Coming up next week on Focus, we'll learn more about circus history in East Central Illinois, will talk about Illinois' new health care exchanges and will delve into why you get so many "spam" emails every day at the office. We’ll also find out why we eat with a fork and where the fork comes from.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign grad, PADI divemaster and US Paralympian Ryan Chalmers has pushed himself nearly 3,000 miles over the course of the last few months in his racing wheelchair, journeying the length of three to four full length marathons every day. In a campaign he called “Push Across America,” Ryan traveled from Los Angeles, California to Central Park in New York City to raise awareness and money for programs to benefit people with disabilities. To start this hour of Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Chalmers about the trek now that he has finished his journey. Then, we’ll listen back to Jim’s interview with Ryan when he came through Champaign-Urbana in the middle of his push in late May.
(Pictured right: Ryan and his team push into Champaign May 22. Photo credit: Parker Feierbach)
Today on Focus, we’ll listen to a 4th of July special from the Capitol Steps.
The Gang of 8 has announced that in order to be a citizen of the United States, you have to listen to The Capitol Steps 4th of July special, “Politics Takes a Holiday!” Also, statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! This episode is not for the faint of heart….or those considering running for office.
Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday is a holiday special. We apologize that we are not able to provide a podcast for this hour.
Former Chief Counsel to the Federal Aviation Administration Mark Gerchick writes in his new book that air travel, while once glamorous, has been reduced to “an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal to be avoided whenever possible.” Do you agree?
This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with Gerchick about the behind the scenes details of air travel. He’ll tell us about how the industry has changed since 9/11 and will talk with Chris about why flying first class keeps getting classier while flying economy seems to get more miserable all the time. We’ll also talk with Gerchick about safety; while the act of flying has really never been safer, pilots, like just about anybody else, are overworked and flying with equipment that is sometimes outdated.
Do you have questions about what happens on planes? Focus producer Lindsey Moon was horrified to find out that any humidity inside an airplane is entirely comprised of fluid from the humans on board…sweat and breathing moisture. Tweet us @Focus580, find us on Facebook or post in the comments section below.
They go by many names… Frankfurters. Franks. Weiners. Tube Steaks. Coneys. Grillers. Shaggy Dogs or just “dogs.” But when and why did hot dogs become such a quintiensccial part of American culture? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Bruce Kraig, co-author of the new book “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture In America.” Bossert talks with Kraig about what’s in a hot dog, how they are made and how hot dogs, like sausages, have played a role in city politics in Chicago. We’ll also talk about the virtually limitless recipes and ways to prepare them.
This hour we'll also hear from long-time Wonderdogs owner Jay Feitz. He left a career as an engineer to run the hot dog shop located in Campustown in Champaign nearly 30 years ago and is officially closing his doors this week.
Do you have a favorite local hot dog shop? What are your toppings?
Fewer and fewer people are regularly carrying cash. Carrying cards seems easier, and paying with plastic leaves a handy electronic record to track where your money goes. But with lots of questions circling about cyber-security, isn’t there a huge advantage to paying with cash money? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about money, currency and what it would be like to live in a world without cash. David Wolman, author of “The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers – and the Coming Cashless Society and Professor of Finance Charles Kahn join us. Kahn is a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has written about payments economics and identify theft.