Michael Chrzastowski teaches his first class in his series, Gaining a Christian Understanding of the Qur’an, at entered First Presbyterian Church in Champaign, IL.

WILL/Amanda Honigfort

Longer Listen - May 10, 2016

Interfaith Class Seeks Deeper Understanding of Islam

Michael Chrzastowski worked for years as a geologist at the University of Illinois. Instead of retirement, however, he decided to pursue a second career in religion. Now, the Lutheran helps Christians better understand Islam. 

Muslim women ride the subway

Penguin Press

Longer Listen - April 28, 2016

‘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."

Portrait of Amanda Vinicky

WUIS

Longer Listen - December 28, 2015

Year-End: No Year Quite Like 2015 In Illinois

A new governor.  A long-time House speaker.  Court-ordered state spending.  It all adds up to a year unlike any other in the state of Illinois' history.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline talks about 2015 in state politics with Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky.

William "Bro" Adams, The Chairman of The NEH

Fred Field/Colby College

Longer Listen - October 30, 2015

NEH Chairman William Adams On The Humanities’ Role In The US

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William Adams, is in Champaign-Urbana today. He stopped by WILL to talk with Illinois Public Media's Amanda Honigfort about the role the humanities play in the United States and several initiatives the NEH is undertaking. 

Ray LaHood being sworn in as Transportation Secretary January 23, 2009

(AP Photo/Transportation Department)

Longer Listen - October 26, 2015

LaHood: Bipartisanship Needed To Solve Big Problems

Former Republican Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is pushing for more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.  He spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about the need for bipartisanship and other national topics.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act as Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and others look on.

Public Domain

Longer Listen - October 23, 2015

Tom Gjelten: U.S. Moving Toward ‘Nation of Nations’

NPR’s Tom Gjelten talked with Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort about how his new book, Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, chronicles not only how we’ve reached that point, but also tells the stories of some of those immigrants. 

part of the new soft war on women book cover

Jennifer Carrow/Penguin Random House

Longer Listen - September 25, 2015

‘New Soft War On Women’ Is Pushing Progress Back

Conventional wisdom says there’s never been a better time to be a woman. For the first time in U.S. History, women make up half of the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. Not so fast. Caryl Rivers says if you look more closely, women now must fight what she dubs the “New Soft War on Women.” That’s the title of a new book she wrote with Rosalind Barnett, just out in paperback. 

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

Courtesy of H. Keith Melton and the Melton Archive

Longer Listen - July 10, 2015

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. 

Longer Listen - June 03, 2015

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.

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