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 Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson about Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2017 Budget Address.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2017 Budget Address.

Brian Stover raises chickens at his house in rural Marion County, Illinois, just across the road from the Patoka Tank Farm where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline ends — about 75 miles east of St. Louis.

This weekend is Abraham Lincoln's birthday.  Yet today, we examine his death and reaction to it.

We've all heard how the nation was sent into a period of shock and grief when word of Lincoln's murder spread.  Newspapers reported it that way.  But what about the average American, North and South, black and white?

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Chris Kennedy announced on Wednesday he will run for Illinois governor in 2018 in what's shaping up to be a crowded race for Democrats vying to take on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Magney of the Sierra Club Shawnee Group, about their plans to help clean up SIU's Campus Lake.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller visits the SIU Museum, and talks with Artist Kay Zivkovich about her new exhibit, "Triple Narratives: Landscapes, Figures, Fish."

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar, who is running for Illinois Governor on the Democratic ticket.

Beth Purvis serves as Gov. Bruce Rauner's Secretary of Education, and she headed the 25-member commission he tasked with finding a way to make Illinois' school funding more equitable. After six months of meetings, the bipartisan panel adjourned yesterday releasing a report meant to guide lawmakers toward drafting a reform measure. Shortly after that final meeting, Purvis talked to me about the novel test she used with the commission, and why the panel stopped short of endorsing a specific plan.

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In the week following President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and international travel, protests and court cases have challenged the order. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Law Professor Cindy Buys about what effects the new rules may have, both at home and abroad.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Leadership Development Program Director Bruce DeRuntz, and Interim STEM Education Research Center Director Harvey Henson about a new grant to help expand the initiative:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson about the 2017 State of the State Address.

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Southern Illinois University, like other universities, adds and removes programs each year. But a new offering aims to tap into an industry growing in popularity.

Fermentation Science came online to train tomorrow’s beer wine and spirit makers.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about expectations for the 2017 State of the State Address.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) as the Illinois General Assembly begins its 100th session.

In the second part of the interview, Bryant goes on to say she's optimistic a compromise can be found on the state's budget crisis. She says she's encouraged by discussions on potential workers compensation reform, among others.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Randy Dunn.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Aur Beck, who is heading up "Heartland People Care," a group aimed at leveraging local funds for non-profit organizations.

With the focus on the Friday, January 20th Presidential Inauguration, there will be one connection between Washington D.C. and southern Illinois.  For the second inauguration in a row Mrs.  Elizabeth Byassee-Shore's Marion Junior High School Choir will perform on Saturday January 21st 2017.  Even though it has been a lot of work getting both the choir ready and taking care of the many administrative details required for a trip such as this, Byasee-Shore says it will be worth it.  On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit her classroom.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about their rebuilding efforts - both downtown redevelopment and relationships.

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On April first this year some Carbondale nonprofit organizations will be swarming with students, staff and faculty volunteers doing a day of community service.

It’s called The Big Event, a Saluki day of service.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Vickie Devenport about the 2017 Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale NAACP Vice President Pepper Holder about this year's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A group of 1,000 students from De Montfort University in Leicester, England is in New York City this week.   The group is on an educational mission of tolerance and social responsibility in the post-Brexit / post-U.S. Election era.     The mission and student demographics of DMU is similar to that of SIU Carbondale.  WSIU's Jeff Williams recently talked with Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard  about the group’s trip to the Big Apple.

The student's visit will culminate on Friday with a rally in Central Park; embracing the importance of being global citizens.

Chicago's violent year was especially dangerous for the city's children. Dozens of young kids were shot in 2016 before reaching high school age.


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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about what lies ahead for the state of Illinois, now that the calendar has rolled over to 2017.

As 2016 winds to a close, WSIU InFocus takes a look back at the people and stories that made headlines here.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Museum Executive Director Dona Bachman, as she prepares to retire.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn, as the university waits for state funding to pay for the second half of the fiscal year.

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