The Gateway Arch

Tim Tolle/Flickr Creative Commons

October 28, 2015 - News Local/State

Four minutes up, three minutes down: Listen to a first-timer travel to the top of the Arch

St. Louis is celebrating 50 years of the Gateway Arch, the city's most famous structure and the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Arch is a mainstay of St. Louis tourism, with more than two million visitors every year; but some long-time residents of the area have never taken the famous ride to the top. David Reddick of Kirkwood is one of them. He joined Illinois Public Radio's Áine O'Connor on a tram ride to the top of the Arch.


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. 


Marilyn Monroe in Bement, 1955

(Illinois Historic Preservation Agency)

August 07, 2015 - News Local/State

A Bombshell Dropped (In Bement) 60 Years Ago

As if Abraham Lincoln wasn’t enough, a small central Illinois town can lay claim to a visit from Marilyn Monroe. The actress visited the community of Bement in Piatt County 60 years ago this week.  It's known for being the site where Lincoln and Stephen Douglas met to plan their famous debates.  But on a day in the summer of 1955, it was Marilyn’s town.


In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Dick Van Dyke arrives at the U.S. premiere of "Saving Mr. Banks" at Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Van Dyke's childhood home could be torn down after the city condemned the dilapidated building in Da

(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

July 05, 2015 - News Local/State

Actor Van Dyke’s Childhood Home On Condemned List

The star of films like "Mary Poppins" and TV's "The Dick Van Dyke Show" took to Twitter last week, calling attention to the Danville home he and his brother lived in during high school.


Congressman Aaron Schock talks with reporters before meeting with constituents Feb. 6

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

February 23, 2015 - News Local/State

AP: Congressman Schock Billed Private Planes, Concerts

The Peoria Congressman's use of congressional and political funds to pay for trips on a supporters' plane raises new questions amid an ethics inquiry already underway.


October 28, 2014 - News Local/State

U of I Arena Court Damaged By Water

The University of Illinois says it is evaluating the condition of the new basketball court inside the State Farm Center after several inches of storm water backed up inside the arena.


The markets of San Salvador, where abortion pills can be purchased,

(John Poole/NPR)

September 23, 2014 - News National/International

Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Abortion Pills

An ulcer drug is dramatically changing the face of back-alley abortions in developing countries and cutting the rate of material deaths.  Misoprostol is widely available, even where abortion is banned.


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