Shavonne’s Year

Shavonne Cole—a junior in Media and Cinema Studies at the College of Media at Illinois—documents her life during a pandemic, living and working on campus while attending classes virtually for our new American Portrait | Central Illinois series installment, Shavonne's Year. Join us for new episodes Sundays at 6 pm on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

New reporting series from Illinois Newsroom

boots sits by chair text says risking it all illinois newsroom

For over a year, Illinois Public Media reporters Dana Cronin and Christine Herman have been tracking the pandemic's toll on Illinois farmworkers. This Hispanic Heritage Month, explore their reporting in the ongoing Illinois Newsroom series, "Risking it All".

Roberto Valdez, Jr. - associate director of Latino Policy Forum in Illinois

Latino Policy Forum

The 21st Show - September 22, 2021

Latino Policy Forum Assoc. DIrector Talks About Census And COVID

Today on the show, we talked about some of the issues affecting Latino communities in Illinois — from representation in the General Assembly to the state’s COVID response with a representative from the Latino Policy Forum. 

The 21st Show - September 22, 2021

Relationships In Black And White

A survey done by Pew Research Center showed that people who were Black believed that marrying someone outside of their race was generally a bad thing twice as much as people who were white. We talked with two essayists who recently wrote about interracial relationships. 

Rachel Hulin

The 217 Today Podcast - September 22, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

In today's deep dive, a conversation with Brown University economist Emily Oster, who has written extensively about decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city hall in Quincy, Illinois

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Would You Move To Quincy For $5,000?

Like a lot of places around the country, Quincy, Illinois, is struggling to fill jobs and has experienced population loss in recent years. The city's mayor and a new resident of Quincy joined The 21st today.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, a security guard opens the door to the Whole Women's Health Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight.

AP Photo/LM Otero, File

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Illinois Reacts To Texas Abortion Law

After the most restrictive abortion restrictions in the country were allowed to go into effect in Texas, ripples are already being seen in the rest of the country, including in Illinois. We were joined by representatives from both sides of the issue.

Merhan Omran (right) with her mother Sara Ismail, who traveled to the U.S. from Egypt for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Courtesy of Merhan Omran

The 217 Today Podcast - September 21, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

In today's deep dive, COVID-19 vaccines are plentiful in the United States, but not in many other parts of the world. That's leading some people to take extreme measures to get a shot.

Rachel Hulin

The 21st Show - September 20, 2021

Author Emily Oster Says Run Your Family Like A Business

Emily Oster is an economist, known for using data to apply rational thinking to everything from COVID risk to family matters, like pregnancy and parenting. She joined The 21st to talk about her latest book, “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.”

The goats at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign produce less milk when it’s hot.

Dana Cronin/Illinios Newsroom

The 21st Show - September 20, 2021

Protecting Livestock From Climate Change

Due to climate change, scientists believe summers in Illinois will likely have months of days with temperatures above 95 degrees. Already, farmers are making changes to keep their livestock safe in the heat.

Speakers at the University YMCA's New American Welcome Center event unveiling the new Champaign County Welcoming Plan on Sept. 15, 2021 (from left to right): John Matanda, Chris Garcia and Carly McCrory-McKay

Courtesy of the University YMCA

The 217 Today Podcast - September 20, 2021

217 Today: Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

In today's deep dive, the University YMCA's New American Welcome Center has released a plan outlining steps the community can take to better meet the needs of immigrants.

Gov. JB Pritzker signs Senate Bill 2408, a sweeping energy regulation overhaul, into law at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago Wednesday.


The 217 Today Podcast - September 17, 2021

217 Today: Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

In today's deep dive, a closer look at the environmental impact of the massive energy bill that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law this week.

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