Fake news, social media, blogging — Bradley University professor of communications Paul Gullifor joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the state of media, communications and journalism in today's online society.
Kathy Carter, historian for the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria and chair of the church's 175th anniversary committee, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter for another Tarter Source podcast. Established in 1843, the church is one of the oldest in Peoria. The church moved in 2005 from its longtime location near the UnityPoint-Health Methodist Medical Center when the Downtown Peoria hospital decided to expand its campus.
Native Peorian Mark Misselhorn is an architect with Apace Design and chairman of the Downtown Advisory Commission. From parking issues to the new OSF Healthcare headquarters, he joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the state of Downtown Peoria.
Peoria developer Les Cohen of the Cohen Development Company chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about Westlake Shopping Center's semi-permeable pavers, some of his future plans for development in the area, and the many virtues of living in the Peoria area.
Sam Kherat, a professor of robotics at Bradley University and former Caterpillar project manager, discusses issues surrounding the developing technology of self-driving vehicles with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter. Kherat was heavily involved in the DARPA autonomous vehicle challenges for Caterpillar and is working on the development of a robotics training center at Bradley.
Robert Johnson, vice-president of the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees and a representative for the Southern District, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss issues concerning the board, the impending closure of two Kroger grocery stores and race relations in Peoria.
The winter version of the Peoria Riverfront Market comes to the River Station building this weekend. Sharon Gramm, executive director of the Peoria Riverfront Association chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the market and the city's busy riverfront.
With the impending closure of two Kroger stores in Peoria, food is more of an issue than ever in the area. One alternative to buying your groceries from corporate retailers is locally-grown food from farmers throughout the Peoria area. Local food educator Terra Brockman, and local farmers Evan Barry of Down River Farm and Kira Santiago of Kira's Flowers join the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs.
Stan Browning has been executive director of the Greater Peoria Sanitary District for 27 years and is retiring at the end of the month. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss issues concerning the GPSD and the City of Peoria, including the combined sewer overflow problem, infrastructure maintenance and replacement, and planning for the future.
From anger management to job training, Ron Valle of the Helping Hand Resource Center in Peoria specializes in helping ex-convicts adjust to life after prison. He joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to discuss the challenges of preventing recidivism and giving former prisoners a chance to change their lives.
Ross Miller wear many business-oriented hats. Based out of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, he is the director of Bradley University's Institute for Innovation Through Collaboration, working with both the Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology and the Foster College of Business, and the director of technology commercialization for the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship. Ross joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about...
Anne Clayton, the general manager of the Peoria Civic Center, joins the Journal Star’s Steve Tarter to discuss what’s new at Peoria’s largest entertainment venue and share some insights on booking acts and running events at the SMG-managed facility.
The Midwest Food Bank is expanding at a rapid pace. Larry Herman, the director of the Midwest Food Bank, and board member and grant writer Amy Herring talk with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about the charitable organization's ceaseless battle against hunger and plans to expand its facilities to accommodate the ever-increasing demand.
Jim Combs, board president of the East Bluff Community Center, chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in this edition of the Tarter Source podcast. Combs gives us an update on the center, located in the former St. Bernard's School at 512 E. Kansas Avenue, and discusses the state of Peoria's oft-maligned East Bluff neighborhood.
One of Peoria's unique and most popular attractions, the "Spirit of Peoria" riverboat has been navigating the Illinois River and elsewhere for 30 years, and Alex Grieves has been at the helm for 24 of those years. Alex joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter to chat about the iconic paddlewheeler, its impact on the Peoria area, and its future on the riverfront.
Brent Baker is Steve Tarter's guest on this week's "Tarter Source" podcast. Baker works at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council where he helps area young people find work or education opportunities while assisting local businesses provide internships. Baker is also president of Bike Peoria and talks about the upturn in cycling in central Illinois.
One of Peoria's most familiar radio voices, Marc Alghini of 99.9 WWCT-FM, joins the Journal Star's Steve Tarter in a discussion about the state of modern radio, rock 'n roll and life on the air in this edition of the Tarter Source podcast.
Peoria-based indie musician Jared Bartman chats with the Journal Star's Steve Tarter about modern music, the Peoria music scene and his group Moon Ruin's new album "Slow Down Ego" that he's funding through a Kickstarter campaign.