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Vol. 5, No. 10 • October 2012

Live Debate on October 10 Illinois 12th Congressional District

WSIU Radio Fall 2012 Community Support Celebration October 19 -26


Long-time volunteer Bill Eichfeld answers the phone in WSIU Radio’s studios during the Fall 2011 Community Support Celebration. Photo: Beth Radtke.

SIU Radio works hard to provide you with the best listening experience possible. Through programs like All Things Considered, Whad’ya Know?, and World Café, we strive to give you quality news, entertainment, and music at your convenience.

This fall we need your help! Please make a financial contribution during our Fall 2012 Community Support Celebration. Membership support is our most reliable source of funding, accounting for 30% of our annual budget, and helps to pay for the programming and services you’ve come to expect from public broadcasting. We can’t do this alone. Help keep your favorite programs on the air by making a donation! Call 800-745-9748 – or make a secure pledge online at Your investment in WSIU helps keep your community engaged and informed. Thank you!


(L-R) Candidates Paula Bradshaw (G), William Enyart (D), and Jason Plummer (R) debate in Marion on September 20. Photo: Robby Ballard.

llinois 12th District Democratic candidate William Enyart of Belleville, Republican candidate Jason Plummer of O’Fallon, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale will debate the issues in the final round of three scheduled debates. The 90-minute debate will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 7pm at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois. WSIU-TV’s Jak Tichenor will moderate the debate, with questioning from Jennifer Fuller of WSIU Public Radio, Gary Metro of the Southern Illinoisan, and Beth Hundsdorfer of the Belleville News-Democrat. It will air live on WSIU Radio and on WSIU-TV on Friday, October 12 at 8pm (repeats 10/14, 4pm).

Presented by WSIU, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, the Southern Illinoisan, the Belleville News-Democrat, and Lindenwood University. Sponsored in part by Forbes Financial Group and Marian Subaru.

This Month on Morning Conversation Mon, Oct 1 • SIU President Glenn Poshard discusses issues and events on the SIU campus.

Tue, Oct 2 • Morris Library Dean Anne Cooper Moore will discuss the importance of library resources.

Tue, Oct 9 • SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng outlines expectations from faculty & students.

Tue, Oct 16 • SIU Department of Public Safety Director Todd Sigler delivers the annual campus safety report.

Tue, Oct 22 • SIU President Glenn Poshard

continues the discussion on issues and events on the SIU campus.

Tue, Oct 23 • Science Café - Dale “Buck” Hales will discuss his research in ovarian cancer.

Morning Conversation, hosted by Jennifer Fuller, airs at 8:30am on Tuesdays and other weekdays, as scheduled, and repeats at 5:30pm.

Election 2012 Coverage SIRIS volunteer E Steve Falcone lection day is coming. Let WSIU, NPR, and PBS help you make sense of the issues and the candidates. Stay tuned to WSIU Radio, TV, and for updates. You also may contact WSIU Radio at (618) 453-6101 or WSIU-TV Programming at (618) 453-6169.

Volunteer Steve Falcone. Photo: Christina Clayton.


eet SIRIS Volunteer Steve Falcone. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Steve came to Carbondale in 1966 as a graduate student at Southern Illinois University. After graduation, he lived in Texas where he was an instructor at Southwest Texas State College. Later, following his passion for writing, he moved to Ireland where he wrote a book of short stories. After a year in Ireland, he came back to the States and lived in New England for a while. After years of traveling around, he eventually found his way back to Carbondale, a place where he could settle down and raise a family. • Stay up-to-date with regular election reports through Nov 6 on the following programs on WSIU Radio and WSIU-TV. Note: WSIU Radio, the River Region Evening Edition, and the PBS NewsHour also will provide election night coverage.

Morning Edition • 4 - 9am All Things Considered • 3-6:30pm Local News • 6:29 & 8:29am, 5:29pm Morning Conversation • Tuesdays at 8:29am & 5:29pm River Region Evening Edition Monday-Thursday • 5pm PBS NewsHour • Weekdays at 6pm Washington Week • Fridays at 7pm

Shortly after his return to Carbondale, Falcone found himself back in the classroom as an English professor at John A. Logan College. He retired two years ago, but still works with the Theater Department directing plays. Falcone says it was an interview with Dan Hill in the April 2011 issue of Signal that prompted his involvement with SIRIS. Falcone knew that if young men like Dan were doing their share to help, he could, as well. Falcone has been volunteering as a reader at SIRIS for almost six months now, and has fun sharing local tidbits with listeners. He believes it’s important to support community service organizations like SIRIS because “nothing good is going to happen in the community without grassroots level support.” He believes working with organizations that build the entire community is worthwhile, and hopes to inspire others through his service work. Falcone’s wife is a retired social worker, and also does a great deal of community work volunteering at the local food pantry. “We believe in doing what we can to help out the community, and believe that everyone should,” said Falcone. “We’re blessed to have pretty good health, and we’re retired and feeling well…[we’ll do] anything [we] can do to give back.” An interesting fact about Steve Falcone is that his children are actors living in Hollywood, and his daughter-in-law is actress Melissa McCarthy. When he’s not busy writing or traveling, you can find him at home listening to NPR, or watching Inspector Lewis and Sherlock Holmes with his wife. He’s also a huge sports fan who loves to keep up with all of the Philadelphia teams.

Lend A Helping Hand! SIRIS is seeking volunteer readers. If you are interested, please contact SIRIS director and WSIU outreach coordinator Vickie Devenport at (618) 453-6148 or

Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates Wed, Oct 3, Tue, Oct 16 & Mon, Oct 22 • 8pm (Presidential) Thu, Oct 11 • 8pm (Vice-Presidential)

More Election Specials On WSIU Radio

Wed, Oct 10 Illinois 12th Congressional 7pm (live) District Debate William Enyart (D-Belleville)


Jason Plummer (R-O’Fallon) Paula Bradshaw (G-Carbondale) Airs on WSIU-TV on Fri, Oct 12 at 8pm

Fri, Oct 5 7:30pm

Election 2012: 59th Illinois Senate

Tue, Oct 9 8pm Fri, Oct 12 7:30pm

Frontline: The Choice 2012

Mark Minor (R-Ewing) Gary Forby (D-Benton)

Election 2012: 54th Illinois Senate

Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) Danny Stover (D-Centralia)

Tue, Oct 16 Race 2012 7pm

WSIU’s Election 2012 Programming Is Sponsored In Part By

What’s the Scoop? Backseat Book Club Makes a Return A

Check out the l atest specials from NPR!

Coming This Month on Morning Edition... First and Main

ll Things Considered presents NPR’s Backseat Book Club, a special segment aimed at young people between the ages of 9 to 14, hosted by Michele Norris.

The book club encourages engagement with children Host Michele Norris. – the kids who listen Photo: 2007 NPR by Stephen Voss. in their parents’ cars or kitchens while doing their homework – that are part of our family of listeners. Each month All Things Considered (ATC) chooses a special book and asks kids to read it and submit questions or comments for the author to backseatbookclub@npr. org. When the author is interviewed on ATC by Michele Norris, the club members’ questions will frame the conversation. They can ask authors where they got their inspiration, why they chose a particular setting, or how they know so much about the topics they write about. The project is also a potential resource for parents and teachers looking for quality books to share with their children and students.


Host Renee Montagne. Photo: Doby Photography/ NPR.

s candidates ramp up their campaigns for November’s presidential election, swing states may determine the outcome. In the First and Main series, Morning Edition hosts travel to communities in battleground states across the country to find out what’s important to people this election season. Renee Montagne visits Colorado in four First and Main segments, airing beginning October 2.

October Viewing Schedule First And Main: Why Colorado Matters Tuesday, October 2

Colorado is one of several highly contested swing states. With multiple visits from both candidates, polls show a tight race between the presidential nominees. Host Renee Montagne explores the state’s significance in the presidential race.

First And Main: Energy & the Environment In Larimer County Wednesday, October 3

Image Credit: Emily Davis for NPR

October’s Pick: Black Beauty This month, Backseat Book Club will discuss Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Michele Norris will speak with author Jane Smiley, who wrote the foreword for the recent Penguin Classic edition, about the beloved animal adventure book.

Colorado -- and especially northern Colorado -- is home to some of the world leaders in green and clean energy, and is an economic boon for the state. Renee Montagne makes a visit to one of Fort Collins’ clean businesses, the New Belgium Brewing Company.

Colorado’s Youth Vote Tuesday, October 9

Graduating college students face a weak economy, a dismal job market, and the possibility of student loan debt. Renee Montagne speaks with students from Colorado State University about what they think of the presidential candidates’ economic and education plans.

Getting Out The Latino Vote Wednesday, October 10

Latino voters are a growing force in politics, and political parties are trying to attract this demographic. Renee Montage talks to Latino voters about why their respective parties are a better choice for Latinos and what’s being done to engage more Latinos in politics.

This Month on Saturday 7pm / Sunday 6pm October 6 | New Releases Join host Bryan Crow (left, photo: Rachel Snow King) for a roundup of some of the latest releases in Celtic music.

October 13 | Songs of Woodie Guthrie July marked the 100th birthday of America’s great singersongwriter, Woody Guthrie. We celebrate his centenary with songs by and about Woody sung by Irish singers like Andy Irvine and Christy Moore, as well as by American singers including Woody himself.

October 20 | Solo Gigs This week’s program shines the light on solo work by members of bands. We usually hear them in their full band surroundings, but this week we turn to their solo albums for a greater appreciation of their individual talents.

October 27 | Irish & American Collaborations Traditional Irish musicians are collaborating more and more with acoustic American musicians, and this week we highlight some of these recent projects.

SIRIS Vinyl Sale Breaks Record!

Photo: Robby Ballard.

Vickie Devenport, along with the Southern Illinois Radio Information Service (SIRIS) and WSIU staff, would like to thank everyone who participated in the 5th Annual SIRIS Classic Vinyl and Media Sale last month. We broke last year’s record, raising a total of $8,600 to support broadcast services for individuals who are blind or otherwise physically unable to read for themselves. Congratulations, SIRIS!

Thank You Underwriters!

Please join us in thanking the underwriters who recently began, renewed, or expanded their partnership to make public radio possible:

Alto Vineyards of Alto Pass Cristaudo’s Café, Catering & Bakery of Carbondale Changing Seasons Landscape Center Company of Marion F-W-S Countertops of Carbondale Jackson County Health Department of Murphysboro Illinois Art and Wine Festival of Whittington Marion Mitsubishi Marion Subaru SIConnect Foundation of Marion Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center of the Illinois State Museum, Whittington Southern Illinois Irish Festival Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra of Southern Illinois University Carbondale For a complete list of WSIU sponsors and information about sponsoring WSIU programming, visit us online or call (618) 453-4286. WSIU Public Radio Communications Building 1003 Mail Code 6602 Southern Illinois University 1100 Lincoln Drive Carbondale IL 62901 (618) 453-6101

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