Music Reviews
12:41 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Wilhelm Furtwaengler: A Complex German Conductor

German conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwaengler.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 6:59 am

Note: Wilhelm Furtwangler's last name is typically spelled with an umlaut over the 'a' character. The npr website does not support characters with umlauts over characters. A variation of Furtwangler's name without the umlaut is spelled Furtwaengler.

Wilhelm Furtwaengler's name may be hard for Americans to pronounce, but the reason this great conductor isn't so well-remembered here is that he chose to remain in Germany during WWII, though he was never a member of the Nazi Party, and was exonerated by a postwar tribunal.

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3:30 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Fortune 500 woman visits DeKalb

Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO of Frontier Communications
Google Images.

DeKalb – One of the nation's top telecommunications executives visited DeKalb last week. Maggie Wilderotter is the Chairman & CEO of Frontier Communications. She spoke with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the personal qualities that make an executive...and grooming the next generation of female business leaders.

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9:58 am
Mon August 22, 2011

Listener Commentary

Machesney Park IL – Roland Christen, founder and president of Astro-Physics Inc., took issue with remarks made by U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Egan) in an interview with WNIJ and compiled his own thoughts from the viewpoint of a small manufacturer.

1:29 pm
Fri August 19, 2011

Federal budget series part five: Bill Foster

WNIJ news – This week, WNIJ aired discussions with U.S. House members from our listening area about ongoing budget issues in Washington. Most federal lawmakers from the area are Republican. We reached out to the only two sitting Democrats who represent the area, but they both declined. We did talk with former Democratic Congressman, Bill Foster, who once represented the 14th District and is making another run for Congress. He spoke with WNIJ's Mike Moen:

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1:04 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Federal budget series part four: Randy Hultgren

Sandwich, IL – The so-called "Congressional Super Committee" has a few weeks before its work begins: it is tasked with the unenviable job of cutting one-and-a-half trillion dollars from the federal budget. No one from Illinois was appointed to the 12-member panel: so WNIJ asked Congressmen from our listening area to weigh in on where they think the deep cuts should begin. For the fourth part of our series, WNIJ's Susan Stephens spoke with 14th district Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren.

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8:41 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Federal budget series part three: Bobby Schilling

WNIJ news – In the latest of our interviews with Congressional representatives from the WNIJ listening area, we talk with Bobby Schilling, the freshman Republican from the 17th district. WNIJ's Victor Yehling asked him what he thinks about the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling:

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2:04 am
Tue August 16, 2011

Federal budget series part two: Joe Walsh

Congressman Joe Walsh makes a point at town hall meeting at Northern Illinois University.
Susan Stephens

DeKalb, IL – The group known as the Congressional Super-committee has a huge task ahead of it: coming up with one-and-a-half trillion dollars in savings over the next decade. The 12-member committee doesn't include anyone from Illinois so WNIJ news asked several Congressmen from our listening area for their input. Susan Stephens spoke with 8th district Republican Representative Joe Walsh, starting with his take on the debt ceiling controversy.

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8:07 am
Mon August 15, 2011

Federal budget series part one: Don Manzullo

WNIJ news – Preparations continue for the Congressional Super Committee, which is tasked with compiling recommendations for trimming the federal deficit. WNIJ news contacted House members from our listening area, to hear what they had to say about issues facing the panel. Victor Yehling asked 16th District Republican, Don Manzullo, how he he sees entitlement programs in this debate:

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World Cafe
1:10 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Foster The People On World Cafe

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 8:00 am

Los Angeles's Foster the People seemingly appeared out of nowhere, taking the blogosphere and Top 40 radio by storm with the viral single "Pumped Up Kicks," a breezy summer jam with a subtly sinister edge.

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4:29 am
Thu August 11, 2011

"Jobs, Not Cuts" rally in DeKalb

DeKalb, IL – About fifty people took to the streets of DeKalb yesterday for a "Jobs, Not Cuts" rally. It was part of a national movement to tell Congress to find ways the government can create more American jobs. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.

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