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




Interview with Larry Heinemann, Chicago-based author and Vietnam War veteran

Larry Heinemann is an American novelist born and raised in Chicago. His published work—three novels and a memoir—is primarily concerned with the Vietnam War. He drew most directly on his Vietnam experience in his first novel Close Quarters which was published in 1977. His second and critically most acclaimed novel is Paco's Story, which won the 1987 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

Duration: 00:46:39

Focus Encore: Why give gifts?

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

Perspectives on Iraq

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

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

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 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

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

Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

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

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

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

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...

Duration: 00:55:01

Caring for Damaged Plants

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

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

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...

Duration: 00:51:23

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

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

The Me Me Me Generation?

Digital Natives, Millenials or twentysomethings are always a focus of discourse in late spring when new classes of graduates flood the labor market. This spring there has been a critical twist to some of the discussion referring to young Americans as the Dumbest Generation, branding young people as narcissistic, unprofessional and unemployable. Who are Millenials really? Are they so different from any other generation? This hour on Focus, well talk about what makes a Millenial a Millenial,...

Duration: 00:51:42

Ryan Chalmers: Push Across America

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself more than 2,000 miles in the last few weeks, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. Hes trying to cross the US in his racing wheelchair in 71 days, a distance of nearly 3,000 miles. He arrived in Champaign around 3:00 on Wednesday, and this hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Ryan about his trek and what inspired him to do it. We'll also...

Duration: 00:50:42

Digital Privacy and the Workplace

House Bill 1047, currently under consideration in the Illinois House of Representatives, would make it legal for employers to ask employees for their personal social media passwords. Under legislation that took effect July 1, 2012, its currently against the law to do so. According to some, its a severe violation of privacy for employers to be able to ask for social media account information, but State Representative Jim Durkin defends the bill saying that employers need to have agency to...

Duration: 00:51:27

Women’s Health

Angelina Jolies announcement that she had a preventative double mastectomy because of her high risk for developing breast cancer has been all over the news, but when is the testing she went through appropriate? This hour on Focus, guest host Kimberlie Kranich talks with Suzanne Trupin, a board certified and obstetrician and gynecologist, about the BRCA1 gene that led Jolie to make her decision. Well also talk about everything from menses to menopause and how and when to talk about sex with...

Duration: 00:51:24

Personal Finance - Saving Money

This hour on Focus, we talk with personal finance expert Kevin Waspi about some good tricks to save money for things like a new car or a summer vacation. We'll also talk about when it's right to continue to save and when it's time to try and borrow money. Do you have questions about your personal finances?We also welcome your questions for Kevin whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home or sending your children to college. Do you have...

Duration: 00:51:21

Let’s TALK Kids

Claudia Quigg founded Baby TALK in the late 1980s in Decatur after having children of her own and realizing that even though she had a supportive group of friends, she needed advice and access to resources. Today the organization has a presence in 36 states and Canada and has more than 100 programs in operation in Illinois communities. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Claudia about why the earliest years of life, from birth to age 3, are so important and what resources her...

Duration: 00:51:29

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