The 217 Today Podcast

217 Today: Friday January 29, 2021

 
Scott Althaus is the Executive Director of The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois.

Scott Althaus is the Executive Director of The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois. University of Illinois

Today’s headlines:

  •  Governor JB Pritzker is defending his administration’s rollout of the Coronavirus vaccine in the face of criticism that it’s been slow, confusing and chaotic.

  • A state task force has released recommendations aiming to address the problems children of jailed parents face.

  • The University of Illinois Urbana campus reports 19 new COVID-19 cases from tests conducted on Wednesday. There have been more than 250 new cases on campus since students began returning for spring classes last week.

  • Usually farmers plant crops they expect to eventually harvest, but they plant something known as cover crops in order to benefit the soil.

In today’s deep dive, the Cline Center has been curating data on coups and attempted coups since 2013. Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline spoke with The Cline Center’s Executive Director, Scott Althaus, about why they classify the violence at the US Capitol as such.

217 Today is produced by Olivia Butts and hosted by Brian Moline. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Christine Hatfield, and Dana Cronin.