Community Voices

Mondays-Thursdays Noon-1 p.m., Fridays Noon-12:30 p.m., Saturdays 5-6 p.m.

Hear the voices of our community:  residents, leaders, visitors, listeners, donors, sponsors, nonprofits, and volunteers discuss what they care about and how to make the neighborhood grow.

If you would like to record a Community Voices segment, contact Community Voices team at right.

Ways to Connect

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Martha Miller is a local author specializing in gay and lesbian literature. She is the author of a number of novels including her most popular books Tales from the Levee and Retirement Plan. Her latest, is a young adult novel titled Me Inside. Martha talks about her novels, life, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

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Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

A panel from Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln Next 10 Extra series, Activating the State Fairgrounds Year-Round.

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Orignially aired April 8, 2021.

Dr. Ty Dooley is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Dooley's research areas include: social justice, critical race, social equity, and community development. In February, an unfortunate incident caused Dr. Dooley to write a blog post called A Teachable Moment: Public Spaces Are Not Public. In this blog, Dr. Dooley addresses social order, teachable moments, and "white spaces." He talks about the blog and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

Originally aired April 7, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Menno Servaes -- When Should You Choose to Ignore Your Gut?

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Compass for Kids

Originally aired March 31, 2021.

Molly Berendt is the Executive Director of Compass for Kids. This not-for- profit organization provides resources and support to at-risk children in Springfield Public Schools - District 186. Molly discusses this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

Originally aired April 7, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Taryn Christy -- Why Aren't Prisons Built for Periods?

Originally aired April 7, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Dean Cantu -- Why Are We Obsessed with the Image of Death?

Originally aired April 6, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Elizabeth Ross Wake -- Are You Paying to Perpetuate Poverty?

Originally aired April 6, 2021.

TEDxUofISpringfield talk from Sudeep Sharma -- Why Should You Master the Art of Negotiation?

Originally aired April 6, 2021.

Two speakers:

Meg Shadid -- How Do You Combat One-Sided Facts?

Dr. Sarah L. Webb -- How Can We Heal from the Shades of Colorism?

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Originally aired April 1, 2021.

The Women of Sangamon County: A History in ObjectsAn event from the Sangamon Experience featuring Illinois State Museum curator Erika Holst

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Originally aired March 26, 2021.

The following is a commentary from Dr. Robert Smith, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.  

Two guests: 

Richard -Gilman-Opalsky with his TEDxUofISpringfield talk What's Love Got to Do with Communism?

Joy Anna performs her original song Made It This Far

When you’re young, it’s important to announce you’re not just six or seven, but “And a half!” NPR Illinois is happy to say our newest program, Community Voices, is passing the six-month mark.

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Originally aired March 27, 2021.

Meet the Author Coffee Table was an event held during the UIS Virtual Event Series. NPR Illinois' Bea Bonner interviewed UIS alumna Cheryl Alters Jamison about writing, cooking, food, and travel. 

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Originally aired January 8, 2021.How Medical Crises Change Our Process of Communication

Presenter: Ann Strahle, Associate Professor, Communication

Moderator: Terri Noel, Founder and Owner, Encore Consulting & Publishing

Presented by:

  • UIS Office of Advancement
  • UIS Alumni SAGE Society
  • Illinois State Historical Society


Originally aired January 21, 2021.

Patricia Dulin is a conference speaker, licensed minster, and author. She is a member of Abundant Faith Christian Center. Patricia also co-founded Just As You Are Ministries with her husband Shawn Dulin. Her book 'Crickets... and Then She Cried' is now available. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

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Originally aired March 26, 2021.

The whole community benefits when more individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground. Financially stable people are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children, and contribute to their local economies. Hear from the panel about how the organizations are helping local people keep more of the money they earned – so they can recover from the pandemic, pay for basic expenses, and save for the future.

Nothing Fancy Supply Co.

Colleen Flinn is the owner of Nothing Fancy Supply Co. The business started when Colleen researched ways to cut waste in her own home. This led her to a Facebook page where she discussed these experiences and gave her the confidence to start sharing her favorite sustainable alternative: beeswax food wraps. Colleen talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner. 

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Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln

Originally broadcast January 27, 2021.
 The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln has created a Next 10 Extra series to further discuss the ideas submitted to improve the future of Springfield. One of the most commented on areas has been downtown.  The panel talks about how to lead this revitalization.

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Originally aired March 18, 2021.

The Future is Now: Business and Social Innovation in a Post Pandemic World 

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Originally aired February 25, 2021.

As part of Black History Month, this UIS ECCE panel discussion encourages learning about the societal issues that inform and led to the formation and evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

This year, to celebrate the chosen essayists, we produced a virtual culminating event. During the event the 10 chosen authors read their essays. A panel discussion was also held with previous chosen essayist Gabe Knott and Dr. Stacy McDermott mother of previous chosen essayist Mackenzie McDermott

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Originally aired March 4, 2021.

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln produced this Next 10 Extra panel to discuss investing in the arts to develop Springfield's economy.

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Originally aired March 13, 2021.

Springfield newcomer Logan Campbell joins Community Voices to discuss his love of music and share his bass and baritone recital -- An Evening of Song: From Schubert to Verdi.

Originally aired March 11, 2021.Research and events of the past year have demonstrated the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the quality of life of everyone in central Illinois. As a balancing of the scales occurs and the benefits of a more just culture are understood, most organizations are prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion – or DEI work. Parts of the process can be difficult or uncomfortable but are necessary and as a bonus, a more robust culture and stronger economy result. The UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Citizens Club of Springfield’s latest Public Policy Forum discusses these affects in today’s Community Voices -- Equity and Inclusion in Workforce and Economic Development.

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Originally aired February 19, 2021.

Michael Burlingame, UIS Distinguished Professor, joins Community Voices to reflect on Lincoln's birthday, Presidents Day, and his latest writing.

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Another ten area high school seniors have been selected by our community committee for the 2021 edition of This I Believe on NPR Illinois. That’s 150 students since the program started with the 2007 selected authors. The program continues to pull at your emotions and reminds you of when you were about to enter the adult world.

Originally aired January 29, 2021.

Springfield Muni managing board president discusses the cancellation of another season due to COVID-19.

Originally aired March 5, 2021.

The Friends of the Libary are gearing up for their 21st Murder Mystery Fundraiser, benefiting the Chatham Area Public Library. This year, the Murder Mystery play will be presented by video. Proceeds of this fundraiser will be used to purchase a bookmobile style bicycle for the Chatham Area Public Library. The Murder Mystery premiere is March 13 at 7pm. Find ticket information here. Playwright of the Murder Mystery Ryan Byers along with actors Dave Kimsey and Craig McFarland, talk about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.