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March 29, 2013

First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky

Long have we been fascinated by the wonder and mystery of the night sky. This hour on Focus, we talked with Jim Kaler about his new book “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky.”


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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.


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The flourless chocolate cake we're "taking" during this hour on Focus.
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March 27, 2013

Biting the Bullet and Taking the Cake: Idioms and Our Language

The devil really isn’t in the details, and rarely does anyone literally pull your leg. But we still use these expressions. Why and where do they come from? This hour on Focus, we talked with Christine Ammer, author of the new American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. 


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Martha Crenshaw
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.


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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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March 22, 2013

Fast Minds: How to Thrive if You Have ADHD

Have you been diagnosed with ADHD? Maybe you have a child who has. This hour on Focus, we talk with Dr. Craig Surman of Harvard Medical School about the disorder. We welcome your questions this hour!


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March 20, 2013

Home Foreclosure in Illinois

Even though the economy is slowly starting to improve, Illinois still has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. Today on Focus, we talked about the problem and about new policies that are supposed to help solve it. We also talk with one community member working to help East Central Illinois families keep their homes.


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March 19, 2013

Reporting Prescription Side Effects

Have you ever experienced side effects from your medications? What did you do? Today on Focus, we talked about how side effects are currently reported to the Food and Drug Administration and how new technologies could improve that process.


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March 18, 2013

Quantifying Happiness

What makes you happy? Can you quantify it? This hour on Focus, we talked with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness. He’s the recipient of the 2012 William James Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Psychological Science.


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