Re-entering the outside world is a jarring experience for paroled inmates used to daily routines and an assured place to sleep and eat. While some parolees are able to make a new life for themselves, many others wind up back behind bars - Illinois reported its highest recidivism rate ever last year. A statewide task force is looking for ways to get more ex-felons re-established and out of trouble. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports.
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In Singapore, the defamation lawsuit - or the threat of one - is a handy tool for politicians to use against their critics. Now, a Singaporean government agency has used such a threat to shut down an Internet web log - whose author happens to be a UI graduate student. AM 580's Jim Meadows reports.
For decades America's Midwest has been known as the world's breadbasket, exporting a flood of grain. But last year, for the first time, the soybean harvest in South America surpassed the United States harvest - and within five years, Brazil alone is expected to outproduce US farms. That's creating more pressure on Illinois farmers. But it's sending others in search of what some are calling a soybean El Dorado. AM 580's Tom Rogers reports as a part of "Think Global," public radio's week of special coverage on globalization issues.
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.
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.