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.
Periodically this spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe is taking listeners on an Illinois Adventure. He’s visiting some staples of classic road-trips. You may think roadside attractions are a thing of the past, but they’re still out there and there are plenty within a short drive of the Chicago area.
This week in our look at stories from around the state, we have a story about a challenge facing many Illinois school districts. Schools across the state are struggling with a teacher shortage, and a recent survey found it’s getting worse. Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Medlin took a look at what the shortage actually looks like
For 25 years, Landmarks Illinois has worked to save theaters, schools, single family homes, and other historic buildings with its annual list of the state’s most endangered buildings. On May First, the preservation group released the 2019 ‘most endangered’ list; and it includes a different sort of building. First Light host Brian O’Keefe went to find out what makes the old dealer showroom so special
Later today, the Joliet Area Historical Museum kicks off a second season of walking tours of the old Joliet prison. The museum started offering tours last summer and they quickly sold out. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the prison late last summer and discovered that for some people the tour is an opportunity to answer a lifelong curiosity, for others want to see the location for Hollywood blockbusters, and for some, it’s about closure
This week in our look at stories from around the state, have you ever thought about attending a high-spirited, live wrestling match? Maybe the ticket price deterred you, or you couldn’t take time to travel to Las Vegas or Atlantic City. It turns out there’s live local professional wrestling every month in northern Illinois. Illinois Public Radio’s Dan Libman has the story
An artform born in the early 1970s had the attention of students and scholars alike this week. The first ever Hip-Hop Summit at College of DuPage looked at the intersection of music, design, art, and social justice. First Light host Brian O’Keefe talked with Chicago graffiti artist John Maeda about the artform and his connection to hip-hop culture
On the first Sunday of each month here at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto stops by for a discussion of space news and to give backyard astronomers an idea of what there is to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. This month, First Light host Brian O’Keefe wanted to talk with Joe about a single, slightly fuzzy picture astronomers released to the public last month
Every few weeks at First Light, University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian O’Keefe get together for our ‘Farm to Table’ segment. They discuss everything from agriculture and agribusiness to home landscaping and your backyard garden. This week, one week before Mother’s Day, Brian and Richard headed out to Schaffer’s Greenhouse in Montgomery and sat down with Brett Schaffer inside one of the company’s greenhouses
This week in the First Light look at stories from around the state, we have an update on the alternate fuel vehicle industry in Illinois. For the longest time, central Illinois leaders speculated about what Rivian planned to do with its plant in Normal. Now, after another major investment from Ford there’s speculation about what Rivian means for the local economy. Illinois Public Radio’s Ryan Denham talked with Stephanie Brinley, she's the principal automotive analyst at IHS Markit and has been following the rise of Rivian
Think for a moment about all the songs about time celebrating or lamenting the passing of time has been a universal theme throughout, well, throughout time. In Evanston, there is a museum that celebrates the effort to record time. First Light host Brian O’Keefe visited the museum and got a tour from the man who amassed the amazing collection of clocks, watches, and remarkable time pieces
This spring and summer, First Light host Brian O’Keefe is going to hit the road and take you with him as he visits some of the area’s great ‘road side attractions.’ Some are a blast from the past, others are a little strange, and there are some you may have driven by many times and never noticed. For this first Illinois Adventure, Brian went out to Geneva
At this time of year, you may start to see the region’s largest predator on a more frequent basis. Litters of coyote pups were born earlier in the spring, those hungry mouths mean the adult animals are foraging for food and may be out more often. Last spring, First Light host Brian O’Keefe spoke with DuPage Forest Preserve naturalist Stephanie Touzalin about the frequently maligned mammal