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.

The annual celebration of R. Buckminster Fuller is set for Carbondale.

Fordham University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Fordham University School of Law Professor Nicholas Johnson, author of "Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Carbondale Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Jim Garvey about the upcoming DaVinci Days...


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell about upcoming budget proposals, along with belt tightening that's still going on in higher education.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about next year's budget proposal from Gov. Bruce Rauner, and other issues facing the university.

Shawnee National Forest Quarter Launch Ceremony

Feb 4, 2016
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On Thursday February 4th, 2016 the new Garden of the Gods quarter was unveiled at a ceremony at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg.  Officials with the United States Mint, the United States Forest Service and the Shawnee Nation participated in the launch. This is a full recording of the ceremony.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

Jackson County Illinois was formed from parts of Randolph and Johnson Counties and became the ninth county in the state on January 10th, 1816.  To commemorate the event, the Murphysboro Tourism Commission, the Jackson County Government, the Illinois State Historical Society and descendants of one of the founders, Conrad Will, will unveil two historical event markers on Saturday January 23rd, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysoro.

In this interview, Mike Jones, with the Murphysboro Tourism Commission and the Director  of the General John A. Logan Museum talk about the beginning of the county and one of its founders.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim Carbondale City Manager about the upcoming town hall meeting focusing on unifying the community through events and initiatives.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell as the Spring 2016 Semester gets underway.

WSIU InFocus: The Winter Woods with Chris Evans.

Jan 7, 2016
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University of Illinois Extension Forester Chris Evans talks about what unique sights can be seen in the January woods.  Chris works out of the Dixon Springs Ag. Center.  To learn more visit:

Courtesy of NASA

On September 28th, 2015 NASA officially announced that the planet Mars has liquid water at certain times of the year.  WSIU spoke with Dr. Justin Filiberto about the ramifications of the findings.  Dr. Filiberto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at SIU-C. 

To learn more about Dr. Filiberto's research about Mars, visit:


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Interim SIUC Chancellor Brad Colwell.

American Fluorite Museum

In the 1800s the young Territory of Illinois received an economic boom from the mining of salt and fluorspar.  In this edition of WSIU INfocus, Carrier Mills History Teacher Mark Motsinger talks about how these two resources contributed  to the growth of Illinois.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Human Relations Commission Chair Jerrold Henrich and Vice Chair Fr. Joseph Brown.

United Nations

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with United Nations Special Reporter Hilal Elver about her work on food security and climate change.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Middle East Scholar Richard Falk.

Photo Provided by Dean and Janet Golliher

Dean Golliher, formerly of Murphysboro and now living in Anna Illinois, served in the U-S Army and was stationed  in Vietnam from September of 1967 to September 1968.  As a Specialist Four attached to the 507th Transportation Brigade,  his job was to document and coordinate cargo flights into Tan Son Nhut Airbase, the huge air base near Saigon in far southern Vietnam.  

In his living room in Anna, Illinois, along with his wife Janet, Dean talks to WSIU'S Kevin Boucher about what it was like during the Tet Offensive, in late January of 1968.

Wild Birds Unlimited

With Autumn here, we can start seeing birds from the the northern portions of the United States and Canada.  In this feature WSIU talks with local birding expert Vicki Lang-Mendenhall about which feathered friends from the north we can expect to see as the weather in southern Illinois gets cold.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with Margeurite Mariama about her visit to SIU Carbondale.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller interviews SIUC Interim Chancellor Brad Colwell.

WSIU InFocus: Fall Wildflowers with Abel Kinser

Oct 27, 2015
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Autumn  is known for vivid colors of the leaves, but, other beautiful fall plants are putting on a show, if you'll look down occasionally.  In this feature Abel Kinser, a Biology Instructor at John A. Logan College
 tells us what wildflowers are still blooming in southern Illinois.

Randy Dunn

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller speaks with SIU President Randy Dunn.

Many Illinois nurses are nearing retirement. Baby Boomers in the state are also aging and may need more care. Will there be enough nurses to meet the demand?

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In 1991, the LaRue-Pine Hills/Otter Pond Research Natural Area was officially designated as a research site, the nation's 250th such area.  Join IDNR Herpetologist Scott Ballard as he takes us on an informative hike on Snake Road.

WSIU Radio continues its series on education with a look at how teachers are trained locally to step into classrooms and become effective instructors in today's changing society. Brad Palmer reports.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dr. Joseph Brown of SIUC's Africana Studies Department about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and their impact on schools all over the country.

Dr. Mark Wagner

Flatboats were homemade rectangular boats put together in the 1800s by pioneers looking to ship their products to markets on both the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.  Tens of thousands of these boxy boats were made, but not a single one has ever been found.  Until September of 2000 when a local resident John Schwegman discovered one such flatboat on an exposed shoreline of the Ohio river in Pulaski County. 

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Jan Thompson/National Archives

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Professor Jan Thompson talks with WSIU's Jennifer Fuller about her documentary, "Never The Same: The Prisoner-of-War Experience."

A Hike at Ferne Clyffe State Park

Sep 3, 2015
Kevin Boucher

Ferne Clyffe State Park is a 2,430 acre park in Johnson County, just off of Illinois Route 37 12 miles south of Marion.  Join Site Superintendent Joe Nelson as he leads us on a trail ending at the park's famous waterfall.