10 am Thursday on Focus: We'll talk about the creators of the character, movie adaptations, the iconic red cape, and the Superman Festival in Metropolis, Ill.
Superman’s character was created in the early 1930s and has since has appeared or been referenced in pretty much every form of media – comics, books, movies and even in song. Host Jim Meadows talks with Larry Tye, author of the book “The High-Flying History of American’s Most Enduring Super Hero.” He talks with Tye about the creators of the character, movie adaptations and of course, the iconic red cape.
We’ll also hear from Karla Ogle, co-chair of the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. The festival draws more than 30,000 people to Metropolis each year. Jim Hambrick, who founded and curates the Super Museum also joins us.
Should you be limiting the amount of time your kids spend on the laptop or iPad? Hear June 4's Focus discussion with David Bickham from the Center on Media and Child Health.
In a recent article in The Atlantic, senior editor Hanna Rosin wrote about her experiences as a mother and the pressure she feels to limit her children’s screen time. Guest host Chris Berube talks with Hanna about her experiences with electronics and educational media as a parent. David Bickham from the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital in Boston joins us to talk about how much screen time is recommended, how to make the most out of that time and what the dangers are of too much screen time.
Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths and Misconceptions: 10 am Friday on Focus
Host Jim Meadows talks with author Brain Udermann abou this book “25 Ways to Cure the Hiccups: Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths and Misconceptions." We’ll talk with him about the validity of common household advice. Sorry to disappoint you, but eating celery does not burn more calories to digest than it’s worth, and feeding a cold and starving a fever aren’t in the “truthful” category!
The history of the dolls that became cultural icons, and their connection to central Illinois.
In June 2009, hundreds of people descended on the central Illinois town of Arcola to attend the Raggedy Ann & Andy Festival and to bid farewell to Arcola’s Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum. The museum’s collection was about to move a new home in the National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y.
The 2009 festival provides the backdrop for a new documentary about Raggedy Ann and Andy and their creator, illustrator Johnny Gruelle. For more than 20 years, dedicated fans from all over the world had made the pilgrimage to Arcola to honor the legacy of the cultural icons.
The documentary, Raggedy: The Magical Legacy of Johnny Gruelle, airing at 8:15 pm Thursday, June 6, on WILL-TV, brings to light little-known stories and facts surrounding the sibling dolls that came to be loved by millions. The program includes interviews with Johnny Gruelle’s granddaughter, Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, and her husband, Tom, who operated the Arcola museum. Gruelle family photographs and nostalgic stories help bring the past to life.
As cameras roll, fans gather at the museum to share their stories and feelings about the end of an era with the closing of the museum. The airing of the documentary coincides with Arcola’s Raggedy Friendship Gathering June 7-8, a meeting of Raggedy enthusiasts from around the country, which has taken the place of the larger festival of past years.
North Carolina filmmaker Rob Hill produced and directed the documentary as an offshoot of a video project to film a Japanese tour group. “I was documenting the group visiting the museum before it closed,” he said. “I realized that this was a great opportunity to tell the larger story about the history of Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Gruelle family.” Richard Sirianni was executive producer for the program.
Johnny Gruelle, pictured, who was born in Arcola in 1880 and lived there until the family moved to Indianapolis two years later, created Raggedy Ann when his daughter brought him a faceless rag doll she found in her grandmother’s attic. Gruelle drew a whimsical face on the tattered doll and named her after two James Whitcomb Riley poems, The Raggedy Man and Little Orphan Annie. Based on the tales he spun about the toy for his daughter, Gruelle illustrated the Raggedy Ann Stories, published in 1918.
7 pm Tuesday on WILL-FM's Evening Concert. David McGill is soloist.
David McGill is the soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. Jaap van Zweden conducts. Also on the program Mahler’s 1st Symphony and “Rhapsodies for Orchestra,” a new work by Steven Stucky.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Program #13-07)
THE PROGRAM DIFFERS FROM THE ONE IN PATTERNS
Jaap van Zweden, cond.; *David McGill, bassoon
Steven STUCKY (b. 1949): Rhapsodies for Orchestra
*MOZART: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191/186e
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D Major
[CSO fill: SCHOENBERG: Variations for Orchestra, Op.31. CSO/ Barenboim]
1:58 pm weekdays and 6:57 am Saturdays: New short segments answer questions about science.
We've all hit our "funny bone." Why does it feel like that? What do bicycles, footballs and space shuttles have in common? Can you really learn while you are asleep? Why do some birds hop and others walk?
These and literally thousands of other questions about the world we live in are answered in A Moment of Science, which joined the WILL-AM schedule June 3, replacing Earth/Sky at 1:58 pm weekdays and at 6:57 am Saturdays.
The program's two-minute vignettes remove some of the mystery from science, but not the wonder. Produced at Indiana University in cooperation with IU's scientific community and scientists around the world, A Moment of Science covers a variety of topics with the goal of making them interesting enough to share. The program is co-hosted by Don Glass and Yael Ksander.
Check out the program archives here.
American Masters: 8 pm TONIGHT on WILL-TV. Comedy giant Mel Brooks shares stories about his personal life and career. Watch a preview.
10 am TODAY: The former WILL meteorologist joins us to talk about summer storms and tornado preparedness.
One of the deadliest tornadoes to come through the Midwest in years has left a trail of destruction and death in Moore, Oklahoma. We’ll talk with former WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser about tornadoes, when they form, how they form and when they become dangerous. We’ll also talk with him about the strange weather patterns we’ve been having in the Midwest – from drought to damaging floods and summer weather preparedness.
4 pm TODAY: The carilloneur at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon talks with Kevin Kelly about an upcoming carillon festival.
The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Springfield’s Washington Park is one of the largest and finest carillons in the world. If you’ve never heard of this instrument, or don’t know what a carillon is, tune is at 4 pm today when Live and Local host Kevin Kelly talks with Springfield’s carilloneur, Robin Austin, about the International Carillon Festival to be held at the Rees Carillon June 2 through 8.
7 pm TONIGHT on WILL-FM: The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave: First-hand recollections of the famous first night.
Wednesday, May 29, is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, which caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history with its premiere in Paris.
WILL-FM celebrates the work's centennial with a new documentary, The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave, on The Evening Concert at 7 pm Wednesday, May 29.
The program features first-hand recollections of the famous first night from Dame Marie Rambert, one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience. It also includes stories surrounding the Berlin premiere in 1923 and the 50th anniversary performance in London, as well as comments on the work's enduring power from major artists of today including dancer Dame Monica Mason and conductors Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev.
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