WILL Highlights

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

Jupiter Quartet—Plus!

Host Roger Cooper presents the Allerton Music Barn Festival Jupiter Quartet-Plus! concert with Wuna Meng Piano and Bernhard Scully, horn.

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 27, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Big Picture Science: Replacing what ails you

5 pm Sat (repeated 10 am Wed) on WILL-AM: We may soon be able to cure what ails us by replacing what ails us.

Graphic of a replacement organ

Germs can make us sick, but we didn’t know about these puny pathogens prior to the end of the 19th century. Just the suggestion that a tiny bug could spread disease made eyes roll. Then came germ theory, sterilization, and antibiotics. It was a revolution in medicine. Now we’re on the cusp of another one. This time we may cure what ails us by replacing what ails us.

Bioengineers use advancements in stem cell therapy to grow red and white cells for human blood. Meanwhile, a breakthrough in 3D printing: scientists print blood vessels and say that human organs may be next.

Plus, implanting electronic grids to repair neural pathways. Future prosthetics wired to the brain may allow paralyzed limbs to move.

We begin with the story of the scientist who discovered the bacteria that caused tuberculosis, and the famous author who revealed that his cure for TB was a sham.


Thomas Goetz – Author of The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis
Jose Carmena – Neuroscientist and biomedical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley; co-director of the Berkeley-UCSF Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses
William Murphy -Bioengineer and co-director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ali Khademhosseini – Bioengineer, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 27, 2014

Fund Your Favorites Winner: Lincoln on the circuit

Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, 8 pm Friday, Aug. 1, on WILL-TV. Ten Sisters: A True Story follows at 9 pm.

Re-enactment scene of Lincoln on horseback with colleagues

This WILL-TV-produced documentary, which won the WILL Fund Your Favorites viewer poll in the local production category, features historical reenactments and interviews with prominent Lincoln scholars, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Douglas Wilson, Michael Burlingame and Orville Vernon Burton.

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Ten Sisters: A True Story airs at 9 pm. It details the 1942 Coles County (Illinois) proceeding that separated the 10 daughters of Glen and Ruth Waggoner from each other and their parents. The program is a 2007 WILL-TV production.

At 10 pm is Medicare Man: Remembering Dan Perrino and Medicare 7, 8 or 9, a 2013 documentary about University of Illinois music professor Dan Perrino's founding of a Dixieland jazz band to bring members of the campus together in the midst of tensions over the Vietnam War.

WILL - WILL Highlights - July 22, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

POV: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

9 pm Monday, Aug. 4, on WILL-TV: Follow a boy’s struggle for redemption in a place that routinely condemns children to die in prison.

Kenneth Young

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison. This is the story of one of those children, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida. At age 15, Kenneth Young received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. Imprisoned for more than a decade, he believed he would die behind bars. Now a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story” follows Young’s struggle for redemption, revealing a justice system with thousands of young people serving sentences intended for society’s most dangerous criminals.

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