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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

The Scene Says 'So Long!'

NPR Illinois / Daisy Contreras
peace out! (but not really)

Rachel here. Just want to say it has been an absolute BLAST working with Scott over the past couple years, putting together segments solely devoted to arts & culture in central Illinois. 

Along the way we spent a lot of time getting to know more about this community and what it has to offer. We made a lot of friends! Fear not, arts coverage is not going away. In all honesty, recording and producing a weekly podcast has proven too unwieldy as I continue to produce Illinois Edition - an hour long week-daily show, especially in the wake of losing staff. But please continue to send us your ideas, email me any time at rotwe2@uis.edu. Thanks so much to Scott for your insight and expertise and friendship. I know good things are on your horizon. 

And with that, may we present, some of The Scene's greatest hits!

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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