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This anniversary is more than a date; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to share WILL's amazing story with everyone. We hope you'll join us in celebrating this centennial by sharing your own WILL stories and memories. Submit your story here.

Atomic Age Cocktail Party

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Jason Croft—our longtime digital media production manager and local host of Here & Now—brings you the Atomic Age Cocktail Party, a celebration of the golden age of the hi-fi and beyond. Join him Saturday and Sunday nights on WILL-FM 90.9.

Kevin Bickner soars through the air during the men's ski jumping competition at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. Bickner won the U.S. trials last month, helping him earn a trip to the Olympics for the second time. The 25-year-old Bickner, who learned how to jump in suburban Chicago at the Norge Ski Club, finished 18th on the normal hill and 20th on the large hill at the Pyeongchang Games.

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The 21st Show - January 20, 2022

How does an Illinoisan become one of America’s best ski jumpers?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games are two weeks and a day away, and there are several olympians from Illinois who will be competing in the games, including ski jumper Kevin Bickner from Wauconda, Illinois.  He joined The 21st to talk about preparing for the games, how he got his start, and more.

AIDS quilt panel on display at Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

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The 21st Show - January 20, 2022

Quilt exhibit showcases men who lived with AIDS

Now until July, the Spurlock Museum in Urbana is exhibiting of local AIDS quilt panels made during the midst of the AIDS pandemic. University of Illinois journalism students teamed up with Illinois Public Media to create short videos about the panels and the men the memorialize.

A player finished a Rubik's Magic Cube at the international game fair 'SPIEL' in Essen, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Around 1100 exhibitors from around 50 nations attend the annual four-day game fair.

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The 21st Show - January 19, 2022

Growing Up Gen X

Generation X sometimes known as the "Forgotten Generation," but the Illinois State Musuem is planning to give Gen X their day in the sun with an exhibit that opens this fall. The 21st was joined by the museum's curator of history to talk about growing up in the '70s, '80s and '90s, designing the exhibit, and more.

A child arrives with her parent to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11-years-old at London Middle School in Wheeling, Ill., Nov. 17, 2021. As of Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, just over 17% of children in the U.S. ages 5 to 11 were fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots for them became available.

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The 21st Show - January 19, 2022

Answering your COVID questions

Though the coronavirus, like many other infectious diseases, will never be truly gone, it could one day be considered endemic like rhinovirus or other upper respiratory infections. Where do we go from here? We invited back two virologists to update us on what scientists now know and help answer more of your COVID-19 questions.

Kathleen Springer and Jeff Pigati, researchers with the United States Geological Survey, who are analyzing footprints that indicate humans inhabited North America much earlier than scientists thought.

Kathleen Springer

The 21st Show - January 18, 2022

When did humans actually arrive in the Americas?

For decades, archeologists have debated when humans first set foot in North America. Now, ancient footprints discovered in New Mexico are offering some clues to when people first inhabited the continent we call home, which could alter the widely accepted timeline for when humans first lived in North America by thousands of years. This segment originally aired September 30, 2021.

Department of Children and Family Services Building in Springfield.

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The 21st Show - January 18, 2022

Troubles at DCFS

Lawmakers and social workers are asking what could have been done to prevent the deaths of DCFS workers in recent years, but the safety of the children in DCFS custody has also been questioned. For years, the agency has lacked an appropriate number of beds to house children, with reports of the kids even sleeping on the floor of offices.