1. Focus: Concrete Reveries - The City as a Work of Art

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    Mark Kingwell teaches philosophy at the University of Toronto. Kingwell says there are strong connections between architecture and movies. He says science fiction films are typically influential on architecture, design, and urban planning. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview he did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://tinyurl.com/4pymmu4

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    • Focus: Diet for a Hot Planet

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      Anna Lappé helped start the Small Planet Institute, a group that supports grassroots efforts addressing the causes of hunger and poverty. Lappé talks about the long-term environmental ramifications the planet's facing if people don't change the way they think about food. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview she did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://tinyurl.com/4oo3xlo

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      • Focus: Current Events in Egypt

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        University of Illinois History Professor Kenneth Cuno assesses the changes that have taken place in Egypt following Hosni Mubarak's resignation as president of Egypt. With the military in the control of the government, Cuno says he's cautiously optimistic about positive change in the country. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview he did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://tinyurl.com/45dezrj

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        • Focus: 2011 Insect Fear Film Festival

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          May Berenbaum heads the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois, and each year present film festival dedicated to insects. The festival going into its 28th year, and she talks about how it started. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview she did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://tinyurl.com/4kugxff

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          • Focus: Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You

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            Historian Myron Marty shares tips on what people can do to master most historical research techniques. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview he did with WILL's Celeste Quinn, click here: http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus110218b1/

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            • Focus: "Titanic and Sinking: The Illinois Budget Disaster"

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              Bob Rich heads the University of Illinois Institute for government and Public Affairs. In response to Governor Pat Quinn's, State of the State address, he said there’s no indication yet how Quinn will handle the $14 billion the state owes its pension funds for state employees and teachers. Last month the General Assembly approved legislation to borrow money to contribute into the funds. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview he did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus110218a/

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              • The Afternoon Magazine: Field of Dreams for Haiti

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                A year after the massive earthquake in Haiti, care is still needed in the country. One million people were left homeless, while 230,000 people lost their lives. Amanda Frye is a post recovery nurse, and Cole Anderson is a surgeon. Both work at Carle Foundation Hospital, and discuss why they plan to go to Haiti with a team of volunteers for a week in March to offer assistance to people still recovering from the devastating earthquake. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview they did with WILL's Celeste Quinn, click here: http://will.illinois.edu/afternoonmagazine/interview/aftmag110214/ (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview they did with WILL's Celeste Quinn, click here: http://will.illinois.edu/afternoonmagazine/interview/aftmag110214/

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                • Focus: Current Events in Egypt

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                  Anti-government protesters in Egypt have asked President Hosni Mubarak to step down after a 30-year autocratic rule. Mubarak has said he will not run for e-election. University of Illinois Sociology Professor Asef Bayat and History Professor Kenneth Cuno share what they think the Egyptian people have to look forward to following a post-Mubarak regime. (Produced by Sean Powers/WILL) To hear more from an interview they did with WILL's David Inge, click here: http://will.illinois.edu/focus/interview/focus110210a/

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                  • Gale Davis Shares His Worldview About Being Gay

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                    A few months ago, I met Gale Davis, 70, of Urbana, Il. He’s a member of Illinois Public Media, and a longtime viewer and listener of our station. Davis said he knew he was gay when he was four years old. “I had no interest in girls at all, but you had to keep that under the whatever,” he said. Davis said 1969 was an important year for him. Right after the Stonewall Uprising in July, gay groups started forming across the state. It was around this time when Davis came out. A couple of years later, Davis spoke to the Mattachine Society in Chicago, one of the earliest gay rights organizations. He then began traveling across the country visiting gay churches, and meeting with gay rights activists. While Davis admits gays are represented more today than they were in 1969, he said many of the struggles facing the LGBT community back then are still relevant. “Things have changed a lot, although not quite enough,” he said, reflecting on his memories about being thrown out of the air force because of his sexuality. “I was perfectly happy to donate my time and energy and even blood to protect the country, and they didn’t want me because I was born gay.” David said people today are more comfortable coming out about their sexuality, but he added that there needs to be more of an effort to share the gay experience to the rest of the world. I told Davis about the Stonewall Uprising project through WGBH in Boston and American Experience, and how the public would really benefit by hearing his perspective about what it is like being gay in America. He was eager to contribute, but did not have the means of uploading his own user-generated content. This seemed like too good of an opportunity to pass up. I set up a time to interview Davis at his home. We spoke in front of a wall coated with his ‘sermons’ describing the long-standing history of same-sex couples. Davis’ story will hopefully encourage other openly gay people to come forward and share their stories to help guide the conversation of 21st century issues in the LGBT community. -Sean Powers, Illinois Public Media More about the Stonewall Uprising project: thewgbhlab.org/open-call/stonewall

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                    • Submit Your LGBT Stories

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                      What are the 21st Century civil rights struggles for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in east central Illinois? Illinois Public Media, in collaboration with WBGH and American Experience, invite you to submit your original videos, animations and slide shows of three minutes or less about the challenges of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in east central Illinois. Your submissions will be presented on a special section of the WILL website and on WGBH's Open Call website. A panel of judges will pick five winners from material submitted nationwide. Each winner will receive a cash award of $1,000. One winning story will air during the April, 2011 broadcast of "Stonewall Uprising" on American Experience on PBS, including WILL-TV. To find out more about this contest and the program, visit WGBH's "Stonewall Uprising Open Call" website: http://thewgbhlab.org/open-call/stonewall

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