Sample five British comedies and then call in a vote for one of them during WILL-TV's Great BritCom Vote XIV, hosted by David Thiel, at 7 pm Saturday, March 9. The show with the most votes will win a spot in the BritCom Saturday night line-up on WILL-TV.
Among those those vying to be in the program schedule are two new shows and three former candidates:
7 p.m.: In Allo! Allo!, Rene, the proprietor of a small café in occupied France, is hiding three members of the British military while the German Army is camped at his bar. Meanwhile, he’s also involved in hiding a priceless painting and in affairs with two waitresses.
7:40 p.m.: Blackadder II is set in England’s Golden Age and features Rowan Atkinson as the arrogant Lord Edmund in search of grace and favor from stark raving mad Queen Bess.
8:20 p.m.: The Café is a new series featuring three generations of women involved with running a welcoming neighborhood eatery. Numerous colorful characters from all walks of life pop in to this hub, usually with comedic results.
9 p.m.: Lead Balloon, another new entry, centers around Rick Spleen, a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer who combines a mass of neuroses and petty grievances with a propensity for lying.
9:45 p.m.: Fawlty Towers is headed by the manic and arrogant Basil Fawlty, the put-upon hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff.
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We'll bring you Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's speech live, with analysis on AM from Illinois Public Radio, and on TV from Illinois Lawmakers. TV repeat at 10 pm.
Quinn says the state budget he'll present this week will be "hard and difficult'' because of Illinois' massive pension debt.
The Democrat told reporters Monday he has to lay out the facts for the lawmakers to see the strain Illinois' nearly $100 billion in unfunded liability is going to affect other areas. He says that includes education.
His administration has already projected a cut of about $400 million to education. Quinn says the agreement reached with the state's largest union last week is a good step forward.
After 15 months at the bargaining table, Quinn's administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees reached an agreement where workers will pay more of their health costs.
Watch central Illinois professional chefs and home cooks prepare food your family will love, including chicken braised in balsamic vinegar by bacaro chef Thad Morrow.
Classics of the Phonograph: 11 am Saturday on WILL-FM
The Walden Quartet was for decades the String Quartet of the University of Illinois. The four members, Homer Schmitt, Bernard Goodman, John Garvey and Robert Swenson were all professors at the U of I. This ensemble was famous for playing contemporary music, and many of their readings were issued on recordings. Host John Frayne will play portions of those recordings.
THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! will feature two brand new episodes. “Rumbly Tumbly / Planet Name Game” features a super shrunken trip into Thing One's stomach as well as a whirlwind trip to each of the eight planets, and “Top of the Sky / Jiggle Bones” follows the Cat, Nick and Sally as they travel to Audrey the Astronaut’s space station and visit Dr. Giggles to see why bones are important.
The celebration will continue online and on mobile. Video clips from both episodes will be available for free online at pbskids.org/video and on the PBS KIDS Video App starting March 1.
Viewers will also have a chance to interact with the Cat in the Hat with the new “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” game. In this game, the Swirly Whirly Ocean is filled with aquatic creatures of all colors, shapes and sizes, and players can catch a ride on the Thinga-ma-jigger to travel deeper and deeper through silly, Seussian schools of fish. The Swirly Whirly Pearl is waiting somewhere far below, along with the chance to create a personalized school of mix-and-match sea creatures. “Swirly Whirly Pearl Hunt” will be available on pbskids.org/catinthehat on March 1.
10 am Thursday on Focus: It’s been 65 years since a U.S. Supreme Court case made Vashti McCollum of Champaign one of the most famous atheists in the country.
Host Jim Meadows talks with filmmaker and U of I associate professor of journalism Jay Rosenstein about his Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today.” The film takes a never-before-seen look at a landmark First Amendment case that has become famous for first using the terminology “separation of church and state.” We’ll talk with Rosenstein about the case, how he became aware it had roots in Champaign and how he went about researching and producing the film. Ken Paulson, former editor and senior vice president of news for USA Today and president of the First Amendment Center, also joins the conversation.
What does “separation of church and state” actually mean? Join our conversation. Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter @Focus580 or post in the comments section below.
Ken Paulson will be a part of a panel discussion following a screening of the film on campus at 7 pm Thursday, March 7, in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Building auditorium.
We talk to C-U native Mariam Sobh about wearing the hijab, and to a leading Arab cultures scholar about Muslim women today.
We’ll talk with Professor Miriam Cooke about how she got started studying Muslim women and their writing and why their writings are important. She’ll tell us about women who inspired the feminist movement in the Middle East and why it became important during the 1990s. Cooke is a professor of Arab cultures at Duke University and the director of the university’s Middle East Studies Center. She’s been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia and Qatar and is one of the foremost scholars on Islamic feminism and Arab culture.
Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Mariam Sobh. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of Hijab Trendz, a fashion blog for Muslim women. Host Jim Meadows talks with Sobh about her decision to wear a hijab, what it means and how some Muslim women are choosing not to cover their hair.
What misconceptions about Islam you wish could be corrected? Do you wear a hijab? Maybe you choose not to. We want to hear from you. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580 or online.
10 am Thursday on WILL-AM's Focus
Pope Benedict XVI is the first pope to resign in more than 600 years and cites health reasons for his decision to do so. We’ll talk about how that will affect the Roman Catholic Church and the process and politics involved with conclave. Host Jim Meadows will also talk with U of I-Chicago associate professor of history and Catholic studies Kevin Schultz about what the Pope’s resignation means for members of the Roman Catholic Church and for the rest of us. We’ll also talk about the church’s declining membership and what leaders are trying to do to reverse the trend and how the Pope plays a role in that. Tom Roberts, editor at large for the National Catholic Reporter, also joins the program.
4 pm Wednesday on WILL-FM
Cody Diekhoff—best known to area music lovers as Chicago Farmer—has a great admiration for fellow Midwesterner John Prine and considers himself a working-class folk musician to his core. He writes songs, he says, “for the kind of people that come to my shows. Everyone has a story, and everyone puts in a long day and works hard the same way.” He’s got a couple of shows coming in our area, and he’ll play for us live,\.
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