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.


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. 


Former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson at his home in Champaign.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
November 09, 2015

Coach Henson Discusses Health, U of I Honors ... And Playing Bridge

It's been another year of health-related setbacks for Lou Henson, the winningest coach in Illini basketball history. About 12 years after battling cancer and encephalitis, he's been diagnosed with pre-leukemia, having to undergo stints of chemotherapy. 

He spoke with Jeff Bossert about how he's feeling, his strict physical routine, and the unveiling of Lou Henson Court.


Former Chicago Cub Doug Glanville scores in the eighth inning on a Tom Goodwin sacrifice fly to tie the game 3-3 in game two of the National League Division Series at Turner Field in Atlanta Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003 .
John Bazemore/AP
October 16, 2015

Former Cub Glanville Profiles Cubs-Mets Playoff

Former major league outfielder Doug Glanville, who broke in with the Cubs in 1996, was also a member of the 2003 team that fell just short of going to the World Series.  But today, he's best known as an analyst for ESPN and writer for the New York Times and Newsweek.  He spoke with Jeff Bossert about the 2015 Cubs.


An American tank in Carentan, France - June 1944
The United States National Archives
August 28, 2015

70 Years After World War II Ends: A Local Look Back

The 22 families who lived on Hero Street in Silvis, Ill. sent 57 of their children to fight in World War II. Some combination of those 22 fought in every theater, in every major battle, and through them, author Carlos Harrison shares a vivid portrait of the war. We dive into some of the stories and realities he uncovered, as well as talk with some of those from Silvis and the surrounding area who went to fight and who were here during the war. 


Indian Farm
Courtesy of Alan Guebert
July 17, 2015

Agriculture Will Return To ‘The Land Of Milk And Uncle Honey”

Alan Guebert has written a syndicated newspaper column about agriculture for about 20 years. Several of those columns have recounted what life was like on the “Southern Illinois dairy farm of his youth” – near St. Louis – and the beloved great uncle who came to “help.” At his daughter’s suggestion, the two of them have gathered those stories into a book, The Land of Milk And Uncle Honey. 


Public Domain
July 14, 2015

Memories Of Harper Lee From Former Chicago Tribune Reporter And Friend

Marja Mills met Nelle Harper Lee while on assignment for the Chicago Tribune. She later moved next door to Lee and her sister Alice Finch Lee for several months and has published a memoir about her friendship with the famous author called The Mockingbird Next Door. Mills gives her take on the new book from Lee and shares memories of the famously private author. 


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