If there’s a record store in your community, you can expect there will be big crowds at it next Saturday. In fact, there may be people lined up in the early morning hours waiting for the doors to open for the start of the 10th annual Record Store Day. In 2007, a group of independent record store owners and employees hatched the idea of a special day to celebrate the special culture associated with record stores and to role they play in so many lives. First Light host Brian O'Keefe has this story
Despite our cool, almost non-existent spring, the region’s blooming plants won’t be deterred. First Light host Brian O'Keefe took a trip to Morton Arboretum this week to talk with Manager of Plant Records Ed Hedborn. During the spring Ed compiles a weekly report on what’s in bloom at the Lisle based Arboretum
Whether it was the data breach at Target, Home Depot, or any number of other big retailers, or the scrubbing of personal information from your Facebook account internet security is increasingly in the headlines and the public consciousness. The College of DuPage Homeland Security Training Institute is hosting a workshop to empower police, corporations, and individuals to fight back. First Light host Brian O'Keefe visited with HSTI Director Tom Brady in a mock 911 center to discuss the workshop and how you can participate
This week in First Light's look around the state…we have this story from Illinois Public Radio’s Laura Kennedy. Once a librarian, always a librarian. That's how it is for Dorothy Kennett, a media librarian who, after retiring from Illinois State University, found a second calling, helping children thousands of miles from her central Illinois home
The calendar page clearly says April, but the National Weather Service forecast reads more like mid to late February. The past week saw cold and windy conditions with more than a few flakes of snow, by the end of the week ahead the afternoon high could be close to 60. In recent weeks, powerful nor’easters slammed the northeast United States, the southern states have seen mild weather, while dry conditions dominate across large sections of the central United States. First Light host Brian O'Keefe stopped by the Meteorology Lab at College of DuPage this week and talked with Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka to try to get a better understands of what’s going on with the “spring” weather.
University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and First Light host Brian O'Keefe traveled to Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show last month. They met with one of Richard's colleagues. Val Kehoe is an extension program coordinator in Cook County.
In our look around this state this week, First Light has this story from Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield is on board to celebrate the Illinois bicentennial with an exhibit focused on the four prairie state residents who went on to lead the nation
Crowds have been streaming into the Elmhurst History Museum for a new exhibit. The museum located in the limestone block Glos Mansion in downtown Elmhurst is the first stop of a national touring exhibit that highlights one of the most recognizable characters from Charles Schultz’ Peanuts comic strip
Periodically at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe goes ‘Into The Woods’ to bring you a story about the local floral and fauna, you know the flowers, plants, insects, and critters that call this region home. This week, Brian stopped by the DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.
Every month here at First Light…College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins me for our ‘Because the Night’ segment. With the change of seasons some planets and constellations are coming into view…while others become less visible. This month we started our conversation by remembering one of the great minds of astronomy and astro-physics
People strolling through the new "Pedal Power" exhibit at the McLean County Museum of History typically have wide eyes and mouths wide open in delight. The rainbow of brightly colored, pint-size vehicles, polished to perfection represent one of the large collections of miniature, vintage vehicles in the country. Bloomington resident Bruce Callis amassed and restored the pedal cars starting in 1988 until he died a decade later.
Early next month marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. With the passing of time, the number of people who knew and worked with the civil rights leader are dwindling. Former College of DuPage administrator Dr. Ernie Gibson is one of those who not only worked with King, the two men were friends. First Light host Brian O'Keefe sat down with Gibson to talk about his mentor and friend.
Typically when horror and non-fiction meet on the bookshelf…the subject is a notorious serial killer, or the biography of a cinematic legend like Boris Karloff. The Chicago Public Library called Kate Moore’s ‘Radium Girls’ the 2017 Book of the Year. While it tells the story of early 20th century workers, make no mistake, it is a horror story. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with the author during a recent visit to Naperville's Anderson's Bookshop
Periodically on First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian O'Keefe discuss everything for Agri-business to backyard gardening. Over the next several weeks, Brian and Richard will take you to Chicago’s Navy Pier. The annual Chicago Flower and Garden show was at the pier this month, their first stop was the Extension’s insect petting zoo.
"Hook & Jill" is the first of three books to reimagine Peter Pan and the Neverland characters created by J.M. Barrie. Before we get into Illinois Public Radio's Dan Klefstad's discussion with the author Andrea Jones reads from the beginning where Peter's friend Wendy Darling wakes up with a new name
When you see a problem…you can look for solutions or you can create the solution on your own. That was the case for first time author Jan Jacobi and his book "Young Lincoln." First Light host Brian O'Keefe spoke with Jacobi about the book and why he wrote it
This month the nation celebrates women’s history, for this First Light College of DuPage President Dr. Ann Rondeau visited with host Brian O'Keefe. She earned the rank of Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, and became the first woman to serve as President at COD. Dr. Rondeau’s professional life offers a unique perspective for young women and that’s where she and Brian started their conversation
Nick Page has lifted a line from a classic Coca-Cola commercial, he wants to teach the world to sing. Page performed last month at the College of DuPage McAninch Arts Center and worked with the COD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talked with Nick in one of the rehearsal spaces at the MAC
a Civil War soldier from west central Illinois and his wife regularly communicated during the war. They exchanged letters throughout the conflict…and their correspondence does not paint a pretty picture. This morning on First Light…Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger brings us a conversation with the author of ‘This Infernal War’:
The Southside Irish St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off later today, for this St. Patrick’s Day First Light host Brian O'Keefe spent some time with Ireland’s Midwest Consul General Brian O’Brien. He says it’s great to be part of a community so steeped in Irish culture