Statewide: College Towns And The Coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020
Originally published on July 9, 2020 5:53 pm

On this week's episode, we examine the economic blow of students leaving college towns and the health risks associated with their planned return.  

This week's lineup:

* Kate McGee of WBEZ talks with Mary Dixon about what campus life will be like for college students this fall.

* Sean Crawford interviews New York Times correspondent Shawn Hubler about the economic effects of COVID-19 in college towns.

* Dr. Sheldon Jacobson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses his concerns over the safety of students, staff and communities when college students come back to campus.  

* Lee Gaines of Illinois Newsroom talks with Robin Fretwell Wilson and Sage Kim, co-authors of a report for the Institute of Government and Public Affairs that examines how the Illinois Department of Corrections is handling the pandemic. 

* Chase Cavanaugh of WNIJ tells us about libraries reopening, while still working to expand online services.

* Carrie Shepherd of WBEX introduces us to Anthony McGill, a Chicago area native who is principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic, who has sparked other musicians to use their art as a form of protest.

* Claire Hartfield, author of A Few Red Drops, talks about her book that chronicles a deadly race riot in Chicago in 1919. 


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