Come Labor Day, Central Illinois will be one sonic experience richer. The Allerton Music Barn Festival will kick off for the first time in Monticello August 31. The festival will feature a wide range of musical genres, from American classical and Latin jazz to zydeco to Balinese gamelan. University of Illinois School of Music director Karl Kramer has been working toward this new music event since he came to Urbana Champaign five years ago. AM 580's Michael Koliska talked to him.
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At your home, chances are your TV, computer and other electronic gear were made overseas. That's because it's cheaper to make them there. And it's cheaper to get rid of old electronics overseas. Someday, your old cell phone or CD player might end up right back where it started: in China. University of Illinois journalism student Ted Land visited a Chinese city where electronic waste is shipped by the thousands of tons. Pollution from that waste is threatening the health of people who live there. He submitted this story for The Environment Report.
A record label in Champaign is making a name for itself by selling old recordings... really old ones... some of them originally on wax cylinder. Archeophone Records specializes in music made between the late 1800's and the early 1920's - music that is virtually ignored by the big labels in this era of the iPod. Archeophone has been praised by scholars, and won a Grammy for its efforts. In a new version of a story first aired on March 5, AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports.
Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the subject of a three-day forum at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. At age 88, the author of "The Gulag Archipelago" rarely leaves his home near Moscow. But his wife and two of his sons are taking part in the forum. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with Natalya Solzhenitsyn about her husband's work since returning to Russia.
Traveling overseas can give Americans a glimpse of their image among the rest of the world. AM 580's Tom Rogers just completed his first journey to China, and in his opinion, what he found was both a wakeup call -- and, at times, cause for a good laugh.
Each day China opens itself to thousands of visitors -- some on business, others on vacation. Still others come to China because there's no better place to learn their careers. AM 580's Tom Rogers is in China -- and last week he traveled into the interior to visit an Urbana man who's come to hone his craft.
World War II was a transforming event in American history. But the number of people who have direct memories of the war is shrinking by the day. In September, WILL-TV will air the Ken Burns documentary "The War." In conjunction with the program, WILL is helping with an effort to record as many oral histories as possible from those who lived through that era, either on the battle lines or on the home front. AM 580's Tom Rogers introduces us to people who have made it their mission to get memories on tape.
China is a nation of 1.3 billion people. In other words, multiply the US population by more than four, and you have China. That's a highly attractive business market for people in Illinois who have something to sell. But the head of the state of Illinois' trade office in Shanghai says setting up shop in China is NOT a simple proposition. On the other hand, as AM 580's Tom Rogers reports from Shanghai, it can be done, and done very well.
Each year antibiotics save millions of lives. But many antibiotics are increasingly losing their effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana are now tackling this problem. In their search for new lifesaving antibiotics, the National Institutes of Health have awarded a group of scientists a $7 million grant. Michael Koliska reports.
Earlier this month, EIU selected William Perry (left) as its tenth president. Perry comes from Texas A&M University, but received masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. Perry says a return to the Midwest from Texas was simply a bonus -- AM 580's Jeff Bossert spoke with Perry about what appealed to him about EIU and the challenges he'll face.