Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.
Jim Meadows/WILL
April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 


The chime tower at the University of Illinois' Altgeld Hall
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
March 31, 2017

Altgeld Concerts, Tours, On Hold For Some Time

For decades, the chimes at the University of Illinois’ Altgeld Tower were open for tours and featured in daily noon hour concerts. But that’s all over for the foreseeable future until safety repairs can be made to the tower. Meanwhile, some of the volunteers who have been giving the concerts question why it’s taken administrators so long to make a decision. The Altgeld Tower bells were dedicated in 1920.


Renee Rosen, author of the new book Windy City Blues
Charles Osgood Photography and Penguin Random House
March 03, 2017

A Story Of Chicago Blues; Leisure Book Recommendations

On the 21st: We learned more about the story of Chicago blues with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues, a new historical novel about Chess Records. We' also spoke with Terry Chess, son of the late Phil Chess. We also continued our occasional series of conversations for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the recent barrage of breaking news by asking: What books can they turn to for escape? 


child with violin
Flickr/dominique cappronnier
February 16, 2017

Kids & Music Classes; Lack of Volunteer Firefighters In Illinois; Budget Address Follow-Up

On the 21st: We visit a music class at Leal elementary school and learn about a new research study exploring the factors that influence children's pursuit of music lessons. We also discussed how the lack of volunteers enlisting in local fire departments in recent years is affecting communities in Illinois, and checked in with social service agencies following Governor Rauner's budget address.


A general view of atmosphere at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles/Invision/Associated Press
February 12, 2017

No Grammy Wins For C-U Area Nominees

Artists and producers with Champaign-Urbana ties walked away from Sunday's Grammy Awards empty-handed. Nominees included Champaign-based Archeophone Records (in two categories), renowned bariton U of I Lyric Theatre Director Nathan Gunn, and Urbana native Molly Netter, who was featured in a recording by the New York-based Clarion Choir. 


Alison Krauss' new album, Windy City, comes out February 17.
Randee St. Nicholas/Courtesy of the artist
February 10, 2017

First Listen: Alison Krauss, ‘Windy City’

Hear the Champaign native's first solo release since 1999 in its entirety before its release date of February 17. Windy City shows off Alison Krauss' intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth.


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