WILL - Focus - June 05, 2013

The Legislature Adjourns

Lawmakers were tasked with addressing lots of big issues during this spring's legislative session. This hour on Focus we'll talk about the takeaways - what passed, what didn't and what the means for you.


(Duration: 51:18)

The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.

With 100 billion dollars of unfunded pension liability and millions in unpaid bills, we'll talk this hour about what the legislature accomplished during this session to try and solve the state's budget woes. We'll also talk about other big issues from this session - gambling, hydraulic fracturing, same sex marriage and concealed carry. Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette join us.

Categories: Government

WILL - Focus - June 04, 2013

Touch Screen Kids

Too much screen time is bad news, at least that's how the story goes. But they're getting harder to avoid, especially during summer when kids are home from school. This hour on Focus, we talk about screens, educational media and how much is too much.


(Duration: 50:44)

one child reads while another looks at a computer screen

In a recent article in the Atlantic, senior editor Hanna Rosin wrote about her experiences as a mother and the pressure she feels to limit her children’s screen time. This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talks with Hanna about her experiences with electronics and educational media as a parent. We’ll also talk with David Bickham, who is a researcher at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital about how much screen time is recommended, how to make the most out of that time and what the dangers are of too much screen time.

WILL - Focus - June 03, 2013

Seeing is Believing?

Seeing is believing. Or is it? This hour on Focus we talk about perception and perspective with University of Illinois Professor Dan Simons.


(Duration: 50:29)

Dan Simons

It's easy to trick your brain. That's according to Dan Simons, a University of Illinois psychology professor who has built his career on the idea that most people are unaware of their limits. In his most recent book, "The Invisible Gorilla," he and his co-author explain why our intuitions often fail us. While we think we're seeing the world as it is, we're missing quite a bit....

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Simons about the limits of the human mind and about new National Geographic series called "Brain Games" that features his research.

Want to trick your brain? Try this:

The episode of "Brain Games" entitled "Seeing is Believing" airs tonight at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. central time on the National Geographic Channel.

Categories: Entertainment

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