WSIU On Topic

WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller talks with Associate Professor Kenneth Mulligan of the SIU Political Science Department about the #MeToo movement and student walk outs over gun violence. 'On Topic' is a weekly three-minute news and public affairs feature airing on WSIU Public Television. The program is produced by WSIU in partnership with The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Coach Todd Graham about recent developments concerning the Trump administration’s pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Illinois Lawmakers host Jak Tichenor talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the Trump administration's recent decision to add a question about US Citizenship to the census questionnaire.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller and Illinois Lawmakers host, Jak Tichenor, discuss how the Illinois Primary races could impact the general election in November.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with professor and SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about Illinois primary election results.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Coach Todd Graham about the upcoming March Primary in Illinois and the messaging strategies campaigns are using to target voters.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Linda Baker of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute about recent polling, which shows voters are dissatisfied with state and national leadership, but support their local representatives and senators.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director John Shaw about polling, and its effects on politics.

With less than a month before voters head to the polls to choose party nominees, On Topic Host Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the Primary Election races for Governor of Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Illinois Lawmakers Host Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's FY 2019 budget proposal.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Coach Todd Graham about recent sexual harassment scandals that continue to grab headlines across the nation.

In this week's On Topic, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the just-finished Illinois Veto Session. Many of Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes were overridden, though he did have some success. Lawmakers also were forced to grapple with accusations of sexual harassment and legislative inaction.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller discusses the 2017 Illinois Fall Veto Session with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor. While the two-week session is normally procedural, this year's meetings are producing bombshell accusations along with override votes that pit lawmakers against their party leaders.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about the effect of money in today's political campaigns. The 2018 race for Illinois Governor is expected to be one of the most expensive in history, and Grant takes a look at what that means for candidates and for voters.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham about the change in America's tone. From cable networks to talk radio, Americans are hearing and speaking about politics differently. Graham examines how that affects both the governed and the governing.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Professor Linda Baker for this week's episode of On Topic. More than two dozen state lawmakers have announced they're retiring, or are not running for reelection in 2018. Baker analyzes what that means for the legislature.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor about Gov. Bruce Rauner's announcement he'll sign HB40, which provides public funding for abortions in Illinois.