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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 20, 2005

Portion Size Me

Eastern Illinois University consumer sciences professor James Painter (left, holding drink) has produced a film that he says counters Morgan Spurlock's popular documentary Super Size Me, in which he falls ill eating nothing but McDonalds food in portions offered by the fast food chain. Painter's point is that limiting your serving portions -- even portions of fast food -- is the key to maintaining your health. He spoke with AM 580's Jeff Bossert.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 13, 2005

One Foot in Front of the Other

What may be the first scientific conference devoted to the health benefits of walking is taking place on the UI campus. The three-day "Walking for Health" conference builds on years of research showing that moderate exercise like walking can be as beneficial as more strenuous exercise. AM 580's Jim Meadows took a walk with one of the organizers of the conference. Kinesiology professor Weimo Zhu (left) says there are still plenty of things that walking researchers want to know.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - October 11, 2005

The Dangers of Campus Traffic

For 32 years, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District operated on the University of Illinois campus without a fatal accident. But in the last year, buses have struck and killed two students on campus. As AM 580's Kate Pokarney reports, that leaves many people wondering how to keep future accidents from happening.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 21, 2005

A Relief Team Comes Home

The day after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, a medical team from Illinois was ordered to help out. A doctor and nurse from Urbana say the ten days they spent treating evacuees was harrowing but a valuable experience they can draw upon in future emergencies. AM 580's Jeff Bossert reports. (Left: A member of Illinois' medical relief team catches some sleep at LSU's Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, which doubled as a field hospital.)

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 20, 2005

Winning a “Genius Grant

Imagine getting a call telling you that a private foundation admires your work - and you're admired so much that the foundation is giving you $500,000 to keep working, no strings attached. University of Illinois chemistry professor Todd Martinez (left) got that call last week - and today Martinez is being announced as one of 25 recipients of the half-million dollar MacArthur Fellowship grants. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked to him.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 12, 2005

9/11: A Jazz Remembrance

This year's observance of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were low-key in Champaign-Urbana. University of Illinois law students planted small flags on the lawn outside their building. Meanwhile, before a small audience at Smith Hall, faculty members of the School of Music improvised on the hymn "Amazing Grace" for exactly 17 minutes -- the time between the two attacks on the World Trade Center. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked with Karl Kramer, director of the UI School of Music, and musicians Chip Stevens, Ron Bridgewater and Chip McNeill.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 11, 2005

Planning for a New New Orleans

Rebuilding New Orleans seems like a daunting task when America is still trying to get its head around the enormity of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. But a University of Illinois urban planning professor says plans have to start now, even before the area's residents eventually begin to stream back into the city. AM 580's Tom Rogers talked to him.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - September 02, 2005

Champaign Native Survives Hurricane Katrina

A Champaign native attending college in New Orleans is back home, after surviving Hurricane Katrina and making his way out of the flooded city on foot. Am 580's Jim Meadows talked with Kevin Causley.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 26, 2005

Spinning at Different Speeds

The earth turns -- but some parts of the earth turn faster than others. An article in the latest issue of the journal Science provides evidence that the earth's core is rotating at a rate faster than the rest of the planet. AM 580's Jim Meadows talked with a University of Illinois scientist who co-authored the study. Xiaodong Song (left) says their findings end a nine-year debate on the question and provide more information about the earth's magnetic field.

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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - August 26, 2005

Spot Drought

Agriculture experts wrap up their annual tour through the nation's corn belt - and while they're estimating slightly smaller crops in Nebraska and Ohio, expectations drop off sharply in Illinois. As AM 580's Tom Rogers reports for NPR, that's because many Illinois farmers have suffered through what could be called a spot drought, the worst in nearly two decades.

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