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
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from Lee Gaines. Earlier this year, prison staff at the Danville Correctional Center in east-central Illinois removed about 200 books from a prison program’s library. Illinois Public Radio’s Lee Gaines found a lot of the books are about race and some were children’s books.
Music fans will descend on Millennium Park next weekend for Chicago’s annual celebration of the blues. The three day event attracts thousands of people to hear some of the top performers at stages throughout the park. Just days before this year’s festival, a new biography of a blues legend hits the shelves. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with ‘Up Jumped the Devil’ co-author Bruce Conforth
Earlier this year, Dr. Ann Rondeau stepped down as president at College of DuPage. Upon her departure, Vice President of Administrative Affairs Dr. Brian Caputo became interim president. The Aurora resident was among three finalists to become the seventh COD president; and 10 days ago the College Board of Trustees selected Caputo to take the lead position at the Glen Ellyn based community college. Earlier this week…First Light host Brian O’Keefe continued a tradition of sitting down with COD presidents. Dr Caputo joined Brian in the WDCB Studios for a conversation about his priorities and the future of the college
Each month on the First Sunday on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what back yard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. With the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, Joe and Brian started their conversation this month with a discussion of stepped up plans to send people back to the lunar surface
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story from Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens. Artists throughout the Rock River Valley recently opened their studios to the public, and you may be surprised by the number of working artists that are creating work in north central Illinois. Guy Stephens visited some of the places where their inspiration becomes reality
In each of the past three years, Morton Arboretum has brought an art exhibit onto the outdoor museum. Giant trolls started to attract big crowds last summer and the wooden sculptures still stand, sit, and hide at locations across the Lisle based property. This summer the arboretum brought in another group of sculptures. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with the artist behind the brightly colored nods to the real world.
It’s been a while since we’ve gone ‘into the woods’ here at First Light, but with spring comes an increasing number of people-animal interactions. In particular, baby animal interactions. That fact also means it’s a busier than normal time at the DuPage Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center and its animal hospital. First Light host Brian O’Keefe stopped by the wildlife center this week to talk with naturalist Stephanie Touzalin.
This holiday weekend has its origins in a celebration that began three years after the end of the Civil War. The Grand Army of the Republic conceived Decoration Day as a way to celebrate the lives of those lost in the country’s bloodiest war. It became Memorial Day in 1968 when Congress created the national holiday. To reflect on the history of the holiday…First Light Host Brian O’Keefe went to Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery last year and met with author and historian Larry Broutman.
This week in our look at stories from around the state…we travel to broadway, via Bloomington. The edgy and irreverent ghoul, Beetlejuice has found new life…on Broadway. Helping the beloved…but nasty character dress for theatrical success is Savannah Wetzel. The central Illinois native…and Illinois State University alum landed a gig in New York City as a production assistant to William Ivey Long. Long is a costume designer for Beetlejuice. Illinois Public Radio’s Laura Kennedy talked with Wetzel about her work on the Tony nominated play
Start-up and tech incubators have become an important component of growing the economy in many cities. There are several in Chicago; but later this week a new center opens in Glen Ellyn. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the center that hopes to become a hub of economic growth and talked with Innovation DuPage Manager Travis Linderman
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 got a preview of the ‘Worlds of Wonder’ exhibit.