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WILL - WILL Highlights - October 01, 2014

PBS wins 11 News & Documentary Emmys

That was more than any other organization. Independent Lens: The Invisible War won Best Documentary.


WILL - WILL Highlights - September 25, 2014

WILL-TV to Host 13th District Congressional Debate

Rodney Davis 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, WCIA3/WCIX49 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.

Join the conversation online about the debate. What questions would you like the candidates to answer? Tweet your questions ahead of the debate using the hashtag #IL13th2014.

Find out more about where the 13th District candidates stand on the issues from our Illinois Public Media News interviews with each.

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

WILL-TV will rebroadcast the debate at 11 pm Friday, Oct. 17, and 1 pm Sunday, Oct. 19.

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 22, 2014

Journalist Hockenberry hosts show from WILL

The former NPR correspondent is at the U of I Sept. 29-30 to meet with College of Media students and faculty.

John Hockenberry

Journalist John Hockenberry, a former NPR and Dateline NBC correspondent, is visiting the University of Illinois campus Sept. 29-30 and will host his public radio show, The Takeaway, from the WILL Radio studios on those two days.

During his visit, he'll meet with students and faculty from the U of I College of Media.

A paraplegic since an auto accident at age 19, he is also prominent figure in the disability rights movement. He is author of the nonfiction book Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence, an account of his reporting from all over the world while navigating in a wheelchair.

The Takeaway is an hour-long national news program that relies on the contributions of listeners across the country to deliver the perspectives and analysis you need to understand the day’s news. Hockenberry convenes conversations with both newsmakers and diverse voices. It is a co-production of PRI (Public Radio International) and WNYC Radio in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH Boston. To listen, visit the show website.

Listen to a piece he did Sept. 30 about the Illinois Public Media/University High School oral history project collaboration.

Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for Dateline NBC in January 1996 after a 15-year career in broadcast news at both NPR and ABC News. Hockenberry's reporting for Dateline NBC earned him three Emmys, an Edward R Murrow award and a Casey Medal. His most prominent Dateline NBC reports include an hour-long documentary on the often-fatal tragedy of the medically uninsured, an emotional portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live on his own and extensive reporting in the aftermath of September 11th.

In 2009, Hockenberry was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by President Barack Obama where he participates in the selection of the annual Fellows for this most prestigious of Federal programs.

Hockenberry is also the author of A River Out Of Eden a novel based in the Pacific Northwest He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Details, and The Washington Post.

Hockenberry spent more than a decade with NPR as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of several programs. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), Hockenberry was assigned to the Middle East, where he filed reports from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Hockenberry also spent two years (1988-90) as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising. Hockenberry received the Columbia Dupont Award for Foreign News Coverage for reporting on the Gulf War.


WILL - WILL Highlights - September 16, 2014

Glenn Gould in rapture

From NPR's Krulwich Wonders: Watch Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."



WILL - WILL Highlights - August 25, 2014

On the Media

3 pm Sundays and 10 am Mondays on WILL-AM: A clear-eyed look at all media.

While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners and led to more than a tripling of its audience in five years.

Since OTM was re-launched in 2001, it has been one of NPR's fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work.

For more on the history of On the Media, and how it fits in to the rest of public radio, check out the "manifesto" written by OTM managing editor Brooke Gladstone for Transom.org back in 2004. You can find it here.


WILL - WILL Highlights - August 12, 2014

New PBS KIDS’ schedule

Sesame Street has a new half-hour program at 2 pm weekdays.


WILL - WILL Highlights - August 08, 2014

WILL-AM’s 10 am weekday line-up

The Moth Radio Hour has joined WILL-AM's schedule at 10 am Tues. (repeated 1 pm Sat.). See the rest of the line-up here.

The Moth Radio Hour has joined WILL-AM’s schedule at 10 am Tuesdays. The Moth Radio Hour features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Each show mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight audiences with their honesty, bravery and humor.

The Moth was originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen). Today, The Moth is a nonprofit organization with ongoing programs such as StorySlam competitions that contribute their best stories to The Moth Radio Hour.

 “I love the feeling of The Moth,” says program producer Jay Allison. “You can feel the risk each storyteller takes, getting up before us to recount something spellbinding and real. It makes you recognize how rare it is to hear truly honest, vulnerable voices on the airwaves.” 

We are offering a different program each day at 10 am Monday through Friday, with some of our most popular weekend programs repeated to give you another chance to hear them.

Here's the rest of the 10 am weekdays schedule:

Mondays: On the Media

While maintaining the civility and fairness, On the Media tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency .

Wednesdays: Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style. The show reveals science as an adventure.

Thursdays: TED Radio Hour

Hosted by Guy Raz , the program is a journey through fascinating ideas: astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, new ways to think and create. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme, and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.

Fridays: State of the Re:Union

Hosted by Al Letson, the program takes a journalistic, documentary-style approach, with each episode focusing on one city or region.


WILL - WILL Highlights - August 07, 2014

Linder new IPM Education Outreach Coordinator

Suzanne Linder, an English teacher at Urbana’s University Laboratory High School for 17 years, will join the staff of Illinois Public Media Aug. 18 as education outreach coordinator.


WILL - WILL Highlights - August 04, 2014

Adventures of a socially challenged doctor in Cornwall

Doc Martin: 8 pm Thursdays on WILL-TV

Martin Clunes as Doc Martin

DOC MARTIN is a catchy comedy drama starring Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly). The series follows the celebrated London surgeon, Dr. Martin Ellingham, whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. After retraining as a general practitioner, he gets a job in the beautiful but sleepy village of Portwenn replacing their deceased local doctor. But his abrasive personality doesn’t exactly mesh with the pace of life in Cornwall.


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