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

Co-hosted by George Norwood and Roz Rice, the half-hour program 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.

Thursdays @ 9:30pm & Fridays @ 5pm on WSIU 8.1
(repeats Sundays @ 1:30pm | Watch Online)

On the Next Episode of WSIU InFocus:

Herb Russell; L. O. Trigg
Thu, April 16 @ 9:30pm (repeats 4/17 @ 5pm & 4/19 @ 1:30pm)

Local historian Herb Russell takes WSIU producer Jak Tichenor on a walking tour of photographs used to illustrate his new book, The State of Southern Illinois, recently featured as an exhibit at SIU's University Museum. Later in the show, Mary McCorvie of the Shawnee National Forest discusses recent efforts to reintroduce Ozark Tours, originally created in the 1930s by local newspaperman and self-appointed regional promoter L.O. Trigg, as a way to celebrate National Public Land Days in our region. Trigg wanted both influential Illinoisans and national leaders to experience the wonders of southern Illinois with the hopes that a new National Forest would be established in the region.

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 of InFocus.


Roz Rice

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