August 25, 2004

Same-Sex Marriage -  State and Federal Issues

RoiAnn Phillips, Outreach Associate, Lambda Legal;

Jerry Carden, Champaign resident and gay activist who married his partner in Massachusetts; and Dixie Spencer, member of CU at the Altar, a Champaign-Urbana organization promoting legal civil marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois

August 25, 2004

Bad for Us: The Lure of Self-Harm

Guest: John Portman.

Why do so many people do things that are clearly against their best interests? John Portman, author of Bad for Us, says that both self-control and losing control can be acts of self-definition. He says that in doing something that society regards as bad for us, we are testing the limits of who we are. Today on Focus, Portman joins us to discuss how and why people can be their own worst enemies.

August 06, 2004

Severe Weather

Guests: Donna Charlevoix and Glen Romine.

It's estimated that 100,000 thunderstorms occur every year in the United States. They affect relatively small areas compared to winter storms and hurricanes, but can be dangerous, capable of producing tornadoes, lightning and hail. This morning on Focus, Donna Charlevoix and Glen Romine will join us from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. We'll talk about how storms form and how forecasters work to predict their movements.

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