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.