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WUIS will take part in Public Radio Collaboration 2005: Think Global

May 11, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – WUIS Public Radio 91.9 FM, in conjunction with the 2005 Public Radio Collaboration, will air a week of special programs May 16 through 22 that explore global interactions – how our lives are connected as they have never been before. This week of national dialogue will focus on the theme “Think Global.”

“We want these issues to be the subject of dinner conversations, web chats, newspaper columns, and talk shows,” said Rich Bradley, WUIS interim general manager. Bradley explained that the goal is to make the concept of globalization real and relevant, to start a “national conversation” about how almost everything we do is part of a complex web of interactions.

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“This special programming is designed to help listeners understand the often-hidden connections between them, their communities, and the rest of the world,” Bradley added. “This is something that public radio excels in.”

The schedule for these special programs is as follows.

7 p.m., Monday, May 16, “The Body and The Body Politic: The HIV/AIDS Battlefront.” This special edition of A World of Possibilities, produced by The Mainstream Media Project, will feature first-person accounts from the front lines in the battle against HIV/AIDS, including vaccine researchers, key funding agencies, and AIDS activists in the developing world.

7 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, “Globalization and the Rise of Religion.” The program Speaking of Faith, produced by American Public Media, shows that religious movements are driving “alternative globalizations” that challenge western models of development. Host Krista Tippett speaks with eminent sociologist Peter Berger, head of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University, who offers insight into how religious energies go hand-in-hand with global cultures, economies, and politics. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor at the Harvard Business School, also speaks about the rising influence of religious voices in international economics.

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, “War and Forgiveness.” Sound Print, produced by Soundprint Media, presents two half-hour documentaries about victims and perpetrators of wartime atrocities. The first segment, by Judith Kampfner of WNYC, is about the Korean “comfort women” who were commandeered by Japanese forces in the Second World War. The second, by Dheera Sujan of Radio Netherlands, is about Dutch soldiers who are only now speaking publicly about atrocities they committed in Indonesia during a rebellion following the same war.

7 p.m., Thursday, May 19, “Studio 360.” This program, produced by WNYC and Public Radio International, looks at the history of cultural cross-pollination in art, and explores where the current commerce in global culture is headed. Where do we draw the line between appropriation and exploitation? How do people in other parts of the world manage the tide of foreign cultural products? What does this mean in an age when “cultural values” can become a call to arms?

11 a.m., Friday, May 20, “Music and Nature.” Produced by American Public Media’s Classical Music Initiative, conceived and hosted by composer Philip Blackburn, this program is a sound-rich exploration of how our changing relationship with the environment is reflected in music. Through interviews, musical examples, and field-recorded audio, the program delves into the ways that music and ecology are now speaking to each other.

3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, “On the Media.” This program, produced by WNYC, takes on one of America’s most popular exports: images of itself in movies and television. Has the exporting of America via Hollywood won hearts and minds around the world, or just the opposite? The program also considers the wide-ranging implications of the burgeoning global online news media.

A “think global” link on the WUIS webpage (www.wuis.org) will take visitors to special features including a quiz, a multimedia presentation, and lesson plans for teachers. The interactive features are provided by NetAid, a non-profit organization designed to educate, inspire, and empower young people to fight global poverty.

Support for the nationwide 2005 Public Radio Collaboration is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

WUIS-WIPA is listener-supported public radio broadcast from the University of Illinois at Springfield. More information about this special programming and about the station is available at www.wuis.org.

  

 

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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