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The Springfield Muni enters their second week of auditions for their 2020 season this week. Jacob Deters and Craig McFarland stopped by the studio to share tips on the audition process and beyond.

The Springfield Muni announced the productions for their 2020 season. Craig McFarland gave insight on the new shows, new directors, and everything to look forward to this upcoming summer.

RANDY ECCLES / World Affairs Council of Central Illinois

The World Affairs Council of Central Illinois presents The United States and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities. Ambassador John F. Maisto’s presentation will explore current U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He will place special emphasis on U.S.- Venezuelan relations and U.S. diplomatic relations with several Central American nations.

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Honey County

Dani Rose, Devon Jane, and Katie Stump make up female country trio Honey County.

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Thank you all for joining NPR Illinois Wednesday November 20 at The Ace Sign Museum. Supporters enjoyed a collection of over 85 historic signs from Springfield and Route 66, music from The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project, and food from 5Flavors Catering. 

Enjoy photos from the night!

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The US Justice System has always hung its hat on the correctional services that it provides to individuals who are indicted. However, one area that has never received the proper attention is what exactly happens to felons that have already been processed and paid their debt to society. 

Gayle Woodson and her new book "After Kilimanjaro".

Gayle Woodson is a retired surgeon. Now Gayle and her husband Dr. Tom Robbins travel to Tanzania (and others places in the world) teaching surgical practice to young doctors and residents. Gayle is also a writer and has just completed another story. 

UIS Theatre

UIS Theatre will open their season with God of Carnage. In other news, UIS Studio Theatre, where UIS Theatre houses their productions is newly renovated.

Miss Illinois 2019

The reigning Miss Illinois, Miss Ariel Beverly visits the studio during her state wide media tour meeting with city officials, representatives and schools boards. She gives more background about herself and her Social Impact Initiative: Arts in Education.

Ben Belzer

Ben Belzer stopped by the studio awhile ago, to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines'. While last time focused on auditions and the main premise of the show, this time Ben introduced the shows sponsor and why it was important for them to work together.

Seeing untold stories come alive is a benefit of enjoying live theater. One of these untold stories will be showcased in 'Memphis the Musical' at The Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Wizard of Oz

The Springfield Muni has reached its fourth and final show in their 2019 season, 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

Theater is one way for people to get across many lessons and topics. Ben Belzer stopped by the studio to talk about his original tragicomedy 'Blurred Lines' and what he's hoping audiences learn.

Throrughly Modern Millie

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' is the third show in the Springfiel Muni's 2019 Season. 

The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni's 2019 season is in full swing. It continues with their production of Evita. Cory Blissett who portrays Augustine Magaldi and Assistant Director Courtney Wick stopped by the studio to talk about the history and learning that audiences will experience during the show.

Click here for tickets and more information.

The Springfield Muni presents Peter Pan
The Springfield Muni

The Springfield Muni 2019 season is here. Craig McFarland and Jacob Deters stopped by the studio to talk about the some new aspects of their production of Peter Pan.

Speaker: Konstantinos Kourtikakis, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Get ready to explore news, ideas, and what it means to be human through different events with us for a whole week!   

Community Voices:The Exoneree Band

Mar 22, 2019
Credit Dustin Franz for The New York Times

From spending wrongfully convicted time behind bars to spending time performing on stage, The Exoneree Band has more than music to give to the public. The Exoneree band is comprised of five men that spent a total of 92 years in prison. These men turn their situation to one where they can give back to their community and share their stories. 

More details at the Illinois Innocence Project.

The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra (SVCO) is hosting a romantic concert. David Platt, music director of SVCO stopped by the studio to share more about the concert.

The Springfield Muni 2019 season is approaching and auditions are happening soon. Auditioning can be a nerve wrecking process, but Craig McFarland ensures attending their 2019 Muni Audition workshop will help combat the nerves.

This year the Muni will host two audition workshops one at 10 a.m. for children and another at 1 p.m. for adults on Saturday February 16.

More information on the Springfield Muni’s 2019 season here.

February is Black History Month. African Americans everywhere are celebrated especially those who made a difference in society.  

Have you ever thought about the influential people we do not hear about?

Fr. Daren Zehnle a priest of the Diocese of Springfield, IL and pastor of St. Augustine Church in Ashland stopped by the studio to tell the story of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African American priest in the United States of America. 


The 16th annual Lincoln Legacy Lectures presented by the University of Illinois Springfield Center for Lincoln Studies was held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in the Student Union Ballroom at UIS.

The topic was “Lincoln versus Douglas.”

The Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series brings nationally known scholars to Springfield to present lectures on topics that both engaged Abraham Lincoln and the citizens of his era and are still timely today.

Austrian Organist Lukas Hasler and Mark Gifford Director of Music and Organist at The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, sit down with Beatrice Bonner from Community Voices to announce the start of Lukas's United States tour. 

The number of news reporters has been declining for years – in print and broadcast, and markets of all sizes. One need only look at the Illinois State House Press Corps, whose numbers have dwindled from several dozen full-time, year-round reporters to a handful of credentialed journalists today, or the decreased size of local media news staff, to see the trend in our area.

What’s the impact on you - and the community? Research shows that fewer journalists mean less accountability of public officials. 

Join NPR Illinois at our Suggs Studio for a special Halloween screening of the best short horror films from previous Route 66 Film Festivals.

Free popcorn and candy, cash bar. Some films may not be suitable for children. Free admission!

Extra Life

Extra Life is a national charity that holds 24 hour gaming marathons across the country. The charity mobilizes gaming enthusiasts to raise funds for children's hospitals while enjoying video and board games. 

For local gamers Ian McCann, Tony Anderson, and Ryan Capranica, the combination of their love of gaming and their want to give back comes together when they host their own annual Extra Life marathon. 

Lee Milner

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

ADHD Productions is bringing "The Rocky Horror Show" to Springfield for the ninth year.