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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 24, 2014

Full of Pepper and Light: Welcoming the Gwendoyln Brooks Papers to the University of Illinois

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 4:53)

Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks is probably best know for her poem “We Real Cool.” Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize Winner and a past Poet Laureate for the state of Illinois, died in 2000. Last fall, the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired her archives. Tonight, at 7:30 at the Lincoln Hall Theater there will be an event serving as an official welcoming of those papers.



WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 23, 2014

Director Steve James Reflects On The Making Of “Life Itself”

By Jeff Bossert and Lindsey Moon

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(Duration: 6:41)

Roger Ebert in 2005.

The documenatary about Roger Ebert's life entitled “Life Itself” makes its local premeire Wednesday, opening the 16th annual ‘Ebertfest’ in Champaign. Director Steve James says it's not the film that he, Roger, and wife Chaz Ebert orginally envisioned.  


WILL - Illinois Public Media News - April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

By Jason Croft

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(Duration: 3:24)

Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”





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