Nathan Irwin

Program Director

Nathan Irwin has been WCBU’ s Program Director since 2001. Prior to that, he was a talk-show producer and announcer for New Hampshire Public Radio. His first radio job was KFJM-FM in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He grew up in upstate New York, Wisconsin and Karachi, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in political science.

Outside the studios, Nathan spends most of his time as an actor and singer. He has performed with Corn Stock Theatre, Peoria Players and the Bradley Community Chorus.

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Out and About
3:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

"Rhapsody in Bloom" mixes art, music and plants

This week, we're talking with Bob Streitmatter, manager of the Luthy Botanical Garden. They're hosting their annual "Rhapsody in Bloom" art festival on August 1st and 2nd. The events features local artists exhibiting their work, live music and food, all in the setting of the venue's outdoor gardens. Streitmatter talks about the origin of the event, and some of the plants in the Garden's collection.

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Out and About
4:43 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Ignite! Peoria returns to the Peoria Civic Center

We're talking with Kaci Osborne and Megan Pedigo about Ignite! Peoria. The event returns to the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, August 8th. The event features individual artists, a Creation Station, fashion and a car show. We talk about some of the elements that will be new for this year's event, and about what the organizers want it to achieve - both for the artists and for the Peoria community.

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Theatre Reviews
11:46 am
Thu July 16, 2015

"Secret Garden" delivers a high-quality production

Set in the early 1900s, “The Secret Garden” tells the story of an orphaned girl, sent to live with her widowed uncle in England. A production at Corn Stock Theatre features Broadway actor and Peoria native Bart Shatto. Stan Strickler has this review for Peoria Public Radio and the Live Theatre League of Peoria.

Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer, not those of Peoria Public Radio or the Live Theatre League.

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Out and About
11:13 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Actor makes a homecoming of "The Secret Garden"

Credit Corn Stock Theatre

We're joined this week by Bart Shatto. The actor and Peoria native is back in town to appear as Archibald Craven in Corn Stock Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden." The show reunites him with director Pam Orear, who gave Shatto his first role back in the 1980s. Since then, Shatto has gone on to perform on Broadway, and with several national touring productions. "The Secret Garden" opens tonight, and runs through July 18th, at Corn Stock Theatre.

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Government
3:10 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Rauner makes new push for pension plan

Credit Peoria Public Radio

In the midst of a budget stalemate ... Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's re-introducing his five-point agenda, with some changes.  The Republican is also putting out a new pension plan.

Put aside, just for a minute, Illinois' immediate fiscal problem of having no spending plan in place, and the chaos that could bring. The state still has the nation's biggest unfunded pension liability. Illinois’ Supreme Court tossed lawmakers' last plan for dealing with it.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he'll soon introduce a new, 500 page proposal.

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Out and About
7:25 am
Fri July 3, 2015

'Dinosaurs in Motion' exhibit visits Peoria Riverfront Musem

For the kid inside everyone, the Peoria Riverfront Museum welcomes 'Dinosaurs in Motion', a traveling interactive exhibition to the area on July 11th. Ann Schmidt talks about some of the 14 dinosaur sculptures that will be on display next week at the PRM. 

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Government
3:43 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Superintendant says IL needs new school funding rules

The superintendent of Illinois schools says the state should re-do how it funds school districts.

Critics of the plan have said a new formula would create so-called “winner” and “loser” districts - meaning schools may lose or gain state money based on the income of the area.

Superintendent Tony Smith today addressed that criticism on WBEZ’s Morning Shift.

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State News
3:36 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

LGBT advocates celebrate Supreme Court decision on marriage

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois for a year.

L-B-G-T advocates are celebrating today's Supreme Court ruling that says those unions must be recognized nationwide.

Bernard Cherkasov heads the advocacy group Equality Illinois. He says he remembers crying when other states passed laws banning the recognition of same-sex marriage.

"And so now to see this come full circle, and the Supreme Court recognize the constitutional right of gay and lesbian couples to marriage, it feels so great. I can't tell you just how happy I feel."

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Out and About
12:15 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Peoria Symphony presents Quartetto Gelato

Credit Peoria Symphony Orchestra

George Stelutto, Music Director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, talks about tonight's concert by the ensemble Quartetto Gelato. The quartet is known for its embrace of multiple musical genres -- classical, jazz, folk and world music. All of those influences will be on display in tonight's program. Stelutto talks about some of the works we can expect to hear, about the quartet's repertoire, and about the unique musical environment of Paris in in the early 20th century.

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State News
4:12 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

IL residents can keep ACA health subsidies

More than two thirds of Illinois residents who bought health insurance under the affordable care act will get to keep tax credits that cut the cost of their plans. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that these subsidies could be given out in states that did not build their own online marketplaces, known as exchanges. Illinois is among those states.  

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