A radio in Norway, photographed in 2009.
Stig Morten Waage / Flickr
January 06, 2017

Norway Will Be First Country To Shut Down FM Network, Go All-Digital

Starting next week, Norway will become the first country to switch off its nationwide FM radio network and convert completely to digital signals. The change was announced in 2015, and will take months to be fully implemented.


Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
Toru Hanai/Associated Press
December 29, 2016

Obama Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

President Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S.


Flickr/sandia labs
December 19, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home, A LEGO Skyscraper, And STEM

On this encore edition of The 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.


Daniel Byers/Illinois State Geological Survey
December 17, 2016

Feds Pump $10 Million Into Carbon Storage Research In Illinois

Two new federal grants worth more than $10 million will give researchers in Illinois money to investigate carbon storage in the state.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visited Richland Community College in Decatur on Friday to announce details about the U.S. Department of Energy grants headed to the Illinois State Geological Survey.


Mathieu Thouvenin/flickr
November 29, 2016

What’s ‘Run, Hide, Fight’?; Overtime Rules; Scholarship Donation; Reporting Sexual Assault Via App

On the 21st: We discussed what the slogan "Run Hide Fight" means and we heard how companies in Illinois are dealing with the back-and-forth on the new overtime pay rules. Plus, we discussed a scholarship donation to the University of Illinois and learned about a new app that aims to help students report sexual assault on campuses.


Olle Eriksson/Flickr
November 24, 2016

From Texting To Gaming: Teen Drivers Are Distracted

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it. And that's not all they're doing. The survey from State Farm Insurancefound 80 percent of teens say they use their smartphones while driving. Along with sending text messages, they're using the phone for other purposes, including playing games.


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