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Nominations due March 31

Each year, Illinois Public Media recognizes those who care for the youngest members of our communities. The Early Childhood Champion Awards honor prospective teachers, current teachers, staff & administrators, center providers, Head Start staff, home-based childcare providers, and the family, friends, and neighbors who provide full-time care or volunteer service to our young children. Do you know an Early Childhood Champion? Nominate them today!

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The 21st: A public radio talk show that brings you the news, culture, and stories that matter to Illinois. On the air Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m.


Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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The Big City (1057)

This time, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we take a visit to The Big City. Songs about the hustle and bustle of busy streets, skylines filled with tall buildings, and…
Evening Concert

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast

Tuesday night March 28 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 it’s the “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast”. You’ll hear…
Classic Mornings
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Cuckoos and Kid Stuff

You know it’s not going to happen.


The 21st Show
A woman reads the Qu'ran during Ramadan, a holy month in the Muslim calendar.

Celebrating Ramadan with halal grazing boards

To discuss the evolution of ways to break the fast of Ramadan, The 21st was joined by a reporter who followed the story and the director of the Middle Eastern and North…
The 21st Show
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul speaks at a rally to call on the National Archivist to publish the Equal Rights Amendment as an amendment in the Constitution, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 28, 2022.

Attorney General Kwame Raoul on gun rights, cash bail and more

Since 2019, Illinois' attorney general has been Kwame Raoul. He joined The 21st to discuss issues ranging from Illinois' assault weapons ban to retail theft and…
The 217 Today Podcast
Students help run the Circle C Market in rural Cody, Nebraska, as part of classwork. As rural areas struggle to keep traditional grocery stores, some communities are finding other solutions.

217 Today: Rural communities grapple with food access amid lack of grocery stores

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn about how some Midwestern communities are grappling with lack of access to healthy food.


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…
Mid-American Gardener

Annual Spring Preview: MAG Visits Danville Gardens

Plus, it’s time to repot your houseplants!
County Fair

County Fair

County Fair takes an intimate look at a treasured American pastime through the lives of six people whose passion, preparation, and pride come together at the local fair. The…

What to Watch This Month

With a gift of $5 or more per month, WILL Passport provides extended access to your favorite PBS and WILL-TV programs, on-demand, anytime, anywhere.

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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.