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Focus - February 25, 2013

Weird Life

We are fascinated with exotic life forms; legends of monsters like the Kraken and Nessie litter our folklore. But why? Today on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Toomey, author of the new book Weird Life.

May Berenbaum with an insect

Photo by UIUC News Service

Focus - February 21, 2013

The 30th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival

Have you ever pet a cockroach? If you’ve been longing to, you’ll get that chance this weekend at the Insect Fear Film Festival. This hour on Focus, host Craig Cohen talked with UIUC entomologist May Berenbaum about this year’s festival, cockroaches in all their glory, and flying insect swarms as UFO’s. Find the podcast here. 

Focus - October 03, 2012

Talk with the Veterinarians

Brendan C. McKiernan, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-SAIM, Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine Director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Illinois

Julia Whittington, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor,Zoological Animal Medicine and Surgery; and Director of the Wildlife Clinic, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

Host: Craig Cohen

We welcome your questions about the care and feeding of your pets on Wednesday’s Focus. From dogs and cats to birds to gerbils and hamsters to whatever animal companions may be cavorting around your house, we’ll welcome any questions you may have for Julia Whittington, Director of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Clinic, and Brendan McKiernan, a Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.

Focus - August 30, 2012

Kingdom Under Glass

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am

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Focus - August 23, 2012

Encore: Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions

Guest: Mark W. Moffett, Ph.D.

Of all the creatures to exhibit strikingly human behaviors, the ant is perhaps the most unexpected. But ants are merchants, construction workers, and farmers that deal with everything from recycling and hygiene to warfare. Today on Focus, entomologist Mark Moffett shares stories from a global journey to learn more about the various species.

Focus - July 05, 2012

Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story

We’ll talk with Kenyan author and conservationist Dame Daphne Sheldrick. For 20 years beginning in the mid 1950s, she was co-warden, along with her husband David, of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. She is the first person ever to have successfully hand-raised newborn elephants, and rehabilitated many different animals, including rhinos and zebras. She will share  stories from her African childhood and her 50 years of work in the field of wildlife conservation. That’s the subject of her memoir "Love, Life and Elephants."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 07, 2012, 11 am

Focus - June 29, 2012


Guest: May Berenbaum.

We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.

Focus - June 01, 2012

Dog Care and Behavior

Jim Kuehl, Dog Trainer

Carole Lindholm, Dog Trainer

Host: David Inge

Dog trainers Jim Kuehl and Carole Lindholm, both with the Dog Training Club of Champaign-Urbana, join us. Jim raises Malamutes. Carole has a Golden and a Doodle. If you share a passion for dogs and the bond we share, join us. Your phone calls and email messages about dogs will be invited.

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