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Reporting from in and around Illinois.Listen to Statewide on WNIJ Saturdays 6-7 a.m. and Sundays 6-7 p.m.

Statewide: College Life During The Pandemic; A Doctor Worries About What's To Come

  On this episode, we chat with some college freshmen about what their experience with higher education has been during the pandemic.  Some are questioning if they are getting what they pay for.

A doctor speaks with us about the latest COVID-19 numbers and what might lie ahead as colder weather approaches.

We also learn about individuals performing outreach in Chicago to prevent violence.   Those stories and more on this week's Statewide.


Our lineup:

* Patrick Smith of WBEZ reports on outreach workers in Chicago who are part of the city's effort to deal with street violence. Many of them say they have experienced burnout because of the trauma they've witnessed.

* Peter Medlin with WNIJ finds out how some schools are working to get people to come together on societal problems, despite the pandemic.

* KWMU's Shahla Farzan gives an update on the difficulties facing nursing homes and their residents.

* Maureen McKinney takes a closer look at a new state law requiring LGBTQ history to be taught in schools.

* Amy Mayer of Harvest Public Media finds out why the number of Black farmers has dropped through the years.

* Jonathon Ahl heads to a forest to see how goats are helping control invasive plants.

* Yvonne Boose with WNIJ interviews two video professionals about how the pandemic has impacted them.

* Kate McGee with WBEZ hears from college freshman about their first year, which is different that what anyone has seen.

* Peter Medlin tells us how testing of wastewater could help fight the coronavirus.

* Mary Hansen speaks with Dr. Raj Govindaiah, Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Health System, about the current challenges he's seeing with the latest COVID-19 surge, and what might be coming.

Statewide for the week of October 23, 2020

Listen to Statewide across Illinois in:

  • Bloomington/Normal – WGLT 89.1 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Carbondale – WSIU 91.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Mount Vernon - WVSI 88.9 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Olney - WUSI 90.3 (Fridays 2-3 p.m. and Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Rockford/DeKalb – WNIJ 89.5 (Saturdays 6-7 a.m., Sundays 2-3 p.m.)
  • Springfield/Decatur - WUIS 91.9 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Peoria – WCBU 89.9 (Fridays 11a.m. -12 noon, Sundays 6-7 a.m.)
  • Pittsfield - WIPA 89.3 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 11 p.m. - Midnight, Saturdays 9-10 a.m.)
  • Quad Cities - WVIK HD2 (Sundays 11 a.m. - 12 noon)
  • Urbana/Champaign – WILL 580 (Fridays 11 a.m. - Noon, 7-8 p.m.)

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