The Fantastic Flute with Julia Escobar

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If you enjoyed our very special Prairie Performances “The Fantastic Flute"—spanning composers from Bach to Stravinsky and sampling selections from orchestral pieces that contain prominent flute solos—you can visit our program page for more insights on these pieces, handpicked by Julia. 

Social Justice: The Native American Experience

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Beginning with Native American Heritage Month and running through the New Year, our Social Justice Learning space will be focusing on the Native American experience, from celebrating accomplishments to acknowledging the distinctive set of challenges American Indians and Alaska Natives still face today.

FILE - Then-Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez sports an MLB logo tattoo and logos on his hat and jersey as he waits to take batting practice before Game 2 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Washington. MLB owners have locked out players, ending the sport’s labor peace at more than 26 1/2 years.

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The 217 Today Podcast - December 03, 2021

217 Today: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll learn why Major League Baseball owners have locked out players after their collective bargaining agreement expired earlier this week.

Kenzie Sheridan, Creator of the InsideIllinois TikTok account

Kenzie Sheridan

The 21st Show - December 02, 2021

“InsideIllinois” TikToker on Illinois’ hidden gems

Illinois has lots of places to see, things to do, and history to explore, but it also has a lot of strange attractions and obscure history. The 21st was joined by an Illinois native who's has taken to Tik Tok to share her far reaching explorations of the Prairie State.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - December 02, 2021

Why are Black residents leaving Chicago?

After a massive influx to Chicago during the Great Migration, many Black residents are leaving the city. To talk more about the out-migration of Chicago’s black residents, we were joined by the CEO of an resident association, a professor of Urban Planning, a Chicago bakery owner and former professor, and a former Chicago resident who left the city a few years ago.

The Indianapolis Public Library hired Yanna McGraw as its first full-time social worker in July. Her job is to help library patrons navigate challenges beyond the scope of what librarians are trained to handle.

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The 217 Today Podcast - December 02, 2021

217 Today: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn why some libraries are starting to hire social workers to better serve their communities. 

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - December 01, 2021

Do Illinois’ transportation plans match its climate promises?

Illinois leaders have congratulated themselves on the passage of climate legislation and committed to upholding the promises in the Paris Climate Agreement. However, some are pointing out that Illinois has plans to widen and expand roads, which could encourage more vehicular traffic and increase emissions.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) claims victory in his bid for re-election over Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan on Nov. 3, 2020.

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The 217 Today Podcast - December 01, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

In today's deep dive, we’ll hear from Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, who is running for re-election in the newly drawn Illinois 15th Congressional District.

From upper left: Brian Mackey, Anna Casey, Brielle Scullark, Reginald Hardwick, Ryan Andrew Wilde and Erica Scalise

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

A look back at our favorite moments of 2021

Today we pulled back the curtain here at The 21st and let you hear from the team that puts the show together day in and day out. Our team of producers shared some of our favorite segments from this past year.

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

Preserving Illinois Country French

There's a cultural heritage of "Illinois Country French," also known as "Missouri French," in our state. This Illinois Creole culture is fading, but today we were joined by one of the few speakers left in Illinois, who's been working to keep the heritage alive.

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

Dr. Ngozi Ezike updates the state of COVID-19 in Illinois

Despite "pandemic fatigue" and a rising sentiment that people just want to be done with the COVID-19 pandemic, it's clear that the pandemic isn't done with us. A new variant of concern has emerged, and case counts are on the rise again as we head into the holiday season. The 21st was joined by the Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

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