Are you reading a book right now that you can’t put down? This hour, host Jim Meadows talks with NPR’s Guy Raz about NPR’s Three Minute Fiction contest. Then we talk about spring and summer reading recommendations.
Leave a message after the beep… Make it 600 words or less. That’s the prompt NPR’s Three Minute Fiction gave listeners for Round 10 of their popular flash fiction writing contest. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Guy Raz, former host of Weekend All Things Considered and current host of the TED Radio Hour. Three Minute Fiction is Raz’s brainchild, and during the first half of this show, he tells us how surprised he is by the continued popularity of the contest and what his favorite stories are.
Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Kelly Strom. She manages adult fiction at the Champaign Public Library and will tell us more about new fiction titles for this spring.
Last night, “The House I Live In” aired on WILL-TV. Today on Focus, we’ll talk with the writer, director and producer for the film Eugene Jarecki about the film and the statements it makes about the War on Drugs. After the show, don’t miss a free, online screening of the film with a discussion to follow!
This hour on focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Eugene Jarecki, writer, producer and director for the documentary “The House I Live In.” Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, “The House I Live In” is filmed in more than 20 states and captures heart-wrenching stories from those on the front lines of the U.S.’s war on drugs — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war.
Didn’t get enough during the show today? Maybe you haven’t seen the film? Join us at 1 p.m. this afternoon for an online screening of “The House I Live In” with a discussion to follow. Watch the film and join our continued conversation after the show today here.
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The premier for the 6th season of MadMen was last night on AMC. Are you a fan of the show? Love it? Hate it? This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talked with three UIUC professors who have just published the book “Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style and the 1960’s.”
The premier for the 6th season of MadMen was last night on AMC. Set in the 1960’s in New York, the television drama follows the lives of advertising executives on Madison Avenue. Some have criticized the show for its portrayal of race and gender politics, while those same elements of the show have drawn critical acclaim from others. This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talks with Robert Rushing, Lilya Kaganovsky and Lauren Goodlad of the UIUC about the show and their book “MadMen, Mad World: Sex, Politics Style and the 1960’s.”
Are you a fan of AMC’s “MadMen”? Who do you think is the best James Bond? Is it time for the US to end the war on drugs? Find out more about what’s coming up next week on Focus and join our conversation.
Coming up next week on Focus, we’ve got a little something for everybody – from James Bond to gardening, we welcome you to join our conversation!
Are you a dog or a cat person? Maybe you’re neither? Both? This hour on Focus, we’re talking with two area veterinarians and welcome your pet questions, no matter what breed of species you love and care for.
This hour on Focus, we’re talking about pet care. Sally Foote, a small animal vet from Tuscola who specializes in dog and cat behavior, will be here to walk us through some of the best ways to help scaredy cats (and dogs) through thunderstorm season, and Dr. Brendan McKiernan, who directs the UIUC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, also joins us. We welcome your questions this hour!
Dr. Foote will be giving a public talk on pets and thunderstorms at Prairie Land Feeds on Sunday April 7th. Find more information here.
Calling them unmanned aerial vehicles sounds just as scary as calling them drones, but what do we really mean when we talk about this technology? This hour on Focus, we talked about drones, how they are being used and how they’re not. We also heard from an Urbana man working to advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and to inspire high school students to study math and science.
The technologies encompassed by the term “unmanned aerial vehicle” are vast and include everything from hobbyist drones that look like toy helicopters to units that are equipped with cameras and are being used to monitor crop damage. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Matthew Schroyer, a graduate of the UIUC who is also the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. We’ll talk with him about the things drones could help us do, and we’ll ask him about the privacy concerns the technology raises. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, former Wired editor and founder of the website DIY Drones and Nancy Cooke, Professor at Arizona State University and Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, Arizona, also join us.
Watch a video of Matt explaining and flying his drone.
Are you excited by the possibilities of this kind of technology? Or does it scare you? Why? Join our conversation. Post in the comments section below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580.
At homeless shelters in the Champaign-Urbana area, budget cuts due to the sequester are especially unwelcome. This hour on Focus, we talked about the unmet need for sheltering and rehabilitation services in the area and will hear from a mother who has been working for the last two years to get back on her feet.
A new emergency shelter for the homeless recently started serving families in Champaign county, filling the unmet need for sheltering services for families with children. But funding for the shelter will likely dry up before the end of this year. Even with the new emergency shelter in operation, Nancy Hiatt, Executive Director for the Center for Women in Transition, says there’s a huge unmet need for sheltering and rehabilitation services in East Central Illinois.
This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Hiatt and Beverly Baker, the Director of Community Impact at the United Way of Champaign County. They’ll tell us about the challenges of providing shelter to families and to homeless men and women. Host Jim Meadows also talks with one woman form Champaign who has been working to get back on her feet and recover from homelessness and drug addiction for the past two years. She’ll tell us about the stigma associated with being homeless and how difficult it really is to regain footing after losing everything.
Legal services are increasingly expensive and, in some places in the state, hard to find. This hour on Focus, we talked with John Thies, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, which is calling for change in how the state educates it attorneys, and Steven Harper, author of the new book “The Lawyer Bubble.”
The Illinois State Bar Association is calling for changes in the way the state educates it attorneys. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the changes the association wants made and why. According to a new report, the debt load students are graduating with is playing a big part in the decrease in available and affordable legal services in the state. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with President of the Illinois State Bar Association John Thies about the problem.
Steven Harper, author of the new book “The Lawyer Bubble” and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, also joins us. He’ll tell us about what he believes is a problematic and growing gap between the goals of law schools and law firms.
Have you ever had a difficult time accessing legal advice? Have you been in a situation where you needed help but couldn’t afford to pay for an attorney? We want to hear from you! Join our conversation. Post in the comments section below or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Do you know the first president to throw an MLB opening day pitch? Did you know in 1907, there was an epic snowball fight at an opening day game in New York that determined the outcome? Starting today, Major League Baseball is officially in season, and this hour on Focus, we talked with John Thorn, the official historian of the MLB and Donald Spivey, who has spent his career studying Satchel Paige.
In 1974 on opening day at Comiskey Park in Chicago, several naked fans rushed the field, disrupting the game and starting a riot in the stands; in 1907, the Phillies won a game against the New Your Giants because fans threw enough snowballs onto the field to force a forfeiture. Crazier things have happened.
This hour on Focus, John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball, joins guest host Jeff Bossert to talk about baseball history. We’ll talk about what Thorn does as MLB historian and what makes opening day so iconic in American culture. Then, during the second half of the hour, Donald Spivey, a UIUC grad and a Professor of History at the University of Miami joins us to talk about pitching legend Satchel Paige. Spivey will be giving a lecture at Eastern Illinois University this evening about Paige and his legacy. Find more information here.
Do you love opening day? Why? Who are you rooting for this season? Join our conversation! Post in the comments section below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @Focus580.
Do you love MLB Opening Day? Who’re you rooting for this season? Does the idea of drone technology scare you or excite you? Find out more about what’s coming up next week on Focus and join our conversation.
Next week on Focus, we'll talk with the official historian for Major League Baseball and an Urbana man working with unmanned aerial technology for both journalistic purposes and to inspire high school students to study math and science. We'll also address the unmet need for homeless services in the area and talk about the growing disconnect between law schools and law firms in Illionis and why it matters.
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