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 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?


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Northwestern University Professor and Astronomer Shane Larson, ahead of his Science Cafe at the Science Center of Southern Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the first full state budget appropriation in two years, along with further financial sustainability planning for the Carbondale campus.

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The small town of Perryville, Missouri is in the totality path of the Total Solar Eclipse next month.

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with the woman leading the planning activities about what promises to be a busy weekend starting on August 18.

Makanda Artist Draws The Line.

Jul 21, 2017
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On this edition of Enlightening The Eclipse: Countdown To 2017, WSIU visits with Dave Dardis, the Owner of Rainmaker Art Studio in Makanda.

A little more than a month from now, Carbondale will play host to tens of thousands of visitors during a total solar eclipse. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams about their last-minute preparations.

The Illinois Audubon Society began in 1897 in Chicago as a way to combat bird feathers being used in hats.  Today, it’s the oldest independent conservation organization in the state.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about the override of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget veto.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Sarah Patrick, the new Administrator at the Jackson County Public Health Department, about her background and plans for the agency.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director and Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about votes in the Illinois House on July 2 aimed at breaking the two-year budget impasse.


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An Olympic gold medalist has been helping train southern Illinois kids in the proper techniques of running for around a quarter century. WSIU's Brad Palmer reports on the story of sprinter Willie Smith and his connection to this region.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn, less than a week before the end of the state's fiscal year. In this installment, the budget crisis and the ongoing search for a new SIUC Chancellor.

Fluorspar Memories With Centenarian Francis Brown

Jun 23, 2017

Rosiclare Illinois once was the Fluorspar Capital of the world in the late 1920s and 1930s.  On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, we visit with Rosiclare resident Mrs. Francis Brown, who was born in in 1917 in the Hardin County Town.  Mrs. Brown's father, like many men at the time, worked in the Fluorspar mines and she talks about what life was like when the town was booming.  To learn more about the mineral, you can visit:  https://www.isgs.illinois.edu/outreach/geology-resources/fluorite-illinois-state-mineral

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Greg Guzik, Director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium, Delgado Community College Associate Physics Professor Joanna Rivers, and SIU Eclipse Committee Coordinator Bob Baer about the test launch of a special balloon that will track the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses campus budget cuts, state budget proposals, enrollment and more with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with Associate Professor Dr. Greg Whitledge, who is with the Center For Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Herrin native Brad Calcaterra, founder and creative director of The Studio in New York City. Calcaterra will moderate a discussion after the screening of "Real Boy" at the Carbondale Public Library.

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