WILL - Focus - May 31, 2013

Summer Meteorology

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with former WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser about summer storms and tornado preparedness. We welcome your calls and questions!


(Duration: 51:32)

a tornado in Roanoke, Illinois, 2004

One of the deadliest tornadoes to come through the Midwest in years has left a trail of destruction and death in Moore, Oklahoma. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with former WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser about tornadoes, when they form, how they form and when they become dangerous. We’ll also talk with him about the strange weather patterns we’ve been having in the Midwest – from drought to damaging floods and summer weather preparedness.

Categories: Community

WILL - Focus - May 30, 2013

The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

The fifth edition of the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders, which is used to diagnose mental illness, has been the subject of much debate. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg about the DSM-5 and why it’s so much more controversial than the DSM-4.


(Duration: 51:28)

book cover

The usefulness of the fifth version of the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders, which has traditionally played a large role in the diagnosis of mental disease, has been a huge point of controversy within the psychological science community lately.  The National Institute for Mental Health, the largest funder for mental health research in the US, has officially withdrawn its support for the new version. The NIMH says  there is no objective laboratory measure for diagnosis in the new manual and that it “lacks validity.” This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg about the controversy over the new manual and why it’s an issue that so many mental health professionals have questions about the manual’s validity.

Categories: Health, Mental Health

WILL - Focus - May 29, 2013

The Me Me Me Generation?

Are you a twentysomething? Are you the parent or grandparent of a twentysomething? We talked about the prejudice against the young today on Focus. 


(Duration: 51:43)

Young people

“Digital Natives,” “Millenials” or twentysomethings are always a focus of discourse in late spring when new classes of graduates flood the labor market. This spring there has been a critical twist to some of the discussion referring to young Americans as “the Dumbest Generation,” branding young people as narcissistic, unprofessional and unemployable. Who are Millenials really? Are they so different from any other generation? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what makes a “Millenial” a “Millenial,” how generations view each other and if the criticism of “Digital Natives” should be so different from Generation X, Generation Y, the BabyBoomers or the Greatest Generation.

Where were you when you were 25? Someone who is 25 today is likely in a very different place in their life than many who were that age even a decade ago. Does that make young people lazy, entitled and unmotivated, or should we chalk the differences up to societal change and progress?

We’ll talk it over this hour on Focus with Meg Jay, author of the book “The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter - And How to Make the Most of Them Now” and Jeffrey Arnett who has spent his career studying young people.  He’s most recently the co-author of “When Will My Grown Up Kid Grow Up?””


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WILL - Focus - May 28, 2013

Uncle Joe Cannon

Many consider Joseph Gurney Cannon one of the most dominant speakers of the House of Representatives in U.S. history. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the life and legacy of Uncle Joe Cannon.


(Duration: 51:42)

A painted mural of "Uncle Joe" Cannon on the side of a building in downtown Danville at the corner of Harrison and Vermilion streets depicts the Time Magazine cover he was featured on.

Uncle Joe Cannon served in the U.S. House of Representatives as speaker from 1903 to 1911 and is considered the second longest serving Republican speaker in history. He was featured on the first cover of Time Magazine and is remembered as one of the more colorful members of Congress.

This hour on Focus, we’ll remember Joe, his Illinois roots, and some of his more notorious moments as speaker in Washington D.C. Host Jim Meadows talks with Matt Wasniewski, a historian for the House of Representatives and Timothy Smith, an amateur historian and long-time Danville resident who is working on a biography about Joe.

Categories: Biography, Government, History

WILL - Focus - May 27, 2013

Women in Combat and the Transition to Civilian Life after the Military

This hour on Focus, we listen back to a conversation we had with Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs Director Erica Borggren and a local veteran about the transition back to civilian life after serving in the armed forces. 

Elizabeth Ambros is pictured above at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina after she returned home from Iraq in 2009.

Even though the ban on women serving in combat was only officially lifted earlier this year, women were already serving on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to a conversation Craig Cohen had with Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Erica Borggren about the ban being lifted and about her experiences serving in Iraq.

Then, during the second half of the hour, we'll listen back to a conversation with Elizabeth Ambros, a 26 year old veteran Navy corpsman. She’ll tell us about what it was like to serve as a young woman overseas and about the challenges she’s faced as a veteran transitioning to civilian life. Nicholas Osborne, Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of Veteran Student Affairs at the UIUC and a veteran member of the US Coast Guard also joins us.

Categories: Military

WILL - Focus - May 26, 2013

Coming up Next Week on Focus

Uncle Joe Cannon, The DSM-V and Ed Kieser

a tornado strikes Roanoke, Illinois in 2004

Next week on Focus, we’ll remember Uncle Joe Cannon, one of the most influential Speaker’s of the House of Representatives and will investigate the so-called problems with the new Diagnostics and Statistics Manual which is used to diagnose mental disease. We’ll also talk about “Millenial” generation, will check in with former WILL Meteorologist Ed Kieser and more!


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WILL - Focus - May 24, 2013

Pet Care and Dog Bite Prevention

Have you ever been bitten by a dog or another animal? This hour on Focus, we talk about preventing aggressive pet behavior. 


(Duration: 51:18)

a man getting bit by a dog

Each year in the US, more than 4 million people are bitten by a dog, and one in five of those people require medical attention. This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and this hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Sally Foote, a small animal vet from Tuscola who specializes in dog and cat behavior about aggressive pets and how to prevent children from getting bit on accident. We’ll also talk about ticks and fleas as the heat of summer is almost here. We welcome your questions no matter what breed you love and care for! 

Read more and find a video about dogs, why they bite and how to avoid getting bit. 

Categories: Animals, Community

WILL - Focus - May 23, 2013

Ryan Chalmers: Push Across America

Ryan Chalmers is attempting to push himself across the country from Los Angeles to New York in 71 days…in a wheelchair. This hour on Focus, we talk with Chalmers about why he’s doing it and how it’s going.


(Duration: 50:42)

Ryan and his team pushing into Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself more than 2,000 miles in the last few weeks, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. He’s trying to cross the US in his racing wheelchair in 71 days, a distance of nearly 3,000 miles. He arrived in Champaign around 3:00 on Wednesday, and this hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Ryan about his trek and what inspired him to do it. We'll also talk with Ryan about his career as a wheelchair athlete - at the UIUC, in marathons around the country and the 2012 Paralympic games in London.

Read more to see a video about why Ryan's pushing himself across the country.

WILL - Focus - May 22, 2013

Digital Privacy and the Workplace

Illinois law currently bans employers from asking employees and prospective employees for their social media passwords, but there is a bill in the Illinois House that would change that. This hour on Focus, we'll talk about the bill and larger issues it raises when it comes to digital privacy. 


(Duration: 51:28)

House Bill 1047, currently under consideration in the Illinois House of Representatives, would make it legal for employers to ask employees for their personal social media passwords. Under legislation that took effect July 1, 2012, it’s currently against the law to do so. According to some, it’s a severe violation of privacy for employers to be able to ask for social media account information, but State Representative Jim Durkin defends the bill saying that employers need to have agency to protect themselves against threats and theft. He also says that as the bill is written, employers can’t take action against employees who refuse to share their information.

This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the intersection of digital privacy and the workplace. Statehouse Reporter Amanda Vinicky will give us an update about the status of the legislation and then Law Professor Lori Andrews joins us. She’s written a social media constitution and is author of the book “I Know Who You Are, I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.” Representative Durkin, who is from Western Springs, also joins the conversation.

Would you be concerned if your employer could legally ask for your social media passwords? Are you a manager and think you should be able to ask? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!

Categories: Privacy, Technology

WILL - Focus - May 21, 2013

Bone Marrow Transplants

Brendan Harley was first diagnosed with cancer when he was in high school. At the age of 17 he underwent a bone marrow transplant to save his life. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Harley about how the experience and how it propelled him to pursue a career in cancer research.


(Duration: 51:21)

Brendan Harley

Last year in Illinois, nearly 200 cancer patient’s lives were saved after having bone marrow transplants, but there are still more than 300 people waiting for a match and need a transplant from someone who isn’t in their family. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about bone marrow transplants and the need for donors. Shelley Baker, who is with the Be the Match National Marrow Donor Registry will be here. We’ll also talk with Brendan Harley, an Urbana resident who has twice defeated cancer, once thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Host Jim Meadows will also talk with Harley about how the experience and how it propelled him to pursue a career in cancer research.

Categories: Health

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