Luke Winslow-King is a guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist known for his slide guitar work and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. His music mixes delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime and rock and roll, juxtaposing original and older songs. Luke Winslow-King will bring his trio to Urbana for a show Tuesday night, and they’ll play for us live on the Tuesday edition of Live and Local.
Tonight, it’s the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra led by music director Manfred Honeck. Joshua Bell is the soloist in Brahm’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program, are three of Richard Strauss’ tone poems: “Don Juan,” “Death and Transfiguration” and “Till Eulenspiegels’ Merry Pranks.”
Long have we been fascinated by the wonder and mystery of the night sky. This hour on Focus, we talk with Jim Kaler about his new book “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky.” We also want to hear from you this hour! Questions about the sky? Maybe you have a favorite stargazing story… Join our conversation.
Hhost Jim Meadows talks with Jim Kaler about his new book “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky,” a beginner’s guide astronomy. We’ll talk with Kaler about what to watch for in the sky this spring and how to appreciate the stars in an area with lots of light pollution. We’ll also talk with Kaler about asteroids and the Russian meteor that exploded near the city of Chelyabinsk last month.
Of course during this hour, we welcome your questions about stars, planets, meteors and the night sky.
Kaler joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1964 and has held Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. He has been recognized for his work by the University of Liège in Belgium, the University of Mexico, the University of Illinois, the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, the American Astronomical Society and the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society. He is former president for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s board of directors.
Tuesday night at 7 on The Evening Concert, Pinchas Zukerman is the soloist in Brahm’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program, Brahms’ “genial” 2nd Symphony and Haydn’s 89th Symphony.
Dino-Mite Mobile Devices
2-3 pm Saturday, April 6
Champaign Public Library
Meet Buddy the Dinosaur from the PBS Kids’ show Dinosaur Train and test drive the hottest new mobile devices during our Dino-Mite Mobile Devices event. Learn about free apps, ebooks and emagazines for the whole family.
“Our goal is to showcase technology tools to help kids learn, and highlight free tools and services that are available to kids and families,” said Molly Delaney, educational outreach director at Illinois Public Media. Illinois Public Media is partnering with the library and Best Buy for the event.
A technology “petting zoo” provided by Best Buy will allow families to try out new mobile devices, while WILL is bringing iPads and Kindles with PBS educational games so families can try them out. We’ll also have other dinosaur activities.The library will demonstrate how families can make use of ebooks and emagazines in the library collection.
Illinois Public Media's educational outreach director, Molly Delaney, will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI), along with four other women, as "Women of Distinction." Molly will be recognized in the STEM education category.
The awards will be presented at an annual celebration April 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The event recognizes community women for their outstanding commitment to their profession, to the community and to inspire and mentor young girls.
“We teach girls every day that they have what it takes to become leaders in any field they choose,” GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich said. “The women we are honoring with these awards are not only successful in their fields, they are role models to girls and provide inspiration and motivation that has a tremendous impact on young women in their communities. These awards are just a small way of thanking them for their efforts.” Nominees came from Champaign, Vermillion, Ford and Iroquois Counties.
Molly has concentrated much of her work at Illinois Public Media in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathmatics) education. She created a hands-on STEM education program for preschoolers and was instrumental in launching new PBS digital media tools for PreK-12 educators. She worked with colleagues at Parkland College’s William M. Staerkel Planetarium on a project that was awarded a $90,000 Grow Up Great grant from PNC Foundation. The grant has helped to serve hundreds of children in Champaign County with a highly impactful STEM initiative.
The Girl Scouts noted that Molly has been leader in the field of education for more than 25 years. She began and completed her master’s degree while working full-time and raising three children.
Other 2013 Women of Distinction Honorees include:
Business or Professional: Laura Weis (Savoy), president and CEO of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce; Public Service: Dr. Annette Lansford (Champaign), a pediatrician and founder of the Carle Child Disability Clinic; Education: Cynthia Feeney (Champaign), a kindergarten teacher at St. Matthew School in Champaign; Creative Arts and Entertainment: Christina McClelland (Urbana), an interdisciplinary artist and public arts coordinator for the City of Urbana. Ranija Turner (Champaign), a junior at Central High School, will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction
Tickets for the event will be $50 or $25 for children under 12. For more information, contact Samantha Greenburg at 309-336-0221. Proceeds from the event help fund leadership development programs for girls.
According to a number of recent studies, over 40 percent of gun sales in America are facilitated over the Internet, through websites like Armslist. While this makes life easy for perspective gun owners, it’s a big problem for law enforcement, since many of the guns bought online aren’t subject to a federal background check. Today, we’ll talk with Stephanie Mencimer, a reporter for Mother Jones magazine who recently investigated a murder in Illinois that was connected with a gun from Washington state that was purchased illegally online. The segment also airs at 6:28 pm on WILL-AM and WILL-FM.
All week NPR's All Things Considered examines Americans' varied, complicated and sometimes conflicted relationship with guns. The series investigates how we view gun culture in this country, explores who is likely to die by gun and examines how some of these deaths can be prevented.
Today: The mass killings in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., received a great deal of media coverage, but statistically they are not the norm. Thousands of gun homicides occur in the U.S. in more mundane ways and garner little or no media attention. The majority of gun homicides involve a handgun and the killing of an African-American male between the ages of 16 and 29. Host Melissa Block pieces together one such murder, the killing of Charles Foster Jr., a 24-year-old African-American who died in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2013, in a dance club in Columbus, Ga.
The U of I's Quartet in Residence, the Jupiter String Quartet, performs Haydn's String Quartet in F Major amd Beethoven's String Quartet in B.-Flat Major during the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center program.
At 8 pm, we'll have the 2012 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival with Stravinsky: Three Scenes from Petrushka (Conrad Tao, piano); Chopin: Nocturne in D-flat (Imogen Cooper, piano); Revel: Piano Trio in A Minor (Morgenstern Trio).
Guest conductor Gianandrea Noseda leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet by Hector Berlioz, and pianist Nicholas Angelich is soloist on Brahms’ 2nd Piano Concerto.