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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.

This program is available for sponsorship! (Contact Ron Horan for more details.)

April 15th, 2018

This week at First Light, host Brian O'Keefe talks about an upcoming Cyber Security workshop at College of DuPage with Homeland Security Training Institute Director Tom Brady. Brian also visited Morton Arboretum to talk with Plant Records Manager Ed Hedborn. Ed creates a weekly 'Whats in Bloom' report at the Arboretum. April 22nd is Record Store Day, Brian talked with the owners of three stores that are taking part in the 10th annual event. Illinois Public Radio's Laura Kennedy has the story of a central Illinois librarian who has created a handful of libraries in South Africa. In the 'One More Thing' segment book reviewer Tim Gioe offers his thoughts on "The Best of Richard Matheson."

April 8th, 2018

This week at First Light we'll visit with College of DuPage Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka to try to understand what happened to spring. Brian O'Keefe has a conversation with University of Illinois Extension Cook County program coordinator Val Kehoe about the role of Extension in Chicago. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford has the story of a new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; and in the "One More Thing" segment First Light host Brian O'Keefe takes you to Brookfield Zoo to learn a little more about orangutans.

April 1st, 2018

This week, at First Light, Brian O'Keefe visits with Elmhurst History Museum Director Dave Oberg about a nationally touring exhibit that highlight the battle between Snoopy and the Red Baron. Spring is one of the times of year when people report seeing more coyotes across the region, DuPage Forest Preserve Naturalist Stephanie Touzalin explains what they're up to and why they seem so numerous. It's the beginning of the month, so College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe Dal Santo joins Brian for a look at the night sky. Illinois Public Radio's Colleen Reynolds takes listeners to a special exhibit in central Illinois. Finally, in the 'One More Thing' segment, Wayne Messmer offers an idea for how you can make the most of your time in traffic.

March 25th, 2018

This week on First Light, Dr. Ernie Gibson remembers his friend and mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as the 50th anniversary of King's assassination approaches. Author Kate Moore talked with First Light host Brian O'Keefe about her book 'Radium Girls' and the connection to northern Illinois. In the 'Farm to Table' segment Brian and University of Illinois Extension educator Richard Hentschel take you to an experience at the Chicago Flower and Garden show. Illinois Public Radio's Dan Klefstad brings us the latest in his occasional "Read With Me" series. WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe shares his thoughts on Ben Winters novel 'Underground Airlines.'



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