a village in Cambodia
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April 16, 2013

Friendship with Cambodia and Accessing Education after the Arab Spring

This hour on Focus, we talked about sex trafficking and tourism in Cambodia and how one woman originally from Urbana is working to help keep girls with their families and out of brothels in South East Asia. Then, we learned about Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot on her way home from school for advocating that all children should be able to attend school.

The Blue Waters Supercomputer for Sustained Petascale Computing supported by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications or NCSA and the University of Illinois.
UI News Service
April 15, 2013

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.

April 12, 2013

Gardening Technology

What color is your thumb…green or black? This hour on Focus, we talked with Eduardo Torrealba who has been working on a project to help you if you answered “black” and Sandy Mason, UI extension horticulture expert. 

Brian Stauffer
April 11, 2013

Bond….James Bond

What is it about James Bond? Why did the character spark such a following and why does the character endure? This hour on Focus, we talked about Bond, his cars and his legacy.

April 09, 2013

The House I Live In

Last night, “The House I Live In” aired on WILL-TV. Today on Focus, we’ll talk with the writer, director and producer for the film Eugene Jarecki about the film and the statements it makes about the War on Drugs. After the show, don’t miss a free, online screening of the film with a discussion to follow!

Morkie puppy
Kelsey Arganbright
April 05, 2013

Talk with the Veterinarians

Are you a dog or a cat person? Maybe you’re neither? Both? This hour on Focus, we’re talking with two area veterinarians and welcome your pet questions, no matter what breed of species you love and care for.

an unmanned aerial vehicle
April 04, 2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Calling them unmanned aerial vehicles sounds just as scary as calling them drones, but what do we really mean when we talk about this technology? This hour on Focus, we talked about drones, how they are being used and how they’re not. We also heard from an Urbana man working to advance the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and to inspire high school students to study math and science.

Wikimedia Commons
April 03, 2013

Homelessness a Concern in C-U

At homeless shelters in the Champaign-Urbana area, budget cuts due to the sequester are especially unwelcome. This hour on Focus, we talked about the unmet need for sheltering and rehabilitation services in the area and will hear from a mother who has been working for the last two years to get back on her feet.

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