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 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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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.

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.

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.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about the override of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto.

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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 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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