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Replicas of Christopher Columbus' Ships
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More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus set sail in three ships looking for a faster route to Asia.

He ended up discovering the Bahamas and a new world.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Joey Helleny, who is chairing the committee seeking nominations for the university's Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Award.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.


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Next year, on December 3rd, Illinois will be exactly 200 years old.  And to commemorate the bicentennial, WSIU is airing a series of stories featuring the many unique aspects of the state.  WSIU's Kevin Boucher sits down with  officials  with the U.S. Forest Service to learn more about a unique feature of the state---a feature of the prairie state that surprises many who think of flat cornfields stretching as far as the eye can see.

Housing
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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with The Southern Illinoisan's Molly Parker and Isaac Smith about their Cairo Town Hall, coming up Saturday, September 30.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on a medical professional from New Zealand, who recently visited Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville, MO to talk about her work with health robots assisting patients with dementia.

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As the PBS documentary "The Vietnam War" continues, one local man remembers his time in the military, and his separation from it.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Kathy Pericak-Spector about SIU's Expanding Your Horizons conference for 2017:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about new federal guidelines regarding sexual assault on college campuses, as well as calls to centralize higher education in Illinois.

SIU Hosts Community Fun and Fitness Relays

Sep 20, 2017

A unique fundraiser is planned for this Saturday on the SIU Carbondale Campus.  It will use running, to promote literacy,  in Carbondale and around the world.  WSIU's Jordan Maddox has the story.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Russell Williams about the upcoming Live 2 Lead conference at John A Logan College.

WSIU INFOCUS: Vietnam Veteran Jon Mcclurken.

Sep 18, 2017

Southern Illinois native Jon Mcclurken served in Vietnam in 1970.  On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS he talks about what it was like as a 20-year old drafted to serve.

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A permanent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. is coming to Perryville, Missouri.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talked recently with Mike and Vicky Lundy of Perryville. They're spearheading the effort that is making this happen.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the stage production of Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Varsity Center for the Arts.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno.

In 2011, Aaron Murray bought his first gun at a sporting goods store — a .40 caliber Beretta pistol. He and his wife were fixing up a foreclosed home in a tough neighborhood in the northern suburbs of St. Louis, and he wanted to protect himself.

Two years later, a bullet from his own gun during a home invasion would leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jackson County Public Health Department HIV Services Director Paula Clark about PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. This drug can dramatically reduce the chances of contracting HIV.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the August 21 Solar Eclipse, along with the start of the Fall 2017 Semester.

Residents, environmentalists fear more flooding if Illinois loosens oversight on high levees

Aug 23, 2017

Nancy Guyton has lived by the Mississippi River her entire life. She and her husband farm in Annada, a small town on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River. She knows that growing crops on the floodplain comes with some risks.

The Guytons’ farm, about 65 miles north of St. Louis, endured major floods along the Mississippi in 1993 and 2008. But since 2008, she’s noticed more flood events.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, on the first day of the Fall 2017 Semester.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Planetary Radio Host Mat Kaplan, ahead of the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Carbondale.

NASA Edge Plans To Broadcast Eclipse.

Aug 18, 2017

A team from NASA Edge, An Outreach and Education Unit of NASA, has been in Carbondale for over a week preparing for a four hour broadcast on Monday, August 21st, 2017; the day of the Total Solar Eclipse.

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?


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