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Encore: Staycations in East Central Illinois

Colleagues are in and out of the office this time of year on vacation or taking time to enjoy the summer. Just in case can’t get away and are looking for something to do, we’ll listen back to a conversation about where to “staycation” in East Central Illinois. It’ll make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re in staying in the area.

Encore: Julia Sweeney

As a parent, how do you talk to your kids about the birds and the bees? That very conversation inspired Julia Sweeney’s new book “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.” This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation she had with Jim Meadows earlier this year.

Ed Diener giving a lecture

Encore: Quantifying Happiness

What makes you happy? Today on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation with Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, who is a pioneer in the study of happiness.

a child doing a cannonball at Sholem Aquatic Center
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Summer Grammarphobia

Vacation, lemonade, air-conditioning…. Ever wonder the origins of the words we use during the summertime? This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Patricia O’Conner, author of “Woe is I” about summer grammar. We welcome your grammar pet peeves and questions this hour on Focus!

Rick Steves

Encore: Rick Steves

Do you experience wanderlust? Or do you have yet to catch the travel bug? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with public radio host, TV personality and world-renowned travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves.

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Personal Finance: Joining Finances

Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and lecturer at the UIUC College of Business and Jake Kuebler, a Certified Financial Planner with Bluestem Financial Advisors in Champaign. We welcome your calls and questions!

Dr. Danielle Ofri

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Have you ever had a moment at work when you were so overwhelmed by how you felt, either for personal reasons or because of something that happened at work that it was hard for you to function? This hour on Focus, we'll hear about the intersection between human emotion, medicine and patient care.