Hard-nosed, hard-drinking, tenacious, sometimes rewriting ethics to get the story - that's a common way that Hollywood shows journalists in the movies. But in a new book, a University of Illinois professor argues that motion pictures have been kind to the profession of journalism - even with stereotypes that surfaced as early as the 1931 film "The Front Page." Matt Ehrlich wrote the book "Journalism in the Movies" - he talked to AM 580's Tom Rogers.
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15th District Congressman Tim Johnson says he hopes the early transfer of sovereignty to a new Iraqi government will be a first step to democracy and lasting peace in that country - and the reduction of US forces. Johnson spoke with AM 580's Jim Meadows about Iraq and its future.
It's considered by many to be the greatest novel of the 20th century --- and a good excuse for a party. James Joyce's Ulysses explores a day in the life of Leopold Bloom of Dublin, with sly parallels to Homer's "Odyssey". Even its fans say it's hard to read. But celebrations of "Bloomsday", the day of the year when the novel takes place, get bigger every year. A Bloomsday celebration in downtown Champaign ran from morning to night, rotating between several locations. Most of them were bars --- a setting which fans of "Ulysses" find completely appropriate. AM 580's Jim Meadows followed the festivities.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees votes on a resolution that neither retires nor specifically preserves the controversial symbol, but calls for all sides to come to a consensus. As AM 580's Jim Meadows reports, it will be very difficult to find an outcome that would end such a polarized debate.
Among those mourning the June 10th death of Ray Charles are the many musicians who played with him on the road. Several of them come from Illinois, and the University of Illinois jazz program. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with one of those musicians, trumpeter Jeff Helgesen.
Ralph Martire of the Chicago-based Center for Tax and Budget Accountability advocates an increase in the state income tax, refundable tax credits for the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers, property tax abatements, and expansion of the sales tax to include consumer services. Martire talked with AM 580's Jim Meadows.
The man who hopes to be the Green Party's presidential candidate this year predicts his party will win the White House by 2016. David Cobb - an attorney and Green Party activist - spoke to local Green Party supporters in Urbana, and he talked to AM 580's Jim Meadows about his campaign strategy.