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Clara Schumann: Unsung Musical Powerhouse

March is Women's History Month. For too long, female composers of the past have been consigned to the footnotes of music history textbooks. However, the impact Clara Schumann had on the life and career of her husband, composer Robert Schumann, cannot be overstated. Learn more with this month's Clef Notes blog.

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Call the Midwife Season 13


Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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Marvelous Mambos (1092)

On The Atomic Age Cocktail Party this week, it’s Marvelous Mambos! It’s another look at the mambo craze of the 1950s and its influence in the decade that followed.…
Evening Concert

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast

Tuesday night March 5 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 it’s the “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast”. Bernard…
Classic Mornings
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Conducting Themselves Like Champions

They talk about it in sports all the time.


The 21st Show
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Best of: There’s only a few of these birds left in the world. An Illinois researcher is trying to save them.

A central Illinois researcher is working to save the Akikiki, a bird native to Hawaii that is on the verge of extinction.
The 21st Show

Best of: The crime rate is continually falling. So why do people think it’s rising?

Violent crime has been dropping. But people still think crime is on the rise. We looked at crime, perception, and public opinion.
The 217 Today Podcast
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217 Today: How Peoria’s used bookstores thrive in the digital age and build community

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how some local bookstore owners are adapting and thriving after the pandemic and the impact of Amazon.


Prairie Fire

The Underground Railroad in Illinois

Illinois, with its proximity to Missouri and Kentucky which were slave states, played a significant role in facilitating escapes through the Underground Railroad.
Mid-American Gardener

Is your hydrangea not blooming? You might be stunting the flower growth!

Shane dives into all things hydrangeas and Ella shares some of her favorite evergreen groundcovers to give your yard visual interest, even in the winter!
State of Change
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Impacts of the climate crisis on communities of color

In 2023, the climate crisis became chaotic in Illinois. In our third annual State of Change report, we examine how higher temperatures are taking a toll on people, in…