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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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Debate over SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno’s proposed campus reorganization got heated as the university’s trustees met in Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Park District Executive Director Kathy Renfro about the upcoming "Blue Christmas" show at the Varsity Center.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno about his first semester as the campuse CEO.

The issue of gun ownership has returned to the forefront after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music festival in October and in a Texas church last month. Most of the concerns revolve around restrictions on gun purchases and who can own what type of weapon.

Things could get a little murky from a legal standpoint if you happen to inherit a gun from a loved one. In This week’s Friday Forum, we look at the case of a Rockford woman who found herself in such a situation.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on this week's marking of the 25th anniversary of Carbondale's Pyramid Apartments fire.

Winter Survival: For Crops, Soils and Trees

Dec 6, 2017
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Now that winter weather has arrived, we take a look at how plants cope with cold.  In this first part of this report we hear from a farmer from central Illinois talking about a technique called cover cropping, which can help the soil, and, actually enrich the soil during the typical winter months of December, January and February.

Farmers Explore Cover Crops to Aid Winter Losses

Dec 5, 2017
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Farmers in Central Illinois are experimenting with cover crops to stop soil erosion. Cover crops can also help stop an environmental threat hundreds of miles away. But, do cover crops cut into a farmer’s finances—or even solvency?

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Southern Illinois AIDS Coalition Chair Wally Paynter about World AIDS Day.

University of Illinois media professor Jay Rosenstein has been a longtime critic of the amount of money spent on athletics on the Urbana campus.

Now he’s published a series of articles that show that millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on U of I athletics each year, despite longtime claims to the contrary.

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Cameras and machine learning may eventually save farmers a lot of money on chemicals. They may even help prevent water pollution and reduce the need for genetically-modified seeds. That's according to the CEO of Blue River Technology, a company based in California's Silicon Valley that John Deere just bought for $305 million.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports the acquisition may have wide-ranging effects on agriculture and other industries.

Monday was an important date on the way to the 2018 elections. It was the beginning of the period when Illinois candidates have to file petitions with, in some cases, thousands of signatures needed to get on the ballot.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Brad Palmer about his thoughts on the progress of SIU-Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's academic reorganization plan and the kickoff of Illinois' Bicentennial celebration this weekend.

If you drive along the two lane back roads of northern Illinois these days, you’re likely to see farm fields that just a few weeks ago had row upon row of corn. Now, in those fields machines are turning laps leaving just the stub of a corn stalk. Illinois Public Radio's Brian O'Keefe has a look at this years whiskey crop...

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Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente talks with Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, after he announced his intention to step down from the role.

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Two months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents are struggling to recover. Power has not been fully restored, and fresh water and other supplies are still hard to come by.

In the days immediately after the storm, a southern Illinoisan decided to lend his help – in connecting others who could lend a hand. Taylor Vessel of WSIU’s River Region Evening Edition reports on Tim Maloney's trip.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jed Brian of Sumner, Illinois, about his new film, "Unlisted Owner."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about the state's record bill backlog, and other financial issues.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with author and journalist Carla Power, who delivers the Charles D. Tenney University Honors Lecture.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's African Studies department about the Indie Lens Popup screening of, "I Am Not Your Negro."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno about his campus reorganization proposal - which has been updated to address suggestions and criticisms from campus and community groups.

The Phonics of Cairo concert is a joint effort between the Carbondale Park District and the SIU-C Student Center to bring the community and the university together.  WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Carbondale Park District executive director Kathy Renfro about the show that will benefit the park district.

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Construction of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial continues on a site just north of Perryville. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Mike and Vicky Lundy about the current and future plans for the project.

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A member of the Illini Democrats opened the candidates forum Monday night, with a line sure to please the party faithful:

WSIU InFocus: SIU Guitar Festival

Nov 8, 2017

The SIU Guitar Festival takes place on Friday November 10th, 2017 and Saturday November 11th, 2017.  In addition to a variety of concerts with international guitar experts, there will be several workshops.  Some of the music will be based on the Jazz style, and on this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with Dr. Isaac Lausell, who leads the guitar program at the SIU-Carbondale School of Music.

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WSIU's Jordan Maddox explores the "Full Slate" decision, which may allow more candidates onto the Illinois ballot in 2018.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's downfall due to sexual assault and harassment claims from numerous women - it's glaringly apparent that the issue is not limited to a certain industry or segment of society. Statehouses across the nation have joined in the #MeToo movement. Some are saying state legislatures harbor environments where such activity is commonplace.

Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly rebound from the ordeal.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Aviation Technology Associate Professor Karen Johnson about the upcoming College of Applied Science and Arts Research Symposium.

State lawmakers have returned to their districts after the first week of the annual Fall Veto Session. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with Murphysboro Republican Representative Terri Bryant to talk about some of last week’s votes, and look ahead to next week.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

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