Special Programming

Special Programs


July 21     9:00 P.M.

Poaching and Terrorism: The Race to Protect Wildlife and National Security

The illicit wildlife trade is now worth up to 20 billion dollars a year. That's double what it was just a few years ago — worth far more than the weapons trade and approaching the rate of human smuggling. This has attracted the attention of Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, the Lord's Resistance Army, and other terrorist groups, African militias, and Asian criminal syndicates — all looking to capitalize on this high-value, low-risk venture. And it flies in the face of U.S. officials and law enforcement who, since 9/11, have been doing everything in their power to cut off revenue to the world's terrorists. In this episode of America Abroad: a look at poaching — once a conservation issue, but now a full-blown threat to national security. Join us for this insightful look at poaching and terrorism on the next WCBU Showcase, July 21st at 9 P.M. on Peoria Public Radio. 

August  4     9:00 P.M.

Is Amazon a friend to readers? 

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon's view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a book's production. The conflict, resolved for now, has only raised more questions about the value of books, Amazon's business practices, and the role of publishers. Is book publishing an oligopoly, a dinosaur in need of disruption?

Is Amazon, which accounts for 41% of all new book and 67% of all e-book sales, a monopoly? Who is doing right by readers and the future of books? Intelligence Squared debates this issue Tuesday, August 4 at 9 P.M. on Peoria Public Radio.