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217 Today: Pygmalion performer Michael Mwenso talks childhood, musical background

Friday, September 23, 2022

Today’s headlines:

  • Illinois Governor JB Pritzker is calling for the resignation of two Democratic state senators embroiled in controversy.
  • Illinois Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill in response to the fentanyl epidemic.
  • A University of Illinois-based language justice collaborative is helping preserve Indigenous Mayan languages.
  • The Fighting Illini football team dominated every aspect of the game against Chattanooga on Thursday night in a 31-0 win.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll hear from Michael Mwenso of Mwenso and the Shakes, one of the performers at this weekend’s Pygmalion Festival.

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Mawa Iqbal, Luis Velazquez and Colin Hislope.

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Sydney Wood

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