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December 31, 2013 - Focus

Encore: Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep…but have you ever wondered why? Interestingly enough, despite years and billions of dollars in research, even leading sleep scientists still can’t answer that question. We'll listen back to a conversation Lindsey Moon had with David Randall, author of the book Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.


The International Society for Arboriculture uses the "True Colors" personality test. Employees keep their colors on puzzle pieces outside their door in the office.

December 27, 2013 - Focus

Encore: Understanding Personality Tests

Have you ever taken a personality test to see what it says about you? Today on Focus, we find out what they actually measure and what we can and can’t learn from them.


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December 26, 2013 - Focus

A Season’s Griot

Kwanzaa begins today and lasts through January 4. During this hour, we'll learn more about the holiday and will listen to plenty of music with host Madafo Lloyd Wilson. 


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December 25, 2013 - Focus

Tinsel Tales 2

This hour, we'll hear holiday stories from the voices of NPR.


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December 24, 2013 - Focus

Tinsel Tales

Lynn Neary hosts NPR's "Tinsel Tales." This hour we'll hear favorite holiday stories from the voices of NPR


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December 23, 2013 - Focus

Encore: Pages From the Past

What do Adlai Stevenson, the Underground railroad, the Orphan Train movement and the old-time radio program Vic and Sade have in common?


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December 20, 2013 - Focus

Personal Finance: Retirement

Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Kevin Waspi, a chartered financial analyst and Kathy Sweedler, a consumer economics educator for University of Illinois Extension. We welcome your calls and questions!


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