Friday, April 22, 2016


WBEZ is joining Adler Planetarium this weekend for a weekend-long party to celebrate the planet we call home. Earthfest looks beyond your backyard to rediscover the brilliance of Earth and its place in the Universe. Events take place on-air and on all of WBEZ’s digital platforms, at the Planetarium and other locations on Chicago Friday (4/22) through Sunday (4/24).

Complete information about Earthfest can be found [here]. 

Adler Planetarium at dawn

WBEZ-FM will air live broadcasts from the Planetarium's Johnson Family Star Theater and other locations in the Planetarium including:


Worldview with Jerome McDonnell, Friday at noon

Front and Center: Heat of the Moment, a panel discussion about climate change, Friday at 1:00pm

Worldview Astronomy Slam, Friday, April 22, 2pm – 3pm at Cafe Galileo

Adler astronomers square off in head-to-head verbal battles to answer that very question while throwing down their best space facts. They will attempt to answer the question Why is Earth freaking awesome?

• How to Talk to your Kids About Climate Change, Saturday, April 23, 1pm

Climate expert Dr. Gavin Schmidt will discuss our changing environment with The Field Museum’s Rob Q. Telfer and Adler astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz.

• WBEZ’s Nerdette podcast, Saturday at 3:00pm

Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda

Nerdette is co-hosted by Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda.  For Earthfest, Nerdette explore the ways science fiction has influenced real science…and vice versa. Audience members can test their nerdy knowledge.


• Special broadcast of Worldview with Jerome McDonnell, Saturday at 4:00pm 

Jerome McDonnell

Jerome McDonnell hosts an in depth conversation about global issues and their impact on Chicago.

Non-broadcast events:

• Earthfest Expo, all weekend long during museum open hours

Learn what you can do to keep Earth beautiful, build a telescope mount for your smartphone, check out the Northwestern University’s 6th generation solar car, take a selfie from space, and so much more!

• Evening Telescope Observing, Friday, April 22, 8:30pm – 10pm (weather permitting) at the Doane Observatory

View celestial objects such as Jupiter using the Midwest’s largest publicly accessible telescope in the Adler’s Doane Observatory.

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