About 800 social science researchers gathered at the University of Illinois for the first Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Conference director Norman Denzin (left) of the UI's Institute of Communications Research spoke with AM 580's Jim Meadows about the qualitative approach. He says governments and funding agencies have been neglecting qualitative research in favor of the quantitative approach - and that scholarship has suffered as a result.
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April 29 is the 30th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War - the day Saigon fell to North Vietnamese troops. Ron Yates had been in southeast Asia for several weeks reporting for the Chicago Tribune, and he headed to South Vietnam when it became clear that the long war was ending - and ending badly for US troops. He was among the last American reporters, soldiers and diplomats to flee, along with thousands of South Vietnamese families - a fraction of those who wanted to leave.
Yates (left, with camera) is now dean of the University of Illinois College of Communication. He recollects that final day with AM 580's Tom Rogers.
Prussing is getting ready to return to elected office after a ten-year absence. The Democrat will be sworn in this coming Monday as the new mayor of Urbana. In an interview with AM 580's Jim Meadows, Prussing discussed her priorities for the city.
Illinois' bid for a national title has fallen short. AM 580's Jeff Bossert looks at the last night of a historic season -- a 75-70 loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels that lived up to its billing.
Urban planning reports can make for pretty dull reading, but some residents of the High Cross Road area northeast of Urbana have been carefully reading urban planning reports that propose major highway projects for where they live. These residents say new highways at the last thing they want. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
In one of the most memorable games in Illinois history, the Illini came back from 15 points down and held off Arizona's last chance for a 90-to-89 win and a ticket to the Final Four. AM 580's Tom Rogers was there and recovered enough of his breath to file this report.
Counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke doesn't think the al Qaeda terrorist network would be slowed down by the capture or killing of Osama bin Laden. The former White House security adviser - who made headlines last year with his criticism of President Bush's handling of the war on terror - spoke on the UI campus. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
President Bush's tour of Europe included a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The meeting takes place in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, which last year joined several eastern European neighbors as new members of NATO and the European Union. Anca Dragu is a reporter for Radio Slovakia International and the BBC - she's a recent journalism graduate of the University of Illinois. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with her about the summit and what it means for Slovaks.
Barring a strong showing by a last-minute candidate, Laurel Prussing will be the next mayor of Urbana. The former state representative won the Democratic nomination by a narrow majority over three-term incumbent mayor Tod Satterthwaite. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
Since 1958, Rockome Gardens has been a tourist destination in the heart of Central Illinois' Amish community. The 29-acre theme park in Douglas County, along with its rock garden, shops, and restaurant, is up for auction. City officials in Arcola hold out hope that a buyer will want to keep it going. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports.