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WILL - Focus - July 31, 2013

Encore: Staycations in East Central Illinois

Colleagues are in and out of the office this time of year on vacation or taking time to enjoy the summer. Just in case can’t get away and are looking for something to do, we’ll listen back to a conversation about where to “staycation” in East Central Illinois. It’ll make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in staying in the area.

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(Duration: 50:05)

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This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had earlier this summer exploring East Central Illinois…from the perspective of a tourist. Sue Post, author of Hiking Illinois, tells us about some scenic, and maybe unexpected, places in the area to enjoy the outdoors and will talk with us about what makes hiking in Illinois unique. Sue also tells us about native wildlife of note.

Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll hear from Heather Wilkins, Director for the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Office, about Illinois trails. These Trails don’t have much to do with hiking, but they’re just as scenic.  We’ll talk about where you can go to visit every from Illinois’ most historic drive-in movie theatres to the oldest soda fountains and the world’s largest golf tee and covered wagon.

What are your favorite places to go or things to do to “get away” while staying in the area? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!

Categories: Travel

WILL - Focus - July 30, 2013

Encore: Julia Sweeney

As a parent, how do you talk to your kids about the birds and the bees? That very conversation inspired Julia Sweeney’s new book “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation she had with Jim Meadows earlier this year.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Julia Sweeney is known for both her infamous character “Pat” and her solo performances. Since her days on SNL, she’s toured as a one woman show exploring love, cancer, family and faith in “God Said Ha!,” “In the Family Way” and “Letting Go of God.” In her most recent book,  “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother,” she confronts parenting and what it was like for her as a single woman to adopt her daughter, Mulan. This hour on Focus, we’re listening back to a conversation she had with Jim Meadows about the book and the embroidered pillow that inspired it. 

We also talk with her about “Pat” and her career as a comedian and performer.


WILL - Focus - July 29, 2013

Encore: Quantifying Happiness

What makes you happy? Today on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness.

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(Duration: 51:30)

Ed Diener giving a lecture

This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with “Dr. Happiness” earlier this spring. Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has written extensively about what factors influence psychological wealth and well-being. He talks with us about his research, how he got others in the field to take him seriously when we started trying to quantify something so abstract and what makes life satisfaction so vital to our health.

During this episode of Focus, we also talk with him about what it really means to be happy and how researchers go about quantifying these things. 

Professor Diener was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Career Award by the American Psychological Association earlier this spring. He’s the author of three books, and in addition to his many achievements, founded one of the most acclaimed and widely read journals on the study of psychology, “Perspectives on Psychological Science.” He is also listed on the Institute of Scientific Information’s most cited list with more than 65,000 scientific articles quoting his work.

What makes you happy? Tell us in five words. Post in the comments section below or post on our Facebook or Twitter page @Focus580.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - July 26, 2013

Mark Leonard Leaving WILL and the Future for Non-Profit Journalism

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with departing WILL General Manger about what’s in store for the future of public broadcasting.

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(Duration: 51:11)

Mark Leonard

WILL General Manager Mark Leonard started his career in public broadcasting as a camera operator, getting a start working on documentaries on Native American reservations in South Dakota and has since held just about every job in television production there is. This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Mark about his career and what he’s accomplished as the leader of WILL’s television and radio stations. Today is his last day with WILL; he’s departing to take a new position as the general manager at NET, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. We’ll talk with him about his career, what’s ahead for WILL and the health of public broadcasting stations through his lens.

Then in the second half of this hour, Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism joins our conversation. According to a new report out recently from his organization, the news landscape continues to shift. Newspapers have been dying a slow death, and in the wake of disappearing resources for reporting, publicly funded and non-profit journalism organizations are starting to emerge. We’ll talk about how that changes where you can expect to get your news and how that could open a whole other can of worms when it comes to funding.

Do you  have questions for WILL departing General Manger Mark Leonard? Post in the comments section below or tweet us @Focus580.

Categories: Media and journalism

WILL - Focus - July 25, 2013

Encore: Fast Minds - How to Thrive if You Have ADHD

Have you been diagnosed with ADHD? Maybe you have a child who has. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Dr. Craig Surman of Harvard Medical School about the disorder.

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(Duration: 50:19)

book cover for "Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD or Think You Might"

This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jim Meadows had with Dr. Craig Surman, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical school and the coordinator of the Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital about his book “Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD.”

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WILL - Focus - July 24, 2013

Encore: The Game From Where I Stand

This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to an interview with former Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville.

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(Duration: 51:32)

Doug Glanville, former major league baseball player, was the first Ivy League educated player to play in the MLB, and authored the book “Inside Baseball: The Game From Where I Stand” to shed light on some of challenges unique to playing professional baseball. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jeff Bossert had with him in 2011.

Categories: Sports

WILL - Focus - July 23, 2013

Summer Grammarphobia

Vacation, lemonade, air-conditioning…. Ever wonder the origins of the words we use during the summertime? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Patricia O’Conner, author of “Woe is I” about summer grammar. We welcome your grammar pet peeves and questions this hour on Focus!

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(Duration: 52:20)

a child doing a cannonball at Sholem Aquatic Center

The dog days of summer are here…especially judging by last week’s 90 degree weather. But wait, “dog days?” Does anybody really know what that means and where the expression came from? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Patricia O’Conner, language blogger, and author of several books about grammar including “Woe is I” and “Words Fail Me” about some of the history behind the words and expressions we use during summer. Whether you’ve been stressing about wearing or shopping for that new bikini, we’ll find out why we call them bikinis in the first place and will also talk about where the English language gets words like “pool,” “sunburn” and “vacation.”


WILL - Focus - July 22, 2013

Encore: Rick Steves

Do you experience wanderlust? Or do you have yet to catch the travel bug? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with public radio host, TV personality and world-renowned travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves.

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(Duration: 49:36)

Rick Steves

During this episode of Focus, we’re listening back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves about his life and career when he visited Champaign-Urbana late last spring. We’ll hear Rick’s tips for planning a trip and the best places to go for the first time and the veteran traveler. We also hear about why he first started traveling and what he love about traveling enough that he’s made the commitment to live most of his adult life out of a suitcase.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - July 19, 2013

Personal Finance: Joining Finances

Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and lecturer at the UIUC College of Business and Jake Kuebler, a Certified Financial Planner with Bluestem Financial Advisors in Champaign. We welcome your calls and questions!

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(Duration: 51:38)

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It’s wedding season, and there are lots of people about to embark on a life together… After all the champagne is gone, however, there’s the very practical concern about what that means for the couple financially. To create a joint checking account or not to create a joint checking account?  This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with personal finance experts Kevin Waspi and Jake Kuebler about ways to handle newly-wedded finance.

And we’ll of course welcome your questions whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home or planning for retirement.

Read more for the updated Couch Potato Portfolio.

Categories: Personal Finance

WILL - Focus - July 18, 2013

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Have you ever had a moment at work when you were so overwhelmed by how you felt, either for personal reasons or because of something that happened at work that it was hard for you to function? This hour on Focus, we'll hear about the intersection between human emotion, medicine and patient care.

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(Duration: 51:26)

Dr. Danielle Ofri

We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel:  How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.

Categories: Health

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