Ben and Timmy McClelland
January 22, 2013

International Adoption in Illinois

The Russian government recently instituted a controversial ban on adoptions to the United States. Outcry from both families in the middle of the adoption process with Russia and families who have previously adopted from the country has been harsh.

This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks Kris McClelland, a mother from Peoria who has adopted two boys from Siberia, Russia, about her experiences in Russian orphanages and as an adoptive mother. We’ll also be joined by Director of Adoption for Illini Christian Ministries Maria Gocke and Russian Program Director for Christian World Adoption Anya Rutherford to talk about the adoption process and the politics involved.

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October 18, 2012

The European Union's Nobel Peace Prize

Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies, University of Illinois

João Vale de Almeida, The European Union Ambassador to the United States

John McCormick, Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Host: Craig Cohen

A number of eyebrows were raised by the decision last week to give this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to The European Union. We’ll learn more about what was behind that decision, and discuss the history, complexity, and potentially challenging future of the European Union, including the fate of the Euro as a common currency, and the viability of economically struggling nations like Greece, with Dr. Stefanos Katsikas, Director of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Illinois; John McCormick, Professor of European Union Politics, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis; and João Vale de Almeida, The European Union Ambassador to the United States.

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July 06, 2012

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Why are some nations rich and others poor? Many explanations have been offered: culture, geography, even weather. But MIT economist Daron Acemoglu says what matters most are the political and economic institutions made by people. We’ll hear more about the root causes behind success and failure and talk about what might be done to build widespread prosperity.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10 am

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July 05, 2012

The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter

Northwestern University Sociologist Gary Alan Fine has been studying rumors for over 35 years. He began by looking at the ways rumors affected race relations and made it so difficult for blacks and whites to get together. In his more recent work, he has looked at rumors that deal with international politics. He says rumors provide access to what people believe and the beliefs they keep hidden. Fine will share some ideas from his book "The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration and Trade Matter."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, May 04, 2012, 10 am

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July 03, 2012

Current Events in Burma/Myanmar

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia. A long period of military rule has kept the country from developing either politically or economically. But that may be starting to change. One sign of that change was the recent election to Parliament of the country’s leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi. Next time on Focus our morning talk show we will review recent events in Burma as we talk with Christina Fink, from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10 am

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March 27, 2012

The European Union

With João Vale de Almeida (Ambassador, Head of Delegation Delegation of the European Union to the United States), and Kostas Kourtikakis, Ph.D. (Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois)

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January 09, 2012

Current Events in North Korea

With Bruce Cumings, Ph.D. (Department of History Chairperson; the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College, University of Chicago)

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