President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


Director Damien Chazelle discusses a concert scene with actors J.K. Simmons (Fletcher) and Miles Teller (Andrew).
Daniel McFadden/Sony Pictures Classics
February 20, 2015

Roll Out The Red Carpet: Illinois Is Going To The Oscars

On Sunday, the red carpet will be rolled out for the Academy Awards and Illinois will have a significant presence. We’ll explore those connections beginning with Helen Estabrook, Champaign-Urbana native and the producer of Whiplash could take home as many as five Academy Awards. Finding Vivian Maier is a Chicago story written and directed by a Chicagoan. It could win best documentary….and find itself in copyright trouble. We’ll cover all that and more but first in this WILL special: Illinois at the Oscars


cast of To Kill A Mockingbird on stage
Devyn Tammons/WILL
February 19, 2015

Central High Adds Twist To ‘Mockingbird’

If you've read the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, you know it's a story that centers largely on issues of race and justice. Those are themes that continue to resonate today. So, when Champaign's Central High School decided to stage a performance of Harper Lee's novel, they added a modern twist. This weekend, students will perform two versions of the play; one with a traditional cast, the other with the races of the major characters reversed.


As Lincoln, Klein speaks with a young girl.
Fritz Klein
February 11, 2015

Fritz Klein: Bringing Abraham Lincoln To Life

Feburary 12th marks Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and that means Fritz Klein is in high demand. Klein has built his career out of being Abraham Lincoln. The actor stumbled into the role years ago as what was supposed to be one of many roles in his acting career, but the opportunities to portray the 16th president kept coming and soon Klein decided to relocate to springfeild and portray Lincoln full time. 


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