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August 23, 2012

Encore: Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Guest: Mark W. Moffett, Ph.D.

Of all the creatures to exhibit strikingly human behaviors, the ant is perhaps the most unexpected. But ants are merchants, construction workers, and farmers that deal with everything from recycling and hygiene to warfare. Today on Focus, entomologist Mark Moffett shares stories from a global journey to learn more about the various species.

August 21, 2012

Encore: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Guest: Rebecca Skloot.

She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—would become one of the most important tools of modern medicine, used to develop the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, and more. Today on Focus, Rebecca Skloot joins the show to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks, the medical revolution that she unknowingly launched, and the ethics one must consider when it comes to our bodies and medicine.

August 21, 2012

Joseph William Royer Urbana’s Architect

Brian Adams, Ph.D., Archeologist, the Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

We’ll review the life of an architect who made a great contribution to the built environment of Urbana. You may not know his name, but you should know his buildings: the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana High School and the Urbana library. His name was Joseph William Royer, and he was active from 1897 to the early 1950s. Our guest will be Brian Adams…, he author of a book on Royer and his work.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, June 29, 2012, 10 am

August 20, 2012

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the world’s Most Polluted Places

Andrew Blackwell, Journalist

Host: David Inge

What’s your idea of the ideal travel destination? A pristine beach? A city with a cultural site on every corner? Writer Andrew Blackwell decided he would travel to the places nobody wants to visit, places where the air, soil and water were toxic. In the process, he takes eco-tourism into an entirely new place. Blackwell takes us on a tour of some of the world’s most polluted places. That’s the subject of his new book "Visit Sunny Chernobyl."

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10 am

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