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Interviews with newsmakers and experts on national and international affairs and daily life.

Interviews with newsmakers and experts on national and international affairs and daily life.

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Urbana, IL

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WILL

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Interviews with newsmakers and experts on national and international affairs and daily life.

Language:

English


Episodes

Brain Drain in Downstate Illinois

4/25/2014
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 wasn’t surprising. “Young people don’t want to locate in Decatur anymore, at least we’re starting to see more and more people want to move to places like Chicago.” And according to IRS and US Census data, McDaniel might be right. People are moving, around Illinois and out of the state all together. For at least the...

Duration:00:35:19

Unmet Needs: “Folk Wisdom” about health perpetuates stereotypes

4/25/2014
Joey Ramp gets uncomfortable in large crowds of people. New places also make her uneasy. It’s 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 with her, and since her disability isn’t visible, she says people are curious. Sometimes they ask; sometimes they don’t. “Most often, when people ask and I say I have PTSD, people want to thank me for my service.” That makes it awkward for...

Duration:00:15:34

Life Itself: Director Steve James and Chaz Ebert on the new documentary about Roger Ebert

4/18/2014
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 him a note about his ‘new’ voice. “This – what you write now, it’s more than about movies. Yes, it’s about the movies but there is something added. A new REFLECTION on life itself.” Those last words became the title for Roger Ebert’s 2011...

Duration:00:50:25

Unmet Needs: Look onscreen, the doctor will see you now

4/11/2014
Harry Wolin manages Mason District Hospital in Havana, Illinois, one of many clinics in Illinois that provide care to medically underserved areas. The hospital has been treating patients via telepsychiatry, when a patient meets with a doctor via a computer screen, for about four years now. Wolin says they started offering appointments that way after the county mental health center shut down due to lack of funding. “If we wouldn’t have started offering this service, many of our patients...

Duration:00:52:06

Going to college on the G.I. Bill today

4/4/2014
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 wouldn’t be classroom ready, that other students would be far ahead of him in terms of coursework. But once he found a community of veterans to hang out with, he says it got easier. “It was nice when I found other vets to talk to. You kind of have your own language after being in the...

Duration:00:40:06

What to read to understand the fight for Crimea

4/2/2014
If you’ve been following the crisis in Ukraine and the fight for Crimea, do you have unanswered questions about why Russia is so invested? We do, and we wanted to get a better understanding of the historical context of the conflict. Kathryn Stoner, a political scientist who is a Senior Fellow at the Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, has prepared a reading list that she says go a long way in explaining the Russian perspective. Continue reading to find her reading list...

Duration:00:09:32

Researching Medical Marijuana A Challenge For Scientists

3/28/2014
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 behind why medical marijuana helps ease symptoms of some of those diseases is hazy. Because marijuana is a classified as a schedule 1 drug by the federal government, a category for drugs with no medical value and highly addictive properties,...

Duration:00:40:41

“Young Invincibles” sign up for Affordable Care Act last minute

3/28/2014
Director of Outreach for Get Covered Illinois Brian Gorman says young 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 concerned about. He talked with Scott Cameron during this Focus interview about how many people have signed up so far. He says its important that the "extension" for enrollment announced yesterday by the Obama administration doesn't give people...

Duration:00:10:00

The Effects of Gender-typed Toys

3/21/2014
Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves are painfully aware that they are surrounded by mostly male students in their engineering classes at the University of Illinois. That’s part of the reason they’re behind the new start-up Miss Possible Inc., a toy company with intentions to manufacture dolls for girls fashioned after historical figures like Marie Curie and Amelia Earhart. “Most toys, especially dolls, are empty,” says Hobbs, “Entrepreneur Barbie wears a suit and has a smart phone; that makes...

Duration:00:51:53

Gardening: Getting Ready for Spring

3/14/2014
We had a taste of spring weather earlier this week and according to Shane Cultra, who helps run Country Arbors Nursery in Urbana, there were lots of anxious gardeners who were more than ready to get outside. During this time in spring, before the ground is completely thawed, is a great time to take care of the gardening chores that don’t involve plating – taking leaves, mulching raised beds and pruning fruit trees and rose bushes. This hour on Focus Cultra talks with WILL’s Lisa Bralts...

Duration:00:51:48

13th District Congressional Candidates

3/13/2014
Rodney Davis has represented Illinois’ 13th District in Congress since taking office in January of 2013. He narrowly won the seat after former Congressman Tim Johnson announced his retirement from politics. The district encompasses 14 counties in central and Southwestern Illinois. The primary is Tuesday, March 18. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and are open until 7:00 p.m. Davis has two challengers for the Republican nomination, and there are three democrats seeking the Democratic nomination....

Duration:00:51:13

Encore: Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward

3/12/2014
If you were going to create a town with fictional characters who could live anywhere in the world, where would those characters go when they go home? Your first inclination may not be central Illinois. After all, there are much more exciting places to set a novel. But Morton native and author Ryan Bartelmay says he wouldn’t think to write about characters living anywhere else. This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to when he talked with host Jim Meadows about his debut novel, “Onward...

Duration:00:51:25

The case for nonfiction

3/11/2014
Non-fiction often gets a bad rap. They’re the books you have you read, the ones you were assigned for class or work. Non-fiction titles don’t commonly have a reputation for being the sort of reading you can get lost in. According to Mary Wilkes Towner and Carol Inskeep of the Urbana Free Library, the idea that non-fiction is non-readable is a myth. This hour on Focus, they join Scott Cameron. We’re making the case for non-fiction. During this hour, we’ll talk about different kinds of...

Duration:00:51:12

Encore: Sriracha, the Movie!

3/10/2014
David Tran, the owner of Huy Fong Foods, started making his sriracha-style hot sauce after his family immigrated to California from Thailand. Thirty years after he made the first batch, he’s nearly tripled the size of his operation and sold a reported 20 million bottles in 2012. Who is Tran, and where did the recipe for the wildly popular hot sauce come from? This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to host Jim Meadows' talk with Griffin Hammond, a Bloomington-based documentary maker, about...

Duration:00:51:28

Encore: From the Ground Up

3/7/2014
Jeanne Nolan has run the Edible Gardens at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago for eight years. In addition to working with Green City Market, the organization which maintains the Edible Gardens, Jeanne runs a business helping people learn to plant and grow their own vegetable gardens. Getting to where she is today, however, was a long and winding road. This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to guest host Lisa Bralts' talk with Nolan about why she’s devoted her life to organic gardening and how...

Duration:00:51:29

The University of Illinois Chess Team’s Cinderella Story

3/6/2014
In late December, the University of Illinois chess team qualified for the Final Four for the second consecutive year. U of I junior Michael Auger is a big part of the reason why and is one of 4 team members who will be going to the tournament in April. Auger recruited Eric Rosen, the most accomplished and highest-ranked member of the team, away from top chess schools, like te University of Texas-Dallas, Texas Tech and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. This hour on Focus, host Jeff...

Duration:00:51:34

Storm Kings

3/5/2014
When severe weather happens, most of us take shelter. There are a few who don’t. Jeffrey Frame is one of them. He’s a clinical assistant professor of atmosphere sciences at the University of Illinois and is also a storm chaser. He says when he sees a tornado there’s an incredible moment of adrenaline, followed quickly by fear. Over the course of the last 200 years, storm chasers and meteorologists like Frame have been largely responsible for collecting the information that informs our...

Duration:00:50:54

103rd Illinois House District Candidates Carol Ammons and Sam Rosenberg

3/4/2014
A democrat has long represented the 103rd district for the legislature in Illinois. Both Carol Ammons and Sam Rosenberg want to keep it that way. One of the two candidates will represent the district in the general election in the fall, but whomever that will be has to win the March 18 primary first. So far, Champaign county democrats have been divided. Last week, Scott Cameron talked with Republican candidate Kristin Williamson, who is running unopposed. This hour on Focus, he talks with...

Duration:00:51:57

Getting Ready for Illinois Health Care Exchanges

7/8/2013
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 what you should expect if you need to purchase health insurance through one of the exchanges this fall. Health insurance coverage through Illinois exchanges will be available for purchase October 1, and this hour on Focus, John Katsinas of...

Duration:00:51:39

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois

6/24/2013
In 1870, Frances Willard proclaimed before the Illinois General Assembly that it was an insult that 21 year old boys could vote to make laws for their mothers but that the mothers themselves had no voice. More than three decades later, she, among several others, finally convinced enough lawmakers that was true. In 1913, Illinois gave women the right to vote in Presidential elections. The catch the bill for womens suffrage did not apply to gubernatorial elections or elections for state...

Duration:00:51:36