Summer Book Covers
photo illustration: travis stansel
June 03, 2016

Summer Books; Gospel Justice; Food Safety; Bunnies

On the 21st: We asked librarians to recommend their favorite reads for summer and talked to the author of the new book "The Very Good Gospel." Plus, we spoke with a food safety expert about the massive nationwide recall of flour and got tips from ecologists for how to keep bunnies out of your garden.


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters in his office at the Illinois State Capitol, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Springfield
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
May 05, 2016

UPDATE: Rauner Won’t Endorse Trump, But Pence Will

A member of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says he won't be supporting Donald Trump as the party's nominee for president.  The governor's aide also says he will skip the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this July. 


Muslim women ride the subway
Penguin Press
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."


Offices of the Illinois Radio Reader Service at WILL
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
January 21, 2016

Radio Reader Secures Funding To Resume Local Broadcasts

Due to the state budget impasse, WILL's broadcasts of newspapers and magazines on special radios for the visually impaired ended on January 1, going to a network-only service.  Funding has been secured to resume those broadcasts through the rest of the fiscal year, starting Monday.


Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 


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