Social Justice: The Experiences of Women in America

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From the everyday experiences of mothers, daughters, and friends, to the national impacts of notable women, we hope our latest Social Justice Learning lesson will help everyone gain a better understanding of what being a woman in America means and how their lasting impacts are visible all around us.

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The 21st Show - August 04, 2021

The Girls Like Me Project

The 21st spoke to the Girls Like Me Project founder La’ Keisha Gray-Sewell about the organization and how it helps young Black girls take a critical look at the media and culture, and find a voice of their own. 

State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

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The 21st Show - August 04, 2021

Interview: State Sen. Scott Bennett on Race, Police And Cannabis

State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined The 21st to discuss cannabis policy, gun violence and improving community relations with law enforcement with guest host Lamont Holden. Bennett reached out to Holden after reading his essay about being Black in America.

James Kilgore, co-director of First Followers in Champaign, says individuals should be fully free after serving time and that states should provide resources for the transition after jail and prison.

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The 217 Today Podcast - August 04, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

In today's deep dive, we learn more about a new group led by formerly incarcerated people that has launched a campaign to end what it calls "permanent punishments" for people who have been convicted of felonies.

In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, photograph, a bald eagle sits in a tree in the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, N.M.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The 21st Show - August 03, 2021

Bald Eagles In Illinois: Rebound And Risks

The 21st was joined by a bird expert a conservation educator about America’s most iconic bird. The Bald Eagle population has rebounded in the past two decades and here in Illinois there are now nests in all 102 counties. But there are new threats to America's national bird.

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The 217 Today Podcast - August 03, 2021

217 Today: Tuesday, August 3, 2021

In today's deep dive, children under 12 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine yet, but they can still catch and spread the coronavirus. We get tips from a pediatrician on keeping kids safe.

In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, housing activists erect a sign in Swampscott, Mass. A federal freeze on most evictions is set to expire soon. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes.

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

The 21st Show - August 02, 2021

What’s Next For Renters in Illinois?

According to the Census Bureau, about 6.5 Americans have fallen behind on their rent payments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The national moratorium on evictions expired August 1. The 21st spoke to organizations around the state about what help is available for struggling tenants.

A general view of the crowd on day two of the Lollapalooza music festival on Friday, July 30, 2021, at Grant Park in Chicago.

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The 21st Show - August 02, 2021

Lollapalooza, Masking Mandates & Vaccine Efficacy

The 21st spoke to three Illinois reporters about the updated Centers For Disease Control & Prevention mask guidelines for K-12 schools, vaccinated people, Lollapalooza & vaccine efficacy.

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, Maryama Diaw, a contact tracer with New York City's Health + Hospitals battling the coronavirus pandemic, sets up her remote calling system at her home before reaching out to potential patients, in New York.

John Minchillo/AP (file)

The 217 Today Podcast - August 02, 2021

217 Today: Monday, August 2, 2021

In today's deep dive, we meet several contact tracers who have been on the job talking to Illinoisans with COVID-19 for nearly a year.

 Latisha Bryant, 48, was diagnosed sickle cell anemia since she was one and a half. Over the past 20 years she's needed blood transfusions a few times a year. But finding the blood can be a challenge.

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The 217 Today Podcast - July 30, 2021

217 Today: Friday, July 30, 2021

In today's deep dive, we learn about the ways the blood shortage is affecting some African Americans’ need for blood transfusions.

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