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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Amelia Blakely

For many people, Governor JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order means that to stay safe during the COVID-19, you stay home. But for individuals experiencing homelessness, where can they go to protect their health and others?

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry after the City Council approved an emergency declaration in response to COVID-19.

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Due to the COVID-19 shelter at home order, all SIU classes are now being taught online.

After social media posts began questioning the number of ICU beds and other space available in southern Illinois, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talked with SIH Emergency and Trauma Services Director Garrett Burton about the organization's readiness.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH CEO Rex Budde about his organization's preparedness and response to the COVID-19 epidemic.


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Team USA

WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with U.S. Olympic Hammer Thrower and former Saluki star Deanna Price about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on her training, the delaying of the 2020 Summer Games and her goals of winning a medal at the games, now set for the summer of 2021.

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SIU School of Medicine

At a special meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees Monday, SIU School of Medicine Dean Jerry Kruse provided an update on the COVID-19 response.

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of life. And people who lack stable housing or food supplies are among the most vulnerable.

Red Cross: Blood Drives, Donations Still Needed

Mar 23, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, blood donations, both nationwide and in southern Illinois, have dropped.

Southern Illinois University

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

Alissa Xiao arrived home from Italy last week. Xiao is a junior at the University of Illinois. Now, she’s spending two weeks quarantined at her parents house in California. Her parents used guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She’s staying in a bedroom in their house alone. 

For many farmers, 2019 was the first year of growing hemp, since it became legal under the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition to the normal challenges of farming, hemp growers have had to deal with a different kind of problem: theft.

 

It is primary election day in Illinois.  The polls are open until 7-pm - despite the many COVID-19  related closures and cancellations throughout the state.  To help us understand the implications of today’s primary election, political scientist, John Jackson, with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute talks with WSIU's Jeff Williams in this edition of InFocus.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIH Public Information Officer Rosslind Rice about the organization's response and preparation for COVID-19:

Carbondale Leaders Prep for Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry, along with City Manager Gary Williams, stopped by the WSIU Studios on Friday, March 13th, 2020.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

All candidates were asked the same questions, and given up to 30 minutes for their interview. In the 55th State Senate race, there are two men running for the Republican nomination, as State Senator Dale Righter is not seeking re-election. State Representative Darren Bailey and Jeff Fleming are vying for the open seat.

1) Tell us about yourself, and why you're running.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the new SIUC Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, Jeff Gleim.

Mike Baltz Commentary: The Legacy of John Muir

Mar 9, 2020
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An original commentary, written and voiced by Ornithologist Dr. Mike Baltz.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

Eight candidates are vying for their party's nomination in Illinois' 15th Congressional District. Republican John Shimkus of Collinsville announced he won't run for re-election in 2020, leaving the 15th wide open.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

All candidates were asked the same questions, and given up to 30 minutes for their interview. In the 117th State House race, there are two men running for the Republican nomination. State Representative Dave Severin is seeking another term , and is challenged by Tim Arview.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois. In this segment, we introduce the candidates in the 116th State House race.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

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SIU / SIU

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Rae Goldsmith about SIU Day of Giving 2020.

How Heart Disease Can Strike Young Mothers

Feb 28, 2020

Most people think of heart disease as something that only happens in old age. That’s not always the case. But younger people may not recognize symptoms of a cardiac emergency because they don’t think it could happen to them.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale NAACP's Pepper Holder and Andrew Weaver of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid about the upcoming Criminal Record Expungement Sealing Clinic (February 29).

Communities across the Midwest have been devastated by the opioid epidemic. But there's still a lot of misunderstanding about how opioids affect our bodies. A new and unusual museum exhibit is tackling this issue. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Professor Gretchen Dabbs of SIU's Anthropology Department about her research into cemeteries in Egypt - the same area where King Tut was from.

Big Muddy Film Festival

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Cinema & Photography Department Chair HD Motyl about the 2020 Big Muddy Film Festival.

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