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February 25, 2013

Weird Life

We are fascinated with exotic life forms; legends of monsters like the Kraken and Nessie liter our folklore. But why? Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talked with David Toomey, the author of the new book Weird Life.


October 03, 2012

Talk with the Veterinarians

Brendan C. McKiernan, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-SAIM, Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois

Julia Whittington, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor,Zoological Animal Medicine and Surgery; and Director of the Wildlife Clinic, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

Host: Craig Cohen

We welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your pets on Wednesday’s Focus. From dogs and cats to birds to gerbils and hamsters to whatever animal companions may be cavorting around your house, we’ll welcome any questions you may have for Julia Whittington, Director of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Clinic, and Brendan McKiernan, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.


August 30, 2012

Kingdom Under Glass

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am


July 05, 2012

Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

We’ll talk with Kenyan author and conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick. For 20 years beginning in the mid 1950s, she was co-warden, along with her husband David, of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. She is the first person ever to have successfully hand-raised newborn elephants, and rehabilitated many different animals, including rhinos and zebras. She will share  stories from her African childhood and her 50 years of work in the field of wildlife conservation. That’s the subject of her memoir "Love, Life and Elephants."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 07, 2012, 11 am


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.


June 01, 2012

Dog Care and Behavior

Jim Kuehl, Dog Trainer

Carole Lindholm, Dog Trainer

Host: David Inge
Jim Kuehl and Carole Lindholm

Dog trainers Jim Kuehl and Carole Lindholm, both with the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, join us. Jim raises Malamutes. Carole has a Golden and a Doodle. If you share a passion for dogs and the bond we share, join us. Your phone calls and email messages about dogs will be invited.


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