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WILL - Focus - June 26, 2012

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

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(Duration: 51:11)

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."

Categories: Politics, Religion

WILL - Focus - June 22, 2012

Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

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(Duration: 50:16)

E. J. Dionne Jr., Columnist for the Washington Post; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and University Professor, the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

Host: David Inge

Our guest will be political commentator E.J. Dionne. In his new book "Our Divided Political Heart," he tries to make sense of the current unhappiness that runs through American politics. He says our discontent is rooted in our inability agree on who we are.  American history, he says, is defined by the tension between two core values, love of individualism and reverence for community. He says we need to remember our greatness has always depended on a balance between our two core values.

Categories: History, Politics

WILL - Focus - June 13, 2012

Political Corruption in Illinois

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(Duration: 51:31)

David Morrison, Deputy Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

Dick W. Simpson, Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois Chicago

Host: David Inge

According to a report released earlier this year by the University of Illinois at Chicago, the city of Chicago leads the nation in public corruption. In the state rankings Illinois takes third place.  Why does our state get such high ratings on corruption? How might Illinois politics be changed to enforce more ethical behavior on the part of politicians? We’ll talk about corruption min Illinois politics with two guests, David Morrison from the Illinois Campaign for Political reform and Dick Simpson, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Categories: Government, Politics


WILL - Focus - June 04, 2012

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

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(Duration: 49:48)

Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Host: David Inge
Ezra Vogel

This interview was recorded on January 26, 2012

We’ll bring you a conversation with one of America’s leading scholars of East Asia, Ezra Vogel, emeritus professor of social sciences at Harvard. His 1979 best-selling book "Japan as Number One," predicted the rise of Japan as an economic powerhouse. His most recent book looks at China’s development and role Deng Xiaoping played in that country’s modernization. The first book, he says, played a role in educating America about Japan. His hope is that the new book will do the same for China.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 30, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - May 31, 2012

Interview with Cokie Roberts

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(Duration: 51:47)

NPR’s Cokie Roberts shares stories about growing up in a political family. She was in Urbana earlier in the month to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Before that, she stopped by our studios to talk about some of her experiences in journalism. As it was the day before Mother’s Day, she told some stories about her Mom, who, like her Dad, was a member of Congress. We also talked about some of the important, yet overlooked women in early American politics.

This interview was recorded on May 12, 2012.


WILL - Focus - May 30, 2012

Current Events in Egypt

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(Duration: 51:58)

Last week, people in Egypt went to the polls to cast votes in the country’s first free presidential elections. Of the 13 candidates competing in the first round, two will contend in a runoff next month. One is the candidate of the Muslim brotherhood; the other served as Prime Minister under the old regime of Hosni Mubarak. We welcome back Ken Cuno, associate professor of History at the University of Illinois for another conversation about Egyptian politics. We’ll talk about the recent elections and try to get a better understanding of those competing for power.


WILL - Focus - May 25, 2012

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

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(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




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