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WILL - Focus - September 06, 2012

The Affordable Care Act: What Is In Effect, What Is Yet To Come

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(Duration: 51:23)

Claudia Lennhoff, Executive Director, Champaign County Health Care Consumers

John Katsinas, Manager, Barham Benefit Group, Champaign

Host: Craig Cohen

Perhaps no single issue has been more politicized the last four years than health care. After more than a year of especially rancorous debate and discussion in Congress, and in town halls across America, this country’s health care system began an overhaul through passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. That law has set a number of changes in motion – not the least of which is a requirement for most Americans to have health insurance, or pay what the Supreme Court ruled this summer amounts to a tax. The Affordable Care Act has also addressed everything from providing relief to seniors who faced a Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” to providing Americans under 26 with a chance to remain on their parents’ health insurance, to new regulations ensuring patients aren’t dropped from coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act is designed do more in the coming years, including funding for state Medicaid programs geared towards preventive care, and the establishment of insurance exchanges, state to state, in 2014.

We thought it would be helpful to provide an hour in which we walk through what is and is not in the legislation, what is and is not already in place, and what it all means for your personal health care. We welcome any questions you have about the health care system, as we seek to take the politics out of it, and focus instead, on how the system works, and what you, as a health care consumer, ought to know about it.


WILL - Focus - August 15, 2012

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

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(Duration: 55:01)

Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D., the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, Stern School of Business, New York University

Host: David Inge

As we pass through life, we make snap judgments about other people and the things they do. To us, these judgments feel like self-evident truths, making us certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Jonathan Hite calls this moral intuition. He says it varies across cultures, including the cultures of the right and left. We’ll explore the ideas in Jonathan Hite’s new book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion."

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Politics, Religion

WILL - Focus - August 03, 2012

Citizen Participation in Public Life

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(Duration: 55:01)

Richard C. Harwood, Founder and President of The Harwood Institue for Public Innovation

Host: David Inge

We are often told that Americans have given up on politics. But, if they have, it’s not because they don’t care. We’ll talk with someone who has spent the last 20 years helping individuals and organizations identify the issues that matter most in their communities. Our guest will be Richard Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute.  We’ll  talk about the ongoing work of the Institute--encouraging people to think differently about politics and public life. He'll tell us about some of the comments he heard in listening sessions in communities across the country, including ours.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10 am

Categories: Politics




WILL - Focus - July 06, 2012

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

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(Duration: 51:25)

Why are some nations rich and others poor? Many explanations have been offered: culture, geography, even weather. But MIT economist Daron Acemoglu says what matters most are the political and economic institutions made by people. We’ll hear more about the root causes behind success and failure and talk about what might be done to build widespread prosperity.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - July 04, 2012

BackStory with the American History Guys

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(Duration: 55:01)

Independence Daze: A History of July 4th

In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn’t an official holiday at all. In fact, it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a paid day-off. So how did the Fourth become the holiest day on our secular calendar? Historian Pauline Maier offers some answers, and explains how radically the meaning of the Declaration has changed since 1776. James Heintze chronicles early Independence Day Bacchanalia. And historian David Blight reflects on Frederick Douglass arresting 1852 Independence Day speech.


WILL - Focus - July 03, 2012

Current Events in Burma/Myanmar

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(Duration: 52:22)

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia. A long period of military rule has kept the country from developing either politically or economically. But that may be starting to change. One sign of that change was the recent election to Parliament of the country’s leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi. Next time on Focus our morning talk show we will review recent events in Burma as we talk with Christina Fink, from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - June 28, 2012

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House

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(Duration: 52:00)

Samuel L. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department, University of California, San Diego

Host: David Inge

In every presidential campaign there are two winners, the inevitable winner when it starts, and the inevitable winner when it ends. Sometimes, they are actually the same person. Our guest will be Samuel Popkin, professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. We’ll look at the dynamics of some recent campaigns … how challengers get to the White House, and how incumbents hold it. It’s all in his new book "The Candidate."

Categories: Politics

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