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WILL - Focus - June 29, 2012

Insects

May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Entomology, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.

Categories: Animals, Science

WILL - Focus - June 29, 2012

Joseph William Royer: Urbana’s Architect

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(Duration: 55:00)

Brian Adams, Ph.D., Archeologist, Prairie Research Institute, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, University of Illinois; Book Author

Host: David Inge

We’ll review the life of an architect who made a great contribution to the built environment of Urbana. You may not know his name, but you should know his buildings: the Champaign County Courthouse, Urbana High School and the Urbana library. His name was Joseph William Royer, and he was active from 1897 to the early 1950s. Our guest will be Brian Adams, the author of a book on Royer and his work.

Categories: Architecture

WILL - Focus - June 28, 2012

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House

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(Duration: 52:00)

Samuel L. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego

Host: David Inge

In every presidential campaign there are two winners, the inevitable winner when it starts, and the inevitable winner when it ends. Sometimes, they are actually the same person. Our guest will be Samuel Popkin, professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. We’ll look at the dynamics of some recent campaigns … how challengers get to the White House, and how incumbents hold it. It’s all in his new book "The Candidate."

Categories: Politics

WILL - Focus - June 28, 2012

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places

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(Duration: 55:01)

Andrew Blackwell, Journalist and Filmmaker

Host: David Inge

What’s your idea of the ideal travel destination? A pristine beach? A city with a cultural site on every corner? Writer Andrew Blackwell decided he would travel to the places nobody wants to visit, places where the air, soil and water were toxic. In the process, he takes eco-tourism into an entirely new place. Blackwell takes us on a tour of some of the world’s most polluted places. That’s the subject of his new book "Visit Sunny Chernobyl."

Categories: Environment, Travel

WILL - Focus - June 27, 2012

Back Care

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(Duration: 52:42)

James Harms, M.D., Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, fellowship-trained in spine, Carle Spine Institute

Host: David Inge

Back pain is a problem for most people at some point in their lives. It may be caused by a strain or by improper lifting. Lack of regular exercise, stress and smoking can all increase your risk. But paying attention to posture, weight and body mechanics can go along way to minimize back problems. We'll talk about back care with our guest, Dr. James Harms, orthopedic surgeon from the Carle Spine Institute in Urbana.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - June 27, 2012

American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

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(Duration: 55:01)

Bryce Hoffman, Award-Winning Journalist

Host: David Inge

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was running on empty. In an effort to save the American auto industry, Congress offered a bailout. GM and Chrysler took the money, but Ford decided to save itself. The company did it by hiring an outsider, Alan Mulally. It turned out to be a very good hire. By early 2010, it was clear Ford had pulled off one of the most amazing turnarounds in history. We’ll get the story from our guest, Bryce Hoffman, author of "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company."

Categories: Business, Economics

WILL - Focus - June 26, 2012

College Student Mental Health, Current Trends and Research

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(Duration: 53:01)

Ben Locke, Ph.D., Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; The Pennsylvania State University

Host: David Inge

On college campuses all across the country, the mental health of students is a growing concern. But what do we know about the national student population? How many students today experience depression, or anxiety? How many are taking medication? How well do schools respond to their needs? We’ll explore these and other questions with Ben Locke, from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State University.

Categories: Education, Mental Health

WILL - Focus - June 26, 2012

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

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(Duration: 51:11)

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D., the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, Stern School of Business, New York University

Host: David Inge

As we pass through life, we make snap judgments about other people and the things they do. To us, these judgments feel like self-evident truths, making us certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Jonathan Hite calls this moral intuition. He says it varies across cultures, including the cultures of the right and left. We’ll explore the ideas in Jonathan Hite’s new book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion."

Categories: Politics, Religion

WILL - Focus - June 25, 2012

Higher Education and University of Illinois Issues

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(Duration: 51:30)

Phyllis Wise, Ph.D., Vice President and Chancellor, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Our guest will be Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She came to Illinois last fall from the University of Washington, and we’ll talk about some of the challenges she has faced in her first year at Illinois.  She will also share her thoughts on some of the major issues in higher education, including rising tuition costs, declining access, and the challenges of meeting the needs of today’s students.

Categories: Education


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