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The St. Louis Cardinals failed to make the playoffs this season, but maybe the franchise's biggest loss was when Red Schoendienst passed away in June after 67 years with the organization.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tell us about the unlikely way in which Schoendienst became the team's manager in the mid-1960's.

States like Hawaii, South Dakota and Alaska have replaced Columbus Day with the designation of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day.' It's a trend that goes back decades, and in 2017 a law was signed that brought Illinois up to speed with that trend. Sort of.

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The Magnolia Manor in Cairo, Illinois is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in the late 1800s by a wealthy businessman who made his fortune selling flour all over the world.  In this feature, we hear about how this house, built as a testament to the rich resources found in southern Illinois, impacted the world, and still draws visitors today.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Ronald Keaton about his performance of "Churchill," a part of SIUC's University Honors Program Michael and Nancy Glassman lecture series.

Keaton's performance is free and open to the public at Shryock Auditorium at 7:00pm.

Former St. Louis Cardinal and Los Angeles Dodger player Wally Moon passed away earlier this year. The Arkansas native took advantage of the oddly configured Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to hit dozens of home runs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson talks about how ballplayers at all levels are used to playing on uniquely shaped diamonds.

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The Cape Girardeau City Council approved a resolution to accept a bronze sculpture of a black, Civil War-era Union soldier to be placed in a city park.

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The exact replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is now in place in Perryville, Missouri.

Workers installed the final panel of the granite wall on Tuesday at Missouri's National Veterans Memorial.

Cahokia Mounds: A Big City 1,000 Years Ago

Aug 28, 2018
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On this WSIU INFOCUS, we hear from researchers analyzing the soil in and around the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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As Illinois Celebrates its Bicentennial, WSIU travels to one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America.

Illinois and Springfield officials gathered in the capital city Sunday to dedicate a new plaza celebrating the state’s 200th anniversary.

The pedestrian walkway spans a block between the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Illinois Executive Mansion.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of what was known as the Great Flood of 1993. State Climatologist Dr. Jim Angel covered the flood -- which affected Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. 

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A bronze statue of an African American Civil War-era Union soldier could be placed in southeast Missouri.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the statue would be located in Cape Girardeau's Ivers Square to honor the area's former slaves who joined the Union Army.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jak Tichenor about "DuQuoin State Fair Memories," an event on August 26 that will highlight Illinois' Bicentennial as well as the Perry County institution.

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The former sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, who's credited with creating the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also came up with the idea for another unique sports event. WSIU contributor Pete Peterson has the story.

You can also hear Pete deliver essays and commentaries throughout the year with his series Reading Baseball.

A couple of years ago, Ronald Reagan’s first boyhood home in Dixon was, as The Washington Post put it, “falling apart.” Today, things are looking much better. But the museum’s director says there’s still more to be done.

The organizers of Illinois' bicentennial celebration say it's a time to celebrate the state's influence on music, art, transportation, agriculture and more. In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson says it's also a good time to recognize the state's impact on sports writing, especially on America's national pastime.

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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
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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.

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