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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.

Morris LIbrary Showcases Old Quadrangle.

Sep 20, 2017

Southern Illinois University's Morris Library is showcasing a display called Old Campus: an Historical Exploration. WSIU's Jordan Maddox has more.

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A permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. is coming to Perryville, Missouri.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talked recently with Mike and Vicky Lundy of Perryville. They're spearheading the effort that is making this happen.

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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.

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As Illinois begins its Bicentennial countdown Saturday, the co-chair of the bicentennial committee says the celebration of Illinois offers unique opportunities in this part of the state.

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.”

The steel gray KC-135 Stratotankers are massive.

The Boeing jets, first deployed way back in 1956, can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo with the thrust of four turbofan engines.

The plane is also capable of carrying 33,000 gallons of fuel and off-loading it in mid-air.

That’s the primary mission of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing, assigned to Scott Air Force Base, near Belleville.

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The United States entered World War I one hundred years ago.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson looks at how the First World War affected America's pastime.
 

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, co-author, with his son Stephen, of  The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and editor of  The St. Louis Baseball Reader.
 

Updated at 4:30 p.m. with comment from Louis Gerteis  — The Confederate Memorial will be removed from St. Louis' Forest Park this week, likely by Wednesday.

The Missouri Civil War Museum and the city of St. Louis settled a lawsuit last week over who owns the memorial, though the action wasn’t announced until Monday morning. The museum will cover the cost of removing and storing the statue, as well as finding an appropriate place to display it — but it can’t be in St. Louis or St. Louis County.

Illinois Public Radio's Maria Altman explores a century of flight at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois.

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

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Hundreds of southern Illinoisans crowded into Veterans Memorial Airport Tuesday to welcome home the first-ever Honor Flight from this region.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

This weekend is Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  Yet today, we examine his death and reaction to it.

We've all heard how the nation was sent into a period of shock and grief when word of Lincoln's murder spread.  Newspapers reported it that way.  But what about the average American, North and South, black and white?

Reading Baseball first aired on WSIU Radio in May 2004.

Pete Peterson looks back at what's happened in baseball and in his own life since then with his 250th edition of Reading Baseball.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

 

Conservationists working to make Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville a unit of the National Park Service say they will continue their efforts under the new administration of President Donald Trump.

Staffers with the nonprofit HeartLands Conservancy had hoped that former President Barack Obama would declare Cahokia Mounds a national monument before leaving office on Friday, but that didn't happen.

Ed Weilbacher, vice president of HeartLands, says an executive order by Obama would have fast-tracked the process, but he said the effort will continue. He noted that local congressional leaders support the possibility of legislative action to bring the site into the national park system.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Randy Dunn.

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Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away in November at the age of 90.

Like many of his countrymen and women, Castro loved baseball and by some accounts almost became a professional ballplayer in the U.S.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about how some of Castro's baseball exploits are the subject of great debate.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Holocaust Survivor and Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan.

Reading Baseball: World Series Euphoria

Nov 4, 2016
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The Chicago Cubs ended their World Series championship drought Wednesday with a thrilling Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says he can relate to the elation felt by Cubs fans because over 50 years ago his Pittsburgh Pirates won a thrilling game 7 of their own to capture the World Series title.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Daily Egyptian Faculty Advisor Bill Recktenwald about the paper's legacy, as the student-produced newspaper turns 100 years old.

Best-selling author Scott Turow once described the act of being a Chicago Cubs fan as "quasi-spiritual."

He's right. Generations of Cubs fans have come and gone without ever seeing their belief in the team validated. It's been 108 years running without a title.

There's something about that blind faith that feels holy to Chicago's North Siders. Their fandom is purer and more absolute because they give of themselves over and over again and get nothing in return. (No World Series wins, at least.)

The last surviving leader of Israel's founding generation, Shimon Peres was a three-time prime minister, the architect of the country's secretive nuclear program and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to make peace with the Palestinians.

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This week on the Listening Project longtime Benton resident Rose Savko talks about growing up with the old Benton Public Library and how important the library was to her. 

Rose's story was recorded as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Benton Public Library.

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The Chicago Cubs are favorites to win their first World Series championship since 1908.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how the Fall Classic came about, just a few years before the Cubs last title.

Illinois is getting ready to celebrate a milestone. In 2018, the state turns 200.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday used his executive authority to create an office and a 51-member commission (members haven't yet been appointed) to coordinate the festivities.

"And we want leaders from all over the state coming up with their ideas and recommendations on how we can best celebrate," he said. "It's going to be a lot of fun, it's going to be a really big deal."

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