Supriya Hobbs

March 21, 2014 - Focus

The Effects of Gender-typed Toys

Were the toys you played with as a child either pink or blue?  This hour on Focus, we'll discuss gender stereotyping and how our childhood toys can affect how we perceive ourselves.


Nicole Eason, who adopted several children through "private re-homing," even though she had her two biological children taken by social services.

Reuters

September 18, 2013 - Focus

Private Re-homing

When you can’t take care of a dog or a cat, it seems perfectly reasonable to go online to try and find them a new home. But would you ever even think to do that with a child?


one child reads while another looks at a computer screen

Jeremy Heibert/Flickr

June 04, 2013 - Focus

Touch Screen Kids

Too much screen time is bad news, at least that's how the story goes. But they're getting harder to avoid, especially during summer when kids are home from school. This hour on Focus, we talk about screens, educational media and how much is too much.


Katie Nolan is pictured on the far left with campers at Camp Peairs near Bloomington.

Photo Courtesy of Katie Nolan

May 13, 2013 - Focus

The Case for Summer Camp

What’s your favorite memory from summer camp as a kid? Do those memories influence how you feel about sending your kids there? This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the psychology of summer camp.


Photo Courtesy of Baby TALK

May 09, 2013 - Focus

Let’s TALK Kids

This hour on Focus, we’re going to T.A.L.K. about kids with Baby TALK Founding Executive Director Claudia Quigg about the Baby TALK model, her organization and her new book. 


Assembly Hall

News-Gazette

March 25, 2013 - Focus

50 Years Later: Assembly Hall

What’s your fondest memory of Assembly Hall? A concert? A speech? Today on Focus, we remembered 50 years of the Hall with Fred Kroner, author of the new book “A Saucer Coming to Rest, A Half Century of Assembly Hall” and Kevin Ullestad, Assembly Hall’s Director.


People playing a video game

January 25, 2013 - Focus

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.


Ben and Timmy McClelland

January 22, 2013 - Focus

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.


Baby lying in a crib

January 11, 2013 - Focus

Home Birth and Midwifery in Illinois

Most women give birth in the hospital and some would not have it any other way.  But there are other women who prefer to have their babies in the comfort of their own home in the care of a midwife.


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