Mattoon Community School District 2.
Mattoon Community School District 2.
September 21, 2017

Shooting At Mattoon High School; Kultura Festival; Shawnee’s Snake Road; Cubs Corn Maze

On the 21st: We got the latest on the situation at Mattoon High School, where a student opened fire yesterday, injuring another student. Plus, a Filipino food and arts festival in Chicago will showcase Filipino chefs from the Midwest. We also learned about efforts to protect endangered snakes at Shawnee National Forest and take a visit to a corn maze celebrating the Chicago Cubs.


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.


Sue the T. rex at the Field Museum in Chicago
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September 01, 2017

Field Museum Moving Famous T. Rex Sue; BBQ In Illinois

On the 21st: Sue, the world-famous T. rex that greets visitors of the Field Museum in Chicago, is soon moving to make room for a gigantic, new plant-eating dinosaur. We discussed the upcoming changes with Field Museum paleontologist Bill Simpson. Plus, to prepare for the Labor Day holiday and lots of weekend grilling, we heard from some of the state's top BBQ experts, including chef Benjamin Grice from The Humble Hog and Pat Burke from Pat’s BBQ.


"Afterlife" author Marcus Sakey
Courtesy Marcus Sakey
August 29, 2017

Marcus Sakey On New Novel; SNAP And Shoplifting; Obama Alums Run For Office; Health Care Reviews

On the 21st: Chicago author Marcus Sakey joined us to talk about his newest novel, “Afterlife,” a thriller and love story that takes place between two worlds. Plus, we learned how the distribution of SNAP benefits may be linked to shoplifting. We also talked to a POLITICO reporter who reported on former Obama staffers now running for office and heard from a Springfield doctor who launched his own health care review website.


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