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Rising to the Challenge Podcast

The University of Illinois System's Rising to the Challenge podcast explores the work of researchers, innovators, and newsmakers from across the U of I System. We take you behind the scenes to learn about exciting new discoveries and initiatives directly from the experts. The podcast also explores how challenges faced by U of I System’s universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, and Springfield and the state they serve lead to innovation that benefits to public good, in Illinois and beyond.

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Rising to the Challenge is available on Illinois Public Media, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.


Host Gwen Macsai is an award-winning independent writer and producer. In her thirteen years in radio, Macsai has worked on some of the highest quality National Public Radio programming on the air, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. 

Rising to the Challenge is produced and edited by Libby Foster, in concert with the Office for University Relations and Illinois Public Media. 

Both Gwen and Libby are graduates of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.