An artist's rendering of two black holes.
Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab
June 16, 2017

Black Holes Collide; University Layoffs; ‘A Selfish Plan To Save The World’

On the 21st: What happens when black holes collide? We get a down-to-earth explanation from Northwestern University researchers of some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe. Plus, the state budget crisis has led to more than 2,000 jobs cut at public universities, and social entrepreneur Justin Dillon shares why he thinks everyone can make a difference.


Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ
March 01, 2017

Tornadoes Hit Illinois; Travel Ban & Health Care; Title IX & Sexual Assault; State Farm

On the 21st: We checked in with areas of the state affected by Tuesday night's severe weather and discussed the impact of the Trump administration's travel ban on health care, with a focus on rural and under-served areas. We also continued our series on sexual assault on college campuses with a discussion about Title IX and got the latest on State Farm's losses pertaining to auto insurance.


the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.
National Human Trafficking Hotline
February 01, 2017

Human Trafficking Report; Endangered Bumblebee; Recent Food/Health News; LabEscape

On the 21st: We learned about a new report that finds the number of reported cases of human trafficking in Illinois is rising. Plus, we talked with one of the world's leading bee experts about the first bumblebee species to land on an endangered species list in the continental U.S. We also discussed kids' menus, sugary drinks, and GMO apples, and learned about a new escape room that just opened in Urbana.


Rally at Willard Airport
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
January 29, 2017

Hundreds Attend Rally For Immigrants At U Of I’s Willard Airport

An estimated 600 people attended Sunday’s rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. The event came together after organizers like Ann Abbott reached out on Facebook the night before. She says the Trump administration is trying to use fear to pit U.S. citizens against one another. “This is not 2001, this is 2017, and we are smart, not scared,” she told the crowd.


protesters by the White House
Alex Brandon/AP
January 28, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

President Trump's freeze on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries cites the potential threat of terrorism. But here's the twist — it doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.


One of Marc Nelson's pieces featuring the White Helmet rescue workers.
Rich Egger / Tri-States Public Radio
December 27, 2016

The Art of Touching Lives

Marc Nelson's goal is to teach his students at Central Junior High School in Kewanee that there is more to art than paintings hanging from a gallery wall. The students are learning that lesson by creating images of the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria -- artwork that is shared on Twitter via the hashtag  #StandWithAleppo.


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