Juan Felipe Herrera

Photo by Carlos Puma/UC Riverside

The 21st Show - April 29, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet In IMAX

On the 21st: We spoke with Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States. Plus, scientists from an Illinois supercomputing facility told us about their role in a new 3D space documentary.

Chicago State University's graduation ceremony.

Chicago State University via Facebook

News Local/State - April 29, 2016

Chicago State’s Class Of 2016 Looks Back On Bumpy Year

Thursday's graduation ceremony at Chicago State University was less of a solemn ceremony, and more of a political rally, for students capping off a very political year at a campus hard hit by Illinois' budget impasse.

Mike Lindemann and Jan Seeley at the Illinois Marathon office in Urbana

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News Local/State - April 29, 2016

Behind The Scenes With The Illinois Marathon Co-Directors

The annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon gets underway Friday night with the 5k run and walk, and features several events on Saturday, including a 10k, half marathon, and full marathon.  Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline spent some time with race co-directors Jan Seeley and Mike Lindemann to get a sense of what their days are like leading up to the event.

News Local/State - April 28, 2016

MAP Grant Funds Not Distributed Equally

Following the signing this week of an emergency funding bill for higher education in Illinois, money for the Monetary Award Program, or MAP grants, has been released. But while students attending colleges on the semester system will receive about half the money they were expecting, those on the quarter system will get just one-third.

24 year old Ashley Chemere Gibson of Champaign.

Champaign Police Department

News Local/State - April 28, 2016

Six Charged In Connection With Death Of Ashley Gibson

Champaign police say six men have been charged with one felony count each of dismembering a human body. Gibson's family said Wednesday they knew who was responsible. 

Muslim women ride the subway

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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."

Family and friends of Ashley Gibson, who died last week, address the media in Champaign Wednesday.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - April 27, 2016

Gibson’s Mother: ‘She Was Full Of Life.’

The family of Ashley Gibson has spoken for the first time since authorities reported the death of the 24-year old from Urbana, whose remains were discovered in Clinton Lake on Sunday.  Her mother, Ranae, says her daughter had dreams of leaving the area and joining the military, and never met a stranger. 

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