Brain drain in downstate Illinois
When Archer Daniels Midland told Decatur city officials that it would be moving its global headquarters to Chicago, city councilman Pat McDaniel said the news hurt, but that it wasnt surprising. Young people dont want to locate in Decatur anymore, at...
Unmet Needs: “Folk Wisdom” about health perpetuates stereotypes
Joey Ramp gets uncomfortable in large crowds of people. New places also make her uneasy. Its her service dog, Theo, and her highly regimented schedule that helps her handle her anxiety and cope with her post-traumatic stress disorder. Theo is always...
Life Itself: director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on the new documentary...
After he lost his voice, some say film critic Roger Ebert became an even better writer, pouring all his efforts into movie reviews and other columns.As he further mastered his craft, legendary writer, historian, actor and broadcaster Studs Terkel sent...
Going to college on the G.I. Bill today
Johnny Watts started school at the University of Illinois after serving in the Army for six years. He says returning to the life of a student after serving in the military was a little daunting. He worried he wouldnt be classroom ready, that other...
Researching medical marijuana a challenge for scientists
Americans in 20 states, including Illinois once its new medicinal cannabis pilot program is fully functioning, can purchase medical marijuana to treat symptoms of diseases ranging from multiple sclerosis to glaucoma to HIV and AIDs, but the science...
“Young Invincibles” sign up for Affordable Care Act leading up to...
Director of Outreach for Get Covered Illinois Brian Gorman saysyoung people are signing up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act's health care marketplace in the final days for enrollment, something that Illinois officials has been...
The United States Supreme Court, Past, Present and Future
David J. Garrow, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Law, on leave from Emory University
BULLYING IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON PREVENTION...
Dorothy Espelage, professor of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois
Same-Sex Marriage - State and Federal Issues
Peter LaBarbera, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute, and Kathy Valante, Illinois State Director, Concerned Women for America
Clinton and Me: A Real Life Political Comedy
with author Mark Katz, speechwriter and humorist
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science that Reveals Our Genetic...
with Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford University
Perspectives on Iraq
with Ramsey Clark, founder and chairperson, International Action Center, former U.S. Attorney General
In Memory: A Thanksgiving Feast with Doyle Moore
Doyle Moore loved to cook, and what he craved most was a chance to share the food he made and stories about the food he made with family and friends.Thats probably why he joined former Focus host David Inge to talk cooking on Focus580 for more than 30...
Encore: Parenting a Transgender Child
When Sara and Micahs oldest daughter Naima showed resistance to wearing dresses and playing typical girl games, they thought she was a tomboy who someday could be a lesbian, until the day when Naima told Sara she shouldnt keep correcting people when...
Encore: The Future for AM Radio
AM radio audiences are at an all-time low, but Ajit Pai, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, has a plan to try and save AM signals from the static. Pai joined us for the first half of this hour on Focus to talkabout why he is...
The Illinois Supreme Court Fall Term
Despite the fact that we never seem to hear much about it, there are several important cases before the Illinois Supreme Court this fall. One of them could affect the states efforts to solve its pension problems, and one of them . This hour on Focus,...
Should the US Intervene in Syria?
Congress continues to debate whether or not the US should get involved in Syria, even though President Obama can order a missile strike without Congress approval. This hour on Focus, well talk about the debate and who really has the power to order...
The Mystery of Pain
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Douglas Nelson, a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, President of BodyWorks Associates and founder of NMT MidWest, a teaching institute focused on massage and pain management. His new book The...
A History of Food in 100 Recipes
How we think about food, how we prepare food and how we eat food is constantly changing. Its mind-blowing to think about how much food changes over the course of a decade, let alone several hundred years. What are your favorite dinner dishes? Have you...
Getting Ready for Illinois Health Care Exchanges
The Obama Administration is slowly implementing mandates created by the Affordable Care Act but recently delayed one applying to some businesses. This hour on Focus, well talk about whats been delayed, what changes will be implemented as planned and...
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