Renee Rosen, author of the new book Windy City Blues
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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? 


Romantic violence book
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February 28, 2017

Life After Hate; Sexual Harassment In The Sciences; Severe Weather & Tornadoes

On the 21st: We spoke with a former white supremacist about his efforts to help people leave hate groups. We also discussed the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - with a focus on the sciences - and spoke with an atmospheric scientists about severe weather in the forecase and the impact of the late Bill Paxton on the meteorology community.


A.D. Carson
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February 25, 2017

Decatur Scholar Turns Rhymes Into Dope Dissertation

A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.


The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.
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February 21, 2017

Illinois Agricultural Economy; Mexican Social Club

On the 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We checked in with farmers in various industries and also spoke with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.


President Trump addressed a variety of topics Thursday during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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February 16, 2017

Trump’s Thursday News Conference, Annotated

President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court. Journalists across NPR have annotated his remarks.


sick child
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February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.


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