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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Director of Development Hillary Esser about a new campaign called Kimball's Habitat to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.

SIU-C Grad Set for Book Release Party at Longbranch

Jun 14, 2018
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A book release party will be held Friday evening to celebrate a Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate's first published book.

Her name is Leslie Conner, and her mystery-thriller is titled 'Devil's Charm'.

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A local arts center recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.

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A new PBS series highlights the power of reading through the prism of America's best-loved novels -- as chosen in a national survey.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews the list and discusses why voters missed the boat by not including any books about America's national pastime.

The For Kids' Sake Art Auction wrapped up another year and this year-they've raised over 21 thousand dollars for kids in need in Bangledesh.

Local artists will take their wares to the streets this weekend, as a part of the annual Oak Street Art Fair in Murphysboro. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller reports.

Film Festival Coming to Liberty Theater on April 14

Apr 9, 2018

The Second Annual Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival is later this month.

Mike Ricci, the co-organizer, says the fest is held to showcase talent in the Midwest. The festival will again be held at the Historical Liberty Theater in Murphysboro, which Ricci says is an ideal location.

Reading Baseball: The Stratton Story

Mar 30, 2018

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us why he thinks a baseball film from nearly 70 years ago should've been included on Illinois' bicentennial list of all-time great movies.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the creators of "In The Shadow," a documentary about the August 2017 solar eclipse that crossed over Carbondale.

Doors open at Shryock Auditorium at 5:30pm.

A Carbondale High School student is showing off her talents at a competition in Champaign this weekend.

WSIU's Kevin Boucher talks with Chastity Mays of Gift of Love Charity.

Art Teacher Tries to Bring Programs Back

Feb 20, 2018

When schools are forced to make cuts, the arts are often the first to go, but some are trying to bring those programs back.
 
Josh Shearer started his teaching career at Century Unit District 100 in Pulaksi County as an art teacher - that program was cut 8 years ago.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Hassan Pitts and Kelechi Agwuncha about the 40th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival at SIU.

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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