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.


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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