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First Light

Sunday, 7 to 8 a.m.


Program Host(s): Brian O'Keefe

First Light tells stories from across the Chicago area…Illinois and occasionally neighboring states. The goal is to spotlight the countless interesting people, places, events and more as a way to help listeners start their Sunday morning. ‘First Light’ continues WDCB’s goal of telling stories that might otherwise go untold, and it will also reimagine some of the community-focused elements of our news magazine programs that listeners have enjoyed over the years. The show continues a more than 25 year partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, DuPage Forest Preserve District and will expand those relationships to include a number of other groups and organizations across the Chicago metro area. ‘First Light’ airs Sunday morning from 7:00-8:00 (the full program will also be posted to the station’s website each week), and leads into our popular arts and culture magazine ‘The Arts Section.’ WDCB’s Brian O’Keefe will host the show and serves as Executive Producer and he welcomes your suggestions for stories, email ideas to okeefe@cod.edu.


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April 14th, 2019

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe revisits a conversation with the Morton Arboretum's Ed Hedborn. Ed creates the arboretum's weekly 'bloom report'. In this month's 'Doing Good' segment, Giving DuPage Executive Director Shevali Trevedi joins Brian for a discussion of the annual Human Race, a 5-K that benefits more than 50 local non-profits. Emilio Estevez' movie 'The Public' is in theaters across the area; a homeless shelter director in Aurora found himself part of the promotional tour for the movie. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has the story of an author who survived a cancer diagnosis and a brain aneurysm. Courtney Clark now shares her story to inspire others to persevere. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of Flynn Berry's book 'A Double Life'.

April 7th, 2019

This week at First Light, College of DuPage hosts its second annual 'Maker Market' this coming week, Brian O'Keefe talked with Business professor Peter James about the event. In the periodic 'Farm to Table' segment University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel and Brian visit with Brett Schaefer at Schaefer's Greenhouse as gardeners anticipate a new growing season. In the monthly 'Night Sky' segment College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto stops by for a discussion of space news and what backyard astronomers can see this month. Illinois Public Radio's Charlie Schlenker has a conversation with Clayton Penrose-Whitmore, one of the few black classical violinists. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Brian takes listeners to Brookfield Zoo. Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler shares the story of the world's largest flying bird, the Andean Condor.

March 31st, 2019

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe takes listeners out to one of the People Tree live storytelling events in Naperville. The series that gives storytellers a stage routinely sells out. Brian revisits a story about the improv theater that calls Wheaton home. Westside Improv is hosting its annual 12-hour marathon show next week. Argonne National Lab is planning to once again have the fastest super computer in the country, Brian talked with Michael Papka about Aurora. In our weekly look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has a conversation about one of the darkest days in baseball history, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox Scandal. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Wayne Messmer celebrates the optimism of a new baseball season.

March 24th, 2019

This week at First Light, Brian O'Keefe talks with Fermi Lab's Lia Merminga, she's overseeing the construction of a new particle accelerator at the Batavia based research center. It's 'prescription fire' season in the region's open spaces, Brian visited with College of DuPage Open Space manager Remic Ensweiller as he conducted a controlled burn. The Museum of Science and Industry opened a new exhibit on wearable technology this week, Brian gives listeners a look at some of the exhibits and the people involved in 'Wired to Wear.' In our weekly look at stories from around the state, Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens has the story of an exhibit at Northern Illinois University. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of James Mustich's book '1000 Books to Read Before You Die.'

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