police dispatcher
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March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.


Renee Rosen, author of the new book Windy City Blues
Charles Osgood Photography and Penguin Random House
March 03, 2017

A Story Of Chicago Blues; Leisure Book Recommendations

On the 21st: We learned more about the story of Chicago blues with Renee Rosen, author of Windy City Blues, a new historical novel about Chess Records. We' also spoke with Terry Chess, son of the late Phil Chess. We also continued our occasional series of conversations for people who are feeling overwhelmed with the recent barrage of breaking news by asking: What books can they turn to for escape? 


Romantic violence book
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February 28, 2017

Life After Hate; Sexual Harassment In The Sciences; Severe Weather & Tornadoes

On the 21st: We spoke with a former white supremacist about his efforts to help people leave hate groups. We also discussed the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace - with a focus on the sciences - and spoke with an atmospheric scientists about severe weather in the forecase and the impact of the late Bill Paxton on the meteorology community.


A.D. Carson
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February 25, 2017

Decatur Scholar Turns Rhymes Into Dope Dissertation

A.D. Carson grew up in Decatur, graduated from Millikin University, and earned a master's degree here at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s now a Ph.D candidate at Clemson University, where recently he defended his dissertation -- a hip-hop project that’s gone viral.


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