Statewide: College Acceptance, Denial Goes Mobile; (Some Of) A Nation Mourned Lincoln's Death

Apr 18, 2019

Technology means we are no longer disconnected.  Being able to receive good news anywhere, and sharing it with others, can be a thrill.  But what about bad news, like a college rejection notice?  It's happening for many through email and some believe that puts more stress on today's students.  We have a report.

And this week marked 154 years since the death of Abraham Lincoln.  We hear from a researcher who found out how the average American at the time dealt with the tragedy.  Not all of them mourned the 16th president.  

Those stories and more on this week's Statewide:

* Kate McGee of WBEZ tells us how social media and mobile technology amps up the pressure on college applicants.

* Sean Crawford visits with Martha Hodes, author of "Mourning Lincoln", who examines how people dealt with news of the president's assassination.

A sign on the Petersen House, across from Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln was carried from the theatre to the boarding house and died at the home April 15, 1865.
Credit Sean Crawford/NPR Illinois

* Jaclyn Driscoll has our Illinois Issues report weighing the possibility of legal marijuana and social justice.

* Steph Whiteside of WSIU tells us about new research techniques for losing weight.

* Lee Gaines of Illinois Newsroom reports on college in prison programs and efforts to determine their success.

* Daisy Contreras interviews Wendy Nawara, an advocate for the childhood autoimmune condition PANDAS, about how many parents are struggling to get insurance companies to pay for treatment.

* Sean Crawford talks with education reporter Dusty Rhodes about the latest discussion tackling the state's teacher shortage.


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