Jack Gilbert's new book "Dirt Is Good."
St. Martin's Press
June 23, 2017

Jack Gilbert on Germs, Bacteria, Health; The Slants Win Supreme Court Decision

On the 21st: Do you ever wonder if dirt really is good for kids? We speak about how our gut and other bacteria affect our health with an expert in microbial biology. Plus, a Supreme Court decision this week on free speech involves the Asian-American band The Slants. Bassist and founder Simon Tam joined us to share what his decade-long fight means for free speech and the Asian American community.


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.
screenshot/University of Illinois
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 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. 


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