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 Fr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's African Studies department about the Indie Lens Popup screening of, "I Am Not Your Negro."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno about his campus reorganization proposal - which has been updated to address suggestions and criticisms from campus and community groups.

The Phonics of Cairo concert is a joint effort between the Carbondale Park District and the SIU-C Student Center to bring the community and the university together.  WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Carbondale Park District executive director Kathy Renfro about the show that will benefit the park district.

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Construction of the Missouri National Veterans Memorial continues on a site just north of Perryville. WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Mike and Vicky Lundy about the current and future plans for the project.

WSIU InFocus: SIU Guitar Festival

Nov 8, 2017

The SIU Guitar Festival takes place on Friday November 10th, 2017 and Saturday November 11th, 2017.  In addition to a variety of concerts with international guitar experts, there will be several workshops.  Some of the music will be based on the Jazz style, and on this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with Dr. Isaac Lausell, who leads the guitar program at the SIU-Carbondale School of Music.


WSIU's Jordan Maddox explores the "Full Slate" decision, which may allow more candidates onto the Illinois ballot in 2018.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein's downfall due to sexual assault and harassment claims from numerous women - it's glaringly apparent that the issue is not limited to a certain industry or segment of society. Statehouses across the nation have joined in the #MeToo movement. Some are saying state legislatures harbor environments where such activity is commonplace.

Illinois' public colleges and universities have weathered the two year budget impasse and are once again expecting routine state aid payments. As the schools look ahead, they're working to secure their financial footing and publicly rebound from the ordeal.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Aviation Technology Associate Professor Karen Johnson about the upcoming College of Applied Science and Arts Research Symposium.

State lawmakers have returned to their districts after the first week of the annual Fall Veto Session. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sat down with Murphysboro Republican Representative Terri Bryant to talk about some of last week’s votes, and look ahead to next week.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the proposed SIUC Campus Reorganization Plan, and his "Great Schools/SI" initiative.

Watch the tenth Illinois Issues forum on the state budget and Illinois' financial future in Carbondale, Illinois. The forum is hosted by NPR Illinois and WSIU Radio with support provided by AARP. 

Blacksmith Forging Steel
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The Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society will have their 19th annual fine craft auction on October 28th.

The yearly fundraiser is used to support the blacksmithing and metalsmithing classes at SIU.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Physicist Eric Chitambar about his Science Cafe - focusing on the qubit.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Michelle McLernon of the Jackson County Health Department and Caleb Nehring of the American Cancer Society about a new initiative to offer colon cancer screenings along with flu shots this year.

Autumn Colors: Why Aren't They Vivid?

Oct 24, 2017
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On this edition of WSIU INFOCUS, Kevin Boucher talks with University of Illinois Extension Forester Chris Evans about the reasons why the Autumn colors this year are not as brilliant as last year.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Faculty Senate President Kathie Chwalisz about Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's planned campus reorganization and other issues.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Jazz Studies Director Dick Kelley about the influence of John Coltrane, ahead of the screening of "Chasing Trane."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Beth Alongi and Sydne Rensing about the SIU Student Center's "Start Seeing Pink" campaign.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Chandra Gilliam of SIUC's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and Audiology Instructor Atheana Meadows about hearing protection, and events going on to screen and protect students' hearing.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Faculty Association President David Johnson about the union's reaction to Chancellor Carlo Montemagno's campus reorganization proposal:

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks wtih Maestro Ed Benyas about the new season for the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra:

If you were at a fair or festival this year, there’s one thing that’s usually present: corn dogs.

Shorter days and colder nights signal the beginning of Fall.

The county fairs are over, but there are still a few fall festivals out there.

WSIU InFocus: The Science Behind Autumn's Colors

Oct 11, 2017

Autumn is here, and as the leaves start to change, many Southern Illinois towns celebrate with seasonal Festivals - including the Union County Colorfest (Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th).

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, Kevin Boucher visits with an expert on trees who tells us the fascinating biology, and the reasons behind, leaf change.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Carlo Montemagno about his recently released university reorganization plan.

WSIU InFocus: How Safe Are You When You Are Online?

Oct 9, 2017

This past Summer  the credit reporting company Equifax announced that over 145 million people had their personal data exposed after a massive security breach hit the company.  And many people are worrying more about how safe they are when they are online…and since October is national Cyber Security Awareness month, we thought now would be a very appropriate time to visit with a local I-T Security Expert, on this edition of WSIU INFOCUS.

Replicas of Christopher Columbus' Ships
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus set sail in three ships looking for a faster route to Asia.

He ended up discovering the Bahamas and a new world.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU's Joey Helleny, who is chairing the committee seeking nominations for the university's Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Award.

A majority of the Democratic candidates running for Illinois governor took the stage during a forum Tuesday at Northern Illinois University. The five Democrats had a common target for much of the evening: incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.