8 pm Monday, April 21: The incredible true story of the small town with the big sound.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River,” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. At its heart is Rick Hall, who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Hall brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and the Swampers, the house band at FAME that eventually left to start its own successful studio, Muscle Shoals Sound. In this joyful film, Greg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism and mystery, and why it remains influential today.
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9 am Sunday, April 20, on WILL-TV: Eco-themed special follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they rescue animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia.
Illinois Public Media's Jim Meadows reports that the state is swamped by applications, delaying coverage for months.
Host Jeff Bossert talks with James about his new documentary based of Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir. He also talks to Chaz Ebert. Listen online now.
7 pm Tuesday, June 3: A look at how the African American community grapples with the issue of gay rights.
7 pm Sunday, April 20, on WILL-FM: Violinist Todd Phillips and pianist Gloria Chen, pictured, perform Britten's Suite for Viiolin and Piano.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Britten and Mendelssohn
BRITTEN: Suite for Violin and Piano, Op. 6 (Todd Phillips, violin; Gloria Chien, piano)
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in B Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 3 (Juho Pohjonen, piano; Erin Keefe, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello
WILL-AM has been named the Outstanding News Operation in downstate Illinois in the AP broadcast journalism contest.
NPR Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson, a Uni High alum, talks to Uni High counselor Lisa Micele about advising high school students on college choices.
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