8 pm Wednesday, April 23: What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships.
What makes an animal smart? Many scientists believe the secret lies in relationships. Throughout the animal kingdom, some of the cleverest creatures — including humans — seem to be those who live in complex social groups, like dolphins, elephants and apes. Could the skills required to keep track of friend and foe make animals smarter? To find out, NOVA goes inside the social lives of some of the smartest animals on the planet.
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WILL won regional Edward R. Murrow news reporting awards in two categories, and its partner CU-CitizenAccess won for a story on the resurgence of meth in central Illinois.
10 am Mon-Thurs on WILL-AM: Provocative conversations that go behind the headlines. Hosted by Michel Martin, pictured.
Come have a box lunch while you listen to him read from his new book and answer your questions during his stop in Urbana May 7.
7 pm Wednesday, April 23, on WILL-FM: With the LA Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Daniel Bjarnason: Blow Bright
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
5 pm Saturday, April 26, on Big Picture Science: Human emotions are complex.
Do you feel happy today? How about happily disgusted? Maybe sadly surprised, or sadly disgusted? Human emotions are complex. But at least they’re the common language that unites us all – except when they don’t. A tribe in Namibia might interpret our expression of fear as one of wonderment. And people with autism don’t feel the emotions that others do.
So if you’re now delightfully but curiously perplexed, tune in and discover the evolutionary reason for laughter … how a computer can diagnose emotional disorders that doctors miss … and why the world’s most famous autistic animal behaviorist has insight into the emotional needs of cattle.
Link to all the stories in our Illinois Public Media News series.
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.
An update from news director Scott Cameron: We'll end our Friday Focus shows while we search for a new host and producer, but the talk program will be back early next year.
An update on WILL-AM's Focus from Illinois Public Media's news and public affairs director, Scott Cameron:
We wanted to give you an update on our plans for the future of Focus. In recent months, we've created a model for what our local, morning call-in show will look and sound like when we re-launch the program early next year. Last month, we let you know that we're searching for a host to build on that vision. As that search continues, we're also now looking for a strong producer to complete our team. Together, they will form the core of our new talk programming staff. In the meantime, we will end our Friday Focus shows after April 25 until that team is in place. Our reporting staff is again at full strength, and doing the kinds of award-winning stories that you expect. That commitment to great local reporting and storytelling carries over to our call-in talk show … which will return, as planned, in early 2015.
Our Monday through Thursday 10 am program, Tell Me More, will now also air at 10 am Fridays.