WSIU InFocus

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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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Greg Guzik, Director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, Delgado Community College Associate Physics Professor Joanna Rivers, and SIU Eclipse Committee Coordinator Bob Baer about the test launch of a special balloon that will track the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Carbondale.

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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.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with filmmaker Sandra Pfeifer about her new documentary, "Not Throwing In The Towel." The film follows a lesbian couple in western Kentucky, as they navigate daily life and the struggles of the LGBT community.


Two key figures in the middle of Illinois' political impasse continue to jockey for position. Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton each spoke to Illinois Public Radio's WBEZ...

On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017 WSIU visits with health care professionals, first responders, emergency managers and tourism officials to see what is involved in planning for 100s of thousands of visitors. 

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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with the Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Jak Tichenor, and John Jackson, of the Institute, about what lies ahead for the State of Illinois as lawmakers recently ended the regular Spring Legislative Session without agreeing on a full budget.

Some girls at Rock Island High School say they're tired of reading male-dominated history and literature, so they've started a club that will offer more.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Alumnus D.L. Anderson, who was a producer and co-director on the Independent Lens film "Farmer/Veteran." The special airs Monday, May 29 at 9:00pm on WSIU TV.

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Every year online shopping becomes more popular.

A lot of stores are also offering the ability for customers to buy online and pick up in the store.

Now local farmers are trying it out.

Illinois lawmakers are nearing the end of their spring 2017 session, as the state nears two years without a full budget in place. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with SIU President Randy Dunn to talk about what's next for the university:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the week in Illinois politics with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor, the Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses potential budget cuts and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Mathematics Associate Professor Wesley Calvert about the 2017 Langenhop Lecture and Mathematics Conference.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about this week's episode of Illinois Lawmakers and what's happening in the Illinois General Assembly.

SIU Carbondale will get a little financial breathing room, thanks to a short-term loan from its sister campus in Edwardsville.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with local musician Jenny Johnson about her new album, "Ballads of Makanda: A Modern Folklore."

Researchers are trying to gain greater insights into why people experience different health outcomes.  A healthcare expert from Illinois believes those differences could be reduced through community coalitions.

The Illinois High School Association made some changes this season in high school baseball involving pitch limits. WSIU Radio's Patrick Codo looks at how two local teams are dealing with the new rules.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the 2017 Carbondale BrewFest with SIU Fermentation Science Institute Director Matt McCarroll and Carbondale Main Street Assistant Director Rebecca Dull.

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Bob Baer, NASA Astronomer Lou Mayo, and NASA Edge Producer Blair Allen about preparations for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

It's hard to find an issue that unites Illinois lawmakers, yet members of both political parties and Governor Bruce Rauner have consistently agreed the state needs to change the way it funds schools. Now, with the filing of two separate legislative plans, that once-unison chorus sounds out of tune. State Senator Jason Barickman is the author of one of those plans. Our education desk reporter Dusty Rhodes quizzed him on how he intends to fix the flaws in the state's current funding formula.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Cinnamon Wheeles-Smith about the upcoming Science Cafe, focusing on the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley explores just what it means to be "under review" by Moody's Investors.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about recent credit downgrades and warnings, and how the university can rebound from difficult financial issues.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Eclipse Committee Co-Chair Bob Baer, Planetary Radio Host Mat Kaplan, and Adler Planetarium Master Educator Michelle Nichols about their preparation visit ahead of the August 21 solar eclipse.

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