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Celebrate Pride Month with our Social Justice Learning space

This learning space is focusing on the experiences of being LGBTQ+ in America. We believe this is an important time to explore this topic as we celebrate Pride Month. It is our hope that all people can gain a more unbiased and thorough understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, while also learning how to promote acceptance. And for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+, we hope this space can help validate and represent their experiences, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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Hope in the Water

Hope in the Water: New 3-Part PBS Docuseries Starts Wednesday June 19 at 8pm Watch Trailer


Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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Johnny Mandel (101)

Coming up, on The Atomic Age Cocktail Party, it’s another in our Great Arrangers Series, this time with the focus on Johnny Mandel—the man who penned such hits as…
Evening Concert

WFMT Orchestra Series: San Francisco Symphony

Wednesday night June 12 at 7:00 on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 it’s the San Francisco Symphony. You’ll hear Shostakovich’s “First…
Classic Mornings
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See What You Might Have Heard

I hope it sounded good.


The 21st Show

Best of: NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks about Abraham Lincoln’s political savviness in newest book

NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep talks about his new book on Abraham Lincoln and how he’s preparing to cover a fraught year in American politics. 
The 217 Today Podcast
A cicada is emerging from its nymph exoskeleton on tree in Beverly. In the span of seven hours, it’s new tough exterior and pair of wings take shape.

217 Today: Cicadas were mostly quiet in Chicago, but a real buzzkill for a few city residents

In today's deep dive, we’ll learn more about how people in various areas of Chicago are coping with the overwhelming number of cicadas.    
The 21st Show
Anti-abortion and abortion-rights activists argue their viewpoints on the steps of the State House in Trenton, N.J., April 30, 1973.

Best of: How did women access abortions in Illinois before Roe v. Wade?

Before Roe v. Wade recognized a constitutional right to abortion, Illinois women still found ways to end their pregnancies.


Prairie Fire

Rouley & Ruey: Morel Mushroom Hunt

Join us on a morel mushroom hunt in an undisclosed location with amateur enthusiasts and best friends Angie Rouley and Ruey Sandusky.  They'll tell us what to look…
Mid-American Gardener

Let’s get growing!

Our expert panelists answer your garden questions, demonstrate how to's, and share their landscaping secrets for success.
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…