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WILL - Focus - March 20, 2013

Home Foreclosure in Illinois

Even though the economy is slowly starting to improve, Illinois still has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. Today on Focus, we talked about the problem and about new policies that are supposed to help solve it. We also talk with one community member working to help East Central Illinois families keep their homes.

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(Duration: 50:17)

a foreclosed home

Foreclosure rates in Illinois are beginning to fall, but many are still struggling to recover from the recession, especially those who were affected when the housing bubble burst. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about new foreclosure policies in Illinois meant to fast track the sale of vacant properties to help our local economies and families recover from the foreclosure crisis. As the state’s foreclosure rate remains stubbornly high, we’ll also examine how big of a problem foreclosures continue to be in East Central Illinois and talk with Reverend Eugene Barnes, the founder of Metanoia, a community group based in Champaign, who has taken it into his own hands to help struggling families keep their homes. Geoff Smith, Executive Director of the Institute for Housing Services at DePaul University also joins us.


WILL - Focus - March 15, 2013

Coming up on Next Week on Focus: Fracking, Quantifying Happiness and Prescription Side Effects

What makes you happy? Can you quantify it?  If you could have a voice in writing regulations for something you strongly oppose, would you? Or would you walk away on principle? Find out more about what’s coming up on Focus. 

fracking

Next week on Focus, we'll talk with one of the pioneers in the reserach of happiness about how he got the pscyhological science community to take him seriously, how computers could soon change the way we talk about prescription side effects and how environmental groups came together to work with energy companies to write state regualtions for hyrdraulic fracturing. 


WILL - Focus - February 05, 2013

Outside Influence

Does offering incentives like money or candy motivate kids to perform better in school? Is the new Illinois cigarette tax really helping to deter people from smoking? Today on Focus, we'll talk about what influences behavior....and what doesn't. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

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(Duration: 50:36)

cigarettes

Is the new Illinois cigarette tax really helping to deter people from smoking? Would a ban on sugary drinks and soda really help curb the obesity epidemic? Does offering incentives like money or candy motivate children to perform better in school? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what influences our behavior. We'll delve into the idea of a “sin” tax, why we use them and if they have an impact on our decisions with Professor of Economics at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the UIUC Fred Giertz. Edward Deci, a Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, also joins the program to answer questions about peer pressure, money as a motivator, stereotypes and how the world around us affects how we act and the decisions we make.

Should parents offer kids incentives to do well in school? Do you? Does it work? Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter



WILL - Focus - December 13, 2012

Cameras and Photography

Advice on taking pictures

With Brian K. Johnson, Professor of Journalism, College of Media, University of Illinois

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(Duration: 51:23)

A lighthouse at night with rays of light shooting in all direections

We’ll be taking your questions on cameras and photography as we welcome back to the show Brian Johnson, professor of journalism at the University of Illinois. From time to time he stops by and we talk about the changing technology of picture taking.  We can take questions on equipment and also technique. Whether you are a pro or a serious hobbyist, you shoot film or digital, your call will be welcome.


WILL - Focus - November 28, 2012

Winter Car Care

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(Duration: 51:25)

Cars on a winter road

How’s your car running these days? If you’re having problems we’ll try to help. Our guest will be auto mechanic Rick Karch from Rick’s Automotive in Champaign. He stops by on a regular basis to answer questions. Just give us a call…tell us the make and model…and give us a description of the problem. Rick will suggest a solution. We’ll also have some tips on basic maintenance as we head into winter and the holiday travel season.

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Categories: Consumer issues

WILL - Focus - November 01, 2012

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love

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(Duration: 55:03)

There are many reasons to purchase goods or services from one company over another: price, quality, and convenience. But sometimes, the decision is a moral one; we seek out businesses we believe support or represent our world view – or avoid those that defy it. (The debate earlier this summer over Chick-Fil-A was a demonstration of both).

At the heart of such decisions is whether we deem a company to be socially responsible. But how do you really know? How can you be sure that a reputation is accurate and deserved? And what if the truth is mixed – what if a company leads on one ethical precept, but falls short on another?

Journalist Fran Hawthorne has contemplated these questions, and set out to uncover whether some of the most beloved, trusted companies who have built up a socially responsible reputation really live up to the hype. In the book Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Hawthorne takes us behind the scenes of companies with powerful brand loyalty, companies like Tom’s of Maine, Starbucks, and Apple. Along the way, Hawthorne finds out why these companies have earned seemingly unflagging devotion from socially conscious consumers. And she calls out the companies and consumers alike with a provocative question: Is it really about being socially conscious, or just looking like you are?

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - September 04, 2012

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love

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(Duration: 51:24)

There are many reasons to purchase goods or services from one company over another: price, quality, and convenience. But sometimes, the decision is a moral one; we seek out businesses we believe support or represent our world view – or avoid those that defy it. (The debate earlier this summer over Chick-Fil-A was a demonstration of both).

At the heart of such decisions is whether we deem a company to be socially responsible. But how do you really know? How can you be sure that a reputation is accurate and deserved? And what if the truth is mixed – what if a company leads on one ethical precept, but falls short on another?

Journalist Fran Hawthorne has contemplated these questions, and set out to uncover whether some of the most beloved, trusted companies who have built up a socially responsible reputation really live up to the hype. In the book Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Hawthorne takes us behind the scenes of companies with powerful brand loyalty, companies like Tom’s of Maine, Starbucks, and Apple. Along the way, Hawthorne finds out why these companies have earned seemingly unflagging devotion from socially conscious consumers. And she calls out the companies and consumers alike with a provocative question: Is it really about being socially conscious, or just looking like you are?


WILL - Focus - May 21, 2012

Home Care and Maintenance

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(Duration: 51:29)

The topic will be home maintenance and our guest will be Scott Spies from the Spies Home Inspection Service. We feature this topic every month and invite your questions on everything from windows and siding to roofing and guttrs to attics and basements, just about anything that goes into the single-family home. If you’re thinking of making some changes or something needs to be repaired you are welcome to call.

Categories: Consumer issues, How-to

WILL - Focus - April 20, 2012

Personal Finance

Personal Finance

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(Duration: 49:47)

With John Micetich, C.F.P. (President of Kensington Financial; Adjunct Lecturer of Finance, College of Business, University of Illinois), and , and David Sinow, Ph.D., J.D. (Clinical Professor of Finance, College of Business; Director of the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research, University of Illinois), and , and Kevin Waspi, C.F.A. (Lecturer, Department of Finance, College of Business, University of Illinois)


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