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 - December 28, 2012

Exploring JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit

This September marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien's novel The Hobbit. An estimated 100 million copies of the book have been sold since its publication, but interest in The Hobbit sees no signs of abating, as the first of a trilogy of Hobbit films by Peter Jackson opens this December. Author Corey Olsen, who produces a podcast called The Tolkien Professor, feels that The Hobbit has lived far too long in the shadow of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books. His idea is to turn attention back to what he calls "this brilliant little book." Olsen is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington College in Maryland and the President and founder of the Mythgard Institute, a new online teaching center for the study of Tolkien and other works of imaginative literature.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 10 am

Focus - February 24, 2012

The Academy Awards Nominations and Films of 2011

With Richard Leskosky, Ph.D. (Associate Director Unit for Cinema Studies and Assistant Professor, University of Illinois; Film Critic, The News-Gazette), and David Desser (Emeritus Professor and former Director of Cinema Studies, UIUC; Adjunct Professor of Critical Media Studies, Department of Film and Television, UCLA)

Focus - September 16, 2011

Shock Value

Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

With Jason Zinoman (Critic and Reporter covering theater for The New York Times)

Focus - February 22, 2011

2011 Insect Fear Film Festival: Killer Wasps

With May Berenbaum, Ph.D. (Head, Department of Entomology; Professor, Department of Entomology, UIUC: joint appointment, Department Plant Biology, UIUC; Affiliate, Dept. Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, UIUC; Affiliate, Center for Economic Entomology, Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois)

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