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Becoming the country’s first noncommercial educational FM signal

Though 2022 technically marks the 100th anniversary of WILL’s AM operation, this year also happens to be the 80th anniversary of WILL-FM, which has an equally interesting creation story.

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Mid-American Gardener 30th Season

Mid American Gardener: Celebrating our 30th season of making the world a greener place!


Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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Lot Of Livin’ To Do (1045)

This week, we’ve got a Lot of Livin’ To Do! A look at songs about life and living. The good life, the easy life, and the life lived to its fullest. We’ll…
Evening Concert

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center & Fiesta!

Sunday night December 4 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 you’ll hear three Bach cantatas, numbers 12, 72 and 168 on the “Chamber Music…
Classic Mornings

Lento Dolce, Dude

Have you been out there yet?


Illinois History Timeline

December 2 Illinois History Minute

It’s December 2nd, and on this day in 1942, Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi directed the world’s first controlled nuclear reaction, with a reactor built…
The 217 Today Podcast
The rotunda at the State Capitol in Springfield, where Illinois lawmakers wrapped up their fall veto session on Thursday.

217 Today:  Illinois General Assembly approves changes to SAFE-T Act

In today's deep dive, we’ll take a closer look at changes to the SAFE-T Act that the Illinois General Assembly approved Thursday.
Illinois History Timeline

December 1 Illinois History Minute

It’s December First, and the International Amphitheater opened on Chicago’s south side on this day in 1934. Originally built to host livestock shows, the…


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…
Mid-American Gardener

Jim Appleby Shows us How to Make a Critter-Proof Bird Feeder

A helpful trick to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders! Plus, John shows us the proper way to grow ginger.
Mid-American Gardener

Some Helpful Ways to Compost in Your Gardens This Winter

Find out some interesting ways to use all those leaves this winter.  Plus, what to look for when buying Poinsettia's this year. And some helpful ways to get rid of…

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.