Focus - July 25, 2012

The Social Conquest of Earth

How do we explain the willingness of one person to sacrifice for another? People will put the interests of family ahead of their own. But biologist Edward O. Wilson says more important in human development has been the advancement of the group, even those members who don’t share our genes. E. O. Wilson talks about his new book "The Social Conquest of Earth." The book explores the biological roots of human culture.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 am

Focus - July 11, 2012

Pay For Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform

Ronald A. Smith, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sports History, Penn State University

Host: David Inge

Intercollegiate athletics began in the U.S. in the 1850s, but it wasn’t long before people were talking about the need for reform. Penn State historian Ronald Smith says the story of big-time athletic reform is generally one of failure, in large part, because it ignores the one group that has a direct interest in reform--the faculty. We’ll go to the archives for a conversation with Ronald Smith, author of "Pay for Play," a book that explores the history of college athletic reform.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, February 06, 2012, 10 am

Focus - July 02, 2012

Student Loan Debt and Default, a National Crisis?

More than 90 percent of today’s students earning a bachelor’s degree borrow money to pay for school. That can leave them with a huge burden of debt when they graduate. Why have so many students turned to borrowing to pay for college? And what happens to them and to the country if they can’t repay their loans? Our guest will be Lauren Asher, president of the Institute for College Access and Success, and we’ll explore the growing problem of student debt.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10 am

Focus - June 26, 2012

College Student Mental Health, Current Trends and Research

Ben Locke, Ph.D., Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; The Pennsylvania State University

Host: David Inge

On college campuses all across the country, the mental health of students is a growing concern. But what do we know about the national student population? How many students today experience depression, or anxiety? How many are taking medication? How well do schools respond to their needs? We’ll explore these and other questions with Ben Locke, from the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at Penn State University.

Focus - June 25, 2012

Higher Education and University of Illinois Issues

Phyllis Wise, Ph.D., Vice President and Chancellor, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Our guest will be Phyllis Wise, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She came to Illinois last fall from the University of Washington, and we’ll talk about some of the challenges she has faced in her first year at Illinois.  She will also share her thoughts on some of the major issues in higher education, including rising tuition costs, declining access, and the challenges of meeting the needs of today’s students.

Focus - May 31, 2012

Interview with Cokie Roberts

NPR’s Cokie Roberts shares stories about growing up in a political family. She was in Urbana earlier in the month to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony. Before that, she stopped by our studios to talk about some of her experiences in journalism. As it was the day before Mother’s Day, she told some stories about her Mom, who, like her Dad, was a member of Congress. We also talked about some of the important, yet overlooked women in early American politics.

This interview was recorded on May 12, 2012.

Focus - May 29, 2012

Sustainable Initiatives and Priorities at the University of Illinois and Parkland College

Growing numbers of people are trying to be conscious of the environmental impact of the way they live, but on college campuses, sustainability has been important for decades. All across the country students and administrators are looking at the carbon footprints of their institutions and making commitments on everything from campus gardens to green buildings. We’ll look at some of the sustainability efforts of two schools very close to us as we talk with Pradeep Khanna, associate chancellor at the University of Illinois, and Seamus Reilly, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Parkland College.

Focus - May 14, 2012

College Student Mental Health, Current Trends and Research

With Ben Locke, Ph.D. (Counseling and Clinical Psychology Associate Director, Clinical Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Services; Executive Director: CCMH Affiliate Faculty, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University)

Focus - May 02, 2012

Innovation and the Role of the University

With Debasish Dutta, Ph.D. (Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate College; the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering; Professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, University of Illinois; Scholar-in-Residence at the National Academy of Engineering), and Larence Schook, Ph.D. (Vice President for Research; the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor, Department of Animal Sciences; Director of the Division of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois)

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