WBEZ | Corporation for Public Broadcasting http://www.wbez.org/tags/corporation-public-broadcasting Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rural areas may suffer with defunding of CPB and NPR http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/rural-areas-may-suffer-defunding-cpb-and-npr-83855 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-17/Rural Illinois Flickr baldwinm16.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Though many think NPR could live without government funding, that may not be the case for many stations that serve small cities and rural areas. If funds from the <a target="_blank" href="http://cpb.org/">Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a> were to go away, it is likely that some of these stations would cease operations.<br /><br />To find out more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>spoke to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.npr.org/people/120638554/greg-petrowich">Greg Petrowich</a>. He&rsquo;s the Executive Director for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wsiu.org/">WSIU</a> &ndash; the public broadcasting station in Carbondale, Illinois. He also serves on NPR&rsquo;s Board of Directors.</p></p> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-17/rural-areas-may-suffer-defunding-cpb-and-npr-83855 Durbin says another temporary budget likely http://www.wbez.org/story/corporation-public-broadcasting/durbin-says-another-temporary-budget-likely <p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said the political bickering over the federal budget isn't expected to end any time soon.</p><p>Durbin said Friday he thinks Congress will have to approve another temporary budget to avoid a government shut down. The federal budget is set to expire at the end of this week.</p><p>Republicans in the U.S. House have proposed cutting billions of dollars including to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also contributes money to WBEZ.</p><p>&quot;It is an issue. And it's become a political issue,&quot;&nbsp;Durbin said. &quot;I got on the plane last night to fly back to Chicago and a man walked up to me and said, 'I have two words for you: de-fund NPR.' And I said, 'You gotta be kidding.'&quot;</p><p>Durbin said the government's funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has virtually no impact on the country's deficit. He said Republicans' other proposals are non-starters, too.</p><p>&quot;We need to move to a different level of negotiation,&quot;&nbsp;Durbin said.</p><p>House Republicans say the cuts are need to combat the country's estimated $1.5 trillion budget gap.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/corporation-public-broadcasting/durbin-says-another-temporary-budget-likely Changing Gears: Why Detroit must shrink to survive http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-15/changing-gears-why-detroit-must-shrink-survive-82357 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/city of detroit_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The municipal election is giving Chicagoans the chance to ponder how a new Mayor might shape the future of their city. To provide some food for thought, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.changinggears.info/"><em>Changing Gears</em></a> is looking at the role leaders are playing in the transformation of this region. <br /><br />Reporter Kate Davidson starts things off by looking at the man with perhaps the toughest job of any big city mayor: Dave Bing of Detroit. He has to keep his impoverished city running - &nbsp;while convincing residents Detroit must shrink to survive.<br /><br />In the next part of the series, <em>Changing Gears</em> looks at leadership in Cleveland<b>,</b> where both the mayor and county government have their eyes on the future. <em>Changing Gears</em> is a joint project of<a target="_blank" href="http://www.michiganradio.org/"> Michigan Radio</a>, WBEZ Chicago, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ideastream.org/">Ideastream Cleveland</a>.<br /><br />Support for Changing Gears comes from <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cpb.org/">The Corporation for Public Broadcasting</a><b>.</b></p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-15/changing-gears-why-detroit-must-shrink-survive-82357