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.

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May 10, 2016 - Longer Listen

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. 


Portrait of Wes Moore

Courtesy Wes Moore

December 08, 2015 - Longer Listen

Author Wes Moore To Speak Tuesday Night On U Of I Campus

Bestselling author Wes Moore's Book, "The Other Wes Moore," is the current selection of the University of Illinois' "One Book, One Campus" program. Before speaking Tuesday night at the Illini Union, he spoke with Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline about the book, the Freddie Gray case, and his Bridge EDU program.


Portrait of Amanda Lewis

University of Illinois-Chicago

November 13, 2015 - Longer Listen

Racial Disparities In A ‘Good School’

A researcher's new book attempts to explain why racial disparities still exist in education, even when a school appears to have everything it needs to eliminate them. 


Former Illini basketball coach Lou Henson at his home in Champaign.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

November 09, 2015 - Longer Listen

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.