During this episode of Focus, host Jim Meadows talked with author David Toomey about his new book, “Weird Life: The Search for Life that is Very, Very Different From Our Own.” He tells us about organisms that live off acid rather than water, those that reproduce without DNA and thrive in temperatures and pressures so extreme that they really shouldn’t be alive in the first place. Meadows also talked with Toomey about our fascination with exotic life forms here on Earth and why we’re so fascinated with the possibility of the discovery of life in the rest of the universe.
The Truth… about insects, is out there. At least that’s May Berenbaum’s position on the matter. This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with Berenbaum, University of Illinois Professor of Entomology, about this year’s Insect Fear Film Festival. We’ll ask her about this year's X-Files theme, and the character from Season 3 of the X-Files who is named for her. Bambi Berenbaum, an entomologist who appears the episode “War of the Coprophages,” is named for May. We interviewed Chris Carter Tuesday, February 19 on Focus and asked him about it. Find the podcast here.
Cohen also talks with Berenbaum about conspiracy theories surrounding UFO’s and her upcoming article in American Entomologist about how UFO’s are most likely insect swarms. Then, we'll discuss what’s in the future for cyborg insects, robotic bugs equipped with transmitters, cameras and recording devices.
Do you have questions about insects… real or robotic? Join our conversation! Connect with the show on Facebook and Twitter or post in the comments section below.
Brendan C. McKiernan, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-SAIM, Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois
Julia Whittington, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor,Zoological Animal Medicine and Surgery; and Director of the Wildlife Clinic, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois
Host: Craig Cohen
We welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your pets on Wednesday’s Focus. From dogs and cats to birds to gerbils and hamsters to whatever animal companions may be cavorting around your house, we’ll welcome any questions you may have for Julia Whittington, Director of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Clinic, and Brendan McKiernan, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.
Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals
Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia
Host: David Inge
This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am
Mark W. Moffett, Ph.D., Biologist and Photographer
Host: Celeste Quinn
This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 11 am
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
May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Entomology, University of Illinois
Host: David Inge
We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.
Jim Kuehl, Dog Trainer
Carole Lindholm, Dog Trainer
Host: David Inge
Jim Kuehl and Carole Lindholm
Dog trainers Jim Kuehl and Carole Lindholm, both with the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, join us. Jim raises Malamutes. Carole has a Golden and a Doodle. If you share a passion for dogs and the bond we share, join us. Your phone calls and email messages about dogs will be invited.
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.