Social Justice: The Experiences of Women in America

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From the everyday experiences of mothers, daughters, and friends, to the national impacts of notable women, we hope our latest Social Justice Learning lesson will help everyone gain a better understanding of what being a woman in America means and how their lasting impacts are visible all around us.

Stream these Jane Austen classics today

Keep calm and stream on, Friends. You can now enjoy three classic Jane Austen miniseries—Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Pride & Prejudice—from BBC right now with your WILL Passport! More information on how (along with lots of 18th century-themed fun) can be found right here

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The 21st Show - July 26, 2021

Grimace: Rockford’s Corpse Flower Blooms

What would something named a “corpse flower” smell like? It smells like meat, gone bad or, more pointedly, a rotting corpse. The plant species is pretty rare across the globe and one of them is right here in Illinois, at the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford.

The 21st Show - July 26, 2021

Abortion Medication Debate on College Campuses

A group of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL15), are calling for legislation that would cut funding to universities that stock abortion medications in campus health centers. The 21st spoke to a women’s health expert to cut through some of the politicized terms in the ongoing abortion debate.

Governor J.B. Pritzker signs a bill into law expanding coverage under the state’s Medicaid plan for mental health, substance abuse treatment and a number of other services.

The 217 Today Podcast - July 26, 2021

217 Today: Monday, July 26, 2021

In today's deep dive, a conversation with a professor at the University of Chicago who discusses a new study about Medicaid. The study explores some of the challenges doctors face when trying to get paid for health care services.

The cast of the Monticello Theatre Association's youth production

Photo Courtesy of the Monticello Theatre Association

The 217 Today Podcast - July 23, 2021

217 Today: Friday, Jul 23, 2021

In today's deep dive, a conversation with one WILL’s news production interns, who spoke with some theater operators about their plans for reopening in the next couple of months.

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The 21st Show - July 22, 2021

Rebroadcast: Illinois Storm Chasers

While most people take shelter during a tornado warning, professional storm chasers are on the road trying to study and capture them with pictures or videos. A meteorologist and severe weather enthusiast joined us to talk about how they storm chase safely.

The 21st Show - July 22, 2021

Rebroadcast: ‘An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago’ Book; The Last Video Stores In Illinois

Alex Kotlowitz has been writing about violence in Chicago for decades — in film, in print and for This American Life. His latest book is called “An American Summer," and it follows people for whom gun violence has become a part of daily life. Plus, Oregon has America’s last Blockbuster store. But there are still video stores here in Illinois. Do you make the trip to rent a movie, or is it all streaming these days? 

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The 21st Show - July 21, 2021

Rebroadcast: Were You Productive During The Pandemic?

Many have felt the need to grow or tackle passion projects during the pandemic and are now pushing back against this notion. To discuss the ways the pandemic has affected our perception of productivity, The 21st was joined by two journalists and a psychology professor. 

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