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Urbana, IL

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

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English


Episodes

Focus Encore: Why give gifts?

12/19/2014
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Theres a lot of forethought, and sometimes a lot of stress, thats a part of the holiday season. Thats completely counter-intuitive considering the holidays are supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. During this encore hour on Focus, wetalked about why certain expectations are attached to the holidays and what we can do about it. For the first half of the hour, host Jim Meadows talks with University of Illinois Professor Harry Liebersohn, about the reasons we...

Duration: 00:51:41


Unmet Needs: “Folk Wisdom” about health perpetuates stereotypes

4/25/2014
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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 with her, and since her disability isnt visible, she says people are curious. Sometimes they ask; sometimes they dont. Most often, when people ask and I say I have PTSD, people want to thank me for my service. That makes it awkward for Ramp to...

Duration: 00:15:34


“Young Invincibles” sign up for Affordable Care Act leading up to deadline

3/28/2014
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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 concerned about.He talked with Scott Cameron during this Focus interviewabout how many people have signed up so far. Hesays its important that the"extension" for enrollment announcedyesterday by the Obama administration doesn't give people more...

Duration: 00:10:00


BULLYING IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS: A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON PREVENTION AND

3/17/2014
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Dorothy Espelage, professor of Educational Psychology at University of Illinois

Duration: 00:50:56


Perspectives on Iraq

2/23/2014
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with Ramsey Clark, founder and chairperson, International Action Center, former U.S. Attorney General

Duration: 00:49:11


In Memory: A Thanksgiving Feast with Doyle Moore

11/28/2013
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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 years. This hour on Focus, we pay homage to WILLs "Chef-in-Residence." Join host Jim Meadows as we listen back to conversations Doyle had with David and Focus' listeners about pumpkin pie, the Thanksgiving turkeys supporting cast, and what...

Duration: 00:51:23


Encore: Parenting a Transgender Child

11/26/2013
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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 they confused Naima for a boy. Its been about a year now since Naima became Daniel, with full support from his school, friends and parents. But as he grows older, there are lots of unanswered questions. Daniel is 8, but what happens in a few...

Duration: 00:51:28


The Illinois Supreme Court Fall Term

9/9/2013
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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, well talk through some of the cases and their implications with Kirk Jenkins, an appellate attorney based in Chicago. Steve Beckett, a founding partner at Beckett and Webber, P.C. in Urbana and a lecturer at the University of Illinois College...

Duration: 00:51:54


Should the US Intervene in Syria?

9/6/2013
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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 military action. Juana Summers, a defense reporter with Politico joins us for the first few minutes of the program with the latest update about the debate in Washington D.C. Then, Ryan Hendrickson, a Professor of Political Science at Eastern...

Duration: 00:51:36


A History of Food in 100 Recipes

7/11/2013
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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 ever wondered how they evolved into the recipes you know and love? This hour on Focus, Lisa Bralts talks with author William Sitwell about the history of food.and when we say history, we mean deep history. Well go back to the 1400s when...

Duration: 00:51:27


Getting Ready for Illinois Health Care Exchanges

7/9/2013
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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


Ryan Chalmers Finishes His Push Across America

7/5/2013
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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself nearly 3,000 miles over the course of the last few months in his racing wheelchair, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. In a campaign he called Push Across America, Ryan traveled from Los Angeles, California to Central Park in New York City to raise awareness and money for programs to benefit people with disabilities. To start this hour of...

Duration: 00:51:34


Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

7/2/2013
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They go by many names Frankfurters. Franks. Weiners. Tube Steaks. Coneys. Grillers. Shaggy Dogs or just dogs. But when and why did hot dogs become such a quintiensccial part of American culture? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Bruce Kraig, co-author of the new book Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America. Bossert talks with Kraig about whats in a hot dog, how they are made and how hot dogs, like sausages, have played a role in city politics in Chicago. Well also talk about...

Duration: 00:51:29


100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Illinois

6/25/2013
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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


Jeremy Hobson and Here and Now’s New Local Host Jason Croft

6/24/2013
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Jeremy Hobson got his start in broadcasting at the ripe old age of 9 when he started contributing to a program called Treehouse Radio on WILL. These days, hes co-host of the Boston-based WBURs program, Here and Now, which is coming to WILL on July 1. This hour on Focus, well listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with Jeremy earlier this spring about his time as the host of American Public Medias Marketplace Morning Report, his new adventure at WBUR and his roots in...

Duration: 00:50:20


Being a Tourist in Your Backyard: Staycations in East Central Illinois

6/18/2013
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This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows explores East Central Illinoisfrom the perspective of a tourist. Sue Post, author of Hiking Illinois, will be here to tell us about some scenic, and maybe unexpected, places in the area to enjoy the outdoors and will talk with us about what makes hiking in Illinois unique. Well also talk with her about native wildlife of note. Then during the second half of the hour, well talk with Heather Wilkins, Director for the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Office,...

Duration: 00:55:01


Caring for Damaged Plants

6/14/2013
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Its the perfect time of year for insects to take up residence in your garden, and weve also had some severe weather this week that poses a threat to your flowers and vegetables. This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason about how to heal your garden after a summer storm and how to protect your plants from pests and diseases. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!

Duration: 00:51:16


All the Babe’s Men

6/13/2013
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Its a home run, has become an expression many Americans use every day to describe success, even outside the world of baseball. But, have you ever wondered why? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Eldon Ham about Americas obsession with the home run and what sparked the development of the long ball in baseball. Ham tells us about how the home run became a fixture in the MLB by accident, and well remember Babe Ruths historic sixty-homer season in 1927. With several big hitters in the...

Duration: 00:50:55


64 Arts: Art and Controversy in Rural Illinois

6/12/2013
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Last spring, Susan Twomey, who curates the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois, put out a call for artists to enter a nationally juried art exhibition called 64 Arts. Among the entries was a collection of vases by a California-based artist named Joe Pinkelman. Joes vases were highly controversial and contained images taken from gay pornography. Twomey struggled with displaying the vases as part of the exhibition even before contest judge Eric Fishl chose the pots as winners in...

Duration: 00:51:23


25 Ways to Cure the Hiccups: Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths a

6/7/2013
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This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with author Brain Udermann about his book 25 Ways to Cure the Hiccups: Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths and Misconceptions." Well talk with him about the validity of common household advice. Sorry to disappoint you, but eating celery does not burn more calories to digest than its worth, and feeding a cold and starving a fever arent in the truthful category during this episode of Focus.

Duration: 00:51:18

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