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InFocus returns this fall with a new series of episodes focused on health, politics and policy, education, and the arts. Join our award-winning team of reporters as we explore the major issues effecting the region and beyond, and meet the people and organizations hoping to make an impact. 

Taking a digital first approach, segments from each episode will be released online at, YouTube, and via the PBS Video App at least five days before the television broadcast.

The series is produced in partnership with Julie Staley of the Staley Family Foundation and sponsored locally by SIU University Communications, Hudgins Orthodontics, Forbes Financial Group, SIU Credit Union, Alto Vineyards and Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation.

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WSIU Staff

WSIU’s team of reporters talk to leaders in healthcare, education, policy, and the arts about how the virus affected their operations over the past year.

WSIU Staff

Social Justice movements like Black Lives Matter have changed the way Americans think over the last several months. February is Black History Month, and we'll bring you opportunities to learn more about history and culture, as well as ways to get more involved in equity and diversity initiatives.

InFocus 105: Renewal

Feb 25, 2021

January is traditionally a time of renewal and new starts. How does that apply to a global health crisis? We'll take a closer look at how new vaccines and treatments are changing the way healthcare professionals are caring for patients and working to keep others healthy. The New Year may also bring new rules that affect how we live and work. We'll explore what some of those options look like, and what you need to know as you make your own resolutions and plans.

We're celebrating the season a little differently this year. Stephine Whiteside talks with residents to learn how they’re creating new traditions to celebrate the holidays remotely this year. Follow Mark McDonald to Holiday Card Lane where he visits a festive drive-thru lights installation.

InFocus Host Julie Staley

2020 has proven to be altogether different. Journey across the region to learn how local government, charitable organizations, and community groups are responding to the changing needs of their communities. In this episode, InFocus talks with members of the business community to learn what the public can do to support the local economy; follow episode host Julie Staley to the Illinois State Museum to learn about their plans for taking history virtual.

Journey across the region to learn how local government, charitable organizations, and community groups are responding to the changing needs of their communities. InFocus aires Thursday, November 26th at 7 p.m.

InFocus 102: Civic Engagement

Oct 30, 2020

Join us for an exploration into civic engagement. In this episode, we highlight the role of women voters 100 years after the women’s suffrage movement; answer voting-related FAQs and review the history of tax amendments in the Illinois. We’ll also report on local COVID-19 protections to see how local officials plan to keep voters safe during the election season. Hosted by Rosslind Rice.

Like everything else in 2020, this year’s presidential election might be a little different. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your vote counts.

InFocus 101: Covid-19

Sep 27, 2020

When the novel coronavirus arrived in Illinois, it forced dramatic changes to the way we all live and work. In this episode of InFocus, we explore how those changes affected policy, education, healthcare, and the arts. We learn more about organizations that are stepping up to fill the gaps for people who need help.