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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.

The 2016 Iranian-French film The Salesman is nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.  It also makes its U.S. debut this week.  Film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look at the movie based, in part, on Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman."

Davey Peppers is a freshman studying Cinema and Journalism at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has written reviews and film-based news stories for The Cumberland Presbyterian magazine and for WhatCulture.com.

You can hear more SIU Reviews here.

SIU Reviews: New on DVD

Jan 24, 2017

New this week on DVD is the 2016 period drama The Light Between Oceans.   It tells the story of a World War I veteran and his wife who together, run a lighthouse off the shore of Australia.   Her dream of having a family is seemingly fulfilled when an infant washes up on shore in a rowboat.

In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the film based on the novel by M.L. Stedman.

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There’s a new who-done-it series from an author that knows of what she writes.   Dr. Barbara Golder is forensic pathologist and an attorney.   The first novel in her Lady Doc murders series is Dying for Revenge.   WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Golder about the book, her work, and its influence on her writing.

Dr. Barbara Golder is a retired pathologist and attorney.  Her new novel, Dying for Revenge, is the first book in her Lady Doc Murders series from Full Quiver Publishing.

SIU Reviews: La La Land

Jan 12, 2017
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The 2016 romantic musical comedy  La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress; and Sebastian, a jazz musician as they navigate life in the City of Angels.  Film critic Walter Mets takes a closer look at the 7-time Golden Globe winning film in this edition of SIU Reviews.
 
La La Land 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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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first installment of the so-called Star Wars Anthology series.   It fills in the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie that began the epic saga in 1977.  Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look for this edition of SIU Reviews.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is currently in wide release at a theater near you.   Simone Becque is a regular contributor to SIU Reveiws.

The 2016 horror film Blair Witch and the historical drama Denial are new on DVD this week.   SIU Reviews takes a closer look at both movies.

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In the latest installment of Director Adam Wingard’s horror franchise The Blair Witch Project.  A young man and his friends venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mystery surrounding his missing sister.  In this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Khara Lukancic takes a closer look at the third installment of the film series.

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Fashion designer Tom Ford's latest foray into film is the 2016 psychological thriller  Nocturnal Animals. For this edition of SIU Reviews, film critic Walter Metz takes a closer look at the movie that is based on the 1993 novel  "Tony and Susan."   Nocturnal Animals 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.  You can hear more SIU Reviews here.
 

SIU Reviews: Arrival

Dec 16, 2016
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If you're looking something to watch this Thanksgiving - along with the parades and football - you might want to consider taking in the latest science-fiction thriller -  Arrival.    In this edition of SIU Reviews,
film critic Davey Peppers takes a closer look at the movie that is based on Ted Chiang's book "Story of Your Life."
 

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