Attack in France
AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey
July 14, 2016

The Attack in Nice, France; Science & Science Fiction Reading List; Betty Esser Turns 102

On The 21st: As the world reacts to the most recent terrorist attack in the southern French town of Nice, we speak to a Nice native who’s recently relocated to Illinois. We also continued our summer books series with a talk about science and science fiction books with science communicator Joanne Manaster and Chicago sci-fi writer Marcus Sakey. Plus, we spoke with Savoy resident Betty Esser, who turned 102 this week.


Graphic Reading: The State of Illinois has no Budget; I care slash don't care because followed by a blank line
Khaoula Dellahi and Ben Thomas Payne
June 30, 2016

Is There A Lack of Empathy Around The State Budget Impasse?; Argonne Celebrates 70 Years

On The 21st: Is there a lack of empathy around the budget impasse? Do citizens of the state feel helpless to do anything? We spoke with Kurt Gray, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; and Scott Althaus, Director, Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, about voters' feelings of, or lack of, empowerment around the budget issue. And Argonne National Laboratory Turns 70 on Friday; we talked about the past and future of this premier research facility.


Soil erosion on a farmland
Lynn Betts / USDA
June 06, 2016

Illinois Facing Most Severe Erosion In Two Decades

Illinois is losing topsoil – the layer of surface dirt that’s rich with nutrients and vital for food production. And the problem of erosion on Illinois farms is serious: In 2015, roughly one-fifth of Illinois’s farmland lost more soil than it made. Austin Keating has more.


solar panels
Austin Keating/WILL
May 17, 2016

Solar Power In Illinois; STEM Mentorship Program

On the 21st: The solar panels on one man's Champaign home generate enough electricity for the house and the cars - and feed the grid. Illinois towns and residents are turning toward the sun for power and we talked about howmuch they are saving. Also, a STEM mentorship program helps high school students from across the state get connected with mentors in academia and industry.


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


April 25, 2016

Incarcerated Mothers, Fusion Energy & Higher Ed Funding

On the 21st: There are more than 175,000 Illinois kids with a parent in prison - we spoke with some of these families and the organizations that help them stay in touch. Also, a fusion energy testing facility is starting operations in Illinois. And $600 million will soon start flowing to Illinois colleges and universities. We spoke with the president of Western Illinois University about what this means for his campus.


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