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WILL - Focus - October 17, 2012

Linguistics, The English Language and Word Usage

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(Duration: 51:41)

Geoffrey Nunberg, Linguist and professor at University of California at Berkeley’s School of Information.

Host: Craig Cohen

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg has been commenting on language, usage, and society for NPR's Fresh Air since 1988, and his commentaries on language appear frequently in the New York Times and other publications. The emeritus chair of the American Heritage Dictionary usage panel, his latest book is Ascent of the A-Word. Nunberg has also taught at Stanford University and served as a principal scientist at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from the mid-1980s to 2000.


WILL - Focus - October 16, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - Rodney Davis (R), 13th Illinois Congressional District

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(Duration: 51:43)

Rodney Davis, Republican Candidate for the 13th Illinois Congressional District

Host: Craig Cohen

This election season, Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in two key races – those running for Illinois’ newly-drawn 13th Congressional District seat, and the candidates seeking to represent you in Illinois’ 52nd State Senate District. We continue today with the Republican candidate running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, Rodney Davis. He faces Democrat David Gill and Independent John Hartman – all three candidates are vying to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson. This is the first election taking place in the 13th District since it was re-drawn, and it now covers a lot of territory, stretching from Champaign/Urbana all the way to communities like Collinsville and Edwardsville in the Metro East of St. Louis. Along its winding path, It also includes the central Illinois cities of Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, and Springfield.

Categories: Politics

WILL - Focus - October 15, 2012

Inteview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep

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(Duration: 51:30)

Steve Inskeep, Host of NPR's Morning Edition and the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Host: Craig Cohen

Steve Inskeep is the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Inskeep covered the war in Afghanistan, the hunt for al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq for NPR. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid that went wrong in Afghanistan. Since joining Morning Edition in 2004, Inskeep has hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, Karachi, Cairo, and Tehran; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a 2006 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for "The Price of African Oil," a series on conflict in Nigeria. Inskeep is also the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a story of ordinary, often heroic people and their struggles to build one of the world's great megacities.

Categories: Media and journalism

WILL - Focus - October 12, 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 50 Years Later

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(Duration: 51:32)

Timothy McKeown, Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sheldon Stern, Author of The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality and The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis

Host: Craig Cohen

Fifty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, and after exhaustive analysis of the events that transpired during a tense 13 day period in the fall of 1962, questions linger about precisely how those events played out. We have the published accounts of many key players, including then Attorney General Robert Kennedy, brother of the President, who recounted his experience in the book Thirteen Days. And a narrative has been woven from that and other accounts – one that presents the Kennedy White House and the military alternately working together and – at times – battling one another, as they sought to address the Cuban and Soviet governments’ secret development of nuclear missile bases in Cuba, which could have been used to strike much of the continental U.S.

We’ll review the events of October 1962 with Political Science Professor Timothy McKeown from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Sheldon Stern, author of The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths versus Reality.

Categories: History, Military

WILL - Focus - October 11, 2012

Bullying Intervention and Prevention: What Works, What Doesn’t and What You Can Do

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(Duration: 51:27)

Dorothy Espelage, Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois

Debra Chasnoff, Filmmaker, President and Senior Producer of GroundSpark, a film, education and advocacy organization

Host: Kimberlie Kranich

Most of us would agree that bullying and name-calling are harmful behaviors.  And most states have mandatory anti-bullying programs in their schools.  Which programs work?  Which ones don't?  What's the difference between prevention and intervention?  How can I talk to my child or my student about bullying? How can I talk about group-specific bullying, especially anti-gay bullying, at home and at school?

We'll offer some tips and provide you with resources as we talk about efforts to stop and prevent bulling in Illinois and around the nation with two guests:  Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Debra Chasnoff, documentary filmmaker.

Dorothy Espelage has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. She leads a team of undergraduates, graduate students and staff in an effort to make schools more safe.

Debra Chasnoff is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has fueled progressive social-change movements in many fields. She is president and senior producer at GroundSpark, a national social justice media, advocacy, and education organization, and co-creator of The Respect for All Project, a program that produces media and training resources to help prevent prejudice among young people.


WILL - Focus - October 10, 2012

Talk To The Candidate - David Gill (D), 13th Illinois Congressional District

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(Duration: 51:33)

David Gill, Democratic Candidate for the 13th Illinois Congressional District

Host: Craig Cohen

This election season, Focus is providing you with the opportunity to speak directly with the candidates in two key races – those running for Illinois’ newly-drawn 13th Congressional District seat, and the candidates seeking to represent you in Illinois’ 52nd State Senate District. We continue today with the Democratic candidate running for Congress in Illinois’ 13th district, David Gill. He faces Republican Rodney Davis and Independent John Hartman – all three candidates are vying to replace retiring Congressman Tim Johnson. This is the first election taking place in the 13th District since it was re-drawn, and it now covers a lot of territory, stretching from Champaign/Urbana all the way to communities like Collinsville and Edwardsville in the Metro East of St. Louis. Along its winding path, It also includes the central Illinois cities of Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, and Springfield.

Categories: Politics

WILL - Focus - October 09, 2012

Parallels Between Current and Past Presidential Elections

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(Duration: 51:22)

Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History, College of Arts and Sciences, American University

John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University

Host: Craig Cohen

It's a natural tendency, each Presidential election year, to compare how the campaign is playing out to what happened during previous elections. How is 2012 like 2008? 2004? While every election brings its own issues, and conditions, and the electorate itself changes, there may well be some lessons to be learned from recent history, that can tell us why this year’s campaign is playing out as it is. We’ll explore parallels between the 2012 Presidential election and elections from the past 50+ years.

Categories: Government, Politics

WILL - Focus - October 08, 2012

Family Medicine

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(Duration: 51:26)

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

Host: Craig Cohen

We’ll be doing our “talk to the family doctor” program with Dr. Jeff Swearingen, family medicine physician from Carle in Urbana. 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 - October 05, 2012

The State of Investigative Journalism

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(Duration: 51:21)

Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois

Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor of ProPublica

Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network

Host: Craig Cohen

The work of investigative reporters has been behind many stories that have become history and led to changes in public policy. Most famously, it was the work of investigative journalists that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal. But investigative reporting takes time and money, a challenge as newsrooms slash budgets and focus on feeding a 24-hour news cycle. This has led to the growth of independent investigative reporting organizations such as ProPublica and the Investigative News Network, which often partner with larger media outlets. We'll discuss the state of investigative journalism with Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois; Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor of ProPublica; and Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network.

Categories: Media and journalism

WILL - Focus - October 04, 2012

Harvest The Wind: America’s Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence and Climate Stability

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(Duration: 51:20)

Philip Warburg, Author and former president of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England's leading environmental advocacy group

Host: Craig Cohen

Ask five people what alternative form of energy might best someday supplant fossil fuels and you’re likely to get five different answers. Some are bullish on solar power, others hydro-electric, or geothermal, or bio-fuel, hydrogen, ethanol. Heck, there are ways to derive fuel from algae. But actually replacing coal, oil, and nuclear? That’s a tall order.

Author Philip Warburg believes America’s path towards energy independence is lined with windmills. He writes about it in his book Harvest the Wind, and we’ll talk with him about wind energy on Focus.

Categories: Energy

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