Connie Barr receives her father's Purple Heart from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
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Reuniting Families with Military Medals; Author Chibundu Onuzo; Best Illinois Books

On The 21st: Connie Barr shares her story of learning her father received a Purple Heart for his service in World War Two and we hear about Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs' work reuniting families with long lost military medals. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, there’s a new contest to name Illinois’s greatest book. What are some of the titles in the running? But first, we speak to Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo about her new book and first U.S. release, "Welcome to Lagos." 

May 22, 2018

Religion Scholar Marie Griffith; Finding The Right Drug Addiction Treatment; Rita Crundwell Film

On this encore edition of The 21st: With more people in the U.S. in need of effective and affordable drug addiction treatment, what are the most important things you should know when looking for a provider? Plus, we talk to director Kelly Richmond Pope about her new film highlighting a famous embezzlement case in Dixon, Illinois. But first, religion scholar Marie Griffith joins us to talk about her new book- Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics.

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May 21, 2018

The Musical ‘Assassins’; Dr. Eli Finkel On Good Relationships; ‘The Brain Scoop’

On this encore edition of The 21st: The Sondheim musical 'Assassins' explores the lives of people who have attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents. Plus, Dr. Eli Finkel, author of the book 'The All Or Nothing Marriage' on what makes a good romantic relationship in 2018. And, Emily Graslie, host of the Field Museum's 'The Brain Scoop', on her work and the new species of butterfly that was just named after her.

Polling Place sign.
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May 18, 2018

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered?; ‘Hamilton: The Exhibition’; Food As Medicine; Rescuing Tortoises

On the 21st: An organization led by students wants to lower the voting age to 16. Plus, if you can't get enough of the musical 'Hamilton,' a new exhibit is coming to Chicago this fall. We also learn more about the idea of 'food as medicine,' and check in with the Shedd Aquarium about their efforts to rescue endangered tortoises in Madagascar.

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May 17, 2018

Gun Violence In North And South Peoria; Hate In The Republican Party; Death Penalty

On the 21st: What two unrelated shootings over a single weekend in Peoria show about the way gun violence is treated on the north and south ends of the city—and the stories of two South Peoria residents whose lives were affected by gun violence. Plus, with an avowed Holocaust denier running for Congress as a Republican in Illinois, what's the role of hate groups in our state's GOP? And, Governor Rauner has proposed partially reinstating the death penalty.

Zakat Chicago
May 15, 2018

Why Charity Is An Important Part Of Ramadan; The Equal Rights Amendment; Toxic Algal Blooms

On the 21st: As the Equal Rights Amendment makes its way through the General Assembly, we hear from voices who agree and disagree with this measure. Plus, why environmental groups are worried about an increase in toxic algal blooms in our nation's waterways. But first, tonight marks the beginning of Ramadan for Muslims across North America; we'll hear about the important role charity plays in this holy month for Muslims.

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May 14, 2018

Joe Pedott, Founder Of Chia Pets; The Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Enter; Illinois Politics Update

On the 21st: A prison in western Illinois is trying something new by investing in programs like art classes and gardening for inmates. Plus, our weekly Illinois politics update, this time with the State Journal-Register's Doug Finke and the AP's John O'Connor. But first, we chatted with Joe Pedott, the founder of Chia Pets and The Clapper.

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May 10, 2018

A Story Of Addiction And Recovery; LGBT History In Schools; Mosquitoes And Ticks Season

On the 21st: An Illinois man shares his own personal story of addiction and recovery, as pharmaceutical executives testified before Congress earlier this week on their role in the opioid crisis. Plus, a new bill that passed the state Senate would require LGBT historical figures to be covered in classrooms. And, some tips for avoiding mosquito and tick bites during the summer months.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
May 09, 2018

Local Money In The State Budget; The Underground Railroad In Southern IL; New ‘One Illinois’ Media

On the 21st: A group of mayors are worried that Springfield will use local revenue to fill holes in the next state budget. Plus, the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in southern Illinois—and what educators are doing to bring that history to life in the classroom. And, the leaders of a new nonprofit news outlet called One Illinois say they want to tell stories about what unites us instead of what divides us. 

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May 08, 2018

Starved Rock State Park Faces Overcrowding Challenges

Illinois’s Starved Rock State Park has seen record numbers of visitors in the past few years, with more than 2.8 million people visiting in 2017. It has gotten so popular that maintaining the park has become extremely challenging.

Protestors of the new abortion law
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May 08, 2018

Iowa’s New Abortion Law; Why Starved Rock Is Getting Crowded; Illinois Outdoor Destinations

On The 21st: The most restrictive abortion bill in the nation has become law in neighboring Iowa. What does it actually do, and how does it affect women in both Iowa and Illinois? Plus, Starved Rock State Park is getting more regular visitors than even some national parks—and resources to maintain the park are getting stretched thin. And, we'll give you some recommendations for getting outside and enjoying the warm weather.

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May 07, 2018

Level I Trauma Centers; Illinois Politics Update; Getting Rid Of Stormwater

On The 21st: Why Level I Trauma Centers—which treat traumatic injuries including gunshot wounds—can be hard to come by, depending on where you live in Illinois. Plus, what's behind the sudden political debate about whether to change our state's flat income tax? And, what University of Illinois students are doing to address the problem of stormwater pollution.

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