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

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!

8 pm Friday, Oct. 24, on WILL-TV: They perform selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga team up for a special concert from the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City, performing selections from their collaborative classic jazz recording, Cheek to Cheek.

Watch a preview of them singing "Nature Boy":

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 20, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Talking classical on NPR’s ‘Here & Now’

Hear what pieces WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected for a classical version of the program's DJ Sessions. Listen to his interview with Jeremy Hobson.

Vic Di Geronimo

WILL-FM's Vic Di Geronimo selected five pieces of music to get people excited about classical music, and then talked about them with NPR's Jeremy Hobson, a former WILL Radio staff member.The interview will be featured on Here & Now's DJ Sessions segment sometime between 12 pm and 2 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Tune in and hear what Vic has to say!

Read Vic's blog.

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

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WILL - WILL Highlights - October 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Frontline: The Rise of ISIS

9 pm Tuesday, Oct. 28, on WILL-TV: Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS.


A year ago, few people had heard of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — the brutal jihadist group that President Obama calls a “network of death.”

How did ISIS become a major force so quickly? And what does it mean for the U.S. to be back in Iraq, fighting a new war on terror, less than three years after American troops pulled out of the country?

On October 28,Frontline presents The Rise of ISIS — a major, in-depth investigation of the brutal terrorist group’s ascent, from veteran producer and journalist Martin Smith.

“This documentary lays out, in chilling detail, the buildup of unheeded warnings, failures, and missed opportunities that allowed Al Qaeda in Iraq to become ISIS,” says Smith, who was on the ground in Iraq when the U.S. began airstrikes this summer, and who has been documenting the Iraq conflict for Frontline since 2003.

In The Rise of ISIS, Smith draws on in-depth interviews with Iraqi politicians, and American policymakers and military leaders (including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta) to explore and explain how ISIS developed into what one interviewee calls “the Al Qaeda that Osama bin Laden only dreamed of building.”

Along the way, Smith delivers a revelatory look at how ISIS grew out of the disaffection of Iraqi Sunnis who were sidelined and targeted by Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after the American withdrawal. 

“By the time Americans left Iraq in 2011, al Qaeda in Iraq had been almost completely destroyed,” Smith says. “But the ISIS of 2014 is reborn out of Sunni fears, and by the people the U.S. couldn’t manage to kill during the war — described to me as ‘a collection of killers very good at surviving’: the most battle-hardened Al Qaeda militants, a few embittered tribesmen, and some remnants of Saddam's Baathist military hoping to regain power.”

The Rise of ISIS traces how they gained strength in Syria, how they're funded, how they operate, and how, city by city, from Ramadi to Fallujah to Mosul, ISIS swept across Iraq — seizing territory, recording and broadcasting mass executions, and drawing recruits from an estimated 80 countries.

“[ISIS] became a movement by manipulation of the information space, and by playing on the fears of Sunnis, and by confronting the tribes,” Gen. Dempsey tells Frontline.

“This is one of the first terrorist groups saying, ‘You know what? We're not going to hit and run, and we're never going to participate in politics as you know it. We actually want to kill everyone who disagrees with us,’” says counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan, whose The Soufan Group will issue a special report on ISIS’s leadership in tandem with Frontline’s broadcast.

With ISIS continuing to take and hold territory in Iraq and Syria despite U.S. and coalition airstrikes, and President Obama’s foreign policy legacy hanging in the balance, The Rise of ISIS is the definitive account of how we reached this point.

Watch a preview:


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

Cellist Carter Brey performs Dvorak Cello Concerto

7 pm Thursday, Oct. 23, on WILL-FM: The New York Philharmonic This Week

Carter Brey

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Alan Gilbert, conductor; *Carter Brey, cello

*DVORAK: Cello Concerto

TCHAIKOVKSY: Symphony No. 5

J.S. BACH: Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello

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

Watch a video of WILL’s 13th Congressional District Debate

Rodney Davis and Ann Callis met on Oct. 16 in the WILL-TV studio.

Panelists Tom Kacich and Hannah Meisel, with moderator Jennifer Roscoe and candidates Rodney Davis and Ann Callis

Republican Rodney Davis (Taylorville) and Democrat Ann Callis (Edwardsville) debated the issues of the 13th Congressional District before a live studio audience at WILL-TV on October 16, 2014. WCIA¹s Jennifer Roscoe moderated and candidates answered questions from Tom Kacich, reporter/columnist for The News-Gazette and Hannah Meisel, reporter for WILL radio. #IL13th2014.

The League of Women Voters, NAACP, News-Gazette and WCIA3/WCIX49 also sponsored the debate.

WILL - WILL Highlights - October 15, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Big Picture Science: Outliers

5 pm Saturday, Oct. 25, on WILL-AM: Imagining the unimaginable – including unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them.

Black swan

We all have at least some musical talent. But very few of us can play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz. His talent was rarefied, and at the tail end of the bell curve of musical ability – that tiny sliver of the distribution where you find the true outliers. Outliers also exist with natural events: hurricane Katrina, for example, or the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. Such events are rare, but they often have outsized effects.

In this hour we imagine the unimaginable – including the unexpected events labeled “black swans” – and how we weigh the risk for any of them. Also, how a supervolcano explosion at Yellowstone National Park could obliterate the western U.S. but shouldn’t stop you from putting the park on your vacation itinerary.


  • Donald Prothero – Paleontologist, geologist, author of many books, among them, Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
  • Dawn Balmer – Ornithologist at the British Trust for Ornithology
  • Jake Lowenstern – Geologist, USGS, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory
  • Hank Heasler – Yellowstone National Park geologist
  • Andrew Maynard – Director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan

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