Focus - July 20, 2012

Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution & Economics of Human Relationships

Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D., Professor Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Host: David Inge

Every day we interact with many other people, both friends and strangers. Although we might not be aware of it, these interactions are governed by rules. And they are very old rules. Other primates play the same games. We’ll talk with Dario Maestripieri from the University of Chicago. He has studied primate and human social behavior for many years, and in his book "Games Primates Play," he looks at the many parallels between the games we play in our relationships and those played by our closest animal relatives.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 14, 2012, 11 am

Focus - July 20, 2012

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans

Dale Carpenter, J.D., the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law, University of Minnesota Law School

Host: David Inge

In 1998, two Houston men were arrested and charged with having sex…a violation of Texas law. Gay rights activists took up the case and when it was all over…the US Supreme Court had overturned the law…and similar laws in twelve other states.  That is the standard story of Lawrence v. Texas but there is much more to the story than that. Our guest will be Dale Carpenter professor of law at the University of Minnesota and author of Flagrant Conduct. The book presents some surprising features of the case including the willingness of the two men charged to admit to something they didn’t do in order to challenge an unjust law.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 10 am

Focus - July 19, 2012

Eating Well Affordably

Linda Watson, Cook and Researcher; author of Wildly Affordable Organic: Eat Fabulous Food, Get Healthy, and Save the Planet All on $5 a Day or Less

Host: Celeste Quinn

This interview is part of a day of programming on local food airing on WILL-AM and WILL-TV on Thursday, July 19, 2012.

L is for Lovin’ Local Food is part of our media engagement initiative on health and wellness funded in part by a grant from the Lumpkin Family Foundation.

Focus - July 19, 2012

Finding Food in Farm Country

Dave Bishop, farmer, PrairiErth Farm

Terra Brockman, founder and executive director of the Land Connection, steering committee member of The Edible Economy Project

Kenneth Meter, MPA, President, Crossroads Resource Center (by phone)

Host: Kimberlie Kranich

Approximately 95% of the food we eat in Illinois, comes from someplace else.  The farmland in Illinois is some of the richest in the nation and the state’s economy is one of the worst. A growing number of people in central Illinois are working together to build clusters of regional food businesses to aid economic recovery and increase residents’ access to fresh food.  We’ll explore the idea of “local” foods as a strategy for economic recovery in Illinois and the nation and dig into specific efforts in central Illinois.

Focus - July 18, 2012

The Irish Way Becoming American in the Multiethnic City

James R. Barrett, Ph.D., Professor of History, History Department, University of Illinois

Host: Celeste Quinn

Historian James Barrett says America’s first ethnic group, its first immigrants, were the Irish.  As such, they laid the foundation for the immigrants who followed.  That foundation was at once hostile and welcoming. Barrett says, in the end, it led to a new sense of American identity that continues to influence today.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11 am

Focus - July 18, 2012

Farmers Markets

Janine MacLachlan, Food Writer, Blogger, and Founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School

Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director, Urbana's Market at the Square City of Urbana

Host: Craig Cohen

We can get our food from most anywhere – restaurants and grocery stores abound in most communities across the country. Even if you live in a small town, many food options are just a short drive away. But much of what we bring home from the grocery store – and much of what many restaurants (especially the fast food variety) serve is processed, pre-packaged, and probably not all that fresh.

And then there are farmer’s markets. Growers, producers and artisans bring fresh food from their local communities to such markets every week. And some consumers absolutely swear by various seasonal markets and farmstands.

Is the food really all that different? What controls are in place to ensure quality and freshness in farmer’s markets? How do you know you’re really getting the higher quality you pay for? And just what are the advantages for you, your family, and your community in seeing that such farmer’s markets succeed?

We’ll discuss the potential benefits of vibrant farmer’s markets for a community, and seek out your experiences shopping at them – or perhaps bringing your own fare to market, as we talk with Janine MacLachlan, a food writer, blogger and founder of The Rustic Kitchen Cooking School.  She’s the author of Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland. We’ll also be joined by Lisa Bralts, Economic Development Specialist Director for Urbana’s Market at the Square for the City of Urbana. She and Market at the Square are featured prominently in MacLachlan’s book.

Focus - July 17, 2012

That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

Rachel Herz, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Brown University

Host: David Inge

Humans are the only animals that experience disgust. It evolved so that we would learn to avoid foods that would make us sick. Over time it has taken on a distinct cultural dimension, becoming a component of both fear and prejudice. Our guest will be Rachel Herz, an expert on the psychology of smell and emotion. We’ll look at how repulsion shapes our everyday lives, from our choices in food to our sex lives to the strategies that marketers and politicians use to manipulate us. It’s all in her new book "That’s Disgusting."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 11 am

Focus - July 17, 2012

A Family Farm: Life on an Illinois Dairy Farm

Robert L. Switzer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Over the past hundred years the United States lost two-thirds of its family-operated farms. We’ll bring you the story of one such farm as we talk with Robert Switzer, author of "A Family Farm." The book tells the story of life on a Northern Illinois dairy farm beginning in 1916, the time of the author’s grandparents. The story ends when the farm is sold in 1991. The author says millions of these stories, often sad ones, could be told, but they are rapidly being lost.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 07, 2012, 10 am

Focus - July 16, 2012

Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired—and Secretive—Company Really Works

Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune Magazine

Host: David Inge

Apple is the richest company in the world. Apple is also one of the world’s most secretive companies. By all accounts it’s not a very nice place to work. As journalist Adam Lashinsky says, employees are expected to follow orders, not offer opinions. At the same time, Apple employees are very loyal, and the company has done very well. It’s the richest company in the world. What is the secret to Apple’s success? And should others take it as a model? We’ll explore these and other questions as we talk with the author of the book "Inside Apple."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, March 05, 2012, 11 am

Focus - July 16, 2012

Encore: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Guest: Susan Cain, J.D.

We have been told that the happiest people are the most sociable. Author Susan Cain says that may be why so many introverts hide from themselves. As a personality trait, she says, introversion is seen as something between a disappointment and a pathology. And that is a perception she is out to change. Cain talks with us about her new book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

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