Supriya Hobbs

March 21, 2014 - Focus

The Effects of Gender-typed Toys

Were the toys you played with as a child either pink or blue?  This hour on Focus, we'll discuss gender stereotyping and how our childhood toys can affect how we perceive ourselves.


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January 16, 2014 - Focus

Net Neutrality

Tuesday, a circuit court in Washington D.C. struck down rules ensuring net neutrality. This hour on Focus we’ll talk about what that means for the internet.


Anne Balsamo

September 23, 2013 - Focus

Designing Culture

Technology is constantly changing the way we organize everything. Despite the pace of change, we’re still in control. This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Anne Balsamo about the ways she says it’s possible for us to design the culture we want through the way we use the technologies we create.


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July 10, 2013 - Focus

Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet

Have you ever gotten an email and wondered why on earth it arrived in your inbox? This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Finn Brunton about why spam plagues us all.


one child reads while another looks at a computer screen

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June 04, 2013 - Focus

Touch Screen Kids

Too much screen time is bad news, at least that's how the story goes. But they're getting harder to avoid, especially during summer when kids are home from school. This hour on Focus, we talk about screens, educational media and how much is too much.


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May 22, 2013 - Focus

Digital Privacy and the Workplace

Illinois law currently bans employers from asking employees and prospective employees for their social media passwords, but there is a bill in the Illinois House that would change that. This hour on Focus, we'll talk about the bill and larger issues it raises when it comes to digital privacy. 


This image shows a nanoparticle with atomic resolution. It is a projection image of the nanoparticle where darker atomic columns represent Se columns while the brighter columns are Cd (atomic structure has been partially overlayed to highlight the at

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May 01, 2013 - Focus

Itty-Bitty Technology; Big Potential

Think about the size of a lady bug. Now, think 1,000 times smaller than that, and we’re talking about the size of a red blood cell. Go another 1,000 times smaller, and that’s how big a nanometer is. What can you do with something that small? We’ll find out this hour on Focus.


The Blue Waters Supercomputer for Sustained Petascale Computing supported by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications or NCSA and the University of Illinois.

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April 15, 2013 - Focus

Blue Waters

If a person, multiplying two numbers together once every second, tried to do as many multiplications as the new UIUC’s super computer Blue Waters can do in a second, it would take them about 300 million years. This hour on Focus we talked about the technology and the problems Blue Waters is trying to solve.


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