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 email@example.com.
April 5th, 2020
This week at First Light, Mental Health professional expect increased demand for services as the statewide 'Remain at Home' order continues. First Light host Brian O'Keefe talks with NAMI-DuPage Executive Director Geri Kerger about what the agency is doing to meet the county's need for mental health services. Every month College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of space news and a preview of the month's night sky. This month Joe and Brian reflect on the Hubble Space Telescope's 30 years of service. Spring means an increase in human animal interactions, especially baby animals, Brian revisits a conversation with DuPage Forest Preserve naturalist Stephanie Touzalin at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Illinois Public Radio's Mary Hansen looks at how COVID-19 is impacting the state's rural hospitals; and IPR's Lee Gaines looks at how teachers are overcoming the obstacles to distance education. In this week's 'One More Thing' segment, WDCB community volunteer Tim Gioe has a review of 'How To' Randall Munroe's new book of questions and answers.