Northern Public Radio is pleased to present Context, a live, in-person program designed to provide listeners with connections to the world in which they live.

Every Context is different, and both the location and structure of the event are determined by the topic. It might be a panel discussion with a moderator at Studio A in DeKalb, a demonstration and instructional presentation at Kresge Hall in the Riverfront Museum Park in Rockford, or an interactive forum held at a restaurant in our listening area.

Please listen for the next Context date, topic and location and join us in-person at the event. Find out more below, including information on past Context events.


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Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement recently published a 10-point plan to reduce police violence. Rockford leaders are responding to the proposal.

It’s called "Campaign Zero." National activists want stronger guidelines limiting the use of force. They also want to ban police quotas for tickets and arrests, and end the sale of military weapons to police forces.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey:

Context - Safe Neighborhoods, Safe City: Changing Roles of Police and Community
Maria Boynton

There’s been a lot of news about strained relationships between police officers and the citizens they serve.   Police officials say they’re making changes to improve relations and build trust within the community but critics claim not enough is being done.

WNIJ's public forum, “Context - Safe Neighborhoods, Safe City: Changing Roles of Police and Community,” was held Thursday, August 27, 2015, at the Kresge Hall in the Riverfront Museum Park, in Rockford.

WNIJ Reporter Sue Stephens moderated the Context panel. Guests were:

Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 7 p.m.

This "Context" public affairs event takes a closer look at Illinois' medical cannabis pilot program approved by state lawmakers.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Northern Public Radio

Northern Public Radio held "Context: Planting the Food Garden" on Thursday, March 19, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Local food-gardening experts  discussed what you need to know in early spring to optimize your garden's yield.

Context events are free and open to the public. They are held in Studio A at Northern Public Radio, 801 N. First Street in DeKalb.