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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 Peter Alexander

Former SIU School of Law Dean Peter Alexander has co-written a new book his father, Leonard Alexander, about his family's efforts to integrate the school system in their hometown of Hillburn, New York during the 1930s and 40s. "It Takes a Village, the Integration of the Hillburn School System," traces the fight led by family patriarch Thomas Ulysses Alexander, the president of the local of NAACP chapter, to allow African-American children to attend the whites-only grade school in their tiny hometown.

On the Next Episode:

Studio Interview David Axelrod

WSIU HD 8.1 | Thu, July 2 @ 9:30pm
(repeats 7/3 @ 5pm & 7/5 @ 1:30pm)

Political strategist and former White House senior advisor to President Barack Obama discussed his new book, "Believer, My Forty Years in Politics" with WSIU senior producer Jak Tichenor during a recent visit to the SIU Carbondale campus. Axelrod, a former Chicago Tribune newspaper reporter left journalism in 1984 to run Congressman Paul Simon's successful bid for U.S. Senate and later bid for the White House in 1998. Axelrod managed both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns, served as a senior advisor to the President during his first term and now heads the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

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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 .