On the surface, it may seem a little strange for a high level research center to turn to the veteran community as a resource for new workers. For the Batavia based Fermi Lab, it’s been a perfect match. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with a couple of the veterans involved in the Vet-Tech Internship program
At nearly 55 years old, an Aurora resident is being pressed into service on this veteran’s day. Andy Aurora traded his signature look for camouflaged fatigues. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked to the people who drafted him into service
The nation pauses today to remember and honor those who have served in the military. Locally, there’s an organization that works to serve veterans and active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines every day of the year. Operation Support Our Troops has an office and warehouse space deep inside a Lisle industrial park. From there, it sends care packages to military members serving overseas. The organization is committed to helping veterans after they leave service. Leon Mangum coordinates an OSOT program to assist veterans who face financial troubles, Sue Liston is the organization’s Administrative Director. First Light host Brian O’Keefe met with Leon and Sue while a group of volunteers packed care-packages and Christmas stockings in the OSOT warehouse
Even though you got an extra hour of sleep last night, and the sun’s been up for about a half hour, a fresh cup of coffee or tea still sounds like a good idea. While you enjoy it, First Light host Brian O’Keefe takes listeners out to a recent gathering of self-described coffee-nerds
Each month, on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky. Joe and Brian also take some time to talk about the latest space news.
Next Sunday, the nation will remember and honor those who have served; and a week from tomorrow College of DuPage will host what has become a Veteran’s Day tradition. The Veterans Day Read-In invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to read from letters, poems and books that celebrate service. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD English Professor Bob Hazard. Hazard is one of the coordinators of the Veteran’s Day Read-In.
Each week at First Light, host Brian O’Keefe takes some time to check in with our Public Radio sister stations around the state. This week, the Bloomington Normal and Illinois State University communities gathered to mourn and rededicate themselves to good in the wake of last week’s synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh. A Jewish scholar told the crowd of more than 200 they should constantly imagine the world stands equally balanced between good and evil. Any action could be the one to tip the scale towards good. Illinois Public Radio’s Charlie Schlenker put together this audio montage from the vigil.
There’s a little know story about one of Chicago’s favorite parks. It’s a story that is still part of, more specifically just below the surface of Lincoln Park. Earlier this week with a full moon illuminating the sky The Chicago History Museum hosted a walking tour of the park and pulled back the curtain on the story of its past. First Light host Brian O’Keefe took the tour.
First Light host Brian O’Keefe doesn’t know if they can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh, soak it in the sun and make a ruby lemon pie; but for more than 30 years, Naper Nuts and Sweets has worked to make the world taste good.
Of course University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O’Keefe had to head out to the pumpkin patch for this Halloween edition of the show. Illinois produces more of the orange gourds than any other state in the country. The seasonal crop has also become the centerpiece of the relatively new sector of the agriculture industry, something Richard calls “agri-tainment.” Richard and Brian stopped by Johannsen Farm in Bolingbrook and sat down with Carol Cremeens before the day’s crowd of pumpkin hunters arrived.
Each week, First Light brings you stories from around the state, this week a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Laura Kennedy. For one central Illinois man, there’s no need to wait for Halloween, any day can be spooky. He hears dead people; and says you can too. While some people collect stamps, or photograph people, places, and things, Laura says that isn’t the case for Bloomington-Normal’s Eric Vogle
Do you remember climbing trees? A Kane County group wants to bring an international tree climbing program to the area. John Gathright developed ‘Tree-Hab’ after a successful career in Japanese media. First Light host Brian O’Keefe spoke with Gathright and Geneva Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jay Womack
When you think of native American populations, do you immediately think of rural communities of the country’s first people nations? You might be surprised to learn, there’s a large native population in the Chicago Metro area. This coming week, College of DuPage hosts its annual Native American Symposium. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with COD History professor John Paris. Paris is one of the organizers of the week long celebration of native culture.
More than 25 years ago, First Light host Brian O’Keefe and Conservation Foundation President and CEO Brook McDonald paddled a canoe down a stretch of the West Branch of The DuPage River. It was an opportunity to see the effect of an annual clean-up project along county’s namesake stream. Thanks to the DuPage River Sweep, land preservation efforts along the river, and a massive project to restore the natural flow of the stream water quality has been greatly improved. This week, the Naperville based Conservation Foundation kicked off an awareness campaign to address concerns along the Fox River. Brian and Brook didn’t get the canoe back on the water; but they did talk about the new effort
This week in our look at stories from around the state, this from Illinois Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll. There have been a lot of changes in agriculture through the years—from the equipment used to the amount of land needed to sustain a livelihood. In this story, Jaclyn learns more about the changes through the eyes of an Illinois man who’s been farming for more than 70 years
The fall and early winter of 1993 was a tough time for sports fans. A players strike meant there wasn’t a World Series; then team owners in the National Hockey League locked players out before the 93-94 season even got started. Locally, there was a bright spot in Rosemont.
Off the west coast of Chile, far out into the south Pacific, is a speck of an island. Despite its remote location and tiny size, studying Rapa Nui, or Easter Island has been the life work of College of DuPage Anthropolgy instructor Dale f. Simpson Jr. First Light host Brian O’Keefe sat down with Dale to find out what he’s learned about the South Pacific island, its culture and its people.
Each week at First Light, First Light host Brian O’Keefe takes a look at stories from around the state and WDCB’s Illinois Public Radio partner stations. This week, IPR’s Guy Stephens looks at how one northern Illinois community is empowering small and start-up businesses. For years, people around Freeport dreamed of creating a commercial-grade kitchen for students and entrepreneurs to share. This year, the dream became a reality.
This is a big year for Illinois. In August of 1818, the state’s founding fathers voted to approve the first Illinois Constitution. The vote created the framework for state government. The bicentennial year has prompted a variety of celebrations, including one at College of DuPage. First Light host Brian O’Keefe was on hand this month for the debut of an exhibit that celebrates 200 years of law in Illinois.
Every month here at First Light College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe to let you know what you can see in the night sky in the coming weeks. Joe and Brian also take some time to talk about space science. This month, the Night Sky segment includes a discussion of a lonely traveler, a rock from outside our solar system that was first observed about a year ago