Focus - November 07, 2012

Post-Election Analysis

We'll discuss the outcome and ramifications of the 2012 election, from the President to local races. Our guests are John S. Jackson, Visiting Professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University; and Brian Gaines, professor in the department of Political Science and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.

Focus - November 01, 2012

Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love

There are many reasons to purchase goods or services from one company over another: price, quality, and convenience. But sometimes, the decision is a moral one; we seek out businesses we believe support or represent our world view – or avoid those that defy it. (The debate earlier this summer over Chick-Fil-A was a demonstration of both).

At the heart of such decisions is whether we deem a company to be socially responsible. But how do you really know? How can you be sure that a reputation is accurate and deserved? And what if the truth is mixed – what if a company leads on one ethical precept, but falls short on another?

Journalist Fran Hawthorne has contemplated these questions, and set out to uncover whether some of the most beloved, trusted companies who have built up a socially responsible reputation really live up to the hype. In the book Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love, Hawthorne takes us behind the scenes of companies with powerful brand loyalty, companies like Tom’s of Maine, Starbucks, and Apple. Along the way, Hawthorne finds out why these companies have earned seemingly unflagging devotion from socially conscious consumers. And she calls out the companies and consumers alike with a provocative question: Is it really about being socially conscious, or just looking like you are?

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 10 am

Focus - October 26, 2012

Interview with Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Interview with Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas

Host: David Inge

Since the beginning of his career in journalism eight years ago, Jose Vargas has written hundreds of stories — including covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post; profiling Al Gore for Rolling Stone and Mark Zuckerberg for The New Yorker; writing and producing a documentary on the AIDS epidemic in the nation's capital; and winning a Pulitzer Prize for helping cover the Virginia Tech massacre.  A little over a year ago, Vargas wrote a groundbreaking essay in the New York Times Sunday Magazine revealing his "undocumented immigrant" status.  Since then, he founded Define American and has worked to facilitate dialogue about the DREAM Act and immigration issues.

On Friday, October 26th at 12:00 noon, the University YMCA will host Pulitzer Prize winning journalist José Antonio Vargas to talk about his experiences as an undocumented immigrant and how debate over immigration policies is shaping the 2012 election season.

Focus - October 19, 2012

Focus Open Line

Craig Cohen, Producer and Host, Focus

Travis Stansel, Producer, Focus

Host: Craig Cohen

Focus has been a flagship program for WILL for more than 30 years. In September, Craig Cohen took over the reins from David Inge upon David's retirement. Now we're asking you, our listeners, for feedback and ideas on the future of Focus - what would you like to hear when you tune in each morning?

Focus - October 15, 2012

Inteview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep, Host of NPR's Morning Edition and the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Host: Craig Cohen

Steve Inskeep is the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Inskeep covered the war in Afghanistan, the hunt for al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq for NPR. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid that went wrong in Afghanistan. Since joining Morning Edition in 2004, Inskeep has hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, Karachi, Cairo, and Tehran; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a 2006 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for "The Price of African Oil," a series on conflict in Nigeria. Inskeep is also the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a story of ordinary, often heroic people and their struggles to build one of the world's great megacities.

Focus - October 05, 2012

The State of Investigative Journalism

Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois

Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor of ProPublica

Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network

Host: Craig Cohen

The work of investigative reporters has been behind many stories that have become history and led to changes in public policy. Most famously, it was the work of investigative journalists that led to the resignation of Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal. But investigative reporting takes time and money, a challenge as newsrooms slash budgets and focus on feeding a 24-hour news cycle. This has led to the growth of independent investigative reporting organizations such as ProPublica and the Investigative News Network, which often partner with larger media outlets. We'll discuss the state of investigative journalism with Brant Houston, Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, Journalism Department, College of Media, University of Illinois; Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor of ProPublica; and Kevin Davis, CEO & Executive Director of the Investigative News Network.

Focus - July 10, 2012

Never In My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism

Belva Davis, Award-Winning Journalist

Host: David Inge

We talk to television news pioneer Belva Davis. She was the first black woman to work in television news on the West Coast. She has talked with some of the most notable figures of the 20th century and reported some of the biggest stories, including the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the birth of the Black Panthers and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. On a recent visit to the campus, she stopped by our studios to talk about how she got her start in broadcasting and to share stories drawn from her 40-year career. Recorded on April 17, 2012.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11 am

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