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March 06, 2014 - Focus

The University of Illinois Chess Team’s Cinderella Story

The team has no grandmaster, no local coach, little funding to speak of and no formal recruitment. Yet the U of I team has made it to the Final Four of competitive chess in the U.S. for the second consecutive year. 


Former U.S. Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair attends the unveiling of her image on U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Tribute at USA House in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.

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February 12, 2014 - Focus

Central Illinois Olympians

This hour on Focus, we’ll hear from five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair, who is representing the U.S. as a delegate this winter in Sochi, Russia and other central Illinois Olympic skaters.


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October 22, 2013 - Focus

Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency

There’s no question the game of baseball has changed substantially over the course of the 20th century. This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with Daniel Gilbert about his new book that explores the way the labor history of the MLB has shaped the game.


Tatyana McFadden as she wins the Chicago Marathon

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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.


The Monticello High School football team practices in pre-season training in August.

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October 09, 2013 - Focus

Concussions and High School Athletes

The problems concussions can cause athletes long term is a hot button issue right now in the world of professional sports… but what are high schools doing to keep their athletes safe?


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July 24, 2013 - Focus

Encore: The Game From Where I Stand

This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to an interview with former Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Doug Glanville.


Gamma Phi Circus performers

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July 08, 2013 - Focus

Gamma Phi Circus and The Ordinary Acrobat

What comes to mind when you hear the word “circus?” Probably not a college campus… During this hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Marcus Alouan of Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University about collegiate circus and circus summer camps. 


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