Specials

WNIJ Labor Day Special
8:15 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Lincoln Highway: The Father Road

Credit Dan Libman

This Labor Day, 89.5 WNIJ presents a one-hour special commemorating America's first transnational highway.  The Lincoln Highway was dedicated 100 years ago this October. Nearly 6000 miles long in its entirety, it stretches from New York City to San Fransisco. It might not be as famous as the so-called "Mother Road," Route 66; but 66 isn't as long, and its terminal cities - Chicago and Santa Monica - are no longer connected by a single highway like Lincoln Highway is.

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Jane McAfee's commentary revisited
7:15 am
Wed August 28, 2013

She Was There: Memories of Dr. King's Dream

Crowds in Washington, DC August 28, 1963
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Today is  the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in America's civil rights movement: on August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech to 200,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. 

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NPR Special Coverage
4:08 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

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Later today, 89.5 WNIJ will present special coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Here & Now will devote a significant portion of the show to the day's events, and we'll have special NPR coverage between 1pm and 3pm Wednesday. Here & Now's Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson will be our hosts.

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WNIJ Presents
10:22 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Explore The Hidden Side Of Everything With Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio explores “the hidden side of everything.” It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn't, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do. Stephen Dubner hosts our five, one-hour specials air at 6pm Monday through Friday this week.

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WNIJ Special
1:37 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

The Capitol Steps 4th Of July Edition Of "Politics Takes A Holiday"

The Gang of 8 has announced that in order to be a citizen of the United States, you have to listen to the Capitol Steps 4th of July special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping The Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...

Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office.

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WNIJ Special
4:21 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NPR News Special: Supreme Court Rulings Wrap-Up

It's been a busy week for the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is finishing its year with rulings on three major cases:  affirmative action in college admissions, the pre-clearance requirements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the status of gay marriage (Prop 8 and DOMA).

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"Ricks Picks" feature
8:36 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Sue Stephens Wins National Award

Susan Stephens

WNIJ's Sue Stephens has won first place in the nationwide Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) Awards for Best Writing, presented Saturday night in Cleveland OH.

She won the award for her story "Rick's Picks: Cheap Trick guitarist's life on display in Rockford," a feature which aired during Morning Edition on August 13, 2012.

The story chronicled the Burpee Museum of Natural History exhibition of guitars and other memorabilia from the collection of Rick Nielsen, founder of the Rockford-based rock band Cheap Trick, and interviews with Nielsen and his son Miles.

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The Vatican Conclave
4:02 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Tweets From A WNIJ Alumna

St. Charles native Emily Schmall, daughter of NIU Law Prof. Lorraine Schmall, was an intern at WNIJ News about a decade ago and now is a freelance journalist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was at the capital city’s Catholic cathedral awaiting the announcement of the new pope.

She sent the following tweets while waiting for the announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, had been selected as successor to Pope Benedict XVI:

At 2:30 p.m.: Buenos Aires' Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio becomes Pope Francisco I; BA Catholics in tears.

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Reflection On The Shooting
7:08 am
Fri February 15, 2013

'The Greatest Form Of Inspiration'

Northern Illinois University Senior Jessica Cabe is an intern with WNIJ News this semester. She was not yet an NIU student when the tragic Cole Hall shooting occurred on Feb. 14, 2008. We asked her for her thoughts about this tragic event.

When tragedy strikes, the way a community reacts is very telling of its character.

On Feb. 14, 2008, five students were shot and killed in Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University. Even though there are few students still on campus who were there at the time, that event has shaped what it means to be a Huskie.

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Black History Month
9:15 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Let Freedom Sing: The Music Of The Abolitionists

Sunday February 3rd at 6pm

Let Freedom Sing chronicles the idealistic artists, uncompromising personalities and powerful music of the era, and looks at how these forces combined to turn abolitionism from a scorned fringe movement into a nation-changing force. Our special is hosted by Noah Adams.

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