An American tank in Carentan, France - June 1944
The United States National Archives
August 28, 2015

70 Years After World War II Ends: A Local Look Back

The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war. 


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.
Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive
July 10, 2015

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


A group of female African Savannah Elephants take a dust bath in Tanzania
Linda Honigfort
June 16, 2015

The African Elephant Is Actually Two Separate Species - And In Danger

According to researchers the African elephant is actually two different species of elephant - a development with big implications for conservation. We talk with Alfred Roca, a researcher at the University of Illinois who specializes in genetics and wildlife conservation, about the differences in the elephant and what that means for its survival. 


Children peer out of makeshift shelter in destroyed village of Paslang near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Military operations continue Tuesday to reach the isolated areas
AP Photo/Wally Santana
May 12, 2015

UPDATE: Champaign-Urbana Nepali Community Organizes To Help Earthquake Victims

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal destroying buildings and infrastructure. Officials are reported over 8,000 dead and over 14,000 were injured. Now, a second earthquake hit Tuesday. This 7.3 magnitude earthquake caused further damage has killed at least 40 more and injured over 900 while further damaging to Nepal's infrastructure and ability to rebuild. [Update in process on May 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.]


President Barack Obama receives His Excellency Andris Razans Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia, during an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office
Wikipedia Commons; White House Image/Chuck Kennedy
March 20, 2015

Latvian Ambassador Bullish On EU; Not Worried About Russia, Greece

Ambassador Andris Razāns has served as the Latvian ambassador to the United States and Mexico since July of 2012 and 2013 respectively. He spoke with Illinois Public Media about the challenges facing the European Union, particularly Greece’s debt problems and Russian aggression and about how Latvia gained its independence through song. 


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