NPR Music's Bob Boilen
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April 21, 2016

NPR’s Boilen: ‘Your Song Changed My Life’

The creator and host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts asked artists what served as their inspiration, and put their career on the right path.  He's taken 35 of the best stories and compiled them into a new book, profiling artists ranging from Jackson Browne to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe to Philip Glass.


Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro shares a laugh with Chaz Ebert and Festival Director Nate Kohn Wednesday night at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign.
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April 14, 2016

‘Gothic Romance’ Opens 18th Ebertfest

The late film critic Roger Ebert once hailed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro as the most challenging in fantasy films, because he invents from scratch.  Del Toro brought 2015's "Crimson Peak" which he calls a 'gothic romance', to Champaign's Virginia Theatre to open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival Wednesday.


tap water
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April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.


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