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. Stream the first episode right now.


News Local/State - December 02, 2020

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s Dec. 2 COVID-19 Update

WATCH LIVE: The Pritzker administration is holding a press briefing today covering the state’s address of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwestern University Alumni Magazine

The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Interview: Poet Laureate Angela Jackson

Illinois poet Gwendolyn Brooks said ‘poetry is life distilled.’ Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson joins Brooks and Carl Sandburg as the state’s fifth poet laureate. We’ll hear some of her work and about the life that inspires her words. 

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The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Increasing Black And Latino Teachers In Chicago

According to Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, Black and Latino children make up nearly 90% of students in CPS, but half of the teachers are white. The 21st explored new initiatives to combat the lack of representation in classrooms.

The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Interview: State Rep. Mark Batinick (R)

Democrats had a banner year across the Chicago suburbs in this year’s election, with one exception: candidates for the Illinois House of Representatives. We’ll talk to a House Republican lawmaker about what happened, the state’s COVID response, and where his party goes from here.

Robert Couse-Baker

The 21st Show - December 01, 2020

How to Curb COVID Fatigue

Many of us are experiencing what researchers and now calling “COVID-fatigue” this holiday season. The 21st spoke with experts about what is causing this phenomenon, and also hear how to combat it and remain vigilant as the pandemic continues on.

Less traffic in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic could help explain why fewer young children died during that time compared to prior years. For other demographics, death rates have increased.

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The 217 Today Podcast - December 01, 2020

217 Today: Tuesday December 1, 2020

In today’s deep dive, during the first three months of the pandemic, the number of Americans dying, not just from COVID-19, increased compared to previous years. 

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Access

Testing for COVID-19 can help slow the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks, yet many in the state are frustrated with how difficult accessing a test can be. We’ll talk about disparities to testing access across communities in Illinois. 

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