10 am Friday on WILL-AM's Focus
Congress continues to debate whether or not the U.S. should get involved in Syria, even though President Obama can order a missile strike without Congress’ approval. We’ll talk about the debate and who really has the power to order military action. Ryan Hendrickson, professor of political science at Eastern Illinois University joins us. We’ll also talk with him about our local U.S. Representatives and Senators and how their voices play a role in the discussion.
We’ll also talk with Fred Lawson, who teaches international relations and government at Mills College in California, about who is actually fighting in Syria and what the consequences of a missile strike would be. Lawson also spent time on a Fullbright Fellowship in Syria and will talk with us about who the people are who are being affected by all the fighting.
5 pm Saturdays and Sundays on WILL-TV: Join Hari Sreenivasan for a summary of the day’s national and international news.
PBS NewsHour Weekend will feature a summary of the day’s national and international news, using renowned experts to provide in-depth analysis. Each weekend broadcast will contain original, in-depth field reporting on topics including education, healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts. Hari Sreenivasan anchors.
As appropriate, the PBS NewsHour Weekend team will work with local stations to produce stories of national interest for the broadcast.
“I am delighted about the expansion of the NewsHour to the weekend,” said Jim Lehrer, executive editor, and founding former news anchor for PBS NewsHour. “I welcome this latest expansion of our brand of trusted and balanced journalism. Plus, it is equally wonderful to rekindle our relationship with WNET, where Robert MacNeil and I started nearly 40 years ago.”
Sreenivasan has been with PBS NewsHour since 2009, currently serving as both a correspondent and as director of digital partnerships. Sreenivasan makes regular news updates throughout the day on the NewsHour's website, in addition to appearing nightly on the program. Prior to working at PBS NewsHour, he worked for CBS News, reporting regularly on the “CBS Evening News,” “The Early Show” and “CBS Sunday Morning.” Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on the network’s 24-hour digital service “ABC News Now.” Sreenivasan also reported for “World News Tonight,” “Nightline” and anchored the overnight program “World News Now.”
Free PBS KIDS open house from 2-4:30 pm TODAY at Illinois Public Media.
Steve Roslonek, who is PBS KIDS host Mr. Steve, blends participatory songs with clever stories to hold kids in rapt attention and create a fun experience at his concerts and shows. Kids know the recording artist from the songs he performs between children’s programs on PBS.
Families have two opportunities to see Mr. Steve in October. He’s coming to Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium for SteveSongs concert performances at 5 pm and 7 pm Friday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. To buy tickets, visit http://www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/onstage/SteveSongs.htm or call 217-206-6160.
Then from 2-4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 12, Mr. Steve will join us at Illinois Public Media’s Campbell Hall, 300 N. Goodwin Ave., in Urbana, for three brief performances at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 pm as part of a FREE PBS KIDS Open House. No reservations are needed, but performance seating is limited. Call 800-898-1065 during business hours to find out how you can reserve seats. Parking will be available in University of Illinois lot B-22 on Clark Street just east of Goodwin Avenue and across the street from Campbell Hall.
Learning activities at both events
Kids can explore the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure traveling exhibit outside Sangamon Auditorium from 4-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 11. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will also be outside Campbell Hall during the open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. The exhibit has touch screen kiosks with interactive learning activities, a staffed craft area, a giveaway table with activity books and learning kits, and a What I Want to Be When I Grow Up photo station at which children dress up as different professionals, such as an astronaut, firefighter, ballet dancer, scientist or doctor. Children can then have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background and receive a souvenir photo.
7-10 pm Sunday, Sept. 8, on WILL-FM: Marin Alsop will make history as the first female conductor to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.
The world's biggest classical music festival wraps with a bang! Join us from London for this event that stops the UK in its tracks as the Brits bring out the noisemakers for this serious and silly don't-miss-it concert. Marin Alsop becomes the first female conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Joyce DiDonato and Nigel Kennedy join the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus in a concert that runs from Rossini and Handel arias to a mass sing-along. This year's program includes a rare performance of Britten's 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra, The Building of the House; also featured are Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a touch of Broadway magic and sea-faring themes with a trans-Atlantic flavour from Bantock and George Lloyd. More familiar homegrown music brings down the curtain in time-honored fashion.
10 am Monday on WILL-AM's Focus: We'll talk about some of the cases before the court this fall.
Despite the fact that we never seem to hear much about it, there are several important cases before the Illinois Supreme Court this fall. One of them could affect the state’s efforts to solve its pension problems, and one of them. We’ll talk through some of the cases and their implications with Kirk Jenkins, an appellate attorney based in Chicago. Steve Beckett, a founding partner at Beckett and Webber, P.C. in Urbana and a lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law, also joins us.
Both attorneys have argued cases before the state’s high court, and we’ll also talk with them about Illinois’ Supreme Court justices, who they are and why we never seem to hear much about them.
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Breathtaking vistas, wildlife roaming free, and coaching in wildlife photography make this an unforgettable visit to America’s land of the midnight sun.
8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 16, on NOVA: Are there physical limits to how fast humans can go? David Pogue wants to find out how much we can tweak physiology and engineering.
Are there physical limits to how fast humans can go? David Pogue wants to find out how much we can tweak physiology and engineering to move humans and machines even faster. He investigates everything from lightning-fast electric muscle cars to ultra-sleek sailboats to ultra-fast cameras and quantum teleportation. But faster is also about efficiency and the science of optimization: getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters and inside a packed 737, Pogue’s quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places where he comes face-to-face with the final frontiers of speed. NOVA also explores important questions: Is it possible to go too fast? Have we hit a point where innovation outpaces our ability to keep up?
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5 pm Saturday on WILL-AM 580: Discover what’s revealed about our universe as you travel along the electromagnetic spectrum.
Let there be light. Otherwise we couldn’t watch a sunset or YouTube. Yet what your eye sees is but a narrow band in the electromagnetic spectrum. Shorten those light waves and you get invisible gamma radiation. Lengthen them and tune into a radio broadcast.
Discover what’s revealed about our universe as you travel along the electromagnetic spectrum. There’s the long of it: an ambitious goal to construct the world’s largest radio telescope array … and the short: a telescope that images high-energy gamma rays from black holes.
Also, the structure of the universe as seen through X-ray eyes and a physicist sings the praises of infrared light. Literally.
And, while gravity waves are not in the electromagnetic club, these ripples in spacetime could explain some of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos. But first, we have to catch them!
• Anil Ananthaswamy – journalist and consultant for New Scientist in London
• Harvey Tananbaum – director of the Chandra X-Ray Center, located in Cambridge Massachusetts at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
• David Reitze – executive director of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), California Institute of Technology
• Albert Lazzarini – deputy director, LIGO, California Institute of Technology
• Alan Marscher – professor of astronomy at Boston University
10 am Thursday, Aug. 29, on Focus: Guest host Jeff Bossert talks with author Shilpa Dave about her new book that examines Indian culture and its portrayal in American popular film.
Growing up in Madison, Wis., Shilpa Dave loved going to the movies. Her father was a self-proclaimed film buff, and Dave loved every minute of it. Her parents immigrated to the U.S. from India before she was born, and as she grew older, she started to wonder why there were no people who looked like her in the movies she went to see with her father. Jeff Bossert talks with University of Virginia American studies professor and author Dave about her new book “Indian Accents” recently published by the University of Illinois Press. In it, she examines Indian culture and its portrayal in American popular film. We’ll talk about why there were very few prominent Indian or South East Asian characters until the late 1990s and the effect Bollywood’s growing success is having on casting in Hollywood films.
We’ll hear about an MTV cartoon that caused a hunger strike in New Dehli and forced the network to release a formal apology because of its animated depiction of Ghandi and will talk about Raj, the popular character from “The Big Bang Theory” and Apu, the Indian convenience store owner from “The Simpsons.”
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