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 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.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about downtown updates, budget issues, and more.

Sam Werkmeister, a father of two, nearly died six times last year.

He started taking pain pills to get through shifts at a restaurant. That led him to a full-blown addiction to opioids. After a relapse last summer, it took Werkmeister six months to gather the courage to go back into treatment. 

“It’s called carfentanil, and it’s really cheap,” he said, as he sat on a worn couch in the Granite City group home he shares with a half dozen other men. “It destroyed my life.”

Internet Privacy. Is It Really Private?

Apr 18, 2017

How secure is your computer? Your tablet? Your Cell-phone?  Even with a good anti-virus program and a strong firewall  one  SIU researcher says  you still  could have others invading your privacy.   And on this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, we hear about some free software that can protect our online privacy.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Autism Society of Southern Illinois President Stephanie Brown about the introduction of Julia - a character living with autism - to Sesame Street.



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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with GWU Professor John Sides about his Morton-Kenney Lecture, "Donald Trump: How did he win, and what does it mean?" 

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Associate Chancellor for Diversity Elizabeth Lewin about her work, and about the upcoming "Salukis United For Diversity" conference.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU DaVinci Days Coordinator HD Motyl about this year's events:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Caleb Nehring of the American Cancer Society and Nancy Caskey of Shawnee Health Service about a new partnership with the City of Murphysboro to increase colorectal cancer screenings.

In an update to his earlier InFocus interview, SIU President Randy Dunn explains the potential cuts he'll take to university Trustees in April.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller gets an update from SIU President Randy Dunn on budget issues, and the search for a new SIU Carbondale campus Chancellor.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Diana Brawley Sussman and Sumera Makhdoom about the upcoming 11 Days for Compassion in Carbondale.

WSIU InFocus: The Importance Of Native Plants

Mar 28, 2017
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With the annual Illinois Indigenous Plants Symposium scheduled for this Friday through Sunday at John A. Logan College, WSIU Radio visits with two experts on the benefits of using indigenous, or native plants in our yards.

Ten Republican senators voted for at least one bill in the grand bargain. We asked all of them about Gov. Bruce Rauner's role in stopping them from going further.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Fermentation Science Institute Director Matt McCarroll about his upcoming Science Cafe at the Science Center of Southern Illinois.

The decline of the monarch butterfly population has led researchers to look for reasons why. 

A popular theory is the loss of milkweed, the only plant on which monarch larvae feed.  But a study from the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois indicates that's not the sole culprit.  

As Illinois remains mired in gridlock and nearing two years without a full budget, voters are pinning the blame on state leaders.

Sudden Winter Weather Shift Could Kill Crops

Mar 10, 2017

Local farmers are bracing for winter weather expected to hit Friday night, and early growth of peaches and apples has them worried.

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A former SIU Track and Field standout who jumped onto the world stage at last summer's Olympic Games is getting financial help in her training for upcoming competitions.

Dime Novels Are Finding A New Audience In The Digital Age

Mar 6, 2017

Dime novels are short works of fiction from the 19th century. While humble in name, these long-forgotten classics have brought in around a million dollars in funding for Northern Illinois University curators.

 

Significant grants to digitize these works have allowed Northern Illinois University to open a portal to the past. Lynne Thomas is the curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at NIU. She's been working on a project to digitize a large set of dime novels from the Beadle and Adams collection.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Alumna Tequia Hicks-Delgado about her experiences post-graduation, and her return visit to SIU through the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Jackson County Tornado Damage
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The last day of February once again brought tornados to Southern Illinois.

Harrisburg endured a lot of damage in 2012…

This time it was a few counties west in Northern Rural Jackson County.

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.  Food addiction can encompass a number of eating disorders and can be difficult to quantify.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jak Tichenor and Delio Calzolari about the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute's upcoming Education Funding Forum.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with financial expert Adam Carroll, ahead of his lecture at SIU Carbondale through the University Honors program.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU President Randy Dunn about ongoing budget issues, and the potential for the so-called "Grand Bargain" in the Illinois Senate.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Southern Illinoisan reporters Molly Parker and Isaac Smith about their upcoming project featuring the Alexander County Housing Authority, 12 months after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took over.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the next Science Cafe, with SIU Microbiologist Scott Hamilton-Brehm.

Earthquake Kiosk
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The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium partnered up to create a new way to educate the public about earthquakes and how to prepare for them.

They created a earthquake information kiosk that's on display at Carbondale's University Mall.

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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