A tractor in a corn field during harvest time.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
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.


RIPE Project Associate Director Don Ort discusses field trials.
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
July 14, 2017

RIPE Project Shows Off Progress In Photosynthesis Research

Researchers with the University of Illinois’ crop research project, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency -- or RIPE for short -- invited the media and the public to a field day Thursday. Don Ort is the associate director of the RIPE project and a crop science professor at the U of I. He gave Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline an overview of the project.


A coal mine exhibit in Evanston.
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April 11, 2017

The Future Of Illinois Coal Mining; School Funding Lawsuit; Video Game College Scholarships

On the 21st: We discussed the future of coal mining with the Illinois Coal Association president, a union president, and a reporter with Inside Energy. We also learned why 17 Illinois school superintendents are suing the state for inequitable funding, and learned more about why some colleges are offering scholarships for competitive video gaming.


Former Texas Governor Rick Perry in Washington DC on Thursday, January 19, 2017
Carolyn Kaster / AP
January 19, 2017

In Rick Perry Energy Hearing, Questions Likely On Nuclear Security, Environment

When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, his first test could be whether he remembers the name of the agency he's been picked to head.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is one of three agencies Perry proposed eliminating when he was running for president in 2011. During a debate, he successfully listed the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education. But he couldn't bring to mind the name of the third agency — the Energy Department.


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