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Spotlight on an influential Black composer

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about eighteenth-century composer Joseph Bologne, aka Chevalier de Saint-Georges. And it’s no wonder. His music rivals, and even surpasses, that of his better-known contemporaries, and his biography is truly remarkable. So remarkable, in fact, that a feature film was recently made on his life. In light of Bologne’s recent entrance into the popular consciousness, the Clef Notes blog is revisiting Roger Cooper’s Classically Black episode, which recounts the fascinating life story of Joseph Bologne to the soundtrack of some of his works.

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Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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Pleasurable Pianos (1066)

This time on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we’re tickling the ivories and enjoying some Pleasurable Pianos. A selection of some of the smoothest piano players of the…
Evening Concert

Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts

Thursday night June 8 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 it’s a Deutsche Welle Festival Concert. From the 2022 Beethoven Festival in Bonn…
Classic Mornings

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The 21st Show
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Best of: “Growing Up X” at the Illinois State Museum

To continue our conversation about Generation X and the culture they grew up with, host Brian Mackey took a trip to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield to visit its…
The 21st Show
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Best of: Chuck Klosterman on ‘The Nineties’ and Growing Up in Gen X

Today's entire show was devoted to a group that's used to not getting much attention: Generation X. We started with a conversation with writer Chuck Klosterman, whose…
The 217 Today Podcast
A biologist at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery holds a baby pallid sturgeon. The hatchery program has breathed new life into the pallid sturgeon population by raising the fish from eggs, releasing them into the river and tracking them to learn about their habits.

217 Today: How the pallid sturgeon could be a warning for the Missouri River

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how changes to the Missouri River are making it difficult for one fish species to survive.


Prairie Fire

Prairie Fire: Episode 1 - May 2023

Prairie Fire makes its return with stories about Paralympian Susannah Scaroni, restauranteur Mubanga Chanda and "American Idol" star Leah Marlene.
Mid-American Gardener

The Secrets of a Thriving Summer Garden

From cultivating asparagus and rhubarb to discovering perennial shade alternatives, addressing chlorosis in plants, and finding the best garden hose, we’ve got you…
State of Change

State of Change examines how Illinoisans manage carbon

Carbon is a key to life on Earth. Whether its air, animals, people, plants, or water, it would not be possible without carbon. Human use of carbon means Illinois and our…

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke

As a special exclusive member benefit, WILL Passport holders can binge Season 3 of Miss Scarlet and the Duke early, before it premieres on WILL-TV in January 2023.