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WILL - Focus - August 16, 2012

American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

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(Duration: 55:01)

Bryce Hoffman, Award-Winning Journalist

Host: David Inge

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was running on empty. In an effort to save the American auto industry, Congress offered a bailout. GM and Chrysler took the money, but Ford decided to save itself. The company did it by hiring an outsider, Alan Mulally. It turned out to be a very good hire. By early 2010, it was clear Ford had pulled off one of the most amazing turnarounds in history. We’ll get the story from our guest, Bryce Hoffman, author of "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Business, Economics


WILL - Focus - July 18, 2012

Farmers Markets

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(Duration: 51:20)

Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School

Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen

We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.

And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.

Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?

We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School.  She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.

Categories: Agriculture, Business, Food

WILL - Focus - July 16, 2012

Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works

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(Duration: 55:01)

Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine

Host: David Inge

Apple is the richest company in the world. Apple is also one of the world’s most secretive companies. By all accounts it’s not a very nice place to work. As journalist Adam Lashinsky says, employees are expected to follow orders, not offer opinions. At the same time, Apple employees are very loyal, and the company has done very well. It’s the richest company in the world. What is the secret to Apple’s success? And should others take it as a model? We’ll explore these and other questions as we talk with the author of the book "Inside Apple."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, March 05, 2012, 11 am

Categories: Business

WILL - Focus - June 27, 2012

American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

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(Duration: 55:01)

Bryce Hoffman, Award-Winning Journalist

Host: David Inge

At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was running on empty. In an effort to save the American auto industry, Congress offered a bailout. GM and Chrysler took the money, but Ford decided to save itself. The company did it by hiring an outsider, Alan Mulally. It turned out to be a very good hire. By early 2010, it was clear Ford had pulled off one of the most amazing turnarounds in history. We’ll get the story from our guest, Bryce Hoffman, author of "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company."

Categories: Business, Economics

WILL - Focus - May 02, 2012

Innovation and the Role of the University

Innovation and the Role of the University

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(Duration: 51:26)

With Debasish Dutta, Ph.D. (Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College; the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering; Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois; Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Engineering), and , and Larence Schook, Ph.D. (Vice President for Research; the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Department of Animal Sciences; Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois)

Categories: Business, Education





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