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On Deck - Thursday, September 2, 2021

WCBU's On Deck has everything you need to know to start your day for Thursday, September 2, 2021. Our top story is about how the bacteria strain that made the Peoria Ag Lab internationally famous is now the official Illinois State Microbe. And as Tim Shelley tells us, penicillium rubens' journey to statewide status began with public radio. You’ll also hear how space exploration is historically a male-dominated field. But as WCBU correspondent Steve Tarter reports, the future may hold opportunity for change.

Daniel Musisi is WCBU's Assistant Audio Director. He's also the host of the daily news podcast On Deck.