WSIU InFocus

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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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High school students through the decades have sweated over the college admissions tests, the ACT and the SAT.  Now, more and more schools are not requiring applicants to take the standardized tests.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with incoming SIU President Dan Mahony. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the SIU Board of Trustees' 2019 Diversity Lecturer, Charles Neblett.

Pregnancy On The Farm Comes With Its Own Set Of Risks

Dec 4, 2019

In the fall, livestock veterinarian Dr. Bailey Lammers is often busy with vaccinating calves and helping wean them from their mothers.

A herd of auburn cattle greeted her at the barn gate during one of her house calls in northeastern Nebraska, peering from behind the dirt-caked bars. Lammers and her technician Sadie Kalin pulled equipment from tackleboxes in the back of Lammers’ truck.  

Carbondale / Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and Public Information Officer Roni LaForge about new developments in Amtrak's on-time record, the city's new warming center, and upcoming events.

Blessings in Johnson County

Dec 2, 2019
Amelia Blakely

This story was aired on November 29, 2019. 

More than 10% of Johnson County's 12, 899 residents are food insecure, according to Map the Meal Gap 2019 study by Feeding America, a national non-profit organization made of networks of food banks. 

Local residents saw the growing need and are independently organizing to make sure their most vulnerable neighbors are being fed.  

Brenda Kreuter of Vienna, Illinois is the organizer of the two Blessing Boxes in the city which is open to anyone who needs extra food but don't have money to buy it. 

Holiday Shopping With a Local Emphasis

Dec 2, 2019

The annual Southern Illinois Alternative Gift Fair is planned for Saturday December 7th, 2019.

Plimoth Plantation

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it's worth reflecting on the very first Thanksgiving.  Next year marks the the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.  For this edition of InFocus, WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with Kate Sheehan of the Plimoth Plantation about the folklore of America's First Thanksgiving.

Missouri has already approved more than 17,000 patients for its yet-to-be-launched medical marijuana program — a stark contrast to neighboring Illinois, which had fewer than 3,000 patients in the first 10 months. 

Licenses for Missouri’s dispensaries are expected to be awarded by January, and cannabis should be available for medical card holders by spring. 

At their core, Missouri and Illinois programs do the same thing: They allow doctors to certify patients to use cannabis if they have a qualifying condition. But there are significant differences in the details of each law, including who has access, how they’re getting access and how the programs can be changed in the future.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Geography Professor Jonathan Remo about his upcoming Science Cafe through the Science Center of Southern Illinois:

State disinvestment in higher education has put a college degree out of reach for many Illinois students. That’s a key finding from a new series of reports from the Partnership for College Completion.

The “Priced Out” reports focus on the three groups most impacted by funding lapses: Black, Latinx and students who live in rural communities.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Professors Mickey Latour and Jay Needham, chairs of the Faculty Senate Governance Committee, about their work on a campus survey and a town hall meeting to discuss future options.

The opioid crisis has been receiving a lot of coverage in the national media.  In this feature, we hear the work being done in Hardin county in combating the opioid epidemic.  One key is a new initiative that seeks to spread awareness of the epidemic.


WSIU's Brad Palmer recently attended a Re-entry Summit at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center to learn more about how the process works to try to reduce inmate recidivism.

Sending a child to overnight camp can be nerve-wracking for any parent. It’s even scarier if they have a child with a chronic illness. But a camp in Illinois offers a safe option for kids who have Type 1 diabetes.


After the 2019 State of the University Address, Interim SIUC Chancellor John Dunn talks about goals, challenges, and expectations for the future.

Missouri's National Veterans Memorial

The nearly 50-acre Missouri's National Veterans Memorial in Perryville, MO was the brainchild of local Vietnam vet Jim Eddleman. WSIU's Brad Palmer talked with Eddleman during the site's grand opening earlier this year.

Campus Group To Hold Veterans Day Vigil

Nov 6, 2019

After a weekend that saw two fatal shootings, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams talk with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about the city's image, as well as how to address violent crime.

Southern Illinois Metropolitan Organization.

Eventually, bicyclists will be able to ride on a specially-built  bike path running from Marion To Carbondale.

Brian Flath, WSIU

A performance in Marion this weekend aims to both entertain the audience, and enhance the venue.

Where Have All The Geese Gone?

Oct 31, 2019
WSIU Kevin Boucher

On this edition of WSIU InFocus, Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz explores the changes in our environment, and how the changing climate is changing some seasonal rituals.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Geology Professor Liliana Lefticariu about her upcoming Science Cafe at the Science Center of Southern Illinois, focusing on the Apollo Space Program, and the future of space exploration.

Washington University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Professor Denise Ward Brown of Washington University. She visited campuses across the SIU System as a part of the 2019 SIU Diversity Series, and talked about her film, "Never Been A Time."

The Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day is planned for Saturday October 26th, 2019 at the Kincaid Mounds Site, near Brookport, in Massac County.

SIU Alumni Association

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Alumni Association Executive Director Kathy Dillard about the opening of the new SIU Alumni Center, in Woody Hall on the SIUC Campus.


Scientists are conducting more and more studies on how nature affects the brain and how it can improve some health issues. WSIU's Brad Palmer has this report.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Jane Adams and Lee Fronabarger of Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks about their fundraising project for new facilities in the community.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Student Trustee Brione Lockett about his Campus Conversations series.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Live 2 Lead Facilitator Russ Williams about the 2019 event in Marion: