Afternoon Magazine Archives - May 15, 2013

Community Conversation - Guns Save Life

Members of the organization Guns Save Life met last night in Rantoul, to discuss a number of issues, including firearm safety and a possible new concealed carry law in Illinois.

Two members of WILL's staff, Lindsey Moon and Kimberlie Kranich, spoke with members of the group as part of the station's Community Conversations initiative.

Kranich says that during the meeting, several members expressed a preference for a concealed carry law to be passed, as even an imperfect bill would be better than the uncertainty of having no law on the matter.

One attendee noted that he was able to get around possible concealed carry laws because there is no prohibition on carrying a firearm and ammunition seperately on one's person, Kranich says.

Moon notes that several attendees were concerned that the wait time for an ownership permit was often 75-90 days, despite the promise that such a permit would be issued within 30 days by the state.

Other issues addressed in the meeting included school safety and the perception of media bias against firearm owners.

Every month, Illinois Public Media organizes or participates in other organizations’ 'community conversations.' WILL engages in these conversations in an effort to better inform our own news coverage.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - May 14, 2013

Community Cinema - The Revolutionary Optimists

Henry Radcliffe joins us to discuss tonight's Community Cinema event, a screening of The Revolutionary Optimists. The film looks at an effort to alleviate poverty in Kolkata slums through dance and art.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - May 03, 2013

Nick Offerman on Parks & Rec and Woodworking

Nick Offerman has made a very unique career for himself. He graduated from the University of Illinois theater program, and bounced around for a bit, getting small roles in TV shows like Deadwood and Gilmore Girls. That's before he got the role of a lifetime, as Ron Swanson on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. It's a tough role to make likeable - he's laconic, and a curmedgeon, and, even though he works for the government, he's also an outspoken libertarian. But Offerman's performance is one of the most appealing on TV, and the character's Swanologues have become legendary. With Parks and Rec wrapping up it's fifth season, Offerman is making a rare film appearance in a new movie called Somebody Up There Likes Me, which is now available through VOD.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - May 02, 2013

Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!

When Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! debuted in 1998, it was considered a weird curiosity, a very silly "news quiz" nestled in the schedule of an otherwise serious news organization. Now, it's arguably the network's second biggest weekend show, after Car Talk. Peter Sagal, host of Wait Wait, joined us to discuss dirty jokes, Gene Simmons and the show's first ever live cinema event. Wait Wait Live is playing tonight at movie theaters across America.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - April 18, 2013

Haskell Wexler on Roger Ebert, ‘Days of Heaven’

Haskell Wexler is one of the most influential cinematographers ever - his credits include 'The Conversation', 'In the Heat of the Night', 'The Thomas Crown Affair', 'Bound For Glory' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' He's in Champaign Illinois this week to introduce the film 'Days of Heaven' at Ebertfest. We spoke with him about his friendship with Roger Ebert, the switch to digital film, and his own beloved subversive 60s movie, 'Medium Cool'.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - April 11, 2013

Thomas Burrell on Racism

Thomas Burrell is the founder and former CEO of Burrell Communications, an advertising agency based in Chicago that is one of the largest multi-cultural marketing firms in the world.  Among his many honors, Burrell has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame and has been named as one of the most influential black businessmen of the past 40 years by Black Enterprise Magazine. He argues that the longest-running and most successful advertising campaign of all time has functioned to marginalize black America. He’s author of the book “Brainwashed, Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In it, he argues that we are not living in a post-racial era but one that makes it harder to talk about race than ever before.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - April 09, 2013

Community Cinema - The Island President

The Island President screens Tuesday night at the Champaign Public Library as part of our Community Cinema series. Henry Radcliffe joins us to discuss a film that explores the immediate implications of climate change for the small island nation of the Maldives.

The island president

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives

Photo Credit: Films for the Earth
Afternoon Magazine Archives - April 05, 2013

Chicago Critics Remember Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert passed away yesterday - it's a great loss for movie lovers everywhere, and it's being felt very deeply among film critics. He was possibly the most infleuntial critic ever, and a staple of the Chicago film community. Even after Ebert became hobbled by cancer, he still showed up, several times a week, to see movies in the press screening rooms across the city. He would sit in the back, on the aisle, next to the door. We're joined by Scott Tobias, Film Editor at the AV Club, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Roger-Ebert-dot-com to discuss his imfluence on film criticism.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - April 03, 2013

Andy Carvin on his book, Distant Witness

During the Arab Spring, almost everyone got their news from Twitter, and one man managed to make himself a hub for a lot of a newsreaders. Andy Carvin works for NPR, but he's not a reporter. Last year, Carvin Tweeted incessantly, sometimes over one hundred times an hour, spreading videos, rumors and stories that would have unnoticed from across Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Carvin provided important context for many readers, but some media critics were uncomfortable with Carvin's retweeting of unverified rumors, and the fact that he did all of his Tweeting from outside of the middle east. Carvin has now written a book about the Arab Spring called Distant Witness.

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