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.

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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?


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.


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.


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.


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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