WILL - Focus - February 18, 2013

Women’s Health

Today on Focus, host Craig Cohen talked with Suzanne Trupin, M.D. about what's new with women's health. Find a podcast of the show here


(Duration: 55:01)

doctor's office wall

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, women are at a much higher risk for heart problems if they smoke than previously thought, and ideas about how often to have a mammogram are changing. What does this mean for you? We’ll find out this hour on Focus. Host Craig Cohen talks with Suzanne Trupin about women’s health. Do you have questions? We welcome your calls! We’ll also take your questions via Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: Health

WILL - Focus - February 11, 2013

Take Back Your Time: Maintaining Work/Life Balance

When was the last time you took a personal day? Do you have the vacation to take one if you wanted to? Today on Focus, we'll talk about work/life balance. Tune in at 10 a.m. and join our conversation. 


(Duration: 50:30)

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How many vacation days do you have in a year? Do you use them? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the idea of time poverty and overwork in America. Jon de Graaf, a documentary filmmaker, activist and the Executive Director of “Take Back Your Time,” an organization that challenges the idea that your job should be at the top of your priority list, joins the program. We’ll talk about something called Gross National Happiness and question why we devalue part-time work in the U.S. Deborah Stone, Director of Academic Human Resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will also be here to talk about the unspoken politics of taking time off from work and what to do about it.

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WILL - Focus - February 08, 2013

Nina Totenberg and Nathan Wolfe

Did you know Nina Totenberg was run over by a speedboat on her honeymoon? Today on Focus, we'll talk with Nina about her life and career. Then, a conversation with Nathan Wolfe, the "Indiana Jones of vius hunting."


(Duration: 50:05)

Nina Totenberg

This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent and this year’s winner of the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism about her coverage of the US Supreme Court and some little known facts about her life and career. Then for the second half of the hour, we’ll talk with Nathan Wolfe, a virologist who has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, about his work in Africa and why globalization is making our society more vulnerable to pandemic diseases.

Both Totenberg and Wolfe are speaking on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing on Monday, February 11. Find more information at the links listed below.

WILL - Focus - February 05, 2013

Outside Influence

Does offering incentives like money or candy motivate kids to perform better in school? Is the new Illinois cigarette tax really helping to deter people from smoking? Today on Focus, we'll talk about what influences behavior....and what doesn't. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


(Duration: 50:36)


Is the new Illinois cigarette tax really helping to deter people from smoking? Would a ban on sugary drinks and soda really help curb the obesity epidemic? Does offering incentives like money or candy motivate children to perform better in school? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what influences our behavior. We'll delve into the idea of a “sin” tax, why we use them and if they have an impact on our decisions with Professor of Economics at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the UIUC Fred Giertz. Edward Deci, a Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences at the University of Rochester, also joins the program to answer questions about peer pressure, money as a motivator, stereotypes and how the world around us affects how we act and the decisions we make.

Should parents offer kids incentives to do well in school? Do you? Does it work? Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter

WILL - Focus - January 18, 2013

Steroids and Youth Sports


(Duration: 51:48)

Taylor Hooton smiling

Recently the Baseball Hall of Fame announced it will induct no one for the first time in more than a decade, a move many view as a statement against the use of steroids in professional sports. In addition, cyclist Lance Armstrong is now admitting to using performance enhancing drugs.

Categories: Health, Sports

WILL - Focus - January 14, 2013

Interview with Filmmaker Byron Hurt


(Duration: 51:20)

Byron Hurt standing in front of wall covered by grafitti

Describing himself as "more than a filmmaker," Byron Hurt is an anti-sexist activist who provides cutting-edge male leadership, expert analysis, keynote addresses, and workshop facilitation in the field of sexual and gender violence prevention and education. His latest film "Soul food Junkies," looks at the links between African-American identity and "soul food," much of which is high in fat and calories. Hurt's father died of pancreatic cancer, and this type of high-fat diet is a risk factor for the illness.

Categories: Food, Health, Race/Ethnicity

WILL - Focus - January 02, 2013

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


(Duration: 51:27)

The start of the new year inspires many to set goals and make resolutions.  What do we know about human behavior that can help us turn our goals into achievements?  What are some of the tools available to us?  How can we solicit a community of friends for support to help us be accountable for our goals and to cheer us on when we want to give up or to remind us that we can start anew, no matter where we are in the new year?  We invite you to share your resolutions and what's helped you stick with them.

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