Jeffrey Hays in the WILL studio

Photo by Lisa Bralts

Focus - January 31, 2013

Immigration Reform

The move to overhaul the nation’s immigration system is gaining momentum in Washington, and President Obama has called that “good news.” Today on Focus: the current path to citizenship and the challenges and barriers it presents to immigrants.

Elizabeth Ambros at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina, with unidentified male

Focus - January 30, 2013

Women in Combat and the Transition to Civilian Life after the Military

Even though the ban on women serving in combat was only officially lifted last week, women have already been serving on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. This hour host Craig Cohen talks with Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Erica Borggren about what the ban means for women in the military and about her experiences serving in Iraq.

Focus - January 29, 2013

Men’s Health

Diet, exercise, nutrition and heart disease have all been health buzz words lately. This hour on Focus, we'll talk with Dr. Sumuk Sundaram of Christie Clinic about men's health issues.

book jacket of the Christian America book

Focus - January 28, 2013

Christian America and the Kingdom of God

This hour on Focus, we’ll consider the notion of America as a Christian nation, as we talk with Dr. Richard Hughes, a Professor of Religion at Messiah College. He explores this concept in his book Christian America and the Kingdom of God. In it, Hughes considers how religious and political leaders have historically used this belief to reinforce a sort of messianic nationalism, characterizing the United States as God’s “chosen nation” – a view Hughes holds has led to an increase in power and influence among fundamentalist Christians, but has ironically led to unchristian behavior.

People playing a video game

Focus - January 25, 2013

Violence and Video Games

Do gory and graphic video games really affect behavior? How did games get to be so violent in the first place? This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talks with Craig Anderson, a professor at Iowa State University and the Director of the Center for Study of Violence about what the research shows us about the connection between violence and video games.

Drawing of a person with many flags covering his body

Focus - January 24, 2013

Bilingual Education

An elementary school in Urbana is piloting a dual language program teaching kindergarten classes almost entirely in Spanish.

painting of men fighting with swords

Photo from Wikipedia Commons

Focus - January 23, 2013

The War of 1812

The University of Illinois Press' “The War of 1812” by Wayne State College Professor Donald Hickey offers a comprehensive and authoritative history of the War of 1812.

Ben and Timmy McClelland

Focus - 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.

Taylor Hooton smiling

Family Photo

Focus - January 18, 2013

Steroids and Youth Sports

Recently the Baseball Hall of Fame announced it will induct no one for the first time in more than a decade, a move many view as a statement against the use of steroids in professional sports. In addition, cyclist Lance Armstrong is now admitting to using performance enhancing drugs.

Sandy Mason Portrait

Focus - January 17, 2013

Lawn and Garden Care

Our topic will be lawn and garden care, and our guest will be Sandy Mason, horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension.  We do these shows from time to time to help with problems in the home landscape, and we can take a wide range of questions on anything from trees and shrubs to vegetables and flowers, even houseplants. Whether you are trying to solve a problem, or you are looking for suggestions on what to plant, your call will be welcome.

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