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. In the most recent episodes, we take a closer look at the remarkable journey pipe organ maker, John-Paul Buzard.  

The 217 Today Podcast - May 14, 2021

217 Today: Friday May 14, 2021

In today's deep dive, we spend a morning with the Illini rowing team at Clinton Lake. WILL student reporter Amanda Brennan takes us there.

Classic Mornings - May 13, 2021

The Good Stuff

He said it more simply than I could have said it.

The 21st Show - May 13, 2021

Black History Of Route 66

Two women from central and southern Illinois opened up the Route History museum in Springfield and are working to tell the stories of the tragedy, resilience, and excellence of Black people along the Historic Route 66.

Shaersti Anderson and her daughter Raelynn bond after Anderson picks Raelynn up from daycare. Anderson said that balancing taking care of Raelynn and doing her school work has not been easy, especially since the transition to online classes.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 13, 2021

217 Today: Thursday May 13, 2021

In today's deep dive, the pandemic is forcing colleges in central Illinois and elsewhere to reconsider ways they can support student parents as they return for in-person classes this fall.

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News Local/State - May 12, 2021

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s May 12 COVID-19 Update

WATCH LIVE:  At 11:00 a.m. today Gov. Pritzker is holding a press briefing to discuss Illinois' safe return to tourism and travel.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

The Show Must Go On

Musicians across Illinois, like those around the world, have been finding ways to adapt to life in a pandemic. Whether with masks and distancing or perfecting their virtual performances, the show has gone on.

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The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

What Is Zakat?

Many of the traditions around the holy month of Ramadan had to be modified this year; physical distancing made it impossible for many to gather with family and friends to break fast at the end of each day. However, some aspects remain of Ramadan remained unchanged, including the idea of Zakat. The 21st was joined by a Sheikh from an Illinois mosque to hear more about the meaning of Zakat and how the pandemic affected celebrations this year.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

Interview: Rita Ali, Peoria Mayor

History was made in the chambers of the Peoria City Council when Rita Ali was sworn in as the city’s mayor; Mayor Ali is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first African American elected to that job. The 21st was joined by Ali to talk about vaccine hesitancy, racial segregation in Peoria and other issues the community is facing. 

Noelle Broughton, left, is a 25-year-old graduate student seeking mental health care. The roadblocks she has faced in search of a provider has made her question if treatment is worth it.

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The 217 Today Podcast - May 12, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday May 12, 2021

In today's deep dive, navigating the health system to find help for mental health challenges can be difficult for young adults. We learn more from Side Effects Public Media.

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