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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost Thursday recognized a local World War I veteran on the House floor.

Bost says July 19 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Paul Stout's death when the Murphysboro man served on the front lines in France.

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July 6 is the 85th anniversary of the very first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson explains how a Chicago man thought of the idea as a way to help revive a struggling sport.

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Last month's royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle captured the attention of people across the world. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the international event even had a connection related to arguably one of the greatest baseball teams in history.

SIU Student Reflects on Trip to Ghana

May 7, 2018

As students at SIUC begin their final week of the 2018 Spring Semester, one student looks back at a critical event in the past academic year:


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The third trip for the Honor Flight of Southern Illinois takes place Tuesday.

Honor Flight board member Hope Patterson says 68 veterans will be heading to Washington, D.C.

An idea being floated at the statehouse would urge public schools to cover the historic contributions of LGBTQ people.

The school code has already been changed to promote historically marginalized groups like women and African-Americans. The Illinois Family Institute opposes the measure.

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The future site of a replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in southeast Missouri hosted a special event recently for Vietnam veterans and their families. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports.

Illinois' bicentennial year in 2018 features plenty of celebrations.

In this bicentennial edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recounts how Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams dominated the early part of the 20th century and how a Chicago man helped save the game in the 19th century.

Kaskaskia: The Original Illinois Capital

Apr 2, 2018
Photograph taken at the Randolph County Archives and Museum, January 2018.
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Kaskaskia Illinois, across the river from Chester, is in Randolph County.  The Village has a historical place in the state because it was the state's first Capital.

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The NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament is underway. This is the favorite time of year for college hoops fans.

To commemorate Illinois' bicentennial year, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson gives us a history lesson into the state's most notable teams of all time.

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Illinois celebrates its bicentennial in 2018.

Although football has not been around quite that long, the state's  long and successful history on the gridiron started as early as the 19th century.

WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has more in this special report.

Governor Goofs Honest Abe Quote

Feb 2, 2018

As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner built toward the crescendo of his State of the State address on Wednesday, he implored lawmakers to cut taxes and spending to ensure a more “prosperous future.”

To drive home his point, he ripped out a page from Speechwriting 101 for Illinois politicians.

He quoted Honest Abe.

“Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it,’” said the Republican governor.

But there’s a problem.

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The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced next week.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about the person who some consider the most despised member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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A southern Illinois county will kick off its bicentennial celebration this weekend.

Pat Brumleve is president of the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society. He says the county actually has a longer history than the state of Illinois.

Humans In Southern Illinois - Long Before Statehood

Jan 3, 2018
Photo Provided by Dr. Mark Wagner Director of Center for Archaeological Investigations at SIU Carbondale.

Centuries   before Europeans arrived in Illinois, Native Americans made the state their home.  One expert illustrates just how long southern Illinois has been inhabited.

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You’re going to hear a lot of Christmas songs between now and December 25th. And you may hear one that features a little boy asking Santa to replace his two central incisors, after losing them in a slide down the banister. The vocalist that made that song famous was George Rock, a trumpeter hailing from the central Illinois town of Farmer City.

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’.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on this week's marking of the 25th anniversary of Carbondale's Pyramid Apartments fire.

John B. Anderson, who represented northern Illinois for two decades in Congress and ran an independent campaign for President, died Sunday at his home in Washington.

His family announced the death in a statement.

Entering the U.S. House in 1961, he was an ultraconservative supporter of the Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party and initially a staunch opponent of many of the Great Society programs of President Lyndon Johnson.

Carbondale Raises Illinois Bicentennial Flag

Dec 4, 2017
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On Monday, December 4th, 2017, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry raised the official Illinois Bicentennial flag  in front of a crowd of about a  dozen local officials, and state lawmakers.

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The SIU Saluki men's basketball team will play in the Las Vegas Classic later this month.

One of its opponents, Duquesne, may be easy to overlook. But as WSIU's Pete Peterson tells us, the Dukes played a pivotal role at the collegiate and professional levels decades ago.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's African Studies department about the Indie Lens Popup screening of, "I Am Not Your Negro."

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The Houston Astros just won their first World Series championship, dethroning the defending champion Chicago Cubs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how although the Cubs dominate the headlines in Chicago, it was the city's other team that gave its baseball fans their first World Series title at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Construction of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial continues on a site just north of Perryville. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Mike and Vicky Lundy about the current and future plans for the project.

Carbondale Celebrates UN's 72nd Birthday

Oct 24, 2017

The United Nations was founded in October of 1945, in the aftermath of World War Two.  Dr. John Jackson, of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, says the Organization has some good accomplishments to its credit, but, also has more work to do.

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Dozens of veterans and volunteers from southern Illinois visited to Washington as a part of the region's second Honor Flight.

Across the country, some cities are giving up Columbus Day and replacing the designation with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” The state of Illinois has tried to find a middle ground.

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More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus set sail in three ships looking for a faster route to Asia.

He ended up discovering the Bahamas and a new world.

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As the PBS documentary "The Vietnam War" continues, one local man remembers his time in the military, and his separation from it.

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The first half of Ken Burns' 10-part PBS series on the Vietnam War aired September 17-21 on WSIU-Television. The second half of the series will begin on September 24.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how a trip to Vietnam during the war changed the life of a future Major League Hall of Famer.

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