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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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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Every year online shopping becomes more popular.

A lot of stores are also offering the ability for customers to buy online and pick up in the store.

Now local farmers are trying it out.

Illinois lawmakers are nearing the end of their spring 2017 session, as the state nears two years without a full budget in place. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with SIU President Randy Dunn to talk about what's next for the university:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the week in Illinois politics with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor, the Interim Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Higher education has been among the areas feeling the state budget impasse as funding has been cut.  It has forced some schools to reduce classes, lay off employees and, in some cases, close for several days. 

But a review of enrollment indicates small and mid-sized public universities are taking a double hit.   

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses potential budget cuts and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Mathematics Associate Professor Wesley Calvert about the 2017 Langenhop Lecture and Mathematics Conference.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about this week's episode of Illinois Lawmakers and what's happening in the Illinois General Assembly.

SIU Carbondale will get a little financial breathing room, thanks to a short-term loan from its sister campus in Edwardsville.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with local musician Jenny Johnson about her new album, "Ballads of Makanda: A Modern Folklore."

Researchers are trying to gain greater insights into why people experience different health outcomes.  A healthcare expert from Illinois believes those differences could be reduced through community coalitions.

The Illinois High School Association made some changes this season in high school baseball involving pitch limits. WSIU Radio's Patrick Codo looks at how two local teams are dealing with the new rules.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews the 2017 Carbondale BrewFest with SIU Fermentation Science Institute Director Matt McCarroll and Carbondale Main Street Assistant Director Rebecca Dull.

It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Bob Baer, NASA Astronomer Lou Mayo, and NASA Edge Producer Blair Allen about preparations for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

It's hard to find an issue that unites Illinois lawmakers, yet members of both political parties and Governor Bruce Rauner have consistently agreed the state needs to change the way it funds schools. Now, with the filing of two separate legislative plans, that once-unison chorus sounds out of tune. State Senator Jason Barickman is the author of one of those plans. Our education desk reporter Dusty Rhodes quizzed him on how he intends to fix the flaws in the state's current funding formula.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).

You can watch the entire special WSIU InFocus from WSIU TV here.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Cinnamon Wheeles-Smith about the upcoming Science Cafe, focusing on the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley explores just what it means to be "under review" by Moody's Investors.

SIU President Randy Dunn talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about recent credit downgrades and warnings, and how the university can rebound from difficult financial issues.

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.

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