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‘Star Wars’ Awakens A New Generation

BY ASHISH VALENTINE, RIANE LENZNER-WHITE AND SHALAYNE PULIA

Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke box office records over the weekend, earning nearly $250 million in North America, based on studio estimates. 

Four decades after the first Star Wars hit theaters, different generations have approached the latest film in very different ways.

08 Jan
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Illinois Public Media to launch new radio talk show in March

Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV) is launching The 21st, a new hour-long talk show, airing weekdays at 11 a.m. Veteran journalist and public radio host Niala Boodhoo will host and executive produce The 21st. The show will launch March 14, 2016 and will be made available to other public radio stations throughout Illinois for simulcast for their broadcast audiences. WUIS in Springfield joins WILL as a launch partner.

07 Jan
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Digital Marketing Specialization #1 most coveted Coursera Certificate of 2015

The Digital Marketing Specialization offered by the University of Illinois came in at the top of the list of Coursera offerings that “had the biggest impact on the lives of our learners.”  The announcement came from Coursera Blog.

17 Dec
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Turnock talks to The News-Gazette about "Star Wars" and special effects

Julie Turnock

The new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" takes a backwards glance to the 1977 original, based on a look at the trailers, and the presence of the film's first stars, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

A University of Illinois media professor says the early look at a "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" probably reflects nostalgia as well as the fans' reactions to the prequels that came out after the original trilogy.

17 Dec
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