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WILL - Focus - August 20, 2012

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the world’s Most Polluted Places

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(Duration: 55:01)

Andrew Blackwell, Journalist

Host: David Inge

What’s your idea of the ideal travel destination? A pristine beach? A city with a cultural site on every corner? Writer Andrew Blackwell decided he would travel to the places nobody wants to visit, places where the air, soil and water were toxic. In the process, he takes eco-tourism into an entirely new place. Blackwell takes us on a tour of some of the world’s most polluted places. That’s the subject of his new book "Visit Sunny Chernobyl."

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, June 28, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Environment, Travel

WILL - Focus - July 31, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

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Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 am



WILL - Focus - July 05, 2012

Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

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(Duration: 51:07)

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

Categories: Animals, Environment

WILL - Focus - June 28, 2012

Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places

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(Duration: 55:01)

Andrew Blackwell, Journalist and Filmmaker

Host: David Inge

What’s your idea of the ideal travel destination? A pristine beach? A city with a cultural site on every corner? Writer Andrew Blackwell decided he would travel to the places nobody wants to visit, places where the air, soil and water were toxic. In the process, he takes eco-tourism into an entirely new place. Blackwell takes us on a tour of some of the world’s most polluted places. That’s the subject of his new book "Visit Sunny Chernobyl."

Categories: Environment, Travel

WILL - Focus - June 14, 2012

The Future of Coal Energy

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(Duration: 51:26)

Massoud Rostam-Abadi, Ph.D., ., Principal Chemical Engineer, Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute; Adjunct Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois

Scott D. Elrick, M.S., Associate Geologist, Coal and Petroleum Geology Section, Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge
 

Availability and price helped make coal a major energy source for the U.S. and other countries. Now, concerns about its environmental impact, coupled with falling prices for other forms of energy, have led some to argue that coal has no future. Should we give up on coal?  We’ll look at what might be done to make coal an acceptable source of energy. We’ll have two guests, both from the Illinois State Geological Survey, Massoud Rostam-Abadi and Scott Elrick.

Categories: Energy, Environment

WILL - Focus - May 31, 2012

Insect Pests

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(Duration: 52:18)

If insects are causing problems at your house, we may be able to help.  Our guest will be Phil Nixon, extension entomologist at the University of Illinois. He’s been with us many times before to take questions on a wide range of pests, everything from ants and roaches to silverfish and centipedes: the common pests that cause problems in our homes and gardens. Sometimes the key is just trying to get along, but if it’s a bug you just can’t live with, Phil can tell you how to make it go away.


WILL - Focus - May 30, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

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(Duration: 52:57)

Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."


WILL - Focus - May 29, 2012

Sustainable Initiatives and Priorities at the University of Illinois and Parkland College

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(Duration: 51:43)

Growing numbers of people are trying to be conscious of the environmental impact of the way they live, but on college campuses, sustainability has been important for decades. All across the country students and administrators are looking at the carbon footprints of their institutions and making commitments on everything from campus gardens to green buildings. We’ll look at some of the sustainability efforts of two schools very close to us as we talk with Pradeep Khanna, associate chancellor at the University of Illinois, and Seamus Reilly, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Parkland College.


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