Rally at Willard Airport
Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media
January 29, 2017

Hundreds Attend Rally For Immigrants At U Of I’s Willard Airport

An estimated 600 people attended Sunday’s rally against President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. The event came together after organizers like Ann Abbott reached out on Facebook the night before. She says the Trump administration is trying to use fear to pit U.S. citizens against one another. “This is not 2001, this is 2017, and we are smart, not scared,” she told the crowd.


protesters by the White House
Alex Brandon/AP
January 28, 2017

Trump’s Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

President Trump's freeze on immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries cites the potential threat of terrorism. But here's the twist — it doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.


One of Marc Nelson's pieces featuring the White Helmet rescue workers.
Rich Egger / Tri-States Public Radio
December 27, 2016

The Art of Touching Lives

Marc Nelson's goal is to teach his students at Central Junior High School in Kewanee that there is more to art than paintings hanging from a gallery wall. The students are learning that lesson by creating images of the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria -- artwork that is shared on Twitter via the hashtag  #StandWithAleppo.


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
WSIU
December 22, 2016

U.N. Secretary General Visits SIU At Carbondale

In his final public address, outgong United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told a crowd of 1,400 at the SIU Student Center in Carbondale what he has learned in his 10 years in the office and what he'd like to pass on.


Chinese magazine cover featuring Donald Trump.
Greg Baker / NPR / AFP / Getty Images
December 12, 2016

China Expresses ‘Serious Concern’ Over Trump’s Comments On Taiwan

The Chinese government has expressed "serious concerns" over President-elect Donald Trump's comment to Fox News that he wouldn't feel "bound by a one-China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade."


Lynn Rohrscheib inspects her soybean fields.
Courtesy of Lynn Rohrscheib
March 21, 2016

The 21st: Trade With Cuba, & STEM Education

Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices.  Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education. 


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