Social Justice Learning: Ability Status

One identity that is often left out of the social justice conversation—and sometimes within the social justice movements themselves—are those with varying degrees of mental, emotional, and physical abilities. Throughout the spring, our Social Justice Learning space will be focusing on their experiences and need for more inclusion.

New season of Classical:BTS

Returning for an all new season, it’s Classical:BTS—our popular docuseries devoted to revealing the lesser-seen and -heard stories around classical music in central Illinois. Stream the new episode, featuring Richard Bruné, right now. Watch the entire series with the PBS Video App

Dozens of tables with equipment for COVID-19 vaccinations sit in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

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The 217 Today Podcast - February 26, 2021

217 Today: Friday Feb. 26, 2021

In today's deep dive, across the country, Black people are getting the COVID-19 vaccine at lower rates than the general population. State and county health officials point to hesitancy – a distrust of the medical establishment about getting vaccinated – as a reason for the gap. But as Mary Hansen reports, equity advocates say access plays a role too.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Schamburg, questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service in this file photo from Aug. 24, 2020.

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The 21st Show - February 25, 2021

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi on Stimulus Checks, COVID Relief, and Problems at the Post Office

Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents the northwest suburbs of Chicago, joined The 21st to talk about the next round of COVID relief being considered this week in the U.S. House, including $1,400 stimulus checks, an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, and aid for state and local governments; plus increasing attacks on Americans of Asian descent, and problems at the U.S. Postal Service.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., questions witnesses before a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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The 217 Today Podcast - February 25, 2021

217 Today: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

In today's deep dive, we take a look at how U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger's time at Illinois State University and serving on the McLean County Board shaped the politician he is today.

The 21st Show - February 24, 2021

Human Trafficking and How the Pandemic Plays a Role

The pandemic has halted and changed our many ways of living across our state and the world. Despite these drastic changes to our lifestyles and traveling opportunities, there is one issue that has not gone away during this pandemic – and that is human trafficking. It happens right here in Illinois and to learn more about how the pandemic plays a role in it, The 21st was joined by two experts and a survivor.

Incumbent Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin defeated two challengers in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.

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The 217 Today Podcast - February 24, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021

In today's deep dive, we learn about the bittersweet feeling many foreign-born doctors in the U.S. got when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, as family members back home still wait to get vaccinated.

This March 22, 1995, file photo shows the interior of the execution chamber in the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. Executioners who put 13 inmates to death in the last months of the Trump administration likened the process of dying by lethal injection to falling asleep, called gurneys “beds” and final breaths “snores.” But those tranquil accounts are at odds with AP and other media-witness reports of how prisoners’ stomachs rolled, shook and shuddered as the pentobarbital took effect inside the U.S. penitentiary death chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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The 21st Show - February 23, 2021

Witnessing Executions

Over the course of the final six months of Donald Trump's presidential term, the administration carried out more than 13 executions.That's more than the federal government executed in the previous half-century combined. Reporter Michael Tarm witnessed 10 of those executions for The Associated Press, and his observations are at odds with what federal officials noted in their reports.

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The 21st Show - February 23, 2021

All Dinosaurs Considered: Looking Back at Prehistoric Illinois

To look back in time and explore what prehistoric Illinois may have looked like, what creatures roamed these lands and why you likely won’t be finding any dinosaur fossils here, The 21st was joined by senior paleontologist at the Illinois State Geological Survey and a vertebrate paleontologist and associate curator of Fossil Reptiles at the Field Museum in Chicago.

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