The 21st Show - July 13, 2020

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Our team at The 21st and Illinois Public Media continues to work hard to bring you stories about how people across the state are being affected by coronavirus. We're making it easier for Illinoisans to connect with us and share their experiences and thoughts with our new initiative "Text The 21st."

The 21st Show - September 30, 2020

Not All Hispanic Voters Are Alike

There are 2.2 million Hispanic Illinoisians, 17% of the state’s population. We’ll talk to a Pew Researcher who recently co-wrote a study on the issues most important to Hispanic voters in 2020, and speak with some Hispanic leaders from both sides of the aisle.

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The 21st Show - September 30, 2020

First Presidential Debate Reactions

With the first presidential debate coming on Tuesday night, The 21st recapped it with the chief political reporter for the Chicago Tribune

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks to a news conference after being announced as President Donald J. Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.

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The 21st Show - September 29, 2020

Amy Coney Barrett: Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

President Trump has selected Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left by the latest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If confirmed, Coney Barrett could represent the biggest ideological shift for the court in decades. We’ll speak with Amy Howe of SCOTUS Blog and a law professor who worked with Trump’s nominee.

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The 21st Show - September 28, 2020

Chicago Cubs And White Sox Make The 2020 Playoffs

The Major League Baseball regular season ended yesterday.  But whether you’re a Cubs, White Sox, or even a Cardinals fan, you still have something to root for.  All 3 teams made it to the playoffs.  We’ll recap the season and get a preview of the new playoff format.

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The 21st Show - September 28, 2020

Graduated Income Tax On The Ballot

Early voting is underway in Illinois, and one of the biggest questions on the ballot is whether the state constitution should be changed to allow for a graduated income tax — where people who make more money pay a higher rate. We answer your questions on the proposed constitutional amendment.

Ja Nelle Pleasure relies on her garden for fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The 21st Show - September 28, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: Food Insecurity

Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic is another, worsening crisis — hunger. In today’s reporter roundtable we’ll hear from two food and agriculture reporters about how families and school districts in the Midwest are coping.

The 21st Show - September 24, 2020

Time Running Out For 2020 Census

U.S. Census Bureau offices are scheduled to complete their work by next Wednesday, September 30. We’ll talk with census experts about the importance of a full and accurate count, and what an undercount could mean for Illinois.

The 21st Show - September 24, 2020

‘Decoding Dogs’

Maybe you’ve spent more time at home with your dog in recent months and thought "what are they thinking?" We’ll speak with a Bloomington-based psychology professor who studies the minds of canines. 

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The 21st Show - September 23, 2020

Farm Aid 35th Anniversary

The 21st took a look back at one of the biggest concerts in Illinois history. September 22, 2020 marked the 35 year anniversary of the first annual Farm Aid concert which happened in Champaign. It was organized by musicians Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young, and featured some of the biggest names in music of the day. 

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The 21st Show - September 23, 2020

Pygmalion 2020 Preview

Since 2005, Pygmalion Fest in Champaign Urbana has drawn some of the biggest indie music acts from around the country to central Illinois. But for the first time, the festival will be all virtual. The 21st talks about the lineup and how to see the performances all for free. 

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