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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.

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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. 

Monday March 25 - 50 Years Later: Assembly Hall
What’s your fondest memory of Assembly Hall? A concert? A speech? We want to hear from you! Today on Focus, we’re remembering 50 years of the Hall.

Assembly Hall has been the focus of attention since its inception more than a half century ago. With new plans to renovate the space, we remember the hall this hour on Focus. We’ll talk about how many people thought the funds should go to academics when the hall was first built and how some said the design was doomed to collapse. This hour on Focus, guest host Jeff Bossert talks with Fred Kroner, author of the new book ““A Saucer Coming to Rest, A Half Century of Assembly Hall” and Director of the hall Kevin Ullestad about some of the famous newsmakers and musicians who have performed and spoken in Champaign. We’ll also learn about how the hall books such big names to perform and speak there.

Tuesday, March 26 - Responding to Global Terrorism
When you hear the word terrorism, what is your first reaction? How different is that reaction now then it was before September 11?

This hour on Focus, we talk with Stanford Professor Martha Crenshaw, about global terrorism and how concerns have changed in the last decade. We also talk about the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, in the US military. Crenshaw is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. She is speaking at 4:00 p.m. on campus in Urbana at Knight Auditorium on March 26. Find more information about her talk on campus here.

Wednesday, March 27 –Biting the Bullet and Taking the Cake: Idioms and Our Language
What phrases roll off your tongue? We’re talking idioms this hour, and we want to hear your favorites.

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? Today on Focus, we talk with Christine Ammer is the author of more than a dozen reference books including “The Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches,” “Fruitcakes and Couch Potatoes and Other Delicious Expressions” and her latest, “The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms.”

Thursday, March 28 - 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’ll talk about cyber-security, what it means and what we’re doing to protect against cyber criminals. University of Illinois Chief Privacy and Security Officer Michael Corn and Computer Science Professor Roy Campbell join us.

Friday, March 15 – First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky

Does gazing up at the night sky ignite a sense of wonder in you? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with University of Illinois Professor Jim Kaler about his new book, “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky.”   We welcome your questions about the stars, and we’ll talk about appreciating astronomy even in light polluted areas.