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.

A day after the historic election of 2016, WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Insititute Analyst John Jackson about what the results mean, and what comes next in the political arena.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director Jak Tichenor about the ramifications of Election 2016 in Illinois.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell about budget projections and graduation rates for this episode of WSIU InFocus.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with retired Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Director David Yepsen about the long-lasting effects of Election 2016.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with "Expanding Your Horizons" Chair Kathleen Pericak-Spector.

Voters in Jackson County will be asked next week whether they support a sales tax increase to help fund public schools.

Our two-part series looks at where Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth are on a few key issues, and why the politics of 2016 mean those policy positions may not have much effect on the outcome.

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The Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management is an SIU Carbondale alumnus, and he says his beginnings in southern Illinois helped shape his career.

WSIU InFocus: SIUC Campus Lake Reclamation

Oct 26, 2016
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SIU's Campus Lake may finally be on the mend after over five years of suffering from toxic algae. WSIU's Erin Frey has the story.

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Title IX is a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives federal funding, including athletics.

Former SIU coach and administrator Charlotte West served as a consultant soon after the law passed. WSIU's Brad Palmer sat down with West as she prepares to deliver a presentation tonight on the Carbondale campus entitled, "The Power of Title IX."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn for his October InFocus segment.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

SIU's debate coach gives Hillary Clinton an A-minus, and Donald Trump an F for their third and final Presidential debate.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Leigh Turner, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics and School of Public Health.

ELECTION 2016- Illinois 115th District Race

Oct 18, 2016

Next month on November 8th people will head to the polls to elect a new President and local officials.

For the residents of the 115th district in southwest Illinois, they must choose between incumbent Republican Terri Bryant and Democrat Marsha Griffin.

Improving The Forest, By Removing Trees

Oct 14, 2016
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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.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

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.

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

Illinois Made Honors Three Local Makers

Sep 29, 2016
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In July of 2016, the Illinois Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism launched the Illinois Made program, a tourism-building initiative designed to create nationwide, and worldwide awareness of the many small, unique southern Illinois businesses that make products uniquely from Illinois materials.

The Director of the Illinois  Office of Tourism's Director Cory Jobe recently visited three southern Illinois businesses to recognize them for their efforts and to present them with a commemorative  Illinois Made plaque which officially recognizes the business as being uniquely Illinoisan.

The three businesses recently honored and inducted into the Illinois Made program are:  Longshadow Gardens in Pomona Illinois,  Apple Knocker Hard Cider in Cobden and Scratch Brewing Company in Ava.  In this feature we visit with Jobe and the Owners of Scratch Brewing Company.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.