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.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is becoming more and more popular as a form of exercise in the West. Many people, however, will say that yoga is much more than exercise or that it can’t be classified as exercise at all. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with incoming Professor of Kinesiology at Wayne State University Neha Goethe about study she recently completed at the University of Illinois comparing yoga practice to more traditional exercise. Mare Payne, who was a part of Neha’s study also joins us.
Then during the second half of the show, we’ll hear from Jennifer Allen, a yoga instructor from Champaign. She’ll tell more about the different styles of yoga and why some people strongly oppose the idea that yoga is a form of exercise. She also tells us more about yoga’s history, and Lindsey talks with her about how yoga in the West is different from it’s more traditional forms.
The Urbana Park District is sponsoring free yoga classes in Meadowbrook Park on Saturdays this summer. Find more information about those classes and more about the Exercise Psychology Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Neha conducted her research below.
Champaign based photographer Larry Kanfer has been developing his own images since he was 10 years old and is well known across the country for his pictures of the prairie. Brian Johnson is a national award-winning photojournalist who has taught thousands of students how to become excellent photographers in his 25 years at the University of Illinois. This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Larry Kanfer about his work, and about his favorite places to take pictures in East Central Illinois. We'll talk with Brian Johnson about photojournalism, travel photography, and about how to get the best pictures you can of whatever you’re photographing this summer.
Larry Kanfer will be exhibiting his photography at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL August 27th-29th. Find more information at the link below.
Bats are notorious in popular culture, and they play a vital role in our eco-system. Of the more than 1,000 species that exist worldwide, 13 can be found in Illinois, and six of those species are now being threatened by white nose syndrome. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with Ed Heske, a mammalian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, about bats, why they’re important and why white nose syndrome is so scary, especially for farmers. This program originally aired in March when researchers first discovered white nose syndrome in Illinois.
Coming up next week on Focus, we'll hear from a yoga instructor and an excericse researcher about how and why yoga affects your brain differently than more traditional aerobic exercise and will hear about why Champaign based photographer Larry Kanfer has spent his career photographing the prairie. We'll also take your personal finance questions and much more!
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Douglas Nelson, a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, President of BodyWorks Associates and founder of NMT MidWest, a teaching institute focused on massage and pain management. His new book “The Mystery of Pain,” takes a scientific look at what pain actually is and how it affects the body. We’ll talk with him about the subjectivity involved when it comes to thinking about and treating pain.
How we think about food, how we prepare food and how we eat food is constantly changing. It’s mind-blowing to think about how much food changes over the course of a decade, let alone several hundred years. What are your favorite dinner dishes? Have you ever wondered how they evolved into the recipes you know and love? This hour on Focus, Lisa Bralts talks with author William Sitwell about the history of food….and when we say history, we mean deep history. We’ll go back to the 1400’s when royals were eating feasts prepared from recipes calling for an entire pig, and we’ll learn more about when the fork became a fixture in Western culture.
Why 100 recipes, you ask? We’ll find out during this episode of Focus.
It all started in 1970’s with noncommercial computer networks that became the internet and then continued to develop during the dot.com boom in the 1990’s. Today, the country’s most brilliant computer programmers are trying to fight it.
This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with author Finn Brunton about the rise of internet spam. Interestingly enough, internet spam is called spam because of a Monty Python skit. And, while the skit is hilarious, the unwanted emails and messages from advertisers, marketers, identity thieves, bots, con artists and hackers are not. Today on Focus, we’ll learn about what spam really is, how it works and what it means. As Brunton argues in his new book “Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet,” spam can show us how online communities can develop governance for themselves and how transforming technology can have unintended consequences.
The Obama Administration is slowly implementing mandates created by the Affordable Care Act but recently delayed one applying to some businesses. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what’s been delayed, what changes will be implemented as planned and what you should expect if you need to purchase health insurance through one of the exchanges this fall. Health insurance coverage through Illinois exchanges will be available for purchase October 1, and this hour on Focus, John Katsinas of Barham Benefit Group and Claudia Lenhoff of Champaign County Health Consumers join host Jim Meadows.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it’s going to affect you as more and more mandates take effect? We welcome your calls and questions this hour on Focus!
Early in the 20th century, acrobats, specifically trapeze artists, would winter in Bloomington-Normal to practice in empty mills and empty buildings with high ceilings. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Marcus Alouan, director of the Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University, about how those performers sparked a circus movement in Bloomington-Normal. We’ll learn more about Gamma Phi Circus, one of the oldest and one of the only collegiate circuses in the country and will hear about the circus camps the university sponsors to keep the circus tradition alive.
Then during the second part of the hour, we’ll listen back to a conversation Lindsey had with Duncan Wall. With no prior circus, dance or tumbling experience, Wall spent a year studying circus in Paris, France on a Fullbright scholarship and wrote a book about the experience and circus history called “The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey Into the Wondrous World of the Circus Past and Present.”