The staying power of music

American Portrait | Central Illinois: Lift Every Voice is a timely portrait of the staying power of music and the arts in strange and uncertain times. Stream for free right now on WILL-TV's watch page or by searching "Lift Every Voice" on the PBS Video App.

New season of Classical:BTS

Returning for an all new season, it’s Classical:BTS—our popular docuseries devoted to revealing the lesser-seen and -heard stories around classical music in central Illinois. Stream the first episode right now.

One of the rooms at C-U at Austin's Place, the new year-round emergency shelter for women in Champaign.

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The 217 Today Podcast - January 15, 2021

217 Today: Friday January 15, 2020

In today's deep dive, starting today, there’s a new year-round emergency shelter for women in Champaign. 

Senior Director of the NFLPA, Dana Hammonds Shuler, participates in a brief meditation session during Dr. Jason Richardson's presentation at the 2019 NFLPA Joint Conference at the US Grant Hotel on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in San Diego.

(Christy Radecic/AP Images for NFLPA)

The 21st Show - January 14, 2021

Meditation for the Masses

It's 2021, but unfortunately we haven't yet left 2020 in the past. There's still a global pandemic, social unrest and many people out of work. Enter mindfulness and meditation. The 21st spoke to experts about the importance of mindfullness.

Illinois State Rep. Emanuel

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The 21st Show - January 14, 2021

New Speaker Of The House And Criminal Justice Reform

The 21st spoke to two politics reporters from Illinois about the new General Assembly,massive Criminal Justice reform that passed in the last few days and allegations against the new Illinois Speaker of the House, Emanuel "Chris" Welch. 

Elsa Olofsson

The 21st Show - January 13, 2021

Illinois Marijuana: First Year Sales & Social Equity

It’s been a year since Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana. As total sales for its first year is expected to reach more $1 billion, we’ll check in with two marijuana reporters about sales and the law’s social equity promises.


The 21st Show - January 13, 2021

Masks, Deafness & COVID-19

The 21st discusses some of the challenges the pandemic has presented for Illinoisans who are deaf, and some of the ways we can make life more accessible through technology. 

The 21st Show - January 13, 2021

COVID Vaccine County Check-in

So far, 1 in 45 Illinoisians have received their first COVID-19 vaccine shot, and eligibility is expanding. Meanwhile, some regions of the state are also on pace to see COVID restrictions eased this Friday.

Jen BarbouRoske is an elementary school nurse in the Iowa City Community School District.

Courtesy of Jen BarbouRoske

The 217 Today Podcast - January 13, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday January 13, 2021

In today's deep dive, the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for school districts as they carefully balance their students’ education and safety. An elementary school nurse in Iowa reflects in an interview with Side Effects Media on the extra challenges her team has faced so far this school year.

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