November 16, 2012

I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

Did video kill the radio star? If so, it was with a lot of help from MTV. It's hard to remember that the initials MTV, now better known for reality programming, actually stand for "Music Television." In its first decade, MTV lived up to its name - it played music videos all day, the way a radio station played records. Though music videos had been played on television since the 1960s, MTV was the first outlet specifically programmed around music videos. We'll talk with Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum, authors of "I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution" about the tumultuous first decade of MTV and the videos that made the 1980s and early 1990s memorable.

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July 09, 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick

We’ll explore the life and times of one of baseball’s most eccentric personalities, Bill Veeck. Many will remember him for all of the wacky things he did to get people to the ball park. But this one-time owner of the Chicago White Sox had a serious impact on the game, introducing innovations we now take for granted. He was also an early advocate for the inclusion of black players. Our guest will be Paul Dickson, author of the new biography "Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, May 11, 2012, 10 am

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July 04, 2012

Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July Special

In order to accommodate the Secret Service scandal and the requests of many public radio stations, the Capitol Steps July 4th edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday” will be a full hour. Packed with new songs and more fun than a GSA party in Vegas, the Capitol Steps hope to remind you that if this special influences your vote for President ... yikes, we’re in worse shape than we thought.


September 16, 2011

Shock Value

Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

With Jason Zinoman (Critic and Reporter covering theater for The New York Times)

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February 22, 2011

2011 Insect Fear Film Festival: Killer Wasps

With May Berenbaum, Ph.D. (Head, Department of Entomology; Professor, Department of Entomology, UIUC: joint appointment, Department Plant Biology, UIUC; Affiliate, Dept. Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, UIUC; Affiliate, Center for Economic Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois)

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