David Inge

Illinois Pioneers

Thursdays at 7:30 - hosted by David Inge

Illinois Pioneers celebrates the people, places and things that have made significant contributions to the historical, social and economic conditions within the state of Illinois. David Inge’s professional and relaxed style of interviewing brings out the best in his guests, providing viewers insights into those individuals who have added to the layers of significance within the state of Illinois.

WILL - Illinois Pioneers - November 17, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Animator and cartoonist Nina Paley

7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 20, on WILL-TV
Nina Paley

At one time Nina Paley billed herself as America’s Best-Loved Unknown Cartoonist. But that changed with the 2008 premiere of her animated feature film “Sita Sings the Blues.” The film draws on a classic of Indian literature to tell a timeless story of faithless love. It’s been shown at over 150 film festivals and won more than 30 international awards. And it was the struggle over the right to use the music in the film that led her to another area in where she has become known--copyright reform. She talks to host David Inge about how copyright law stifles creativity rather than protecting them.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - November 10, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Soprano Ollie Watts Davis

7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 13, on WILL-TV
Ollie Watts David

Ollie Watts Davis says that she didn’t seek music out … it found her, says host David Inge. Her college, West Virginia Institute of Technology, didn’t offer a course of study in voice. “But she had been singing ever since she was little,” he said. While visiting her college, long-time U of I faculty member William Warfield heard her sing and encouraged her to come to Urbana to study voice. She did, eventually earning her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In the interview, the U of I voice professor talks about the women who were her mentors, her work with students, and singing as a spiritual act.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - November 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Farmland investment expert Murray Wise

7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 6, on WILL-TV
Murray Wise

Murray Wise grew up on a farm in Ontario, Canada. Through his childhood and into his college years at Iowa State University, he knew he wanted to farm. As it turned out, farm equipment was in short supply so he rented out his land and took a job working in farm management and real estate. That was back in 1975. He went on to start his own company--the Westchester Group--and today he is nationally recognized as an authority on farmland investment, valuation and management.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 24, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Artist Preston Jackson

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 30, on WILL-TV
Preston Jackson

Preston Jackson is well-known in Illinois and beyond as a sculptor and painter. “He also likes to think of himself as a storyteller, and the story is often a personal one,” said Ilinois Pioneers host David Inge. “As he says, ‘I create who I am.’ ” Jackson is the co-founder of the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, where he also has a studio and gallery. He earned his Master of Fine arts degree at the U of I, and has taught for many years at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 14, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Bank vice chairman Ed Scharlau

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 23, on WILL-TV
Ed Scharlau

Busey Bank vice chairman Ed Scharlau,  who started in banking as a part-time janitor and teller, and now is vice chairman of Busey Bank, has been in the banking business in Champaign-Urbana for a half century. He began in 1964 when he worked as a part-time teller, earning $1.25 an hour, and worked nights as a part-time janitor, earning $2 an hour.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - October 03, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

U of I entomologist May Berenbaum

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 9, on WILL-TV
May Berenbaum

May Berenbaum has received many honors from fellow scientists, and on Oct. 3, the White House announced that she's a recipient of the National Medal of Science. But she also has numerous fans among the general public who have been caught up in her infectious love of insects. Host David Inge said she put aside her childhood fear of insects to become an entomologist.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 26, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Trans fats researcher Fred Kummerow

7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 2, on WILL-TV
Fred Kummerow

Fred Kummerow has long argued that trans fats, found in a wide range of processed foods, pose a much greater risk than cholesterol. He got interested in trans fats in the late 1950s when he examined arteries of people who had died from heart attacks and found them clogged with trans fat. “His concerns were dismissed because he was a chemist and not a cardiologist,” said host David Inge. The University of Illinois emeritus professor, who’s been researching the relationship between diet and heart disease for more than 60 years, talks with Inge about his lifestyle, which includes eating an egg every day, and gives some hints about his current research interest—Alzheimer’s disease.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 16, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Human Kinetics founder Rainer Martens

7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 25, on WILL-TV
Rainer Martens

Rainer Martens is an internationally recognized sports psychologist, known for creating the most widely used coaching education program in the U.S. and for writing Successful Coaching, America's best-selling coaching textbook. Host David Inge talked to him about the mental side of sports and the coaching style that he advocates.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - September 05, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Japanese culture teacher Shozo Sato

7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 11, on WILL-TV
Shozo Sato

Shozo Sato is internationally known as a theater director for his adaptations of Japanese Kabuki plays for western audiences, and the author of books on Japanese brush painting, flower arranging and the tea ceremony.  He first came to Champaign-Urbana in 1964 as an artist-in-residence, and became a professor of art and design at the University of Illinois. He also created the original Japan House, a center for Japanese culture on the U of I campus. He taught the Japanese tea ceremony to C-U residents as a way of introducing Japanese life to the community.

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WILL - Illinois Pioneers - August 05, 2014 ~ Comment (0)

Illinois Pioneers Season Premiere: Justice Rita Garman

7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 4, on WILL-TV
Justice Rita Garman

When she was in law school, some professors told Rita Garman she didn’t belong there because she was a woman. After graduation, law firms said they couldn’t hire her because clients didn’t want a woman lawyer. But Garman found work as a legal-aid attorney and went on to work at every level of the state’s court system. Today, she serves as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. She is David Inge’s first guest on the new season of Illinois Pioneers.

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