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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Improving The Forest, By Removing Trees

Oct 14, 2016
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The Illinois Department of Conservation, in cooperation with various conservation partners, is conducting a program designed to increase the number of Oak and Hickory trees in a small section of the Trail of Tears State Forest in western Union County.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Melissa Jackson, a co-coordinator of "A Walk for Freedom," which aims to raise awareness of human trafficking in southern Illinois.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell about the challenges that lie ahead thanks to a stop-gap state funding measure that only covers half the fiscal year's expenses.

When the new legislative session begins in January, someone new will represent the 58th Senate District in Illinois. Each candidate for the office thinks they have what it takes to bring change to Springfield.


The two major party candidates squared off Tuesday in their one and only face-to-face debate. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Saluki Debate Director Todd Graham about his thoughts on how Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence performed.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Women's Club member Fran Becque about the opportunities available through the group.


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with SIU-Carbondale Debate Coach and CNN contributor Todd Graham about how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did in Monday night's first presidential debate.

Randy Dunn

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

Ahead of a special screening, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Associate Professor Grant Miller about education trends, and what the future will look like.


WSIU's Brad Palmer interviews former Saluki and 2016 Team USA Summer Olympian Deanna Price.


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

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Morton-Kenney Lecturer Carol Marin.

When it comes to school funding, Illinois has been ranked as the worst in the country because our system is so inequitable. Basically that means some schools offer a lot of advanced placement courses and have fancy science labs and swimming pools, while other schools can’t afford new math books and have to cut their band programs. The fight over how to fix this has gone on for years.

In July, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced that he was creating a bipartisan commission to change the way Illinois funds public schools. That commission held its third meeting yesterday. But there’s another commission tackling the same topic, and its founder claims her group is getting more work done.

Trueblood Dining Hall
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

It’s almost fall and school is back in session.

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale has a lot of new faces that choose to come here because of specific programs to get their degree.

However some students chose SIU because of the food.

WSIU InFocus: Paul Loeb

Sep 6, 2016

SIU's University Honors Program will host author and social activist Paul Loeb as part of its Robert and Nancy Glassman Lecture Series.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Polo is the world’s oldest organized sport, having originated in China and Persia around two thousand years ago. You may not realize it, but there is a group of people in this region who actively compete in the sport. WSIU’s Brad Palmer reports.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the American Cancer Society's Caleb Nehring, about upcoming training sessions for medical professionals on the topic of the HPV vaccine.

Bruce Rauner
Brian Mackey/IL Public Radio

Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

US Forest Service

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews an upcoming training at the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest.

Shawnee Health Services Outreach Event
Shawnee Health Services / WSIU

As harvest time is in full swing, we take a look at the people performing the hard labor of collecting the produce that ends up in lunch boxes and dinner tables

Farm work is not the easiest job.

Its long hours, extreme weather conditions and physically demanding.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Bryson, the author of "A Cry In The Dark," which chronicles the story of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, and her trial in the death of her infant daughter.

A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to get health professionals focusing on population health, and Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine will help lead the training.

August 22 marks the start of a new semester at Southern Illinois University. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about enrollment expectations, next year's Solar Eclipse, and some water problems on the SIU Edwardsville campus.

The Total Solar Eclipse: 1 Year and Counting.

Aug 19, 2016

On August 21st, 2017 a Total Solar Eclipse will pass over a large portion of the United States with Carbondale experiencing almost three minutes of totality.  As the one year away date approaches, WSIU radio talks with several eclipse experts about this 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Illinois Farm Bureau

The Illinois Humanities Council will host a special program this weekend in Cobden, highlighting the future of agriculture in rural areas like southern Illinois. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller has this preview of “Seeding Change”.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) about his party's nomination for President, as well as other issues.


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

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Student Johnathan Flowers, who is a member of the school's Graduate and Professional Student Council, about his concerns over SIU's new diversity initiative.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jonathon Moore, a member of Carbondale's Black Love Adjoining Communities Collectively - or BLACC - the local Black Lives Matter organization.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about the university's new Diversity Initiative: