One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator
Courtesy of Skot
April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

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.


Pens to Lens logo
Champaign-Urbana Film Society
February 04, 2016

Pens To Lens Accepting Screenplay Entries

The annual Pens to Lens screenwriting competition is accepting entries from area K-12 students from now through February 29.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spoke with two members of the C-U Film Society board, AJ Christensen and WILL-TV's Tim Meyers about this year's event.


Bruce (middle) discussing protocol with Rob James-Collier (Tomas, left) and Kevin Doyle (Mr. Mosley, right).
Courtesy of Masterpiece
January 04, 2016

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser On Season Six, Filming And More

Downton Abbey season six, the final season, premiered in the U.S. yesterday to great acclaim. It wouldn’t look the way it does or be so historically accurate, however, if it weren’t for Alastair Bruce. The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Bruce, the show’s historical advisor, “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. 


A screen grab from the Star Wars movie.
Walt Disney Studios
December 21, 2015

‘Star Wars’ Awakens A New Generation

University of Illinois students and Roger Ebert Fellows Ashish Valentine, Riane Lenzner-White and Shalayne Pulia reviewed the opening-night screening of The Force Awakens and convened in the studios of Chicago Public Radio to discuss what the Star Wars phenomenon meant (or didn’t mean) to them, going into the film.


Courtesy of Masterpiece
December 14, 2015

Downton Abbey Historical Adviser Alastair Bruce On Filming, Manners Special

The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, Masterpiece’s smash hit about the Crawley family and their servants call Historical Advisor Alistair Bruce “The Oracle” because he knows everything about the customs and protocols of the time period. Bruce is in town to share some of that knowledge and secrets about filming the show at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts tonight.


Celtic Woman, Left to Right: Éabha McMahon, Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Máiréad Nesbitt
Kip Carroll
October 02, 2015

Máiréad Nesbitt Of Celtic Woman: Last Ten Years Have Been A ‘Wonderful Journey’

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only original member of the Irish group Celtic Woman, which started as a one-off PBS special over ten years ago. In anticipation of their appearance at the Virginia Theater this weekend, Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Nesbit about the last ten years and what she and the rest of Celtic Woman have in the works. 


Millennium Falcon spread from Ultimate Star Wars
Courtesy of DK
June 05, 2015

New Star Wars Book Sets The Stage For Episode VII

Star Wars fans are waiting anxiously to see what Disney does with Star Wars when Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. Adam Bray is excited. He’s one of the authors of a forthcoming Star Wars guide: Ultimate Star Wars that sets the stage for Episode VII.


The To Write Love On Her Arms Webpage
May 28, 2015

To Write Love On Her Arms Founder Says Help Is Necessary

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, which helps people with depression, substance abuse, and self-injury. He has released a new book, If You Feel Too Much, and will be speaking in Chicago on June 8th. He talked with us about his non-profit, the movie based off his original short story, and more. 


Marvel Creative Director Bill Rosemann
Courtesy of Bill Rosemann
March 27, 2015

Marvel Creative Director: We’re Going to Shock And Amaze

There is something about superhero stories that make them so universal and popular. Bill Rosemann has a theory why. He is the creative director for Marvel, Marvel Games and Legendary comics. Rosemann visited the University of Illinois campus last week and talked with us about that, the creation of Guardians of the Galaxy, what's in development at Marvel, and more. 


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