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WILL - WILL Highlights - September 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Election 2014 Coverage

News, interviews, candidate debate coverage, and election resources for informed voters from WILL and other public media.


WILL - WILL Highlights - September 30, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

8 pm Friday, Oct. 3, on WILL-TV: With Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Guy and more.

Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett on stage

The star-studded special celebrates the trailblazing music series’ 40th anniversary. With guest hosts Jeff Bridges, Matthew McConaughey and Sheryl Crow, the two-hour broadcast features memorable moments from the show’s remarkable run, anchored by some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage for incredible performances. Highlights include legends Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Foo Fighters, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, Alabama Shakes, Buddy Guy and more performing in celebration of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS’ legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.


WILL - WILL Highlights - September 28, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Makers: Women Who Made America

New episodes on women in comedy, Hollywood, space, war, business and politics begin 8 pm  Tuesday, Sept. 30, on WILL-TV

Six new documentaries in the MAKERS project feature groundbreaking American women in different spheres of influence: war, comedy, space, business, Hollywood and politics. Each program will profile prominent women and relate their struggles, triumphs and contributions as they reshaped and transformed the landscape of their chosen vocations.

Watch a preview:


The full line-up of documentaries follows:

MAKERS: Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of ‘70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Narrated by Leslie Mann. The documentary is scheduled to air Sept. 30 on WILL-TV at 7 pm.

MAKERS: Women in Hollywood showcases the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment. Audiences hear from actress-producer-activist Jane Fonda, who at 75 is playing a sharp, sexy and powerful media mogul on the award-winning series The Newsroom; television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes, who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal; screenwriter Linda Woolverton, who re-imagined the traditional Disney princess by making Belle (Beauty and the Beast) a self-possessed, strong-willed young woman; director Ava DuVernay, who was the first African-American to win best director at Sundance for her film, Middle of Nowhere; writer-director-actress Lena Dunham, who mines comedy and drama gold by exploring what it’s really like to be a young woman today; and Academy Award-winner Geena Davis.  Produced by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton. Narrated by Julia Roberts. The documentary is scheduled to air Oct. 7 on WILL-TV at 8 pm.

MAKERS: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and even Lyndon Johnson, as a distraction. It wasn’t until 1995 that Eileen Collins became the first woman to pilot a spacecraft. The program includes interviews with Collins, as well as Sally Ride’s classmates Shannon Lucid, Rhea Seddon and Kathryn Sullivan, and features Mae Jemison, the first woman of color astronaut, and Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station. The hour ends with the next generation of women engineers, mathematicians and astronauts—the new group of pioneers, like Marleen Martinez, who continue to make small but significant steps forward. Produced by Michael Epstein and Sara Wolitzky.  Directed by Michael Epstein.  Narrated by Jodie Foster. The documentary is scheduled to air Oct 14 on WILL-TV at 8 pm.

MAKERS: Women in Politics profiles women in public office who were “firsts” in their fields. From the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 to a young woman running for Detroit City Council in 2013, the documentary explores the challenges confronting American women in politics. Trailblazing leaders like Hillary Clinton, Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) along with Patricia Schroeder, the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House, and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who chronicles her run for Detroit City Council. Today’s leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female Senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), currently the youngest woman serving in Congress, are also represented. Produced by Rory Kennedy with Producer/Director Grace Lee.  Narrated by Alfre Woodard.  The documentary is scheduled to air Oct. 21 on WILL-TV at 8 pm.

MAKERS: Women in Business tells the story of the exceptional women—past and present—who have taken the world of business by storm. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven—on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own—that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be. Some of the featured business leaders include Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox and the first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company; Sallie Krawcheck, Wall Street powerhouse and current owner of the global networking platform for women, 85 Broads; Cathy Hughes, radio and television personality and the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation; lifestyle mogul and business magnate Martha Stewart; and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, whose provocative book, Lean In, ignited a national conversation about women, feminism and equality in the workplace. Produced by Leah Williams and directed by Jamila Wignot. The documentary is scheduled to air Oct. 28 on WILL-TV at 8 pm.

MAKERS: Women in War looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was “outed” as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents like Molly Moore about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy. Produced and directed by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing. Narrated by Christiane Amanpour. The documentary is scheduled to air Nov. 4 on WILL-TV at 8 pm.




WILL - WILL Highlights - September 26, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

New Cleveland Symphony Orchestra series starts this week

7 pm Wednesdays on WILL-FM: Pianist Jonathan Biss plays Beethoven's 1st and 2nd piano concertos.

Jonathan Biss

Cleveland Orchestra

Leon Fleisher, conductor, *Jonathan Biss, piano
MENDELSSOHN:  “The Hebrides” Overture
*BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 2
*BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 3

[COR Encore: RESPIGHI: Three Botticelli Pictures (Robert Shaw, conductor)]


WILL - WILL Highlights - September 26, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Paying tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly

Prairie Performances: 7 pm Friday, Oct. 3, on WILL-FM

Kevin Kelly

Roger pays tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly, founding conductor and the driving force behind the group. Kevin has moved to the Chicago area. Kevin was also the host of Live and Local on WILL-FM.


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

WILL-TV to Host 13th District Congressional Debate

Rodney David and Ann Callis

Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Democrat Ann Callis of Edwardsville, candidates for Congress in the 13th District, will meet in the WILL-TV studio for a debate hosted by Illinois Public Media in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the News-Gazette, WCIA-TV 3/WCIX-TV 49 and the NAACP of Champaign County.

WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast the hour-long debate live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, as will WCIX-TV 49. WEIU-TV (Charleston) will air the recorded debate at 8 p.m. the same night.

WCIA news anchor Jennifer Roscoe will moderate, with questioning by a panel of journalists including Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette, and Illinois Public Media News reporter Hannah Meisel.

The 13th Congressional District stretches from Champaign-Urbana west to the Mississippi River and to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.

WILL-AM 580 and WILL-FM 90.9 will broadcast another 13th District debate, hosted by WUIS-FM in Springfield, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21.


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

Illinois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate

Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn

Candidates for governor Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn will meet for the Illinois Gubernatorial Downstate Debate in Peoria at 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 9. It will be hosted by Illinois Public Media and three other Illinois public broadcasters along with the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

Public TV and radio stations throughout the state will broadcast the 60-minute debate. The debate will take place at WTVP (Peoria), which will sponsor and broadcast the debate along with WILL-TV and WILL-AM-FM (Urbana), WSIU-FM-TV (Carbondale) and WUIS-FM (Springfield).

Jak Tichenor, host of Illinois Lawmakers, from WSIU will moderate with questioning by Amanda Vinicky, statehouse bureau chief from WUIS; H. Wayne Wilson, host/producer of WTVP’s At Issue; and Jamey Dunn, statehouse bureau chief of Illinois Issues magazine.

Additional TV stations carrying the debate are WEIU (Charleston), WQPT (Quad Cities), WSEC (Springfield), WMEC (Macomb), WTTW (Chicago), and WQEC (Quincy). Other radio stations broadcasting the debate are WBEZ-FM (Chicago), WCBU-FM (Peoria), WVIK-FM (Quad Cities) and WNIJ-FM (DeKalb).

WTVP-TV, WILL AM-FM-TV, WSIU-FM-TV and WUIS-FM will stream the debate live on their station websites.


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

Rise of the Black Pharaohs

9 pm Wednesday, Oct. 1, on WILL-TV: The African Kushites overthrew the ancient Egyptians and ruled for nearly 100 years.

Re-creation of one of Piankhy’s warriors fighting one-on-one with an adversary.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.


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