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Reporting from in and around Illinois.Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon)Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)Quad Cities - WVIK 105.7 HD-2 (Fridays 11 a.m. - noon)Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 2-3 p.m.)Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p ...
 
The Ground Shots Podcast is an audio project exploring our relationship to ecology through conversations and storytelling with artists, ecologists, farmers, activists, story-tellers, land-tenders and more. How do we do our work in the modern age, when the urgency of ecological and social collapse feels looming? How do we creatively and whole-heartedly navigate our relationships with one another and the land?
 
Pint-Sized Stories is a podcast where Justin Salinas has a guest over to the apartment and has them share their favorite true personal story over a pint of homebrew or craft beer! After the story we'll chat about various things such as how the story impacted the guest. Check back every Tuesday at 6pm PST for a new episode!
 
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The Illinois Senate this week approved the state's new energy package and the governor quickly signed it into law. It saves a pair of nuclear plants, and the jobs and tax base they provide, along with placing Illinois on a path to a renewable energy future. It also shined light on how the leaders of the state can work through complicated issues to …
 
This week, the story of women who worked at the Radium Dial Company factory in Ottawa, using radium-laced paint on glow-in-the-dark clocks and watches. Unaware of the health risks, many died from radium poisoning. Their case became a landmark moment in the workers' rights movement. Also, we'll hear about the stress on health care facilities in sout…
 
Jacqueline Wilson is chatting about her new book, The Primrose Railway Children, which is a fresh reimagining of the classic The Railway Children as a brand new adventure! Phoebe Robinson loves making up stories – just like her wonderful, imaginative Dad. When he mysteriously disappears, Phoebe, Perry, Becks and their mum must leave everything behi…
 
Bestselling award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Rob Biddulph joins Bex! He’s chatting all about his new book, Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City! Drawing feels like magic to Peanut Jones. But art can’t fix her problems. Her dad has gone missing, and she’s stuck in a boring new school. Until the day she finds a unique pencil turb…
 
The Illinois General Assembly was back in Springfield for a rare late August session to tackle a couple of key issues. Democrats approved a new version of the legislative redistricting map, over objections of Republicans and various interest groups. But an energy package that has been negotiated for months remains elusive.…
 
Nursing has always been a stressful job. But COVID-19 has made it worse for many as ICU's fill up. One nurse said it has been like walking into a mass casualty event every day. The pandemic has led many to consider leaving the field. While health officials tout the benefits of the COVID vaccine, a lot of people have delayed getting the shots. We he…
 
Democrats are preparing to put the finishing touches on new Illinois congressional district boundaries. While those decisions are made here in the state, the implications are far reaching. Experts believe Illinois is one of the few states where Democrats have the ability to increase their control and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hold on power.…
 
Episode #63 is a conversation with Marissa Percoco out of Barnardsville, NC. Marissa (she/her) is an avid fermentation enthusiast who has spent the last 10 years exploring community and the wilds, as well as living deeply with various fermented cultures and local plants, and learning how it all comes together. Traveling through the wild places of T…
 
Students are heading back to classrooms. For many teachers, that brings mixed emotions. We'll hear how some educators are gearing up for the new school year.Health care professionals have had a difficult time with the pandemic. Now, with another COVID surge underway, we'll find out how they're holding up. And a small town plans to create a museum t…
 
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the rise of COVID cases caused by the Delta variant necessitated his decision to require everyone in school buildings to wear a mask. He also called for some frontline state workers to be vaccinated by this fall. Both moves have brought a mixed response.Pritzker also wants an energy package approved, but there's still no dea…
 
This week, the discussion about gun violence usually focuses on those who are killed. But for those who survive, it's difficult to get over what happened to them. We hear from one victim who says his life was forever changed when he was shot.We also hear from residents who trying to digest the latest data about the coronavirus and vaccines.Those st…
 
Conor talks to Joel Crawford from A New Age – the new Croods movie! Searching for a safer habitat, the prehistoric Crood family discovers an idyllic, walled-in paradise that meets all of its needs. Unfortunately, they must also learn to live with the Bettermans -- a family that's a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. As ten…
 
We discuss concerns about the Delta variant as cases rise. The governor announced masks must be worn by all individuals in state facilities. Also, schools are trying to determine the best approach with classes set to begin in a few weeks. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger was on the national stage as hearings into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the…
 
This week, we hear from a woman who questioned the need to vaccinated against COVID-19. Then, she got sick. What she says now. We'll also talk with some contact tracers about the difficulty in doing that job over the past year. And, the National Weather Service is launching a new weather alert category. Those stories and more on Statewide.…
 
Robyn is joined by Eric Bauza, voice actor, comedian and animation artist to chat all about the new Space Jam film, Space Jam: A New Legacy. Superstar LeBron James and his young son, Dom, get trapped in digital space by a rogue AI. To get home safely, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang for a high-stake…
 
Gov. J.B. Pritzker ended speculation about re-election, announcing he and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton will seek a second term. While the governor has been criticized by some for decisions he's made regarding the pandemic, Pritzker made it clear he will promote his record. State leaders are also watching the COVID-19 variants that are resulting in mor…
 
On this episode, gun violence in Chicago and many other cities has led to more efforts to go after gun traffickers. Officials say many of the weapons in Illinois come from other states, where laws are less strict.Also, a mother whose son was shot and wounded by police while having a mental health episode opens up about the incident.And it's not unc…
 
On this episode, we discuss the resignation of Carol Pope. The former judge resigned as Legislative Inspector General and had some parting shots for lawmakers. Pope said the recent legislative session showed "true ethics reform" was not a priority. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to end deceptive interrogation by police. It's a tactic some ar…
 
On this episode, the pandemic has sent many people to the hospital. Some wound up in intensive care on a ventilator. Others have faced long recoveries. That's resulted in higher costs for health care. And everyone will end up paying more for it. We also speak with a doctor from western Illinois, where vaccination rates are below average. And we hea…
 
Episode #62 of the Ground Shots Podcast features a conversation with Chama Woydak of Homegrown Families and Dancing Springs Farm, out of Asheville, North Carolina. Chama and I have a relationship that spans over a decade, which began when I landed on her farm in 2012 to go to herbal medicine school. We ended up farming together for a few years befo…
 
In a year that has seen the mass rollout of the vaccine and a reopening of the economy, there remain concerns about the pandemic and whether a more contagious variant could result in a setback. Illinois is making efforts to get more people vaccinated, but rates remain low in some parts of the state and state agencies. Also, President Joe Biden made…
 
On this episode, we learn about a woman who helped save millions of lives. Alice Hamilton fought industry leaders, politicians and even some employees to improve workplace safety. We also hear how some restaurants are having trouble getting enough employees. What does that mean for those who are back on the job? And the ethanol industry is pushing …
 
Illinois got some long awaited fiscal news. Moody's gave Illinois a bond rating upgrade, the first since George Ryan was governor. Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker celebrated the announcement. But his administration is also dealing with other problems involving state certain state agencies.By Sean Crawford, Charles N. Wheeler III, Hannah Meisel
 
On this episode, we learn more about an investigation into rampant unemployment fraud during the pandemic. Could Illinois have been more prepared? A proposal awaiting the governor's signature is being hailed by home bakers and other cottage food entrepreneurs. It would give them more options to sell their goods. And how did a piano wind up on a sta…
 
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