The International Society for Arboriculture uses the "True Colors" personality test. Employees keep their colors on puzzle pieces outside their door in the office.
October 28, 2013

Understanding Personality Tests

Have you ever taken a personality test to see what it says about you? Today on Focus, we’ll talk about what they actually measure and what we can and can’t learn from them.


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The Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra performing under the direction of Stephen Alltop.
Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra
October 03, 2013

Are Orchestras in Crisis?

It’s no secret that classical music’s listener base has been shrinking over time, and there’s no easy answer to why. One thing is for certain, attendance at orchestral concerts is down. But what's the best way to reverse the trend? Classical musicians, conductors and fans tend to disagree.  


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Christopher Baker's "Hello World! Or: How I stopped listening and learned to love the noise."
Jim Meadows/WILL
September 11, 2013

Christopher Baker and Claire Lieberman

What inspires you? Have you ever traveled somewhere or seen something that led to one of those “moments.” This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with two Illinois artists inspired by seemingly opposing mediums – technology and nature.


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August 07, 2013

Encore: The Art of Acting

Have you ever acted in a play? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jeff Bossert had with character actor Stephen Tobolowsky and Henson Keys about the art of acting.


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a photo of the prairie and a cornfield
Larry Kanfer
July 16, 2013

Summer Photography

Whether you’ve got a point and shoot camera, a cell phone or a high quality Nikon, we welcome your questions about photography this hour on Focus.


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Gamma Phi Circus performers
Photo Courtesy of Gamma Phi Circus
July 08, 2013

Gamma Phi Circus and The Ordinary Acrobat

What comes to mind when you hear the word “circus?” Probably not a college campus… During this hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Marcus Alouan of Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University about collegiate circus and circus summer camps. 


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the judging stage at the Superman Costume Contest in Metropolis, IL
Metropolis Planet
June 06, 2013

Superman: America’s Most Enduring Superhero

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… You know how that ends. This hour on Focus, we talk about Superman, the origins of the character and Superman’s place in popular culture


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a stack of records
Wikimedia Commons
May 02, 2013

Record Sales Continue to Climb in US, Illinois

“Vinyl sounds warmer….it’s about the experience….I like the crackle….” Do you enjoy listening to music on a turntable? We’ll talk about music in the 21st century and if vinyl’s “comeback” really means anything to the future of the music industry.


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