June 14, 2016

Feeding Hungry Children In The Summer; Indiana Man Arrested Near LA Pride Event; Changes To FOIA

On The 21st: One in five children in Illinois have families who worry about how to properly feed them - and this need is much greater in summer. When school is out, the children that depend on school for meals lose access to healthy food - only 14 percent of those who qualify are able to utilize summer food programs. Plus, an Indiana man was arrested with weapons and explosives in his way to a pride event in LA; and Congress requests changes in the access reporters have to government information


Jack Yonoer
Jack Yonover
June 09, 2016

Child Food Allergies; TSA Lines Getting Shorter?; ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Turns 30

On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."


June 07, 2016

Mindful Parenting; West Nile In Illinois; ‘Flyover Country’ App For Science Info About Your Flight

On The 21st: Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and author of the new book, “The Awakened Family," joined us to talk about how the challenges of parenting can become an opportunity for spiritual awakening. And a new app gives science information about what you're flying over or driving by on your summer trips. Plus, West Nile virus makes an early appearance in Illinois this year.


The Illinois House chamber.
Daniel Schwen / Wikipedia
June 07, 2016

The Fight For School Funding

The Illinois legislature adjourned last week with no budget in place --- not even a plan to fund public schools. Illinois Public Radio Education Desk reporter Dusty Rhodes takes a look at what issues kept the lawmakers squabbling over school funding until it was too late.


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."


Bernie Sanders in front of  nearly 4,000 supporters at the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 13, 2016

Democrat Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd Of Thousands At U Of I

The Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate cited his improving poll numbers, and believes a large voter turnout in Tuesday's Illinois primary will secure him a win.  About 3,600 filled the U of I's Activities and Recreation Center to hear Sanders, who reiterated a number of campaign pledges, including free tuition for college students and raising the minimum wage to $15.


The most used words in social media posts about the Illinois budget stand off
Crimson Hexagon
February 17, 2016

Illinois Public Radio Budget Address Special

Governor Bruce Rauner presented his 2017 budget today, February 17. But we’re in uncharted territory here - because as we all know - we don’t have a 2016 budget. There are so many questions about this budget impasse. During the hour before the governor’s speech we took your questions.


Kevin Jackson
Beckman Institute
February 05, 2016

From The Field To The Lab, Researcher Tackles Athletic Brain Injuries

With the Super Bowl on Sunday, all eyes are on football. The sport also happens to be Kevin Jackson’s area of scientific expertise. He came to the University of Illinois to play football while pursuing a career in science, and now he’s developing a cooling helmet that may help with athletes’ head injuries. Through his research with the University’s Beckman Institute and the Athletics Department, Jackson wants to reduce the side effects of concussions and other brain injuries for athletes.


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