child with violin
Flickr/dominique cappronnier
February 16, 2017

Kids & Music Classes; Lack of Volunteer Firefighters In Illinois; Budget Address Follow-Up

On the 21st: We visit a music class at Leal elementary school and learn about a new research study exploring the factors that influence children's pursuit of music lessons. We also discussed how the lack of volunteers enlisting in local fire departments in recent years is affecting communities in Illinois, and checked in with social service agencies following Governor Rauner's budget address.


A general view of atmosphere at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Matt Sayles/Invision/Associated Press
February 12, 2017

No Grammy Wins For C-U Area Nominees

Artists and producers with Champaign-Urbana ties walked away from Sunday's Grammy Awards empty-handed. Nominees included Champaign-based Archeophone Records (in two categories), renowned bariton U of I Lyric Theatre Director Nathan Gunn, and Urbana native Molly Netter, who was featured in a recording by the New York-based Clarion Choir. 


Alison Krauss' new album, Windy City, comes out February 17.
Randee St. Nicholas/Courtesy of the artist
February 10, 2017

First Listen: Alison Krauss, ‘Windy City’

Hear the Champaign native's first solo release since 1999 in its entirety before its release date of February 17. Windy City shows off Alison Krauss' intelligence and good humor in versions of classic songs that are delightfully down to earth.


Pianist Joseph Houston and violinist Aisha Orazbeyeva.
Krannert Center
February 01, 2017

Pianist Cancels Krannert & Chicago Concerts Due To Trump Travel Ban

Upcoming concerts have been cancelled -- including one at the University of Illinois Krannert Center for the Performing Arts -- because of one artist’s protest of the president’s order barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Violinist Aisha Orazbeyeva is refusing to perform in the U-S, to show solidarity with those affected by the travel ban.  


Caterpillar
David Drew/Wikipedia
January 24, 2017

The Trump Administration & Illinois Manufacturing; Drug Interactions; Mark Morris Dance Group

On the 21st: We continued our week-long series on the impact of a Trump presidency on Illinois' economy with a discussion about manufacturing and jobs. Plus, we talked about Governor Rauner's plan to protect pharmacy customers from risky drug combinations and discussed how is Illinois divided on the soda vs. pop question. We also spoke with the founder of Mark Morris Dance Group, which will be performing in Urbana this weekend.


The Altgeld Hall bell tower, on the University of Illinois Urbana campus quad.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
December 21, 2016

Nearly A Century Of Chimes At Altgeld

Since the 1920's, daily concerts played on the chimes at Altgeld Hall have regaled students on the Urbana campus Quad of the University of Illinois. But only a few have been responsible for playing those chimes over the years. There’s no doubt performances will continue – it’s just a matter of who may be giving them.


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