An scene from the film "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"
University of Illinois Press
August 29, 2013

Indian Accents

Why do racial stereotypes change over time? How do they develop? According to author Shilpa Dave, the movies play a huge role. This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with her about her new book “Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film.”


Babe Ruth
Wikimedia Commons
August 28, 2013

Encore: All the Babe’s Men

HOME RUN! We’ve all heard it announced over a loud speaker at a baseball game or are familiar with the phrase from popular culture, but hitting a home run wasn’t always so common in baseball. This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with author Eldon Ham about the history of the homerun and his book “All the Babe’s Men.”


Associated Press
August 26, 2013

Remembering the March on Washington

50 years ago this week, hundreds of thousands descended upon Washington D.C. for one of the largest protest marches of the civil rights movement. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Champaign-Urbana native Bill Smith about what it was like to be there. We’ll also talk with Sundiata Cha-Jua about the march’s historical significance.


WILL's Keepin' the Faith host Steve Shoemaker
Courtesy of Steve Shoemaker
August 22, 2013

Steve Shoemaker and “Zealot”

Steve Shoemaker has been hosting WILL’s religion call-in program “Keepin’ the Faith” for more than a decade. The program’s last episode will air Sunday. Today on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Shoemaker about the show, how it got started and what kept him going. Then in the second half of the hour, we’ll hear from Reza Aslan, author of the new book “Zealot.”


book cover
August 21, 2013

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep…but have you ever wondered why? Interestingly enough, despite years and billions of dollars in research, even leading sleep scientists still can’t answer that question. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with David Randall, author of the book “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.”


Curtis White
August 20, 2013

The Science Delusion

Why is there something instead of nothing? What is our purpose on earth? Depending on which camp you’re in – science or religion, you’ll have a much different answer to these questions. But when did that dictomy develop and why do they have to be at odds with each other? This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Curtis White about his new book “The Science Delusion.”


The Humanity Project book cover
Blue Rider Press
August 19, 2013

Encore: The Humanity Project

How do you define human decency? Can you comfort the miserable; is that even possible? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jim Meadows had with New York Times Best-Selling author Jean Thompson about her new book “The Humanity Project.”


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