Recorded during the Taylor Company’s 2012 performances at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris, Great Performances presents two of Taylor’s enduring masterworks: Brandenburgs, first performed in 1988 to music from Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, and his 2008 ballet Beloved Renegade, inspired by the life and work of poet Walt Whitman.
No one really knows exactly why colony collapse disorder happens, but as scientists have pointed to pesticides or microbial organisms as a possible cause. Host Jim Meadows talks with May Berenbaum, professor of entomology at the U of I about colony collapse disorder, what it is, why it’s a problem and what might be causing it. According to new research, high fructose corn syrup could also play a role. We’ll also talk this hour with Rich Ramsey, a beekeeper who lives outside Springfield and keeps 40 hives. He had a hive collapse in 1989 and is concerned that beekeepers are putting their colonies through too much stress.
Mark Leonard, Illinois Public Media’s general manager, will be leaving the organization by August 1, 2013, to become the general manager and CEO for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), a statewide network of Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations.
Leonard’s move to NET’s headquarters in Lincoln marks his first position at the helm of a statewide organization. NET has a satellite studio in Omaha.
“It is with mixed feelings that I leave Illinois Public Media, but the opportunity to lead NET offers exciting next steps for me,” Leonard said. “I take this position knowing that Illinois Public Media is well positioned to continue its success, including future opportunities to partner with the College of Media and with other units on campus as part of Chancellor Wise’s Visioning Excellence initiatives. In addition, I believe there are exciting possibilities for building deeper partnerships with WILL’s peer public radio and television stations throughout Illinois.”
Leonard arrived at Illinois Public Media in June 2007 from KCTS in Seattle. Prior to that, he held senior management positions in Seattle and Yakima, Wash., and at WXXI in Rochester, N.Y., where he was vice president for television.
Earlier this year, he received the Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) 2013 National Advocacy Award for his exceptional efforts in furthering public television’s legislative goals. Leonard currently serves as president of the Illinois Public Broadcast Council, the association of all public television and radio stations in Illinois, as well as serving on the executive committee of the national University Licensees’ Association as well as a board member of the Public Media Business Association.
“With his unique vision, Mark has recreated public broadcasting while at Illinois Public Media, keeping it innovative as well as relevant,” College of Media interim dean Jan Slater said. “He is well respected among his colleagues across the country, so I am not surprised that he was sought out for the position at NET. It has been a great pleasure for me as both a department head and as interim dean to work with him, and I appreciate that he has always acted in the best interests of the College and the University.”
Slater said that discussions are already underway to determine the next steps in finding a new leader for IPM.
“Vinyl sounds warmer….it’s about the experience….I like the crackle….” Do you enjoy listening to music on a turntable? If you still have your old record collection, we want to know why you kept it during this hour on Focus. We’ll talk about music in the 21st century and if vinyl’s “comeback” really means anything to the future of the music industry.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, a company that tracks the sale of music in the U.S., vinyl sales are up by 35 percent over the same time last year. Nearly 2 million vinyl albums have sold so far in 2013. That’s interesting considering music hasn’t been released solely on vinyl albums for decades. We’ll talk about the resurgence of records and what makes them so appealing in an era largely defined by digital culture.
A couple of days before the Vintage Vinyl sale in Champaign, Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune and co-host of the podcast “Sound Opinons” joins us, and we’ll talk with the owner of Exile on Main Street in Champaign.
Sept. 26-Oct. 6, 2013: Civil War Train
Travel on our Civil War Train, featuring unique private restored train cars from the 1950s, to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg with sightseeing in Gettysburg and Virginia along with other historic sites, museums and battlefields. Also included Included are Antietam, Harper's Ferry, the USS Monitor, Baltimore's B&O Railroad useum and Washington, D.C. Review the full itinerary for details. For more information, call Danda Beard at 217-333-7300. To make your reservation, call Judy McElfresh at TourGroupPlanners (217-422-5002 or toll-free 877-386-4777).
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Americans are asking why the country's intelligence agencies failed to prevent the devastating attack. Now, reports indicate that even though the CIA and FBI had been warned about one of the bombing suspects, they still managed to elude America's security net.
More than a decade after 9/11 and hundreds of billions of dollars later, there are pressing questions about whether America’s investment in its “terrorism industrial complex” has made us safer. In Frontline's “Top Secret America,” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest traces the journey from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings, examines efforts to improve information sharing among federal agencies tasked with keeping us safe, and investigates the secret history of the twelve-year battle against terrorism.
Lots of things about the Tsarnaev brothers are coming to light, but as more facts about them and why they allegedly planted bombs at one of the largest U.S. marathons, what role do the media play?We’ll talk with Bob Garfield, co-host of the public radio program On the Media about journalistic ethics and when personal facts about someone’s life like race, ethnicity and religion should matter to a story. We’ll also talk about accuracy and some problems new media created in misidentifying the alleged bombers’ identities.
Marcos Hernandez lives and works in Chicago. He came to the United States from Mexico, after a life-threatening border crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. Each month, he sends money to his mother in Mexico City to buy medicine for his brother, Gustavo, who needs a kidney transplant. The Undocumented, by acclaimed filmmaker Marco Williams, is Marcos’s story—as well as the story of countless other migrants.
But Marcos has another reason for coming to Chicago. He is searching for his father, Francisco, also an undocumented border crosser, who disappeared in the Sonora Desert while entering the U.S. Marcos’s hunt for his father forms the film’s central narrative thread.
Chronicling Arizona’s deadliest summer months, award-winning documentary and fiction film director Marco Williams (Banished, Two Towns of Jasper, In Search of Our Fathers) weaves Marcos’s search with the efforts of humanitarians and Border Patrol agents who are fighting to prevent migrant deaths, the medical investigators and Mexican Consulate workers who are trying to identify dead border crossers, and Mexican families who are struggling to accept the loss of a loved one.
This is not a passive dialogue. The characters in The Undocumented don’t just talk about migrant deaths; they are immersed in it. They patrol the desert and rescue people from the brink of death. They discover piles of bones picked apart by wild animals. They wheel bodies in and out of refrigerated storage rooms and express their distress over a missing family member. And when the film arrives at the home of a migrant family in Mexico, that family is captured at the very apex of their grief.
In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented by Marco Williams reveals the ongoing impact of immigration laws and economic policies on the very people who continue to be affected by them. By going beyond politics, the film also tells a story that is deeply personal.