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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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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

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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.

Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell says the university will likely see a dip in on-campus enrollment this fall - and he blames the state budget impasse along with negative perceptions for the decline.

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

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Amy Terpstra, Director of Research for the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance, about the definition of poverty.

WSIU InFocus: Tabletop Gaming Day

Apr 30, 2016

April 30th marks the 4th annual international Tabletop Day. The event, started in 2013 by game-oriented YouTube channel Geek and Sundry, is an opportunity for tabletop gaming enthusiasts to gather and celebrate the growing hobby.

Preparing For The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta

Apr 27, 2016
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An annual tradition returns to Carbondale for the 43rd year.

The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta takes place on April 30th.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about passage of SB2059, which gives Illinois colleges and universities some funding for FY2016, as well as allegations of racism on the SIU Carbondale campus.

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

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Carbondale city leaders hope to hear from their constituents at a special town hall meeting on Thursday.  The meeting's focus is on safety.   The town hall comes in response to a series of incidents in Carbondale, including shootings, that have left many residents feeling uneasy about safety within the community.   WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with Mayor Mike Henry and Interim City Manager Gary Williams about the meeting that will take place Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Carbondale Civic Center.

The annual celebration of R. Buckminster Fuller is set for Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fordham University School of Law Professor Nicholas Johnson, author of "Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Jim Garvey about the upcoming DaVinci Days...

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

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell about upcoming budget proposals, along with belt tightening that's still going on in higher education.

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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.

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

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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.

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