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As China's trillion dollar "Road and Belt" infrastructure initiative continues working to re-shape global trade, a new book, Young China, works to bring a new understanding of China to the world - especially of Chinese millennials known as the Restless Generation.   In this edition of In The Author's Voice, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with author Zak Dychtwald about his book and his experience with China and its people.

Leslie Goddard has a PhD in history from Northwestern, but she never lets academia get in the way of having a little fun with history. Illinois Public Radio's Brian O'Keefe talked recently about her latest project, the history of Frank Capra’s ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

A Carbondale man is one of the winners in the 2017 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

Bryce Berkowitz received third place for his poem entitled  Explain Yourself.

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A marine biologist and bestselling author is in Carbondale as part of a series of documentaries he's making on the power of water.

Wallace J. Nichols' is basing the series on his book entitled  Blue Mind, which examines the effects of water on our health and well-being.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jed Brian of Sumner, Illinois, about his new film, "Unlisted Owner."

The Phonics of Cairo concert is a joint effort between the Carbondale Park District and the SIU-C Student Center to bring the community and the university together.  WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Carbondale Park District executive director Kathy Renfro about the show that will benefit the park district.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Jazz Studies Director Dick Kelley about the influence of John Coltrane, ahead of the screening of "Chasing Trane."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks wtih Maestro Ed Benyas about the new season for the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra:

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the stage production of Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Varsity Center for the Arts.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with singer/songwriter Mike Baltz about his new song, "The Eclipse," which he partnered with Carbondale's Shadi Frick to write.

You may have heard something about a Total Solar Eclipse in the area on August 21st.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says there is actually a novel that includes a story of an eclipse and America's pastime.

SIU Reviews film critic Walter Metz continues his look at director David Lynch's new Showtime series Twin Peaks: The Return.

  Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 

The first season continues for director David Lynch's reboot of his 1990 groundbreaking television series,  Twin Peaks. 

SIU Review's film critic, Walter Metz, continues his look at Lynch's new Showtime series Twin Peaks: The Return. 

Twin Peaks: The Return is currently playing on the Showtime cable network. Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
 

 

Lee Schreiner of Rockford doesn’t play the piano or sing. He’s a physics teacher with multiple degrees from Northern Illinois University. But his hobby of collecting wartime sheet music has grown over the years.

“I thought maybe I could collect like a hundred sheets," he admits. "Then it was a thousand. Then it was five thousand. It’s amazing and almost unexplored territory because people had not done a lot of research on World War I. I'm trying to understand the history through the music.”

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Herrin native Brad Calcaterra, founder and creative director of The Studio in New York City. Calcaterra will moderate a discussion after the screening of "Real Boy" at the Carbondale Public Library.

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If you watched any of the Stanley Cup Final on television, you may have seen a band performing inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

One of the band members is originally from Tamms and now lives in Anna.

WSIU Film Critic Walter Metz explores a new generation of Twin Peaks, by looking back at the original series. 

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Baseball and opera may not seem like a match made in heaven, but there are instances where the two make a good combination.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about two baseball operas, including one he saw for himself.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with local musician Jenny Johnson about her new album, "Ballads of Makanda: A Modern Folklore."


Retired ISP Capt. Will Promote His Book in Murphysboro

Apr 19, 2017

A new author will visit Murphysboro in April.

Retired Illinois State Police Captain Ed Traylor, from rural Waggoner, Illinois, spent 29 years on the force, and wrote a book called The Crossing, a crime thriller about a terrorist attack at the U.S. - Mexican border.

A film shot mostly in southern Illinois is about to debut.

Dig Two Graves will make its regional premiere this weekend.

Jon Musgrave helped with location scouting and promotion. He says filming occurred all over the region.

SIU Reviews: Logan

Mar 21, 2017

The 2017 superhero film  Logan is the latest installment in the X-Men franchise.  It picks up the story of an aging Wolverine in the not so distant future.  Film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi adventure film Passengers.  Film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt.   Passengers is available at a movie store near you.

Walter Metz is a Professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.   You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

Dime Novels Are Finding A New Audience In The Digital Age

Mar 6, 2017

Dime novels are short works of fiction from the 19th century. While humble in name, these long-forgotten classics have brought in around a million dollars in funding for Northern Illinois University curators.

 

Significant grants to digitize these works have allowed Northern Illinois University to open a portal to the past. Lynne Thomas is the curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at NIU. She's been working on a project to digitize a large set of dime novels from the Beadle and Adams collection.

The 2016 drama Moonlight won Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. The contemporary African-American coming of age story also won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the award winning movie that is out on DVD this week.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU Cinema and Photography Professor Walter Metz about the significance of the 2017 Academy Awards:

New on DVD this week is the 2016 Sci-Fi drama Arrival.  The movie is nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.

Arrival is available at a movie store near you.  Simone Becque is a special contributor to SIU Reviews.  You can hear more reviews here.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller visits the SIU Museum, and talks with Artist Kay Zivkovich about her new exhibit, "Triple Narratives: Landscapes, Figures, Fish."

SIU Reviews: Gold

Feb 3, 2017

The 2016 crime drama  Gold is loosely based on the true story of a mid-1990's mining scandal in Indonesia.
In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that stars Matthew McConaughey as a modern day version of Willy Loman.
 
Gold is currently playing at a theater near you.  Walter Metz is a professor of Film Studies in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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