March 07, 2013

Yvette Johnson-Walker on Animal-Born Viruses

Since the movie Contagion, I've been terrified about the idea of viruses jumping from animals to people. As Yvette Johnson-Walker tells us, it's already happening. She talks about two diseases that have become common in household pets in Illinois - tularemia and Rocky Moutain spotted fever. Dr. Johnson-Walker is speaking on a panel about global health tonight at the U of I veteranary school.

March 05, 2013

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax on the Sequester

With sequester cuts and furloughs beginning to roll out this week, some are wondering if Illinois is being hit harder than other states. There's the $33.4 million cut to education spending, the $6.4 million hit to clean water initiatives, the 14,000 furloughed defense jobs, and the list goes on. Marilyn Geewax, a senior business at NPR in Washington, joins us to discuss the cuts, and the next big financial crisis on Capital Hill - the dreaded continuing resolution.

Without a budget deal, $85 billion in automatic budget cuts will begin to take effect.
March 03, 2013

“The Sequester Will Affect People you Know”

Earlier this week, we looked at the political situation around the sequester. Now, the economic impact. While some legislators say the automatic budget cuts won't be as bad as the President is suggesting, economist Elizabeth Powers warns they might be worse than expected. She joined us to discuss how the sequester will impact Illinois.

Illinois gun advocates cheered last year when the Supreme Court ruled that the state could not ban concealed weapons.
February 21, 2013

The Future of Conceal and Carry

As of right now, Illinois is the only state in America without a law regulating concealed firearms. Last year, the state tried to ban so-called 'conceal and carry,' but the Supreme Court judged the law unconstitutional, and ruled that Illinois had to pass a law, any law, on concealed firearms within 180 days. With the three months almost up, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking for more time. Law professor Brannon Denning - once of Southern Illinois University, now at the law school at Samford University in Alabama - explains why a law is necessary. Without one, concealed weapons in Illinois will be totally legal.

E.E. Cummings, one of the poets featured on the Poetry Foundation's list of notable odes to love.
February 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day with the Poetry Foundation

There is such a wealth of art about love - romantic, unrequited, familial, heartbroken - that it would seem almost impossible to catalogue it all. The Poetry Foundation in Chicago is making an effort - they've created a list of almost 100 notable love poems for Valentine's Day. Catherine Halley, the editor of the Poetry Foundation online joins us to go over some of her favorites.

The Confucius Institute may be coming to the University of Illinois
February 08, 2013

The University of Illinois Teams up with China

The University of Illinois is proposing a joint venture with the Chinese Department of Education to set up a Confucius Institute, for the study of Chinese language and culture. There are institutes like this at colleges all over the Midwest, but they are also controversial. Some people are uncomfortable with working so closely with the Chinese government, while more conspiracy minded people believe the institutes are a covert form of spying. Wolfgang Schlör from the university joins us to discuss the proposal.

Pat Quinn delivering last night's State of the State address.
February 07, 2013

The State of the State of the State

On Wednesday, governor Pat Quinn gave his annual State of the State address. Critics say that what it lacked in specifics, it made up for in platitudes. Columnist Tom Kacich of the Champaign News-Gazette walks us through what to expect during the next legislative term.

The logo for ILove, a group advocating for marriage equality in Illinois.
February 05, 2013

Is Gay Marriage Coming to Illinois?

Earlier this year, state senator Heather Steans introduced a bill during the lame duck congressional session that would legalize gay marriage. She didn't have the votes, and then the term expired. Now, with the Democrats firmly in control of the state house and senate, she's putting the bill up for another vote. But its passage is not a sure thing. Steans joined us to discuss her bill, and working with Republicans.

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