WILL - Focus - April 02, 2014

What to read to understand the fight for Crimea


(Duration: 9:32)

If you’ve been following the crisis in Ukraine and the fight for Crimea, do you have unanswered questions about why Russia is so invested? We do, and we wanted to get a better understanding of the historical context of the conflict. Kathryn Stoner, a political scientist who is a Senior Fellow at the Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, has prepared a reading list that she says go a long way in explaining the Russian perspective.

Continue reading to find her reading list and descriptions of the books and their authors.

WILL - Focus - March 26, 2013

Responding to Global Terrorism

When you hear the word terrorism, what is your first reaction? How different is that reaction now than it was before September 11? This hour on Focus, we talked with Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw, about global terrorism and how concerns have changed in the last decade. We also talked about the use of drones in the US military.


(Duration: 49:54)

Martha Crenshaw

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Political Science Professor Martha Crenshaw, a pioneer in the study of terrorism, about the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, and their use in counterterrorism. We also talk with her about how our views of terrorism have changed since 2001. 

Crenshaw is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

WILL - Focus - March 12, 2013

Changing Politics in Latin American

This hour on Focus, we talked with Venezuelan native and Political Science Associate Professor Damarys Canache about Hugo Chavez’s death. Then for the second half of the hour, Theodore Piccone, Deputy Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution joins the show to talk about what changes in Venezuela mean for Cuba.


(Duration: 50:25)

Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez, who was the President of Venezuela until he died March 5, started his controversial political career as an outsider.  During the first half of this hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Damarys Canache, an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Urbana-Champaign who is a Venezuelan native, about Hugo Chavez, his rise to power and what his death means for the country moving forward. Then during the second part of the show, we’ll talk with Theodore Piccone, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, about what Chavez’s death means for Cuba. We’ll also talk with him about Raul Castro’s recent announcement to step down after his current presidential term comes to an end in 2018 and what’s next for the Cuban Communist Party.

WILL - Focus - February 12, 2013

His Excellency Ambassador Michael Collins

What's it like to be an ambassador to the United States? During this episode of Focus, Craig Cohen talked with H.E. Ambassador Michael Collins, Irish Ambassador to the United States.


(Duration: 51:19)

Ambassador Michael Collins

Ireland holds the European Union’s rotating presidency until June of this year and officials are making it a priority to address the Eurozone Debt Crisis and grow trade and opportunities for enterprise. This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with His Excellency Ambassador Michael Collins, Ireland’s ambassador to the United States. We’ll talk with him about the country’s debt problems, Ireland’s presidency, the role the EU is taking in turmoil in Syria, and how he manages Ireland’s relations with the United States. The ambassador will be speaking on campus at the University of Urbana-Champaign on Friday, February 15. Find more information here.

WILL - Focus - January 22, 2013

International Adoption in Illinois


(Duration: 50:45)

Ben and Timmy McClelland

The Russian government recently instituted a controversial ban on adoptions to the United States. Outcry from both families in the middle of the adoption process with Russia and families who have previously adopted from the country has been harsh.

WILL - Focus - June 13, 2012

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert: Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy


(Duration: 51:41)

Ananda Rose, Ph.D., Poet; Journalist

Host: David Inge

Every day, people from Mexico risk their lives to enter the United States. Many become lost in the desert. A few Americans have taken steps to help these undocumented people who would otherwise die of exposure, but that puts them in direct conflict with their fellow citizens and with the U.S. government. Poet and journalist Ananda Rose traveled to the Southwest to talk with people on both sides of the issue, those motivated by compassion and those by law. She’ll tell us what she learned. It’s all in her book "Showdown in the Sonoran Desert."

WILL - Focus - May 25, 2012

Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military Industrial Complex


(Duration: 55:01)

Dwight Eisenhower’s most famous speech was his last as president. We look back to that speech warning of the power of the military industrial complex.  The guest in this program from the archives is James Ledbetter, author of "Unwarranted Influence." His book charts the connections between the government, military contractors and the overall economy. While military spending may have brought some benefits, there are also questions. Does our massive military establishment really make us safer?

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 24, 2011, 10 am

WILL - Focus - February 01, 2011

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

With Peter Bergen (Print and Television Journalist; Director of the National Securities Studies Program, the New America Foundation; a Research Fellow, New York University's Center on Law and Security; CNN National Security Analyst)

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