Tatyana McFadden as she wins the Chicago Marathon

AP Photo

October 17, 2013 - Focus

Tatyana McFadden and IntelliWheels Marissa Siebel and Josh George on engineering a better wheelchair

This hour, we hear from University of Illinois wheelchair athlete Tatyana McFadden about her Chicago Marathon win this past weekend. Jim Meadows also talks with IntelliWheels’ Marissa Siebel and Josh George, who took third place in the men’s wheelchair division of the Chicago Marathon, about their Champaign based company that makes geared wheelchair wheels.

Ryan and his team pushing into Champaign

Parker Feierbach

May 23, 2013 - Focus

Ryan Chalmers: Push Across America

Ryan Chalmers is attempting to push himself across the country from Los Angeles to New York in 71 days…in a wheelchair. This hour on Focus, we talk with Chalmers about why he’s doing it and how it’s going.

December 18, 2012 - Focus

A Disability History of the United States

An estimated one out of every five Americans has been diagnosed with one or more psychological or physical disabilities. That makes disabled Americans one of our largest minorities. And yet, most of our history books pay little notice to the role the disabled have played in our nation’s past. We’ll discuss the contributions of the disabled to our laws, policies, economics, popular culture, and collective identity, with Kim Nielsen, author of A Disability History of the United States.

March 02, 2009 - Focus

How Community Organizations Result in Community Savings

With Lyn Jones (President and CEO, United Way of Champaign County), and , and Brenda Davis Koester (Coordinator of Programs at the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois), and Dale Morrissey (CEO of Developmental Services Center, Champaign)

May 17, 2007 - Focus

Shattered Nerves: How Science is Solving Modern Medicine’s Most Perplexing Problem

Guest: Victor D. Chase.

Around the world there are countless people with neurological disorders that disrupt their ability to move or communicate. Injury or disease can create a gap between a functioning brain and the parts of the body meant to receive its signals. Today on Focus, we'll look at the effort to develop medical devices to bridge that gap with guest Victor D. Chase, author of Shattered Nerves.