The cover of Marianne Malone's "The Pirate's Coin," a book in the "68 Rooms" series.
November 13, 2013

Reading into children’s books

Is telling a story or being accurate to history important in a children’s storybook? Today on Focus - balancing fact and fiction in literature for very young readers.


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Captain Luis Carlos Montalván and Tuesday
Leslie Granda Hill
November 04, 2013

Until Tuesday and the UNI High Documentary Project

If you own a pet, you understand the emotional bond that can form between a dog and its owner. This hour on focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván about his book “Until Tuesday.”


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books on a shelf
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October 10, 2013

Fall Reading Recommendations

What’s the best book you’ve read lately? Or do you have a few titles you love and always recommend to other readers looking for their next book? We’d love to hear from you this hour on Focus!


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Reading with Pictures cartoon saying "Comics Out Loud."
August 27, 2013

Encore: Reading with Pictures

Do you love comics? Have you ever learned anything from them? Today on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation how comics can help kids learn.


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Curtis White
August 20, 2013

The Science Delusion

Why is there something instead of nothing? What is our purpose on earth? Depending on which camp you’re in – science or religion, you’ll have a much different answer to these questions. But when did that dictomy develop and why do they have to be at odds with each other? This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Curtis White about his new book “The Science Delusion.”


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The Humanity Project book cover
Blue Rider Press
August 19, 2013

Encore: The Humanity Project

How do you define human decency? Can you comfort the miserable; is that even possible? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jim Meadows had with New York Times Best-Selling author Jean Thompson about her new book “The Humanity Project.”


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Wikimedia Commons
July 30, 2013

Encore: Julia Sweeney

As a parent, how do you talk to your kids about the birds and the bees? That very conversation inspired Julia Sweeney’s new book “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation she had with Jim Meadows earlier this year.


The Urbana Free Library
(Sean Powers/WILL)
June 26, 2013

Issues Facing Public Libraries

The weeding of thousands of non-fiction books at the Urbana Free Library has created controversy over transparency in libraries. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about how libraries are curated, what role they play in community and some of the challenges they face due to strained government budgets.


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