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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Polo is the world’s oldest organized sport, having originated in China and Persia around two thousand years ago. You may not realize it, but there is a group of people in this region who actively compete in the sport. WSIU’s Brad Palmer reports.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the American Cancer Society's Caleb Nehring, about upcoming training sessions for medical professionals on the topic of the HPV vaccine.

Bruce Rauner
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Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

US Forest Service

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews an upcoming training at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest.

Shawnee Health Services Outreach Event
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As harvest time is in full swing, we take a look at the people performing the hard labor of collecting the produce that ends up in lunch boxes and dinner tables

Farm work is not the easiest job.

Its long hours, extreme weather conditions and physically demanding.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Bryson, the author of "A Cry In The Dark," which chronicles the story of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, and her trial in the death of her infant daughter.

A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to get health professionals focusing on population health, and Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine will help lead the training.

August 22 marks the start of a new semester at Southern Illinois University. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about enrollment expectations, next year's Solar Eclipse, and some water problems on the SIU Edwardsville campus.

The Total Solar Eclipse: 1 Year and Counting.

Aug 19, 2016

On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States with Carbondale experiencing almost three minutes of totality.  As the one year away date approaches, WSIU radio talks with several eclipse experts about this 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois Humanities Council will host a special program this weekend in Cobden, highlighting the future of agriculture in rural areas like southern Illinois. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller has this preview of “Seeding Change”.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) about his party's nomination for President, as well as other issues.


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

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Student Johnathan Flowers, who is a member of the school's Graduate and Professional Student Council, about his concerns over SIU's new diversity initiative.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jonathon Moore, a member of Carbondale's Black Love Adjoining Communities Collectively - or BLACC - the local Black Lives Matter organization.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the university's new Diversity Initiative:

Researchers and medical providers will gather this week to talk about cancer, in an attempt to change not just the number of people affected, but also to understand why incidences are different from place to place.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the recent stop-gap budget, as well as cuts on the SIU Carbondale campus, with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a stopgap budget that will open schools in the fall and keep state agencies running until after the November elections. Illinois Lawmakers' Statehouse Correspondent Jak Tichenor talked with Okawville Republican Senator Dave Luechtefeld about the new spending plan's impact on Southern Illinois. (audio included)

The Illinois House and Senate sent Governor Rauner a stopgap budget Thursday to fund K-12 education for a full- year and most other state services until the end of the calendar year. Illinois Lawmakers statehouse correspondent Jak Tichenor talked about the deal with Marion State Rep. John Bradley.
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Randy Dunn

As Illinois enters the final week of its 2016 Fiscal Year, public universities and colleges are still waiting for funding to help them make it through the next several months.

Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the SIU School of Medicine Rural Health Initiative and a #100,000 donation from The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, 180 abused children in southern Illinois are receiving a new treatment called Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

In part one of our two-part report on a treatment program for people with mild to moderate dementia, we explained how Cognitive Stimulation Therapy - or CST - works. In part two, WSIU's Brad Palmer takes us to a CST session where we'll hear from dementia sufferers and their family members.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Two area health care professionals became the first Americans to receive training in a British-based treatment approach for persons with mild to moderate dementia. In part one of a two-part report, WSIU's Brad Palmer examines how the therapy works.

Monica Tichenor / WSIU Public Broadcasting

 Illinois Lawmakers wraps up its regular weekly TV coverage of the spring legislative session on Friday.  Host Jak Tichenor talks about the program with WSIU's Jeff Williams.  

Illinois Lawmakers airs at 7:30pm on Friday, June 3 on WSIU TV.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the prospects for a state budget, and higher education funding, for this WSIU InFocus.

In southern Illinois most of the landscape is perfect for farming.

In the summer, a lot of the roads look like hallways with corn for walls.

But even surrounded by all of this fresh healthy food, some towns that are surrounded by these fields don’t have access to those fresh foods.

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Volunteers and families involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in southern Illinois learned earlier this spring the initiative would be cut - in part because of the state's budget impasse.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Math Faculty Wesley Calvert about the 2016 Math Days events.

Illinois Issues

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor, ahead of the May 13 program on WSIU-TV.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

WSIU continues its series on Poverty in southern Illinois.  In this installment, we take a look at the link between poverty and education, and how education can fight poverty.