Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."
Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.
On The 21st: Thursday night, Illinois university presidents awaited news of a funding measure that would’ve provided them with the first state funds in almost a year - until it fell through. We spoke with an statehouse reporter in Springfield who filled us in on Friday's activities, including the eventual passage of a bill that would enable funding for state universities. Plus, we spoke with choreographer Endalyn Taylor about the musical, Kiss Me, Kate, and her dance career; the Midwest and Jewish origins of one of America's most popular cookbooks; and we honor Prince with a song.
The creator and host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts asked artists what served as their inspiration, and put their career on the right path. He's taken 35 of the best stories and compiled them into a new book, profiling artists ranging from Jackson Browne to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe to Philip Glass.
Roger Ebert Fellows Riane Lenzner-White, Shalayne Pulia, and Ashish Valentine, along with Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, go over the films they saw and enjoyed at this year's Ebertfest held at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.
Why are the poor in central Illinois dying younger than in other parts of the country? We talked to researchers and health professionals to find out. Also, we spoke with the women behind the Ebertfest Film "Radical Grace."
Angela Allen credits director Carol Reed for getting her started in film. The post-screening discussion following the 1949 film noir 'The Third Man', Thursday night at Roger Ebert's Film Festival was kind of cinema history lesson for the crowd at Champaign's Virginia Theatre.
The late film critic Roger Ebert once hailed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro as the most challenging in fantasy films, because he invents from scratch. Del Toro brought 2015's "Crimson Peak" which he calls a 'gothic romance', to Champaign's Virginia Theatre to open the 18th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival Wednesday.
On today's show: how the arts can help overcome stereotypes about mental health and disability. We also highlighted a new documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson, and talked about what makes a good children's book - in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday this week.