This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with RoberEbert.com’s new Editor-in-Chief Matt Zoller Seitz about the future of the flagship movie review site for fans in an era post-Roger. The site, recently expanded and revamped, now includes all or Roger's work, a blog by his wife, Chaz, and other new features for movie fans. We’ll also talk with him about new movies out recently - what’s worth seeing….and what’s not. Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago Tribune, also joins us.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows explores East Central Illinois…from the perspective of a tourist. Sue Post, author of Hiking Illinois, will be here to tell us about some scenic, and maybe unexpected, places in the area to enjoy the outdoors and will talk with us about what makes hiking in Illinois unique. We’ll also talk with her about native wildlife of note.
Then during the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Heather Wilkins, Director for the Land of Lincoln Regional Tourism Office, about Illinois trails. These Trails don’t have much to do with hiking, but they’re just as scenic. We’ll talk about where you can go to visit everything from Illinois’ most historic drive-in movie theatres to the oldest soda fountains and the world’s largest golf tee and covered wagon.
What are your favorite places to go or things to do to “get away” while staying in the area? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with journalist and author Mark Pendergrast about his book, now out in paperback, “For God, Country and Coca-Cola.” Pendergrast tells us about the now famous soft drink that started as an obscure patent medicine created by a small family owned business.
In his book, Pendergrast shares the guarded secret recipe for the cola…. We’ll hear about what ingredients comprise America’s beloved soft drink and if it’s true whether or not Coke actually contained cocaine in the early 1900’s.
So…coke or pepsi? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Next week on Focus, we’ll talk Matt Zoller-Seitz, the new editor-in-chief of RoberEbert.com about the best new movies to see this summer. We'll also hear from a vinter about Illinois' growing wine industry and will welcome your personal finance questions for Kevin Waspi.
It’s the perfect time of year for insects to take up residence in your garden, and we’ve also had some severe weather this week that poses a threat to your flowers and vegetables. This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with University of Illinois Extension horticulture expert Sandy Mason about how to heal your garden after a summer storm and how to protect your plants from pests and diseases. We welcome your lawn and garden care questions this hour on Focus!
“It’s a home run,” has become an expression many Americans use every day to describe success, even outside the world of baseball. But, have you ever wondered why? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Eldon Ham about America’s obsession with the home run and what sparked the development of the long ball in baseball. Ham tells us about how the home run became a fixture in the MLB by accident, and we’ll remember Babe Ruth’s historic sixty-homer season in 1927.
With several big hitters in the MLB being accused recently of more steroid use, we’ll also talk with Ham about how the homerun is connected to an era of professional doping.
Are you a baseball fan? Do you have a story about an epic home run? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Last spring, Susan Twomey, who curates the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Illinois, put out a call for artists to enter a nationally juried art exhibition called 64 Arts. Among the entries was a collection of vases by a California-based artist named Joe Pinkelman.
Joe’s vases were highly controversial and contained images taken from gay pornography. Twomey struggled with displaying the vases as part of the exhibition even before contest judge Eric Fishl chose the pots as winners in several categories. This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with Twomey, Fishl and Lawrence Weschler, who recently published an article about the contest and the controversy surrounding the vases in the Believer Magazine, about controversial art and censorship.
The entry deadline for the 2013 64 Arts Exhibition closes this Friday, June 14. Find more information at the link to the Buchanan Center for the Arts below.
This hour on Focus, Chris Berube talks with Lisa McElroy and Daniel Hamilton about the 2012-2013 Supreme Court term. We’ll discuss cases yet to be decided that will set new precedents for same sex marriage, affirmative action and genetic research. We’ll talk about why it’s rumored that the court might throw out the arguments they heard on Proposition 8 and will talk about a case that could allow biotechnology companies to patent genetic material from the human body. We’ll also discuss issues to do with drug-sniffing dogs and search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment.
Lisa McElroy is an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, and Daniel Hamilton is the Incoming Dean of Boyd Law School at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Before she started writing her new book “Pretty Good for Girl: Women in Bluegrass” Murphy Henry thought she was one of only a few women trying to make bluegrass music. But as she found out, there are lots of women who have had successful careers, they just hadn’t gotten any attention for it. This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talks with Murphy about the history of women in bluegrass, why these musicians have slipped under the radar and why, before now, there’s been so little conversation about their contributions to the genre. We’ll also talk with Murphy about her own musical career, her love for playing the banjo and the “Murphy Method,”a technique she pioneered to teach banjo.
We also talk with her about Champaign-Urbana native Alison Krauss and her career and contributions to bluegrass music.
Watch Murphy play the banjo and talk about why she wrote the book:
Are you a bluegrass fan? Do you have favorite female artists you think have been overlooked? We want to hear from you this hour on Focus!
Next week on Focus, we’ll talk with Murphy Henry about women in bluegrass music and will dissect some of the decisions before the US Supreme Court. We’ll also learn about why the home run is such a big part of baseball today and will discuss the role of art in rural Illinois.