WILL - Focus - January 03, 2014

Urban Squirrels

We see squirrels every day in cities across Illinois, but squirrels didn’t always live in urban areas in such abundance. 


(Duration: 51:46)

If you’ve spent time on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana, you’ve likely noticed the squirrels… and their odd behavior. According to mammalian ecologist Ed Heske, they live on campus because in the early 1900’s, the UI allotted $125 dollars to introduce squirrels to campus to enhance interaction between its students and the natural world.

Categories: Environment

WILL - Focus - January 02, 2014

Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward

Ryan Bartelmay recently published his debut novel, which is based in central Illinois. This hour on Focus, he talks with host Jim Meadows.


(Duration: 51:38)

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If you were going to create a town with fictional characters who could live anywhere in the world, where would those characters go when they go home? Your first inclination may not be to create a story based in central Illinois, after all, there are much more exciting places to set a novel. But Morton native and author Ryan Bartelmay says he wouldn’t think to write about characters living anywhere else. This hour on Focus, he talks with host Jim Meadows about his debut novel, “Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward.” We’ll hear about why he writes about cultures in small towns in the Midwest and will hear about a set of characters who make a living working at a pumpkin canning factory.

Categories: Books and Reading

WILL - Focus - January 01, 2014

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Special

This hour, we'll hear a roast of 2013 from the team at Capitol Steps. 

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 19, 2005) - Fireworks explode over the White House on the eve of President Bush's inauguration at the Ellipse in Washington D.C.

According to the team at Capitol Steps, 2013 has been great for job creation....mostly for comedians. This hour we'll hear their annual mock documentary special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" This year will feature all-new year-end awards including"Best Moment in Senator Ted Cruz's 21-hour Filibuster," "Best Thigh-Reducing Exercises to do While Waiting for" and, of course "Best Reason to Spy On the American Public — Because You Can!"

We are sorry we cannot provide a podcast of this holiday program locally. Please visit Capitol Steps' website to download this program. 


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