blog postsWhy the deck is stacked against a democratic AfghanistanOct 15, 2009 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... José Antonio Cheibub, a professor of political scienceBook Corner: Writer profiles alienated youth on the U.S./Mexico borderNov 15, 2012 9:00 am4 views Many make their living by crawling through the sewers beneath the border cities of Nogales, Mexico, and Nogales, Ariz., and mugging migrants seeking new lives in the United States. Some of these young men and women, who call themselves Barrio Libre ("Free Hood"), traffic in drugs in the desolate deserts where more than 5,000 people trying to enter the U.S. have died.Is government corruption in Illinois pervasive, or does it just seem that way?Dec 16, 2008 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... political scientist Thomas RudolphPeoples' relationships with places focus of new bookApr 8, 2013 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - The strong emotional and spiritual attachments that exist between people and physical spaces are transforming conservation practices, a trend explored in a new book, "Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives From the Social Sciences," published by Springer.How did the Senate confirmation hearings for the nation's first Latina nominee to the U.S. Supreme court reflect America's attitudes toward Latinos?Jul 27, 2009 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Isabel Molina-Guzmán, a professor in the department of media and cinema studiesEducators to discuss how to better serve Latino pupilsOct 10, 2011 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - A panel of local educators who specialize in meeting the needs of immigrant children will discuss strategies for providing early childhood and elementary education to young Latinos at noon on Oct. 14 (Friday).Where the midterm election is headed, and whyOct 19, 2010 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... political scientist Brian GainesDoes the Facebook Generation need limits on screen time?Nov 8, 2013 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Barbara Wilson, an expert on the social and psychological effects of media on youthWhat makes Europe's debt crisis so unwieldy?Nov 9, 2011 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... William Bernhard, the head of the political science departmentChild-welfare web site gives caseworkers first-time access to dataNov 17, 2004 9:00 am5 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Child-welfare caseworkers tend to focus on daily crises.Organized labor an easy scapegoat for economic woes, expert saysJan 27, 2011 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Great Recession has become a convenient excuse for the vilification of unionized labor, a University of Illinois labor expert says.Combat helmet that could relay injury data is goal of U. of I. projectMar 6, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -University of Illinois researchers are pooling their knowledge of health sciences and engineering on a project that ultimately could benefit combat soldiers who've received serious - but often immediately undetectable - blast-related brain injuries.How did even tiny Cyprus threaten the entire EU economy?Apr 8, 2013 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... political scientist Kostas KourtikakisPoll: Most still undecided about constitutional convention for IllinoisApr 15, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Support is lagging for Illinois' first constitutional convention in four decades, but could get a boost from growing unrest over political in-fighting that many citizens fear has paralyzed state government, according to a new University of Illinois poll.Business owners should go 'green' in rebuilding after disastersApr 25, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters unleash their furies on communities, the losses can be especially devastating for small-business owners with limited budgets and flimsy safety nets. But when the skies clear, and the cleanup and rebuilding begins, savvy owners may actually find a silver - or "green" - lining beneath the rubble and ruin.Scholars examine forces strengthening, threatening democraciesMay 12, 2008 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - At the dawn of the 21st century, democracy as a form of government was ascendant. The wealthiest nations were democracies, and democratization was well under way in southern and eastern Europe, and in Latin America.Greece elects a parliament but remains divided over austerity measuresJun 19, 2012 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... political scientist Kostas KourtikakisExperts should be thinking -- now -- beyond Katrina rescue effortSep 2, 2005 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - While post-Katrina rescue and evacuation operations continue to be the priority in New Orleans, urban planning expert Rob Olshansky says now also is the time to be staging the next phase of the city's disaster-recovery plans.Researchers show transition to 'Soundbite University' in news coverageSep 8, 2010 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Higher education has shifted from newsmaker to news commentator, at least in The New York Times, according to a University of Illinois study of the paper's coverage over six decades.Why public reaction to unlimited corporate political donations may come laterOct 7, 2010 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... political scientist Tom RudolphBook Corner: Colonial black women: What is freedom?Oct 21, 2010 9:00 am6 views They baked New England's Thanksgiving pies, preached their faith to crowds of worshippers, spied for the patriots during the American Revolution, wrote that human bondage was a sin, and demanded reparations for slavery.Mandela's place in South Africa's historyDec 6, 2013 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Teresa Barnes, a professor of southern African history and of gender and women's studiesBad news for Obama: Getting elected was the easy part. Here's what he should expect...Dec 8, 2008 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... former Illinois Gov. Jim EdgarFederal health care reform law holds hope for mental health servicesDec 15, 2011 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Uninsured adults with serious mental illnesses may have a harder time finding care because state budgetary cutbacks are dramatically affecting services and staffing levels at community mental health agencies in Illinois and other states. But full implementation of the federal health care reform law could help alleviate that, according to scholars in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.Gather the family for the holidays (but leave old conflicts in the past)Dec 19, 2011 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Leanne Knobloch, a professor of communicationWhere was the rancorous debate over Illinois' civil unions law?Dec 22, 2010 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Anna-Maria Marshall, head of the sociology department and also a professor of lawMaltreated children more likely to engage in delinquent behaviorJan 13, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Children who have experienced maltreatment are significantly more likely to engage in delinquent behavior, according to a unique new study matching child welfare and juvenile court records from Chicago and its Cook County suburbs.When – and why – did the Super Bowl become a showcase for advertising?Jan 29, 2008 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Jan Slater, the head of the department of advertisingNPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg to speak Feb. 11 at the U. of I.Jan 29, 2013 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg will give a talk Feb. 11 at the University of Illinois, part of a campus visit connected with Totenberg receiving the Illinois Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism.Obesity researcher to give public lecture March 30Mar 9, 2000 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Internationally known obesity researcher Richard Lee Atkinson will discuss the prospects for effective treatment in a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the University of Illinois. The lecture is free and will be in Room 150 of the Animal Sciences Laboratory, 1207 W. Gregory, Urbana.White House testimony on creating a national plan to reduce bullyingMar 9, 2011 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... educational psychology professor Philip RodkinInterpreting Iran's recent national electionsMar 9, 2012 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, a professor of history and of sociologyDateline Turkey: Illinois students get a turn as foreign correspondentsMay 2, 2012 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Four classes, four continents.HBO's "The Newroom': Will journalists be portrayed as heroes or goats?Jun 18, 2012 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... journalism professor and former radio reporter Matthew EhrlichWhat will define success in Iraq, Afghanistan?Aug 12, 2010 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Paul Diehl, the Henning Larsen Professor of political scienceBook Corner: Latinos and the MediaAug 19, 2010 9:00 am7 views The U.S. media features Latina stars such as Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria, but that same media often reinforces the image of Latinos as eternal foreigners, always having to prove they belong.How significant is the 'post-convention bounce, and what's to be made of all those election polls?Aug 26, 2008 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... political scientist Brian GainesEducation debate tonight at Columbia a duel of 'fundamental opposites'Oct 21, 2008 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If there's one issue the candidates have been near silent on in the run-up to Election Day, it's education. But when the education advisers for John McCain and Barack Obama square off in a surrogate debate about where their candidate stands on the issues tonight (Oct. 21), it will be a battle of "fundamental opposites" on the educational policy spectrum, says James D. Anderson, the Gutsgell Professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Book Corner: Exploring the Chicano/a family and its political and cultural historyNov 19, 2009 9:00 am7 views As both an idea and an institution, the family has been at the heart of Chicano/a cultural politics since the Mexican American civil rights movement emerged in the late 1960s. In "Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics" (Duke University Press, 2009), Richard T. Rodríguez, a professor of English and of Latina/Latino Studies at Illinois, explores the competing notions of la familia found in movement-inspired literature, film, video, music, painting and other forms of cultural expression created by Chicano men.Some have predicted 4 million people could show up for the presidential inauguration on January 20. Can the capital handle that kind of crowd?Jan 8, 2009 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Clark McPhail, a professor emeritus of sociologyBook Corner: Pre-Civil War social paradoxes exploredJan 21, 2010 9:00 am8 views The years leading up to the Civil War were a time of immense economic growth, however, some Americans worried that the booming industrial and commercial expansion came at the price of American values such as honesty, hard work and dedication to the common good.Do Google search results reflect racial bias?Feb 18, 2013 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Safiya Umoja Noble, a professor of African American studiesPoland's future following plane crash that killed president, other leadersApr 21, 2010 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... George Gasyna, a professor of Slavic languages and literatures and of comparative and world literatureStudents become micro-lenders, assisting entrepreneurs around worldApr 24, 2007 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois students who enrolled in Bruce Wicks' recreation, sport and tourism course on entrepreneurism this semester did so thinking they would be learning how to create a business plan and finance, begin and market a small business.Better response plans needed for children exposed to domestic violenceMay 24, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Each year, millions of children are exposed to domestic violence, a traumatic experience that has been associated with cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional problems in childhood as well as a higher incidence of depression and premature death in adulthood. Numerous studies over the past two decades also have indicated that exposure to domestic violence (EDV) places children at higher risk of abuse and neglect.NFL fans motivated by familiarity, uncertainty, study findsJun 8, 2011 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the bitter contract dispute between the National Football League Players Association and team owners apparently inching toward the goal line, armchair quarterbacks - and television broadcast executives - across the U.S. can breathe a collective sigh of relief that their favorite teams probably will kick off the 2011 season as expected and won't leave them with gaping holes in their schedules come fall.Should states waive the work requirement for some welfare recipients?Jul 24, 2012 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Chi-Fang Wu, a professor iof social workBook Corner: Comparing the lives of black Canadian and Caribbean women in the diasporaSep 20, 2012 9:00 am8 views Oral history is a powerful historical tool, one that can illuminate the often-overlooked individual voices behind a historical event.Book Corner: Intimate profile of the Beng people reveals relationships, connectionsNov 1, 2012 9:00 am8 views Travel authors often showcase the foreign lands they visit with colorful descriptions of the food and tourist attractions they encounter. Books of this genre depict abbreviated and relaxing trips.Book Corner: A look into the past of UrbanaJan 21, 2010 9:00 am9 views Champaign County, Urbana has a rich and dynamic history. Today, Urbana counts nationally known film critic Roger Ebert and several Nobel Prize laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners as current or former residents. Yet, there was no book on the history of Urbana still available in print until "Images of America: Urbana" (Arcadia Publishing), by Ilona Matkovszki and Dennis Roberts.