Ryan and his team pushing into Champaign
Parker Feierbach
May 23, 2013

Ryan Chalmers: Push Across America

Ryan Chalmers is attempting to push himself across the country from Los Angeles to New York in 71 days…in a wheelchair. This hour on Focus, we talk with Chalmers about why he’s doing it and how it’s going.


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Photo Courtesy of Baby TALK
May 09, 2013

Let’s TALK Kids

This hour on Focus, we’re going to T.A.L.K. about kids with Baby TALK Founding Executive Director Claudia Quigg about the Baby TALK model, her organization and her new book. 


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Station Manager Bob Culkeen and General Manager Mark Leonard
Mike Thomas
May 03, 2013

Talk with the Managers

What’s in the future for public media? How is the sequester affecting WILL? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Illinois Public Media General Manger Mark Leonard and Station Manager Bob Culkeen. We welcome your questions!


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a stack of records
Wikimedia Commons
May 02, 2013

Record Sales Continue to Climb in US, Illinois

“Vinyl sounds warmer….it’s about the experience….I like the crackle….” Do you enjoy listening to music on a turntable? We’ll talk about music in the 21st century and if vinyl’s “comeback” really means anything to the future of the music industry.


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a couple on bikes
Wikimedia Commons
April 29, 2013

City Cycling

Do you bike to work? Why? If you don’t, what’s stopping you? This hour on Focus, we talk about cycling, infrastructure and why some in the area are working to empower a strong cycling and pedestrian community.


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Wikimedia Commons
April 19, 2013

Personal Finance - Money Smart Week

Friday on Focus, we talked about personal finance. The 8:00 p.m. rebroadcast of this program is being preempted due to breaking news reagrding the Boston Marathon bombing case. 


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Roger Ebert
April 18, 2013

Remembering Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert’s 15th Annual Film Festival opened last night in Champaign at the historic Virginia Theatre for the first time without Roger. This hour on Focus, we’re remembering him and his mark on film and culture.


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Wikimedia Commons
April 03, 2013

Homelessness a Concern in C-U

At homeless shelters in the Champaign-Urbana area, budget cuts due to the sequester are especially unwelcome. This hour on Focus, we talked about the unmet need for sheltering and rehabilitation services in the area and will hear from a mother who has been working for the last two years to get back on her feet.


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Assembly Hall
News-Gazette
March 25, 2013

50 Years Later: Assembly Hall

What’s your fondest memory of Assembly Hall? A concert? A speech? Today on Focus, we remembered 50 years of the Hall with Fred Kroner, author of the new book “A Saucer Coming to Rest, A Half Century of Assembly Hall” and Kevin Ullestad, Assembly Hall’s Director.


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