The Couples That Didn't Just Play Married Couples on The Radio

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Old time radio fan Dan McGuire's new book spotlights the five couples from the golden era of radio that didn't just play married couples on the air. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with Dan about the book and the couples just days before it's released by publisher Bear Manor Media.

From 4-H to Agri-business

University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe visit florist shop owner Katy Konop at her shop in Yorkville. Katy's bracing for the crush of business that comes with Valentine's Day

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Katy Konop (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel check the inventory at Katy's floral shop

Katy Konop (left) and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel check the inventory at Katy's floral shop

Attention On The Breaks In Tonight's Super Bowl

You may not remember who won the Super Bowl in 2010…but I bet you remember the Snickers commercial that had Betty White playing a pick-up football game that year. Even if you’re not interested in football…or Justin Timberlake’s half time show…advertisers hope to give you a smile or two. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with University of Illinois Advertising professor MicheLle Nelson about the ads

Philadelphia's Eagles Have Nothing On Illinois Eagles

Conservation Foundation CEO Brook McDonald leads a hike through the Dayton Bluffs in Ottawa

Conservation Foundation CEO Brook McDonald leads a hike through the Dayton Bluffs in Ottawa

One week before the Super Bowl, eagles were getting special attention across north-central Illinois. Several conservation groups gathered at Starved Rock State Park last weekend for a celebration of bald eagles. Increasingly, you don’t have to go to either Illinois River or Mississippi River communities to see the national symbol. First Light host Brian O'Keefe joined the Naperville based Conservation Foundation for a hike through a natural area it owns in Ottawa.

Entrance to Dayton Bluffs Preserve off Hwy 71 in Ottawa

Entrance to Dayton Bluffs Preserve off Hwy 71 in Ottawa

COD Professor Explains 'Exoplanets'

About once a month, here at First Light host Brian O'Keefe spends some time tilting his head back to look up at the night sky with College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe
DalSanto. This month they got started on this Super Bowl Sunday with conversation about last week’s Super Blue Blood moon.

image courtesy of NASA.gov

image courtesy of NASA.gov

Fermi's Dark Energy Survey Encourages Citizen Scientists

Sometimes when First Light host Brian O'Keefe heads out to work on a story, he knows there’s a chance the subject matter is going to be over his head. When the story includes driving through the gates at Fermi Lab, there’s a very good chance it will be way over his head. Never the less, he was undeterred this week when he got a chance to speak with the Director of the Dark Energy Survey, and one of the researchers on the project.

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College of DuPage Celebrates Black History Month

College of DuPage will celebrate Black History throughout the month of February with a series of special events and a photography exhibit. COD's Manager of Student Diversity and Inclusion David Swope joined First Light host Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of the theme and the agenda for this year's Black History Month celebration

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Musuem of Science & Industry Celebrates Black Creativity

To Celebrate The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry opened this year's exhibit to honor Black Creativity. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited the exhibit this week and met with MSI's Director of Science and Integrated Strategies, Manny Juarez about the tradition that started in 1970.

Museum of Science and Industry's Innovator Gallery celebrates the story of eight Chicago area innovators

Museum of Science and Industry's Innovator Gallery celebrates the story of eight Chicago area innovators

Forest Preserve On The Look Out

The DuPage Forest Preserve District rangers are keeping close watch after a visitor reported seeing a cougar recently in Lombard. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with District Director of Natural Resources Eric Neidy. He isn’t dismissing the sighting, but says there isn't evidence to back it up either

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Golden Retrievers Deliver Comfort To People In Need

LCC Comfort Dogs (photo courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities)

LCC Comfort Dogs (photo courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities)

Even if you’re not a dog person, it’s hard to deny the benefit of a wagging tail, soft fur coat, and seemingly compassionate look dogs offer when you’re having a bad day. One local group shares that benefit with people who are living through unimaginably bad days. First Light host Brian O'Keefe went to Northbrook recently to talk with the man behind Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program

LCC Comfort Dogs deliver stress relief on pet at a time (photo courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities)

LCC Comfort Dogs deliver stress relief on pet at a time (photo courtesy of Lutheran Church Charities)

Jenkins Wraps Up His Residency

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins

Jim Jenkins became the third Fermi Lab Artist in Residence in early 2017. This month an exhibit of his work opened at the gallery space in Wilson Hall, it serves as a capstone for his year at the lab. It was a very busy year for the Geneva resident.

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins explains his snow flake detector to Fermi Director Nigel Lockyer.

2017 Fermi Lab Artist in Residence Jim Jenkins explains his snow flake detector to Fermi Director Nigel Lockyer.

Rare Back-to-Back Meteors Light The Sky

Tuesday night, a meteor lit up the night sky over southeast Michigan. Then Wednesday night a second space rock streaked across the sky in northern Indiana. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked about the unusual back-to-back events with College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto.

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Readers & Writers Set to Meet In Elgin

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Readers and writers have a chance to meet and learn from each other next week at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin for the annual Elgin Literary Festival. Karly Kirkpatrick is one of the founders of the festival, First Light host Brian O'Keefe sat down with her at the Side Street Studio gallery to talk about the event.

Seasonal Flu Widespread In The Region

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The centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu is widespread across the country, the virus is clogging doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and even hospital intensive care units.
Dr. Luis Manrique is Medical Director of infection prevention at Northwestern Medicine-Central DuPage Hospital, he told First Light host Brian O'Keefe the local situation reflects the CDC reporting.

Dropping a Line Through The Ice

Ice Fishing at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Ice Fishing at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

Some outdoor activities aren’t possible until the temperature dips below freezing, well below freezing. This week in the ‘Into The Woods’ segment, First Light host Brian O'Keefe took a trip to the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve recently on a cold, damp day and saw several families taking part in one of those activities

DuPage Forest Preserve Ranger Hahnz Teope used sonar to find fish under the ice

DuPage Forest Preserve Ranger Hahnz Teope used sonar to find fish under the ice

Resolving To Improve Personal Finances

Financial Planner John Gajkowski

Financial Planner John Gajkowski

Every January first, people pledge to make some life changes for the new year: lose some weight, exercise more, or get their financial picture in order just a few of the typical resolutions. Two weeks into the new year has your resolve faded. Oakbrook based money manager John Gajkowski and First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked recently about strategies for staying the course and possibly getting on course to improve your finances. He says the most important step toward turning things around, is taking the first step

Local Author Chronicles Everyday Life

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Batavia resident and author Marnie Mamminga's her new book of essays ‘On A Clear Night: Essays From The Heartland’ offers an insight into her day-to-day. You might remember her memoir Return to Wake Robin from a few years ago. This time, Marnie offers snapshots of her life as a parent raising three boys in the collar counties. She spoke recently with Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Klefstad.

Batavia resident and author Marnie Mamminga (photo courtesy of Carl Nelson and WNIJ)

Batavia resident and author Marnie Mamminga (photo courtesy of Carl Nelson and WNIJ)