One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator

Courtesy of Skot

Longer Listen - 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.

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. 

Portrait of author David Quammen

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Longer Listen - September 21, 2015

Author David Quammen Speaking On U Of I Campus Monday

Author David Quammen is speaking on the University of Illinois campus.  Quammen is the author of the award-winning book “Spillover” about the spread of viruses such as H-I-V and Ebola from animals to humans. 

New Horizons was about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Pluto and Charon when it snapped this portrait late on July 8, 2015.

NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI

Longer Listen - July 13, 2015

Pluto Fly-By: Reaching New Horizons

Eighty-five years after Pluto was discovered by an astronomer from Illinois – the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto and show us what this far-off world looks like. David Leake, the head of Staerkel Planetarium, fills us in on what to expect and the Central Illinois connection to Pluto. 

A group of female African Savannah Elephants take a dust bath in Tanzania

Linda Honigfort

Longer Listen - June 16, 2015

The African Elephant Is Actually Two Separate Species - And In Danger

According to researchers the African elephant is actually two different species of elephant - a development with big implications for conservation. We talk with Alfred Roca, a researcher at the University of Illinois who specializes in genetics and wildlife conservation, about the differences in the elephant and what that means for its survival.