Charles Rex Arbogast/ Associated Press

The 21st Show - January 20, 2020

Protecting The Legacy Of Ida B Wells

In 1955, after Chicago teenager Emmett Till was lynched and beaten to death on a trip in Mississippi, his mother Mamie made the decision to have the media cover Emmett’s open casket funeral. Many consider that decision a major factor in helping to ignite the civil rights movement. 

Illinois Wesleyan University

The 21st Show - January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King At Illinois Wesleyan University

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is perhaps best known for his “I Have A Dream” speech. As inspirational as it was, many of his lesser-known speeches offer a nuanced and articulate argument against racism worldwide. In the years closer to his assassination, he also took more radical positions regarding inequality and war.

The 21st Show - January 20, 2020

Children’s Book Tackling Tough Issues

Many of us probably remember a favorite children’s book from when we were younger, the characters in those stories and maybe some of the lessons we learned in those books still stick with us today. Odds are, though, the book you’re thinking of probably didn’t tackle intersectionality. 

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - January 20, 2020

The 21st—Monday, January 20, 2020

On Today's 21st:  We’re honoring the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We have excerpts from a little-known speech he gave here in Illinois, we also hear from a sociologist and children’s book author about a different kind of book for kids that doesn’t shy away from complex themes. And, some descendants of Black civil rights leaders in Chicago want the public to know more about their family members, while also protecting them at the same time.  

This 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a dispensary in Oakland, California.

Jeff Chiu/AP (File photo)

The 21st Show - January 16, 2020

How Does Legalization Of Recreational Weed Affect Medical Cannabis Patients In Illinois?

Millions of dollars in sales of recreational marijuana this month means some dispensaries have experienced shortages of certain cannabis products and placed caps on how much people can buy. We explored how this and other changes to the law affect the tens of thousands of people in Illinois who are licensed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - January 16, 2020

The 21st—Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today on the 21st: We continued our “State of Cannabis” series with a discussion about how to talk to kids about marijuana, now that it’s legal for adults in Illinois. We also spoke with patients who use cannabis for medical purposes about what changes for them in the era of legal recreational weed, learned how some colleges are stepping up to help prepare students to break into the cannabis industry and explored the challenges Illinois farmers are facing when it comes to growing a plant related to marijuana: hemp.

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - January 15, 2020

What Does Illinois’ Law Legalizing Cannabis Mean For People With Pot Convictions?

We spoke with Illinois Newsroom reporter Lee Gaines about her reporting on who has been left out of the expungement process. We were joined by Matt, a central Illinois resident dealing with a cannabis felony from nearly 10 years ago, and Brandon Williams,supervising attorney with Cabrini Green Legal Aid in Chicago. 

State of Illinois

The 21st Show - January 15, 2020

Criminal Justice Reform In The Era Of Legal Cannabis

One of the changes many are hoping to see since the legalization of marijuana in Illinois is a more equitable weed industry. Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton talked with The 21st about reinvesting in black and brown communities that have been hurt by the “war on cannabis.”

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - January 15, 2020

The 21st—Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Today on The 21st: So much of the dialogue leading up to the legalization of marijuana in Illinois was about social justice. Today, we spoke with Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton about the state’s efforts to bring more people of color into the industry and reinvest in the minority communities that have been hurt the most by the war on drugs. 

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