Periodically at First Light, First Light host Brian O’Keefe likes to get out of the office and go ‘Into the Woods’ with show friends at the DuPage Forest Preserve District. With this week’s blistering heat and humidity, instead of actually going into the woods, Brian met up with Dupage Forest Preserve District naturalist Stephanie Touzalin at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn
For many families, summer isn’t complete until there’s a trip to an amusement park. This summer the Elmhurst History Museum is celebrating that tradition, with a local focus. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the museum’s Worlds of Wonder exhibit earlier this year.
This week in our look at stories from around the state we have a story from the Illinois Public Radio capital bureau. For decades, the number of men and women in the state’s prisons appeared destined for permanent growth. Then, several years ago, the population began getting smaller. Today, it’s more than 20% below the high-water mark. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the trend
Periodically over the spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe has hit the road to visit some of the region’s great road side attractions. The road trip vacation distractions came into their heyday before the arrival of the interstate highways, and they’re still out there ready to break up a long drive. For this Illinois Adventure, Brian went to learn more about what may be the state’s original roadside attraction
It’s the first Sunday of the month, and that means it’s time for College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto’s regular visit to First Light. He and First Light host Brian O’Keefe get together to talk about space news and backyard astronomy. This month marks a significant bench mark for the U-S Space program, July 20th is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s arrival at Tranquility base and man’s first steps on the moon.
Earlier this year the Adler Planetarium installed the ‘Imagine the Moon’ show and exhibit. I visited the lakefront museum and got a sense of the new show and to talked with Astronomer Mark Hammergren
This week in our look at stories from around the state, let’s head down to far southern Illinois. Midwest agriculture depends on the Mississippi River to cheaply move grain and products, but high water has barges stranded. Illinois Public Radio’s Madelyn Beck reports that may actually be an opportunity for the state’s southernmost city
Pilots for a half dozen states and Canada put on a stunning airshow last weekend without ever leaving the ground. Remote control airplanes from the early days of aviation to modern day jets entertained crowds over the course of three days. First Light host Brian O’Keefe takes listeners to the sixth annual Windy City Warbirds and Classics Airshow
About once a month University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe get together for the ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They talk about everything from agriculture and agribusiness, to your backyard garden and home landscape. For this ‘Farm to Table’…Brian met Richard at the University of Illinois Extension ‘idea garden’ in Kane County
Earlier this year theaters around the country screened a new movie from actor, director, and writer Emilio Estevez. This week ‘The Public’ made its way to home video. What you may not realize is the movie has a real world connection to one of this area’s largest homeless shelters. First Light host Brian O’Keefe spoke with Hessed House Executive Director Ryan Dowd
This week in our look at stories from around the state, Bloomington-Normal is home to one of the largest and most diverse addiction archives in the country. The record covers everything from alcohol to opioids and marijuana. Illinois Public Radio’s Mary Cullen spoke with former CEO of Chestnut Health Systems Russ Hagen about how the history of addiction parallels the present.
Chicago’s Pride parade steps off next Sunday. Aurora and Bollingbrook have already hosted their celebrations of the LGBTQ community. The spread of Pride Parades to suburban communities and smaller cities points to a greater acceptance across the country; but a new book looks at a time when that definitely wasn’t the case. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with author Robert Fieseler
This year marks the 50th anniversary of an organization that’s dedicated to the preservation of a truly American art form. The Jazz Institute of Chicago celebrates the musical genre every day with concerts in Chicago parks…educational program and by programming the Chicago Jazz Festival. JIC Executive Director Heather Ireland Robinson stopped by WDCB recently, she and First Light host Brian O’Keefe had a chance to reflect on the organization’s past and look to the next 50 years
For more than 15 years the Museum of Broadcast Communications has attracted visitors to its State Street location with a collection that celebrates media and special exhibits. A very successful Saturday Night Live exhibit wrapped up an extended stay at the museum earlier this year, now a new exhibit hopes to make the most the summer tourism season. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the ‘Louder Than Words’ exhibit.
This week in our look at stories from around the state…we take a look at a moment in Illinois history. This month marks one hundred years since Illinois became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment…the vote gave women the right to vote. In Springfield…Tara McClellan McAndrew looked into why Illinois led the way. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford spoke with Tara about what she found
Periodically this spring and summer First Light host Brian O’Keefe has been taking listeners to visit roadside attractions across the region. The vacation temptations were originally a staple of roadtrips on two lane highways. Some are still out there and waiting for you and your family to pull in the parking lot and enjoy. For this Illinois Adventure, Brian traveled up to Union, Illinois
Dads get their day today, and when it comes to honoring them, the grill is to Father’s Day as a brunch is to Mother’s Day. With that in mind First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with College of DuPage Culinary Arts professor Chris Thielman to talk about grilling tips, tools, and techniques
This week in our look at stories from around the state we have a story from central Illinois. Most schools are out for summer, but let's hear about one last educational experience students had before summer break. It involved doctors and dead bodies. Illinois Public Radio’s Breanna Grow reports on a unique high school curriculum...the cadaver lab in the small town of LeRoy...in McLean County
Every now and then, First Light host Brian O’Keefe goes ‘Into The Woods’ at the DuPage Forest Preserve District. This time around Brian visited Jennifer Rydzewski at Fullersburg Woods to talk about an event coming up next weekend. The Great American Campout encourages families to pitch a tent…get outside and get a taste of adventure
University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel joins Brian O’Keefe periodically at First Light for this ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agri-business to your backyard garden and home landscaping. For this ‘Farm to Table’ Richard and Brian sat down to review some tips and advice for garden care as the region moves into the summer months and the peak growing season