonfiction book Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, an account of his reporting from all over the world while navigating in a wheelchair.

The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on the contributions of listeners across the country to deliver the perspectives and analysis you need to understand the day’s news. Hockenberry convenes conversations with both newsmakers and diverse voices. It is a co-production of PRI (Public Radio International) and WNYC Radio in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH Boston. To listen, visit the show website.

Listen to a piece he did Sept. 30 about the Illinois Public Media/University High School oral history project collaboration.

Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in January 1996 after a 15-year career in broadcast news at both NPR and ABC News. Hockenberry's reporting for Dateline NBC earned him three Emmys, an Edward R Murrow award and a Casey Medal. His most prominent Dateline NBC reports include an hour-long documentary on the often-fatal tragedy of the medically uninsured, an emotional portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live on his own and extensive reporting in the aftermath of September 11th.

In 2009, Hockenberry was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by President Barack Obama where he participates in the selection of the annual Fellows for this most prestigious of Federal programs.

Hockenberry is also the author of A River Out Of Eden a novel based in the Pacific Northwest He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Details, and The Washington Post.

Hockenberry spent more than a decade with NPR as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of several programs. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), Hockenberry was assigned to the Middle East, where he filed reports from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Hockenberry also spent two years (1988-90) as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising. Hockenberry received the Columbia Dupont Award for Foreign News Coverage for reporting on the Gulf War.


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Illinois Pioneers: Fred Kummerow

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 2, on WILL-TV: Host David Inge talks to the U of I researcher who sounded early warnings about the dangers of trans fats.

Fred Kummerow




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

Glenn Gould in rapture

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



WILL - WILL Highlights - August 27, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Backyard Industry: Apple a Day

From the archives: Wolfe Orchard in Monticello grows many more varieties of apples than the varieties you can find in the grocery. Lisa Bralts stopped by.

Hope Wolfe holds an heirloom apple.

WILL - WILL Highlights - August 25, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

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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