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Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest?

8 pm Wednesday, April 23: What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships.


Backyard Industry: Wiggle Room

Lisa Bralts has always been a fan of the worms working in her compost pile at home. It turns out the folks at the U of I Sustainable Student Farm are fans on a much larger scale.

Yuja Wang at piano

Yuja Wang performs Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3

7 pm Wednesday, April 23, on WILL-FM: With the LA Philharmonic

doctor and nurse in a hospital

Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois

 Link to all the stories in our Illinois Public Media News series.

 Caradoc and Princess Aurora (Ben Bunce & Hannah Vassallo).

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

8 pm Friday, April 25, on WILL-TV: The classic Tchaikovsky ballet gets a Gothic spin.

Neo-Nazi march

Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered

9 pm Monday, April 28: Exploring the impact of the attempted 1979 neo-Nazi march in Skokie, Ill., a haven for Holocast survivors.

Monarch butterfly

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

NOVA: 8 pm Wednesday, April 30,on WILL-TV

Cast of Father Brown

Father Brown: Saving souls and solving crime

8 pm Thursdays on WILL-TV


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Live and Local

April 23, 2014, 4pm on FM 90.9:

Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute Band in Charleston, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony

I always loved the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Their rendition of “Puff the Magic Dragon” still makes me cry. Now there’s a modern-day folk trio from New York City inspired by PP&M—A Band Called Honalee. They’ll play during Charleston’s annual arts festival this weekend, and I’ll talk with two of their number on the Wednesday edition of “Live and Local.” We’ll also hear from conductor Stephen Alltop about Friday’s concert by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

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