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WILL - Focus - October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

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(Duration: 51:24)

Ed Kieser, Meteorologist

Kelly Formoso, Volunteer and Youth Coordinator, American Red Cross, Champaign IL

Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist

Host: Craig Cohen

“Super storm” Sandy continues to wreak havoc over the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic states. New York’s subways are flooded. The stock exchange closed for two days – the first time that’s happened for a weather emergency since 1888. A blizzard has blanketed portions of West Virginia and nearby states. The death toll continues to rise as a result of the storm, millions are without power, and the cost of damage to homes and businesses from the storm, its high winds, and subsequent flooding, is projected to be in the billions.

While the impact on the Midwest is significantly less, we are feeling Sandy’s effects. Loved ones are stranded, workers and volunteers from the two state region are headed to, or in the states affected.

While we all continue to monitor the damage caused by Sandy, we thought you might like an opportunity to understand, a bit deeper, exactly what happened to cause this “super storm.” So, our old friend, meteorologist Ed Kieser will join us. He’s been monitoring the storm from the moment it developed, and he’ll take your questions about Sandy, how it compares to other storms, and what conditions are necessary to create it. We’ll also be joined by Illinois’ State Climatologist, Jim Angel, to talk about the climate conditions necessary for such a storm, and whether we can characterize Sandy, amid more violent weather conditions of recent years, as a collective demonstration of our changing climate. We will also talk with Kelly Formoso, Volunteer and Youth Coordinator of the American Red Cross in Champaign about local relief efforts and ways to get news about friends and loved ones in the affected areas.


WILL - Focus - October 24, 2012

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

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(Duration: 51:23)

Bob Spitz, Journalist and Author

Host: Craig Cohen
Book Jacket of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

This August marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Julia Child. Child practically invented the television cooking program – would there be a Food Network without her? - and helped usher in the early years of PBS. But her life was so much more than the French Chef. Her files as a member of the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, were declassified in 2008, leading to a flood of information about her fascinating life. Her time in the OSS led her to France, where she took cooking classes and was determined to master Franch cooking. Journalist Bob Spitz spent time with Child in the early 1990s, and the conversations about food they had then form the basis of his new book Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.




WILL - Focus - July 31, 2012

The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change

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Most of Africa’s farmers are so poor they can’t grow enough to feed their families year round. In January of 2011 a group of Kenyan farmers decided to take a chance--joining the One Acre Fund, a social enterprise set up to help some of Africa’s most neglected people. The hope was that they could feed their families for the year, and have a bit left over to sell.  Roger Thurow brings us the story of a farm community on the brink of change, the subject of his book "The Last Hunger Season."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 am




WILL - Focus - July 30, 2012

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

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(Duration: 51:03)

Eric Klinenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications, New York University; editor of the journal Public Culture.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, March 08, 2012, 10 am




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