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WILL - Focus - June 15, 2012

The European Union

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(Duration: 51:04)

John McCormick, Ph.D., Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Department of Political Science; Director of Graduate Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Host: David Inge
 

Proponents of unification in Europe have long argued that closer ties across national borders would lead to peace and prosperity. Certainly the first part has been achieved, but there are questions about the second.  We’ll talk about the ongoing economic crisis in the EU. Our guest will be John McCormick, professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. We’ll review the causes of the crisis, and talk about the future of the Euro.


WILL - Focus - June 15, 2012

Personal Finance

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(Duration: 50:16)

Kevin Waspi, C.F.A., Lecturer, Department of Finance, College of Business, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge
 

We’ll be doing our monthly program on personal finance. We do these shows to give you a regular opportunity to ask basic questions on money management, and this time around our guest will be Kevin Waspi, lecturer of Finance in the University of Illinois College of Business. Whether you are just starting out and are looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home or sending your children to college, or planning for retirement, your questions will be welcome.

Categories: Personal Finance

WILL - Focus - June 14, 2012

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

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Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Host: David Inge
 

Scientists believe that the virus that causes AIDS jumped from chimpanzees to humans about a century ago. It had been confined to a small patch of southeastern Cameroon, and it might have stayed there had not Europeans come, ensuring the disease would spread as an accident of their efforts to exploit Africa’s resources. We’ll look at the role of colonialism in the spread of AIDS. Our guest will be medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, co-author of the new book "Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It."

Categories: Health, Public Health, Science

WILL - Focus - June 14, 2012

The Future of Coal Energy

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(Duration: 51:26)

Massoud Rostam-Abadi, Ph.D., ., Principal Chemical Engineer, Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois

Scott D. Elrick, M.S., Associate Geologist, Coal and Petroleum Geology Section, Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge
 

Availability and price helped make coal a major energy source for the U.S. and other countries. Now, concerns about its environmental impact, coupled with falling prices for other forms of energy, have led some to argue that coal has no future. Should we give up on coal?  We’ll look at what might be done to make coal an acceptable source of energy. We’ll have two guests, both from the Illinois State Geological Survey, Massoud Rostam-Abadi and Scott Elrick.

Categories: Energy, Environment

WILL - Focus - June 13, 2012

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy

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(Duration: 51:41)

Ananda Rose, Ph.D., Poet; Journalist

Host: David Inge
 

Every day, people from Mexico risk their lives to enter the United States. Many become lost in the desert. A few Americans have taken steps to help these undocumented people who would otherwise die of exposure, but that puts them in direct conflict with their fellow citizens and with the U.S. government. Poet and journalist Ananda Rose traveled to the Southwest to talk with people on both sides of the issue, those motivated by compassion and those by law. She’ll tell us what she learned. It’s all in her book "Showdown in the Sonoran Desert."


WILL - Focus - June 13, 2012

Political Corruption in Illinois

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(Duration: 51:31)

David Morrison, Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

Dick W. Simpson, Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois Chicago

Host: David Inge

According to a report released earlier this year by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city of Chicago leads the nation in public corruption. In the state rankings Illinois takes third place.  Why does our state get such high ratings on corruption? How might Illinois politics be changed to enforce more ethical behavior on the part of politicians? We’ll talk about corruption min Illinois politics with two guests, David Morrison from the Illinois Campaign for Political reform and Dick Simpson, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Focus - June 12, 2012

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

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(Duration: 51:32)

Peter N. Stearns, Provost and University Professor, George Mason University; Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Social History

Host: David Inge
 

In the affluent, industrial societies of the world today, life is good.  Most people live long lives, without fear of plague, famine or war.  So why is there depression, anxiety, unfulfilled longing? In short, why has abundance not led to greater happiness? That’s the question we’ll take up with our guest, historian Peter Stearns. We’ll talk about some of the ideas in his book "Satisfaction Not Guaranteed." The book looks at the ways people in the past thought about progress, and asks whether we can be truly happy in the modern world.


WILL - Focus - June 12, 2012

Lawn & Garden Care

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(Duration: 52:27)

Sandy Mason, Extension Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion Counties

Host: David Inge

Our topic will be lawn and garden care, and our guest will be Sandy Mason, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.  Every month we do these shows to help with problems in the home landscape, and we can take a wide range of questions on anything from trees and shrubs to vegetables and flowers, even houseplants. Whether you are trying to solve a problem, or you are looking for suggestions on what to plant, your call will be welcome.


WILL - Focus - June 11, 2012

Family Medicine

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(Duration: 51:55)

Jeffrey Swearingen, M.D., Family Practice Physician, Carle Physicians Group

Host: David Inge

We’ll be doing our regular “talk to the family doctor” program with Dr. Jeff Swearingen, family medicine physician from Carle in Urbana. He stops by every other month to respond to your health concerns. We do these shows to give you a place to start, and add to your base of knowledge about health. Dr. Swearingen works with people of all ages in his practice, children and grown-ups, so if you have a question for yourself or someone in your family, your call will be welcome.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - June 11, 2012

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History

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(Duration: 51:48)

Florence Williams, contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Mother Jones, High Country News, O-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications

Host: David Inge
Florence Williams

Science writer Florence Williams says that to have breasts is to be human. We are the only animals who have breasts continuously from puberty on. And, she says, they are in need of protection. Because they store fat, they also store toxic, fat-loving chemicals. She says they are indicators for the changing health of people. We’ll explore the origins and meaning of this distinctly human feature as we talk with Florence Williams about her new book "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History."


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