Ed Diener giving a lecture
July 29, 2013

Encore: Quantifying Happiness

What makes you happy? Today on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness.


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Rick Steves
July 22, 2013

Encore: Rick Steves

Do you experience wanderlust? Or do you have yet to catch the travel bug? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with public radio host, TV personality and world-renowned travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves.


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Dr. Danielle Ofri
July 18, 2013

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Have you ever had a moment at work when you were so overwhelmed by how you felt, either for personal reasons or because of something that happened at work that it was hard for you to function? This hour on Focus, we'll hear about the intersection between human emotion, medicine and patient care.


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people doing yoga
Photos Courtesy of Neha Goethe
July 17, 2013

Your Brain on Yoga

This hour on Focus, we’ll learn more about how yoga affects memory. Then, we’ll hear about the different styles of yoga, why it was originally practiced and how it has changed as it’s become more popular as a form of exercise in the West.


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Douglas Nelson
July 12, 2013

The Mystery of Pain

On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad does it hurt?... How do you define pain? Can you compare it? This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Douglas Nelson about his new book “The Mystery of Pain.”


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Lindsey Moon/WILL
July 09, 2013

Getting Ready for Illinois Health Care Exchanges

The Affordable Care Act is a huge, and sometimes confusing, piece of legislation. To complicate things further, there are a lot of questions and misinformation surrounding implementation of Illinois’ new health care exchanges. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what to expect this fall.


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book cover
May 30, 2013

The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

The fifth edition of the Diagnostics and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders, which is used to diagnose mental illness, has been the subject of much debate. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg about the DSM-5 and why it’s so much more controversial than the DSM-4.


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