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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - February 18, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: ‘I Finally Felt Like I Was Home’

By Terry Gross

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(Duration: 43:55)

Richard Blanco

"I just got the phone call one day," is how poet Richard Blanco describes to Fresh Air's Terry Gross how he learned he had been selected to write and read the inaugural poem for President Obama's second swearing-in on Jan. 21.










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C-U’s Native Film Critic Turns 70: Ebert’s Early Life

By Jeff Bossert

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(Duration: 8:13)

Roger Ebert

For most people, the name Roger Ebert stands out as a man who’s known for giving movies a thumbs up or down. And it’s widely known he hails from Urbana.  But to those who haven’t read the famed critic’s memoir, there’s a backstory to a man who didn’t set out to write about film.  

Categories: Art and Culture, Cinema, Health

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