Special Programming

I'm Definitely Not Tired of Flats

May 15, 2015

The only thing I love as much as speeding along on my Cannondale road bike is getting a flat tire. I certainly don’t set out hoping to go flat, but I’m very happy if I do. Why?

When I got a flat tire on my first bike, A Trek hybrid, I would leave it for weeks before working up the courage to drive it to my local bike shop to sheepishly ask one of the children who work there to fix it for me. I would bring the whole bike, too afraid to even mess with the quick release skewer.

WNIJ's Free Range Radio recently broadcast a radio drama featuring a “new take” on H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds”.

It was written, acted and produced by local northern Illinois high school students from NIU's STEM Read program. The premiere of their production, that includes DeKalb County landmarks and an invasion of adorable but deadly hamsters from space, took place at Northern Public Radio's Studio A .

When Waiting Becomes Wondering

May 14, 2015

I am waiting.

It feels as though I spend most of my life waiting.

It's an art, really. We have whole rooms assigned for people who are waiting ... and waiting. It is often masked with coffee, snacks, TV, magazines and dreamy bland music; underneath, it’s still … waiting.

Funny how something as common as waiting can change a normally calm person into an impatient, angry creature skulking in chairs … their frustration growing with each minute of waiting.

I am all about getting on with it; so waiting, for me, is a waste of time.

Law and Disorder 2: Citizens, Cameras and Cops

May 13, 2015
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/The Texas Tribune

Reveal on 89.5 WNIJ - Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

In part 2 of Reveal's in-depth look at law and disorder, we expose some of the tensions between police and the communities they serve and how video cameras are dramatically changing the public’s relationship with law enforcement.

Setbacks Can Be Paths To Growth

May 12, 2015

Last summer my brother Eric and I hiked Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland.

Our ascent was wonderful. We climbed and talked along the way. As we reached the summit, we paused, looking out at the world. It was beautiful summer day, a few clouds and nice breeze. What an easy hike!

As we began our descent, we lost the path. So we studied our map. Unsure of the terrain, we became concerned. It was a bit of a setback after such an easy climb up.

That Thing About Vegas Is True

May 11, 2015

Well, I finally did it — made my first trip to Las Vegas.

Yes, I gambled — but saw no shows. Unless you want to count the entertainment easily found just walking "The Strip." 

Our two-night stay wrapped up a week that started in Phoenix and took us via rental car to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and a quick stop at Hoover Dam. 

I'd go back to most of those stops, but Vegas? I'm not so sure. I have to say probably not. 

I know I sound like a kill-joy … an old fuddy-duddy. Perhaps I am. 

Missing NIU Student Found Safe

May 8, 2015

Police say the Northern Illinois University student who went missing was found.

Andrew “Andy” Minor, 26, was reported missing since Tuesday morning by his roommate. Police said family and friends searched for him before reporting him missing.

According to police, Minor left his cell phone and car behind. He was found safe yesterday at the Elburn train station.

Strenghtening Mother-Daughter Bonds

May 8, 2015

The bond between a mother and daughter can be more intense than either might like. This is the relationship in which daughters first feel safe enough to test out the desire for autonomy while balancing the innate need to please their moms.

As infants, we’re fully dependent on others, but the drive for independence shows up early. In fact, we spend the rest of our lives trying to balance our conflicting relational needs of independence from and dependence on others. These polarizing forces typically give rise to a new mother-daughter battle at each developmental stage.

Jacob Hardesty

May 1, 2015

Asst. Prof. Jacob Hardesty teaches foundations courses in educational history and research methods at Rockford University. His research explores the historical tensions between popular culture and schooling.

Before coming to Rockford, he taught music for four years in public and Catholic schools, as well as education courses at DePauw University and Indiana University. He completed his Ph.D. in educational history at Indiana University in 2013.

Originally from Tennessee, he and his fiancé, Rock Valley College faculty member Danielle Fundora, moved to Rockford in fall 2014.

A Good Thing About Paying Taxes

May 1, 2015

Tax season has – thankfully – just ended. Soon, schools will let out for summer. Now is the time to consider the public’s relationship with public schools: those institutions we pay for through our taxes.