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Next Week on Focus: MLB Opening Day, Drones and The Lawyer Bubble

Do you love MLB Opening Day? Who’re you rooting for this season? Does the idea of drone technology scare you or excite you?  Find out more about what’s coming up next week on Focus and join our conversation.

Thursday on Focus, we'll talk about unmanned aerial vehicles.

Thursday on Focus, we'll talk about unmanned aerial vehicles. Wikimedia Commons

Next week on Focus, we'll talk with the official historian for Major League Baseball and an Urbana man working with unmanned aerial technology for both journalistic purposes and to inspire high school students to study math and science. We'll also address the unmet need for homeless services in the area and talk about the growing disconnect between law schools and law firms in Illionis and why it matters. 

Monday April 1 – Play Ball!Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals
Do you love opening day? Who are you rooting for this season?

This hour on Focus, John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball, joins guest host Jeff Bossert to talk about baseball history. We’ll talk about presidential pitches, other opening day oddities and what makes opening day so iconic in American culture. Then, during the second half of the hour, Donald Spivey, a UIUC grad and a Professor of History at the University of Miami, joins us to talk about pitching legend Satchel Paige. Spivey will be giving a lecture at Eastern Illinois University this evening about Paige and his legacy. 

Tuesday, April 2 – The Lawyer Bubble
Have you ever had a difficult time accessing legal advice? Have you been in a situation where you needed help but couldn’t afford to pay for an attorney? We want to hear from you this hour!

The Illinois State Bar Association is calling for changes in the way the state educates it attorneys. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about the changes the association wants made and why. According to a new report, the debt load students are graduating with is playing a big part in the decrease in available and affordable legal services in the state. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with President of the Illinois State Bar Association John Thies about the problem. Steven Harper, author of the new book “The Lawyer Bubble” and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, also joins us.

Wednesday, April 3 – Homelessness a Concern in C-U

A new emergency shelter for the homeless recently started serving families in Champaign county, filling the unmet need for sheltering services for families with children. But funding for the shelter will likely dry up before the end of this year. Even with the new emergency shelter in operation, Nancy Hiatt, Executive Director for the Center for Women in Transition, says there’s a huge unmet need for sheltering and rehabilitation services in East Central Illinois.

This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Hiatt and Beverly Baker, the Director of Community Impact at the United Way of Champaign County. They’ll tell us about the challenges of providing shelter to families and to homeless men and women.  Host Jim Meadows also talks with one woman form Champaign who has been working to get back on her feet and recover from homelessness and drug addiction for the past two years. She’ll tell us about the stigma associated with being homeless and how difficult it really is to regain footing after losing everything.


Thursday, April 4 – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Are you excited by the possibilities of this kind of technology? Or does it scare you? Why? We want to hear from you this hour!

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, host Jim Meadows talks with Matthew Schroyer, a graduate of the UIUC who is also the founder of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists. We’ll talk with him about the things drones could help us do, and we’ll ask him about the privacy concerns the technology raises. Professor Nancy Cooke, Science Director of the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute in Mesa, Arizona, also joins us.

Friday, April 5 – Talk with the Veterinarians
We welcome your questions about your pets this hour on Focus!

Are you a dog or a cat person? Maybe you’re neither? Or both? This hour on Focus, we’re talking with two area veterinarians and welcome your pet questions, no matter what breed or species you love and care for. Sally Foote, a small animal vet from Tuscola who specializes in dog and cat behavior, will be here to walk us through some of the best ways to help scaredy cats (and dogs) through thunderstorm season, and Dr. Brendan McKiernan, who directs the UIUC Veterinary Teaching Hospital, also joins us.