Statewide: The Pandemic And Small Colleges; DNC Delegates Prepare For A Virtual Convention

Aug 13, 2020

This week on Statewide, many small colleges and universities were struggling before COVID-19.  Will the pandemic deal a final blow to more institutions?  

We also hear about the rise of home schooling.  And we look back to a time of lawlessness in southern Illinois, when prohibition era gangs went to war with each other and the Ku Klux Klan. 

Our lineup: 

* Susie An from WBEZ reports on how more parents are choosing home schooling during the pandemic. 

* Ryan Delaney of KWMU explains how COVID-19 could deal a final blow to some smaller colleges and universities.

* WNIJ's Connie Kuntz speaks with Northern Illinois University Geology Professor Philip Carpenter, who studies earthquakes, including those here in the midwest.

* We hear from a parent of three special needs children about concerns they have regarding the new school year.

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ finds out how some restaurants are faring after being allowed to reopen with restrictions. 

* Harvest Public Media's Amy Mayer looks at creative repurposing for grain elevators.

* Tony Arnold talks with some delegates to the Democratic National Convention who will be staying home as the event will be virtual this year.

* Sean Crawford interviews author Tara McClellan McAndrew, who has written about the prohibition era in southern Illinois.  

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