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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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Sleepy Time (1056)

This time, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, we enjoy a little sleepy time. It’s a program featuring music about sleep and dreams and those worlds we inhabit when we…
Evening Concert
New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic This Week

Monday night March 20 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 it’s “The New York Philharmonic This Week”. You’ll hear a program of…
Classic Mornings
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Cuckoos and Kid Stuff

You know it’s not going to happen.


The 21st Show

Is it time for Illinois to get a new state flag?

There have been 2 official state flags of Illinois. A new Senate Bill would recreate the flag.
The 21st Show
Choate Mental Health Center in Anna.

Changes coming to troubled Choate Mental Health Center

A state-run facility housing developmentally disabled residents will be restructured after media reports about resident abuse.
The 21st Show
In this April 23, 2020 file image from video, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Rodney Davis talks life after Congress; calls Trump ‘a loser’

Former Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) talks lobbying, life after Congress, and the past, present, and future of the GOP.  


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

How to Make Maple Syrup: Tapping your Sugar Maples and Prepping for Spring

Learn how to make this sweet treat and how to bring pops of color into your yard with native plants.
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.