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 SIUC Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

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City of Carbondale

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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Fordham University

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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Southern Illinois University

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

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SIU

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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Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

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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Carbondale

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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SIU

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:

http://research.aces.illinois.edu/rec/dixon-springs

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:  http://geology.siu.edu/faculty-staff/faculty/filiberto.php

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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.

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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.

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United Nations

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

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SIUC

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.

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

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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.

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