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 Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jeff Mays.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Professor Karen Midden about her upcoming Science Cafe on edible landscapes.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about next year's budget proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner, and other issues facing the university.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Carbondale City Manager about the upcoming town hall meeting focusing on unifying the community through events and initiatives.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell as the Spring 2016 Semester gets underway.

WSIU InFocus: The Winter Woods with Chris Evans.

Jan 7, 2016
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University of Illinois Extension Forester Chris Evans talks about what unique sights can be seen in the January woods.  Chris works out of the Dixon Springs Ag. Center.  To learn more visit:

Mark Motsinger

In several southeastern Illinois counties there exists collections of large boulders that, often, seem out of place with the surrounding landscape.  Scientists have determined that these pre-date the fall of the Roman Empire.  Who built these?  How and why were they built?  We are not certain, and Carrier Mills history teacher Mark Motsinger has been studying these mysterious stone walls and is in the process of writing a book about these structures.  Here is Mark talking with WSIU's Kevin Boucher about these.

Courtesy of NASA

On September 28th, 2015 NASA officially announced that the planet Mars has liquid water at certain times of the year.  WSIU spoke with Dr. Justin Filiberto about the ramifications of the findings.  Dr. Filiberto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at SIU-C. 

To learn more about Dr. Filiberto's research about Mars, visit:


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

American Fluorite Museum

In the 1800s the young Territory of Illinois received an economic boom from the mining of salt and fluorspar.  In this edition of WSIU INfocus, Carrier Mills History Teacher Mark Motsinger talks about how these two resources contributed  to the growth of Illinois.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Human Relations Commission Chair Jerrold Henrich and Vice Chair Fr. Joseph Brown.

United Nations

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with United Nations Special Reporter Hilal Elver about her work on food security and climate change.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Middle East Scholar Richard Falk.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIU Carbondale Professory Gary Kinsel about his upcoming Science Cafe.

Photo Provided by Dean and Janet Golliher

Dean Golliher, formerly of Murphysboro and now living in Anna Illinois, served in the U-S Army and was stationed  in Vietnam from September of 1967 to September 1968.  As a Specialist Four attached to the 507th Transportation Brigade,  his job was to document and coordinate cargo flights into Tan Son Nhut Airbase, the huge air base near Saigon in far southern Vietnam.  

In his living room in Anna, Illinois, along with his wife Janet, Dean talks to WSIU'S Kevin Boucher about what it was like during the Tet Offensive, in late January of 1968.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) about a special Senate Human Service hearing in Carbondale.

Wild Birds Unlimited

With Autumn here, we can start seeing birds from the the northern portions of the United States and Canada.  In this feature WSIU talks with local birding expert Vicki Lang-Mendenhall about which feathered friends from the north we can expect to see as the weather in southern Illinois gets cold.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with Margeurite Mariama about her visit to SIU Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIUC Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

Jennifer Fuller, WSIU

Carbondale Community Arts opens its new headquarters this weekend in Carbondale. The building, at 304 West Walnut, used to house Carbondale's public library. Now, it's an open space with plenty of natural light, and for leaders in the organization now - the opportunities are nearly endless.

Many Illinois nurses are nearing retirement. Baby Boomers in the state are also aging and may need more care. Will there be enough nurses to meet the demand?

Kevin Boucher/WSIU

In 1991, the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area was officially designated as a research site, the nation's 250th such area.  Join IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard as he takes us on an informative hike on Snake Road.

Dayemi Community Center
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

  It’s estimated that just over 3 percent of students in the US are homeschooled according to National Centers for Educational Statistics.

That’s about 1.77 million kids that parents want in a alternative school environment.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

WSIU Radio continues its series on education with a look at how teachers are trained locally to step into classrooms and become effective instructors in today's changing society. Brad Palmer reports.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's Africana Studies Department about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and their impact on schools all over the country.

Dr. Mark Wagner

Flatboats were homemade rectangular boats put together in the 1800s by pioneers looking to ship their products to markets on both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  Tens of thousands of these boxy boats were made, but not a single one has ever been found.  Until September of 2000 when a local resident John Schwegman discovered one such flatboat on an exposed shoreline of the Ohio river in Pulaski County.