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WSIU takes a closer look at issues around the region. From arts and entertainment, to science and nature, the environment, politics, and other topics people are talking about.

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NASA Edge Plans To Broadcast Eclipse.

Aug 18, 2017

A team from NASA Edge, An Outreach and Education Unit of NASA, has been in Carbondale for over a week preparing for a four hour broadcast on Monday, August 21st, 2017; the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with singer/songwriter Mike Baltz about his new song, "The Eclipse," which he partnered with Carbondale's Shadi Frick to write.

Dozens of first-year medical students will receive their white coats in an official ceremony later this week at the SIU School of Medicine.

The school’s curriculum has long been a leader in training doctors, and leaders recently took on the challenge of reinventing some aspects of that training – to make the students stronger.

Two weeks ahead of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Amy Fox, the Public Relations Officer for the City of Carbondale. The city, along with SIU and other regional entities, are preparing for tens of thousands of visitors for the August 21st event.

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The total solar eclipse is just around the corner.

The village of Makanda is fortunate to have the longest duration of the total eclipse.

The village of Makanda has around 6oo residents.

They’re also expecting some visitors in a few weeks during the total solar eclipse.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Humanities' Matt Meacham, about their new southern Illinois office, upcoming events, and more.

A Visit To The 2nd Highest Spot In Southern Illinois

Aug 1, 2017

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017 we visit to the highest point in southern Illinois and talk to Teresa Gilbert, the Director of Bald Knob Cross Of Peace in Alto Pas about what it is like to plan a Solar Eclipse Viewing Event at a site reached only by two-line, winding country roads.

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An Asian Carp was caught recently in a place where it shouldn’t be – beyond an electric barrier meant to keep the invasive species out of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes.


Southern Illinoisans are asking a lot of questions about an uptick in crashes along Interstate 57 and Highway 13. What’s causing them? How can they be prevented?


July 26th marks Speed Awareness Day in Illinois. Traffic safety is a growing concern among southern Illinoisans, as a spike in crashes along major transportation routes continues to make headlines. But what’s causing the spike? And how will it end?


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Northwestern University Professor and Astronomer Shane Larson, ahead of his Science Cafe at the Science Center of Southern Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the first full state budget appropriation in two years, along with further financial sustainability planning for the Carbondale campus.

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The small town of Perryville, Missouri is in the totality path of the Total Solar Eclipse next month.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with the woman leading the planning activities about what promises to be a busy weekend starting on August 18.

Makanda Artist Draws The Line.

Jul 21, 2017
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On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017, WSIU visits with Dave Dardis, the Owner of Rainmaker Art Studio in Makanda.

Lee Schreiner of Rockford doesn’t play the piano or sing. He’s a physics teacher with multiple degrees from Northern Illinois University. But his hobby of collecting wartime sheet music has grown over the years.

“I thought maybe I could collect like a hundred sheets," he admits. "Then it was a thousand. Then it was five thousand. It’s amazing and almost unexplored territory because people had not done a lot of research on World War I. I'm trying to understand the history through the music.”

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What is a common illness can turn into a catastrophic brain disease that, until now, health insurance companies didn't cover.

The steel gray KC-135 Stratotankers are massive.

The Boeing jets, first deployed way back in 1956, can carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo with the thrust of four turbofan engines.

The plane is also capable of carrying 33,000 gallons of fuel and off-loading it in mid-air.

That’s the primary mission of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing, assigned to Scott Air Force Base, near Belleville.

A little more than a month from now, Carbondale will play host to tens of thousands of visitors during a total solar eclipse. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about their last-minute preparations.

As Congress holds hearings to investigate the presidential election, two politicians are trying to assess the security of local election systems in Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports US Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois State Senator Michael Hastings, of Tinley Park, have asked 110 county clerks and election authorities to give them information about their voting systems.

Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Elections, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington DC last month. The board is working with the FBI to protect Illinois election systems and voter registration information, and prevent future cyber-attacks from being successful.

The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats.  Today, it’s the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

The goal of a new online game is to "make learning fun." Brain Snort is the brain child of two men at Knox College in Galesburg, and was officially released in May. 

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Sarah Patrick, the new Administrator at the Jackson County Public Health Department, about her background and plans for the agency.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about votes in the Illinois House on July 2 aimed at breaking the two-year budget impasse.


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An Olympic gold medalist has been helping train southern Illinois kids in the proper techniques of running for around a quarter century. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on the story of sprinter Willie Smith and his connection to this region.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn, less than a week before the end of the state's fiscal year. In this installment, the budget crisis and the ongoing search for a new SIUC Chancellor.

Fluorspar Memories With Centenarian Francis Brown

Jun 23, 2017

Rosiclare Illinois once was the Fluorspar Capital of the world in the late 1920s and 1930s.  On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, we visit with Rosiclare resident Mrs. Francis Brown, who was born in in 1917 in the Hardin County Town.  Mrs. Brown's father, like many men at the time, worked in the Fluorspar mines and she talks about what life was like when the town was booming.  To learn more about the mineral, you can visit:  https://www.isgs.illinois.edu/outreach/geology-resources/fluorite-illinois-state-mineral

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses campus budget cuts, state budget proposals, enrollment and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with Associate Professor Dr. Greg Whitledge, who is with the Center For Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Herrin native Brad Calcaterra, founder and creative director of The Studio in New York City. Calcaterra will moderate a discussion after the screening of "Real Boy" at the Carbondale Public Library.

How Fluorspar Helped Put Hardin County On The Map.

Jun 13, 2017
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This Saturday, June 17th, 2017, several lawmakers, families of former Fluorspar miners and others will gather in Rosiclare Illinois for the official unveiling of the Fluorspar Miners' Memorial.  Ahead of the ceremony, WSIU radio visits with a Rosiclare native, Rhonda Belford, who, is the President of the Ohio River Scenic Byway Board.

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