A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
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September 07, 2017

Crop Insurance; Teaching Science Through Bad Examples; Faster Trains; Climate Change And Flooding

On the 21st: How farmers use the federal crop insurance program to stay in business. Plus, University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum explained how even "bad science" from movies could be used to teach valuable lessons, and DePaul University's Joseph Schwieterman discussed new passenger trains that could slash commuting times. Also: a look at climate change, flooding and other severe weather.


Actor, comedian, and University of Illinois alumnus Nick Offerman announces on the U of I Facebook page that he'll be May 13 commencement speaker.
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April 25, 2017

Actor, U Of I Alumnus Offerman To Give Commencement Speech

Actor and alumnus Nick Offerman will be the commencement speaker for the University of Illinois' Urbana campus on May 13. The selection was confirmed late Tuesday afternoon with a short video of Offerman posted to the U of I's Facebook page. In the video, Offerman took on the mannerisms of Ron Swanson, the character he played on the TV show "Parks and Recreation." 


The marquee at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.
Art Theater Co-op
April 19, 2017

Art Theater Projector Repaired

After nearly a week without a working projector, downtown Champaign’s Art Theater Co-Op is ready to show movies again. Manager Austin McCann says the theater had to go dark a few days ago, when their hundred-thousand-dollar digital movie projector malfunctioned.


The marquee at the Art Theater Co-op in downtown Champaign.
Art Theater Co-op
April 17, 2017

Art Theater Co-op Holds Other Events In Wake Of Projection Problems

Champaign’s Art Theater Co-op is looking for other ways to entertain while its digital projection system is down. General Manager Austin McCann says troubleshooting could take a couple more days. He says a 'burst of creativity' includes plans for a Monday night airing of the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast of "The War of The Worlds", and a Tuesday night trivia event. Concessions are open, but the events themselves are free. 


Norman Lear
Andy Kropa /Invision/AP
March 17, 2017

Television Icon Lear, Actress Huppert, To Attend 19th Ebertfest

Producer Norman Lear, who rose to prominence with programs like "All in The Family", and "The Jeffersons" has been announced as a guest at the 19th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, scheduled for April 19-23 at Champaign's Virginia Theatre, accompanying the 2016 documentary "Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You." Also announced Friday as a guest is actress Isabelle Huppert, accompaying the 2016 thriller "Elle" for which she received an Oscar nomination.


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