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WSIU InFocus turns the spotlight on the unique people, places, events, and issues important to southern Illinois.

WSIU InFocus explores the interesting stories and people of southern Illinois and the surrounding region. The series examines a variety of topics which include: arts and education, family and community, regional history, cultural identity, and news and public affairs.

Thu @ 9:30pm, Fri @ 5pm & Sun @ 1:30pm on WSIU 8.1

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On the Next Episode:
Interview with Wendy Davis

WSIU HD | Thu, May 21 @ 9:30pm
(repeats 5/22 @ 5pm & 5/24 @ 1:30pm)

Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was cast into the national spotlight when she led an eleven-hour filibuster of a law strengthening abortion restrictions in the upper chamber of the Texas legislature in 2013. Davis, a Democrat, later mounted an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Texas against Republican Greg Abbott, has written a new book about her experiences, "Forgetting to be Afraid," and appeared on the SIU Campus to speak on gender equality issues during Women's History Month. Interviewed by Jak Tichenor.

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About the Hosts:


George Norwood

George Norwood is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, a position he has held since 1998. Since October 2005, Professor Norwood has served as co-host.


Roz Rice

Roz Rice has a background in media/promotions and currently serves as a spokeswoman for the Southern Illinois Healthcare system. Since October 2005, Rice has served as co-host .