The Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford is expected to reopen Saturday morning after a devastating water pipe break. There was a water line break in the Mahlburg Auditorium. It flooded the auditorium and the Ordovician Sea exhibit area, then "rained down through the floor" onto the collections in the basement, according to executive director Maureen Mall.
Extended version of our Morning Edition feature. Contains things you'll miss if you just read the transcript, including Nielsen interrupting another interview, his grandchildren interrupting his news conference, and a bit of his live performance with Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts at the exhibit's opening.
Bonus: Miles Nielsen describes some of his favorite things from his father's exhibit at Burpee Museum, plus a sample of Rick Nielsen composing "Writing on the Wall" into a tape recorder at his kitchen table.
A new exhibit opened at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford this weekend. And this time, it isn’t dinosaur bones attracting huge crowds: it’s an eccentric musician and the things he has collected during his half-century in rock.