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 - July 23, 2012

Race and the American Media

Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press; co-author, News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media

When we think about the history of media in America, it’s easy to think of it in terms of technology – from the rise of newspapers to radio to television to the Internet and beyond. Or you could look at media as a vehicle for reflecting and even contributing to social change – from Colonial-era newspapers encouraging the American Revolution to TV cameras bringing the civil rights movement into 1960s-era living rooms. But there are other ways to examine media in America. Joseph Torres, along with co-author Juan Gonzalez, recently placed the history of media under a different sort of prism – that of race. In their book News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Torres and Gonzalez explore how America’s racial divisions have played a major role in the development of our media system. Joseph Torres will appear at this week's Grassroots Radio Conference in Champaign/Urbana.

Afternoon Magazine Archives - February 03, 2012

“My Left Eye”

Stephen Lyons, Writer, a two-time recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for prose writing and a Pushcart Prize nominee; author of three books, most recently The 1,000-Year Flood: Destruction, Loss, Rescue and Redemption Along the Mississippi River

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