Dick Van Dyke attends the 29th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, April 24, in Beverly Hills.
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May 27, 2016

Dick Van Dyke Officially Returning Home Next Month

The 90-year old actor's return to Danville will include fundraising events to preserve his childhood home.  Public events will include a tribute at Danville High School, following by a reception at Harrison Park. "Through all my 90 years, I've remained, in my heart, the same Midwestern nerd you knew so long ago," Van Dyke said in a statement released by Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.


Actor Dick Van Dyke.
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May 23, 2016

Plans Shape Up For Dick Van Dyke Visit

The executive director of Dick Van Dyke's charitable foundation says the 90-year-old actor will take part in events in Danville and suburban Chicago next month.


Muslim women ride the subway
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April 28, 2016

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
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April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


Kiss Me Kate ticket stub
April 22, 2016

Friday Politics, Arts & Culture

On The 21st: Thursday night, Illinois university presidents awaited news of a funding measure that would’ve provided them with the first state funds in almost a year - until it fell through. We spoke with an statehouse reporter in Springfield who filled us in on Friday's activities, including the eventual passage of a bill that would enable funding for state universities. Plus, we spoke with choreographer Endalyn Taylor about the musical, Kiss Me, Kate, and her dance career; the Midwest and Jewish origins of one of America's most popular cookbooks; and we honor Prince with a song.


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.


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