Statewide: Teen Rappers Bring A Message Of Anti-Violence; Reaction To PSA On School Shootings

Oct 4, 2019
Originally published on October 3, 2019 2:17 pm

This week, we hear from a Champaign-Urbana rap group whose members make their experiences with violence part of their music. 

We learn about a public service announcement depicting school shootings that is grabbing attention.  And that's the point.  Also,  we visit a small Illinois community that is the hometown of a world famous sculptor. 

That and more on this episode of Statewide.

Our lineup:   

* Tony Arnold of WBEZ reports on how the I-PASS system used on Illinois tollways can be used to track motorists.  

* Tim Shelley of WCBU takes a trip to Elmwood, a small town that pays homage to native son and sculptor Lorado Taft.

* Jason Parrott of TriStates Public Radio brings us the story of a barn captured on canvas by painters just hours before it was destroyed by a tornado.

* Sean Crawford speaks with U of I Extension educator Ken Johnson about the invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug in Illinois.  

* Eli Chen of St. Louis Public Radio tells us about a woman who has made it her mission to take care of hens whose best laying days are behind them.

* Christine Herman of Illinois Public Media had a conversation with a teen rap group "Forever My Brothers" who use lyrics to address gun violence.

* Susie An of WBEZ reports on a public service announcement designed to get more attention on the problem of school shootings.

* Mary Hansen of NPR Illinois tells us remains of burned homes from the 1908 Springfield Race Riot are closer to being designated a National Historic Monument.

* Sam Dunklau with NPR Illinois finds out some former churches have been given new purposes.

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