New season of Classical:BTS

Returning for an all new season, it’s Classical:BTS—our popular docuseries devoted to revealing the lesser-seen and -heard stories around classical music in central Illinois. Join us on April 29 as we take a closer look at the remarkable journey pipe organ maker, John-Paul Buzard.  

Catch up on today’s news

Hear the day's local headlines, along with one deeper dive, in just ten minutes. Learn about the people and places that make Central Illinois unique with the 217 Today podcast.

Twenty-five-year old Myranda Tetzlaff enjoys taking her two dogs on long walks, but she still has anxiety about being around other people on trails.

Courtesy of Myranda Tetzlaff

The 217 Today Podcast - April 20, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday April 20, 2021

In today's deep dive, we learn why some people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are feeling anxiety as states begin lifting COVID restrictions.

Brennon Hightower's son playing the

Courtesy of Brennon Hightower

The 217 Today Podcast - April 19, 2021

217 Today: Monday April 19, 2021

In today's deep dive, we'll meet a parent in Danville who has made it her mission to teach the Black history she says is missing in schools.

Barges float on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation system at the Port of Catoosa in Tulsa, OK. Barges hold 15,000 tons of soybeans, grain or fertilizer. Because of the lower costs and connection to the coast, farmers rely on the system.

Seth Bodine/Harvest Public Media

The 217 Today Podcast - April 16, 2021

217 Today: Friday April 16, 2021

In today's deep dive, the fifth and final story in our Midwest waterways series from Harvest Public Media. Today, we look at a 400-mile river highway that ships soybeans and grain around the world.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (center) and Cuban Agriculture Minister Gustavo Rodriguez Rollero (left) listen to Iowa farmer Aaron Lehman during a tour of Lehman's farm in 2016.

Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

The 21st Show - April 15, 2021

Interview: US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

President Joe Biden announced a sweeping $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, which the administration is calling the American Jobs Plan. The 21st spoke to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to hear more about the details of the plan.

The 21st Show - April 15, 2021

Chicago Rapper, Comedian Shares His Experience On Electronic Monitor

Mohawk Johnson was one of the thousands of protestors arrested by Chicago Police last summer. He was put on house arrest and is being electronically monitored despite not having been convicted. The 21st spoke about the increased use of electronic monitoring devices in the criminal justice system. 

Water runs off a central Illinois farm into the East Branch Embarras River through a tile drainage pipe.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - April 15, 2021

217 Today: Thursday April 15, 2021

In today's deep dive, it's been six years since Illinois embarked on a plan to reduce fertilizer runoff into rivers and streams and improve water quality. So far, it's not working.

Geese gather outside the main building at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.

M. Spencer Green/AP Photo

The 21st Show - April 14, 2021

How The Fermilab Is Changing Reality As We Know It

Forty miles west of Chicago sits one of the most powerful particle physics laboratories in the world: Fermilab. The lab released findings that suggest there is more to reality than we currently understand. 

A towboat pushing barges exits the Melvin Price Locks and Dam near Alton, Ill

Jonathan Ahl/Harvest Public Media

The 217 Today Podcast - April 14, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday April 14, 2021

In today's deep dive, our series on Midwest waterways continues, with a look at how the barge industry may be in for a change with a new focus on green energy.

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