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Coming up Next Week on Focus

We'll learn more about how yoga affects your brain, will talk about how doctors' emotions affect patient care and much more!

Larry Kanfer

Coming up next week on Focus, we'll hear from a yoga instructor and an excericse researcher about how and why yoga affects your brain differently than more traditional aerobic exercise and will hear about why Champaign based photographer Larry Kanfer has spent his career photographing the prairie. We'll also take your personal finance questions and much more!

Monday July 15 – Encore - White Nose Syndrome in Illinois: Why it Matters

Bats are notorious in popular culture, and they play a vital role in our eco-system. Of the more than 1,000 species that exist worldwide, 13 can be found in Illinois, and six of those species are now being threatened by white nose syndrome. This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with Ed Heske, a mammalian ecologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, about bats, why they’re important and why white nose syndrome is so scary, especially for farmers. This program originally aired in March when researchers first discovered white nose syndrome in Illinois.

Tuesday, July 16 – Photographing the Prairie
Whether you’ve got a point and shoot camera, a cell phone or a high quality Nikon, we welcome your questions about photography this hour on Focus.

Champaign based photographer Larry Kanfer has been developing his own images since he was 10 years old and is well known across the country for his pictures of the prairie. This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Kanfer about his work, his favorite places to take pictures in East Central Illinois and about how to get the best pictures you can of whatever you’re photographing this summer. Brain Johnson, a Professor at the University of Illinois’ College of Media and a nationally award winning photojournalist, also joins us.  

Wednesday, July 17 – Yoga and the Brain

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. Lindsey Moon talks with Neha Goethe, who recently completed a study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing comparing aerobic exercise’s cognitive benefits to yoga. We’ll also hear from Jennifer Allen, a yoga instructor based in Champaign. 

Thursday, July 18  –  What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel:  How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.

Friday, July 19 – Personal Finance
We welcome your questions this hour!

Friday on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with personal finance expert Kevin Waspi. We’ll take your questions whether you are just starting out and looking for advice on investing, thinking about buying a home or planning for retirement.