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September 10, 2018

Reactions To Obama’s U of I Speech; Illinois Election Security; Muslims In ‘Jack Ryan’ Amazon Series

On The 21st: With the midterms less than two months away, how secure is our state's election system? And, we speak with Loyola's Omer Mozaffar about his consulting on the Amazon Prime series Jack Ryan. But first, we discuss Illinois politics and follow up on Barack Obama's visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Barack Obama

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September 07, 2018

President Obama’s Speech At The University Of Illinois

On this special edition of The 21st: President Obama has been on the political sidelines since he left office. But no more. In an hourlong speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the former president rebuked President Trump, calling him "a symptom, not a cause" of today's political climate. He also encouraged the nearly 1,100 students in attendance to vote in this fall's midterm elections, saying "our democracy depends on it."

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September 06, 2018

Lincoln Park Zoo Turns 150; A Preview Of Barack Obama’s Visit To U of I; Jewish Artist Todros Geller

On The 21st: President Obama is back in Illinois and is coming to Urbana tomorrow! We’ll find out more about his visit. And, we'll tell you more about a new exhibit at the Spertus Institute in Chicago featuring the work of early 20th century Jewish artist Todros Geller. But first, we visit the Lincoln Park Zoo and see what they're doing to celebrate 150 years. 

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September 04, 2018

Which Pizza Ranks Supreme; US Citizens Denied Passports at the Border; Homeless Shelter Needs

On The 21st: We speak with Chicago food reporter Steve Dolinsky about his new book and his picks for Chicago's 101 best pizzas. Plus, amidst heat warnings throughout the state, what are homeless shelters doing to keep residents safe? And, the State Department is denying passports to some people who have birth certificates from Texas. We talk to the ACLU of Illinois about what's going on at the border. 

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September 03, 2018

Universal Basic Income; Artificial Intelligence In Hiring; Gravitational Waves

On this encore, Labor Day edition of The 21st: Universal Basic Income is the idea that giving residents a fixed amount of money on a regular basis — with no strings attached—is a good way to address poverty and inequality. Now, one Alderman wants to launch a pilot program in Chicago. Plus, how companies are using artificial intelligence to filter out resumes and ultimately determine who gets an interview. And, we hear from a Northwestern astrophysicist about black holes and how she first got started in astrophysics.

The memorial site for missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang

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August 29, 2018

A Memorial Garden For Yingying Zhang; New Novel ‘The Wildlands’; Sexual Abuse In The Catholic Church

On The 21st: It's been more than a year since visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang disappeared. Today, we'll hear from two of her friends and colleagues about how they are remembering her. And, Chicago novelist Abby Geni joins us to talk about her second novel - “The Wildlands.” But first, we talk about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. 

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August 28, 2018

Illinois Residents Respond To Kerala Flood; The Life Of Albert R. Lee; Donating Organs As A Teenager

On The 21st: We talk about the legacy of Albert Lee - an African-American man who helped some of the U of I’s first black students succeed - at a time when they were often denied access to resources like housing. And, we revisit our conversation about an Illinois law which prompted some 16 and 17-year olds to add their names to the organ donor list. But first, residents of the south Indian state of Kerala are trying to recover from the worst flood in a century. And members of Illinois’ large Indian communities are raising money to help.

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August 27, 2018

IL Bill Breakdown; Vetoed VOICES Act; Birth Weight Research; Google Non-Profit Grant the 21st: What can Chicago learn from Toronto when it comes to having healthier babies? Plus,Google Chicago is looking to give out $1 million to Illinois nonprofits—we’ll tell you how to apply! But first, we have your weekly Illinois politics update including more info on bills that Governor Rauner has signed or vetoed.

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August 22, 2018

Student Journalists From Parkland; Sexual Assault Training For Nurses; IL’s First State Constitution

On The 21st: We discuss a new law that requires Illinois hospitals have nurses trained to treat rape victims. And, 200 years ago, Illinois ratified its first state constitution. We talk about what Illinoisans are doing to celebrate. But first, we speak with student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

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