Muslim women ride the subway

Penguin Press

April 28, 2016 - Longer Listen

‘Excellent Daughters’ Throughout The Middle East Are Transforming Life In Their Countries

Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."


John's seal on the cover of Magna Carta: The Birth Of Liberty

Viking Press

October 27, 2015 - Longer Listen

So You Think You Know The Magna Carta…?

This year, the Magna Carta will turn 800 years old. The document, literally “Great Charter” when translated from Latin, is revered as the founding document of western democracy. Its language is found in many later key political documents including the US constitution and the Bill of Rights. But when Dan Jones dug into its history he found a very different story than we assume. Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort talked with Jones about what he found. 


part of the cover of Brush Back, the latest  V.I. Warshawski novel by Sara Paretsky

Penguin Random House

July 31, 2015 - Longer Listen

Paretsky On Her Best-Selling Chicago PI And Diversity In Mystery Writing

Sara Paretsky knows mystery writing. She's the author of the long-running, New York Times-bestselling V.I. Warshawski series. As the latest book hits shelves, she talked with us about Chicago's influence on her life and work and how the mystery genre has changed over the past 30 years. 


Adolf Tolkachev leaving his car at a roadblock on June 9, 1985.

Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive

July 10, 2015 - Longer Listen

A Tale Of Real-Life Espionage In New Book

David Hoffman details the story of Adolf Tolkachev, the most valuable Soviet spy during the Cold War, and the CIA agents he passed hundreds of thousands of pages of information to in his new book – the Billion Dollar Spy. 


June 03, 2015 - Longer Listen

John W. Dean on “The Nixon Defense”

John W. Dean talks about his book on Watergate, "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It" which bills itself as the complete story of the Watergate break-in and cover-up, and discloses Nixon’s part in it.


First Amendment Center president and CEO Ken Paulson narrates a performance of “Freedom Sings,” a musical tribute to free speech in America, told through rock, pop, hip-hop and country music.

Courtesy of The Tennessean

March 05, 2015 - Longer Listen

Ken Paulson on the First Amendment

Ken Paulson speaks about issues ranging from the importance of the First Amendment and its future, to the Steven Salaita case, to the future of journalism in the digital age. 


Director Damien Chazelle discusses a concert scene with actors J.K. Simmons (Fletcher) and Miles Teller (Andrew).

Daniel McFadden/Sony Pictures Classics

February 20, 2015 - Longer Listen

Roll Out The Red Carpet: Illinois Is Going To The Oscars

On Sunday, the red carpet will be rolled out for the Academy Awards and Illinois will have a significant presence. We’ll explore those connections beginning with Helen Estabrook, Champaign-Urbana native and the producer of Whiplash could take home as many as five Academy Awards. Finding Vivian Maier is a Chicago story written and directed by a Chicagoan. It could win best documentary….and find itself in copyright trouble. We’ll cover all that and more but first in this WILL special: Illinois at the Oscars