WILL - Focus - March 28, 2013

Cyber-Security a Growing Concern

Cases of computer hacking have been in the spotlight lately, especially since President Obama made cyber security one of his key priorities in this year’s State of the Union Address. But who is doing the hacking and why? Today on Focus we talked about cyber-security and what we’re doing to protect against cyber criminals.


(Duration: 55:02)

people working at computers in a library

Cyber-security breaches at Apple, Microsoft, The New York Times, Twitter and Facebook are all just part of the growing concern in the US about computer hacking. Protecting digital information is quickly becoming a top priority for businesses and individuals, especially as computers and digital technologies play an increasingly important role in our lives when it comes to things education and banking.

Who are the hackers? How are they getting into our computers and why? This hour on Focus we talk with to University of Illinois Chief Privacy and Security Officer Michael Corn and Computer Science Professor Roy Campbell about cyber security. 

WILL - Focus - March 26, 2013

Responding to Global Terrorism

When you hear the word terrorism, what is your first reaction? How different is that reaction now than it was before September 11? This hour on Focus, we talked with Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw, about global terrorism and how concerns have changed in the last decade. We also talked about the use of drones in the US military.


(Duration: 49:54)

Martha Crenshaw

This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Political Science Professor Martha Crenshaw, a pioneer in the study of terrorism, about the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, and their use in counterterrorism. We also talk with her about how our views of terrorism have changed since 2001. 

Crenshaw is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

WILL - Focus - March 22, 2013

Coming up on Focus: Remembering Assembly Hall, Idioms and Stargazing

Are you fascinated by the stars? What is your fondest memory of Assembly Hall? How have our concerns about terrorism changed in the last decade?  Find out more about what’s coming up on Focus and join our conversation.

Assembly Hall

Coming up next week on Focus, we'll talk with one of the most well-respected researchers studying terrorism, an authority on idioms in the English language and with journalist Fred Kroner about his new book "A Saucer Coming to Rest, A Half Century of Assembly Hall." Find our more about what's coming up. 

WILL - Focus - March 06, 2013

Peacebuilding in West Africa

Military coup, Islamic extremists, human rights violations and political unrest… all these things have been part of life for citizens in Mali for more than a year. During this episode of Focus, we talked with Associate Professor of History at Columbia University Gregory Mann about recent happenings in the country and the role the US should play in its recovery.


(Duration: 49:10)

Gregory Mann

Mali, a former French colony, had long been considered a model for democracy, but that all changed last year in March. Soldiers angry about the government’s handling of a rebellion in the northern desert overthrew the country’s elected government during a coup in Bamako, the country’s capital. Since then, Mali has suffered political unrest, pushing the country to ask for help from the French government early this year. Even though the French have helped Mali’s government regain some control in the northern part of the country, conflict is far from over. According to the United Nations, fighting has displaced more than 430,000 people in the past 13 months in addition to countless reports of rape and human rights violations. This hour on Focus, guest host Chris Berube talks with Associate Professor of History at Columbia University Gregory Mann about what has happened in Mali, what lies ahead and what role the US should play moving forward.

WILL - Focus - May 25, 2012

Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military Industrial Complex


(Duration: 55:01)

Dwight Eisenhower’s most famous speech was his last as president. We look back to that speech warning of the power of the military industrial complex.  The guest in this program from the archives is James Ledbetter, author of "Unwarranted Influence." His book charts the connections between the government, military contractors and the overall economy. While military spending may have brought some benefits, there are also questions. Does our massive military establishment really make us safer?

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 24, 2011, 10 am

WILL - Focus - May 17, 2012



(Duration: 51:53)

President Obama has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. But, University of Illinois Law professor Jay Kesan says the public is more concerned about the loss of internet freedoms. Is there a policy that can address both concerns? Jay Kesan will be out guest and we’ll look at what government is doing to guard against cyber-attacks both in terms of protecting the country from attack and punishing successful hackers.

WILL - Focus - February 01, 2011

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

With Peter Bergen (Print and Television Journalist; Director of the National Securities Studies Program, the New America Foundation; a Research Fellow, New York University's Center on Law and Security; CNN National Security Analyst)

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