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With the release of It: Chapter 2, POP CULTURE DRAFT NIGHT saw it fit to take a look at the undisputed king of modern horror Stephen King and draft teams based on the adaptations of his work. This draft goes in many different directions! Vote for who you think won at the link below! 

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FEATURING: Phil Rockwell, Steve Sykes & Ryan Lootens

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 4! We're covering news from Star Trek, the final season panel from Supernatural as well as a quick take on Marvel's Phase 4 strategy!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 3! We're covering news from PicardThe Orville, and Watchmen as well as a comprehensive breakdown of Marvel's Phase 4 announcement!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner & Scott McFarland

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 2! We're covering the first trailer for Netflix's The WitcherThe Walking Dead and the deleted scenes from Avengers: Endgame plus MUCH MORE!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 - Day 1 Recap

Jul 19, 2019
Front Row Network Specials
San Diego Comic Con

It's the biggest weekend of the year for all things pop culture and especially all things nerd! And the Front Row is once again proud to bring you comprehensive coverage of all the news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International 2019! Here is your brief recap of the biggest news from Day 1!

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

Front Row Network Full Disclosure
21st Century Fox

Welcome to the newest evolution of FULL DISCLOSURE on the Front Row Network with our solo MINIS! Today Jeremy is talking about his reactions to the latest and final chapter in the First Class X-Men franchise with Fox's adaptation of Dark Phoenix and what he thinks the future of the X-Men under Marvel Studios should be.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner

FULL DISCLOSURE - Avengers: Endgame

Apr 28, 2019
Front Row Network Full Disclosure
Marvel Studios

After 10 years and 21 movies of unprecedented interconnectivity and quality of film, the 3rd phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a close. And with it comes a close of one of the most beloved movie sagas of all time. And it is now time to spoil the ever-living-hell out of the movie event of the decade. We're talking all things Avengers: Endgame and where the MCU can possibly go from here.

FEATURING: Jeremy Goeckner, Craig McFarland, Scott McFarland and Steve Sykes

U of I News Bureau

Traditional accounts of American history are sorely missing first-person narratives and retellings of stories belonging to gay, black men. So says Kevin Mumford, director of graduate studies and professor of history at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign. 

Rachel Otwell/WUIS

North-End Pride: The Story of Lanphier High School, Its People and Community. That's the title of a newly released book that takes a first-of-its-kind look at an area of Springfield that's not always on the top of the list when it comes to what makes Springfield residents proud of their city. But the book's author, Ken Mitchell, was born and raised there with people he describes as "salt of the earth." He started the book as a memoir about his high school days and it quickly morphed into a deeper history. Mitchell joined us for this interview: 

Photograph by Ralph Nelson courtesy of the Ray Bradbury family
Ralph Nelson / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Ray Bradbury has lived his life in two different worlds. Not on faraway planets like the settings of many of his science fiction tales. Bradbury’s life has been divided between his early childhood in Waukegan and his adult life in California. 

Editor's Note: Nonfiction is Art, Too

Dec 1, 2010
Dana Heupel
NPR Illinois

My wife and I were feeling housebound on a recent rainy Sunday, so we set out for one of my favorite places in Springfield: a small used-books store near our home. It’s not the sort of place where you go with a particular book in mind; it’s the kind where you drop in periodically to scour the shelves for unexpected treasures.

Twenty-two years ago, critic and teacher Robert Bray asked an interesting question in his book, Rediscoveries: Literature and Place in Illinois. “The creation of a culture at any time and for any society requires its re-creation from the materials of the past,” wrote Bray, now the Colwell Professor of American Literature at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. “And that act of re-creation, the search for a ‘usable past’... ought to be as ongoing and as serious as anything we do.” 

Imagine this scenario at the local Wal-Mart. A young mom, toddlers in tow, wheels her cart into the book aisle. Momentarily ignoring the kids, she scrutinizes the eye-catching titles and brightly colored dust jackets of the 2003 titles.

The Joy of Keeping Score

How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball
Paul Dickson, 1996
Walker and Company

Bob Rosenberg has been a professional sports scorekeeper since 1961, when he broke in with the Chicago Packers basketball team. 

As far as he knows, he’s the nation’s only full-time professional scorer, keeping the books for the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and White Sox, as well as half the home games for the Cubs. 

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

We feel downright bookish this month.

Aaron Chambers delves into the literary efforts of a con-man-turned-author for his piece on identity theft (see page 14). In The Art of the Steal, Chambers tells us, reformed crook Frank Abagnale explains how to identify, and try to get ahead of, that kind of fraud. But Abagnale’s first-hand assessment that it’s easy to steal someone else’s identity is a sober sotto voce in Chambers’ already scary story about officials’ attempts to overtake this growing phenomenon. 

They say the book is dead. Journals and magazines, too. Newspapers? An archaic remnant of the past. In their stead, we have 97 cable channels and the World Wide Web. If the written word has any future at all, it will have to survive in cyberspace, an adjunct to the explosion of color and light that will provoke the world of the mind in the new century. People just don't read anymore. Let the hand-wringing begin.