Specials

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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Black History Month
9:10 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special

Sunday February 10th at 6pm

As African Americans continue to be acknowledged by their communities, our country and internationally, this special features milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans from the Grammy's to the Emmy's, Academy Awards, and Nobel Prize categories.

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Black History Month
9:05 am
Tue January 29, 2013

The Children of Children Keep Coming

Sunday February 17th at 6pm

Through story and song, author Russell Goings has adapted his epic poem “The Children of Children Keep Coming” into an hour-long spoken word performance that delineates and celebrates the too often unsung African American cultural history.

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Black History Month
9:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

William's Leap For Freedom

Credit Historical Society of Missouri

Sunday February 24th at 6pm

This original play is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live in June 2010 and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown and features Barbara Rosenblat along with a multi-voice cast.

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Specials
7:19 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Unique Twist To The Holiday Season

The U-of-I socks Cathy Christensen's family exchange each year.
Credit Cathy Christensen

Christmas is here! WNIJ is sharing some unique holiday traditions. WNIJ staff member, Austin Cliffe, shares his family's recipe for glogg, a fiery Scandinavian drink.

We also reached out to listeners to hear about some of their ways of celebrating the season. One that stood out was from Cathy Christensen. Every year, her family carries out tradition by exchanging an old pair of socks.

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