M. Spencer Green/AP

November 28, 2017

State And Local Candidates Make It Official; Understanding Net Neutrality; The Bears’ Bad Season

On The 21st: People hoping to win state and local elections next year started making it official yesterday at the State Board of Elections. Plus, we'll take a deep dive into understanding the Obama-era net neutrality regulations that the current FCC might scrap. And, how the Chicago Bears are dealing with a season in which they're about as bad as expected.


A radio in Norway, photographed in 2009.

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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.


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.


One of the panels of the original Harmonic Tone Generator

Courtesy of Skot

April 27, 2016

The Story Behind An Early Electronic Music Instrument Developed in Champaign-Urbana

Computer synthesizers have likely become a staple of your daily life – Siri, digital music, YouTube and more – but do you know where they come from? One of the earliest synthesizer structures was invented in the University of Illinois’ Experimental Music Lab in the early 1960s as part of one of the first computer instruments – The Harmonic Tone Generator.


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.

Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib

March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


Jon Daniel’s home was raided last spring after he created the Twitter account that spoofed Peoria’s Mayor and included raunchy messages before it was suspended.

(Photo: Alex Rusicano/WCBU)

September 03, 2015

Peoria Settles Lawsuit Over Parody Twitter Account

The City of Peoria is paying $125,000 to a man who created a parody Twitter account of the city’s mayor.  The payment settles a federal lawsuit involving free speech and social media.


Desiree Griffiths, 31, of Miami, holds up a sign saying "Black Lives Matter", with the names of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men recently killed by police, during a protest Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Miami. People are protesting n

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

August 21, 2015

What #BlackLivesMatter Means One Year Later

“Black Lives Matter has become something that’s very easy to identify, and I’m going to say it again, it’s more hashtag than reality," said Cha-Jua, "and if these kids think that they can tweet their damn way to freedom, then they are sorely misguided.”


UC2B's Mike Smeltzer speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Urbana to launch ITV-3's high-speed broadband service in Champaign-Urbana.

(Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

May 09, 2015

High Speed Broadband Service Expanding in C-U

ITV-3 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the debut of its residential and small buisness broadband service in Champaign-Urbana. Meanwhile, Comcast is also expanding its C-U broadband service.


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