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Goodwill Lays Off Disabled Workers, Then Reverses Decision; Flooding And Federal Aid; Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Lions; Emoji Inclusivity

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill, which runs 15 locations throughout Illinois, decided to lay off dozens of disabled workers. Plus, Gov. Pritzker wants local communities to report flood damage so Illinois can qualify for federal aid. Also, we'll talk about how marine biologists in Illinois are helping to care for the increasing number of sea lion pups that are washing up on California shores. And, emoji have become a common form of communication on keyboards around the world, but are these little symbols as diverse as the people who use them?

Heather Johnson performs DNA extraction at the Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory in Delta Township, Mich.

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July 11, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois’s DNA Testing Backlog; Golden Apple Scholars; Books Returned To Danville Prison; Chicago Defender Ceases Print

Prosecutors and police officers have been sending too much DNA to the Illinois State Police crime lab. People are waiting in jail as a result of the massive backlog. Plus, schools across Illinois badly need more teachers. One statewide program has been trying to recruit more of them, as early as high school. Also, earlier this year a prison in Danville removed 200 books from an education program library. But now, after public pressure, the books are back in the prison. And after more than a century, the Chicago Defender will no longer be available in print. 


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July 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

“There’s No Crying In Newsrooms” Explores Women In Journalism; Inclusive Communities For Outdoor Recreation

Journalists Julia Wallace and Kristin Gilger co-authored a new book, "There’s No Crying in Newsrooms" which tells the many stories and experiences of women in journalism. They joined us to talk about their analysis and advice for women leaders in any industry. Plus, our state and national parks are open to all. But not everyone feels included in outdoor activities. An online community called “Unlikely Hikers” is changing that by encouraging people from under-represented backgrounds to get outside.


Rivers draining into the Gulf of Mexico carry nutrients from fertilizers, contributing to blooms of phytoplankton seen here. (Nov. 13, 2009 photo)

Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Earth Observatory

July 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Midwest Pollution Impacting The Gulf; How Black Pharmacists Improve Care; ‘Red Flag’ Gun Case

Every year, a ‘dead zone’ of water, starved of oxygen, forms off the Gulf Coast. It can kill fish and marine life. It turns out it’s mostly caused by pollution from here in the Midwest. Plus, health care that meets the cultural and social needs of patients can actually improve health outcomes. We’ll hear about the independent, black-owned pharmacies that are providing that kind of care. And a state law is being used for the first time in McLean County. It allows a judge to take away guns from who someone might be a danger to themselves or others, at the request of police or family members.


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July 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

US Wins Women’s World Cup; How Mugshots Harm; Homeless Cooling Shelters

The U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup for the fourth time yesterday. We’ll recap yesterday’s final and talk about why you should keep following women’s soccer. Plus, open up your local paper and you’ll probably see mugshots of people who were booked into the county jail. But that can sometimes do more harm than good, especially for the people in those photos. And, homeless shelters open for extra hours during the winter. The summer poses its own challenges for people struggling to find housing.


A Chicago police officer looks to protesters during a Nov. 24, 2017 "march for justice."

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

July 04, 2019 - The 21st Show

Building Trust Between Police And Civilians; UIC Gymnastics Program Cut; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Tracey Meares is a central Illinois native and a Yale law professor who's spent years investigating difficult questions about the interactions between police officers and the public. Plus, the UIC women’s gymnastics team won a conference championship - but their program still got cut. We’ll talk about that and how colleges prioritize certain sports. And caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. A study shows how mindfulness therapy can help.


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July 03, 2019 - The 21st Show

Gut Microbes And Mood; Reading Cursive In Historical Documents; Kids And YA Book Recommendations

We all know that the nutrients we eat affect our physical health, but what about our mental health? We talk about the connection between the gut and the brain. And, fewer students are learning cursive in elementary and middle school. And some educators worry that this could spell trouble for preserving the billions of handwritten documents in our national archives. Plus, we’re wrapping up our series of summer book recommendations with some of our favorites for kids and young adults. 


July 03, 2019 - The 21st Show

The 21st’s Summer Reading Recommendations

All this week we spoke with librarians, authors and bookstore owners from around the state to share summer book recommendations. Here's our full list of those recommendations categorized under fiction, non-fiction and children's/young adult books.


In this Aug. 29, 2018, photo, at the Waste Management facility in North Brooklyn, tons of leftover food sits piled up before being processed into "bio-slurry," in New York.

AP Photo/Stephen Groves

July 02, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cutting Down On Food Waste; Non-Fiction Reading Recommendations; Bilingual Early Childhood Education

Food industry groups want to change the “sell by” and “use by” dates on products in order to cut down on food waste. Today, how to know when something is really expired, and how we can reduce food waste in our own kitchens. Plus, we’ll continue our weeklong series on summer reading. Today we’ll hear about nonfiction from librarians from across the state. And if you’re trying to learn a new language, you should do it as early as possible. That’s part of the reason more daycares and early childhood centers are teaching kids in more than one language. 


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July 01, 2019 - The 21st Show

Policing The Dairy Industry; Fiction Book Recommendations; Women’s World Cup Semi-Final Preview; Whataburger Sold To Chicago

Earlier this month, activists released video of alleged animal abuse at a farm in Indiana. So, who actually makes sure animals are treated humanely? And, all this week we’re bringing you some reading recommendations for the summer. Today, we’re starting off with fiction. Also, we'll have a preview of the Women's World Cup semi-final match between the U.S. and England. Plus, a Chicago investment firm recently bought Whataburger, one of Texas’ most beloved fast food chains.


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June 27, 2019 - The 21st Show

Sen. Duckworth On Iran; Redefining Burnout; Summer Movie Recommendations

Just one week ago, the U.S. was on the brink of an armed conflict with Iran. And tensions are still high. Today, we talk about our country's relationship with Iran with Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Plus, what’s the difference between feeling stressed and experiencing burnout, and how can understanding that difference help challenge stigma around mental health? And halfway through 2019, we’re talking about the best movies so far this year while also looking forward to what’s coming this summer.


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June 26, 2019 - The 21st Show

Harsher Penalties On Texting While Driving; Taxing The Very Rich; DCFS And Spanish-Speaking Parents; Women’s World Cup

Starting next week, there will be harsher penalties for texting while driving. Also, what does it mean to tax the uber-rich? It’s a conversation happening not just in Springfield, but in Washington. Plus, hundreds of children in the Illinois foster system are being placed in homes where a language is spoken that isn’t their native one. And, the U.S. women’s team is on a mission to win a fourth World Cup.


Protesters carry a sign which reads "In memory of children who have died in custody" as they march outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla.

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June 25, 2019 - The 21st Show

How The Delayed ICE Raids Are Affecting Illinois; Scooter And Bike Sharing

Last week, President Trump announced deportation raids across the country. But then he said he’d wait for two weeks. We check in with immigrant rights groups here in Illinois about how they’ve been handling all of this news. Plus, last year riders took nearly 40 million trips on electric scooters. Now Chicago has launched a pilot program on the city’s west side.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

June 24, 2019 - The 21st Show

Lincoln Bible; Quincy Families Still Waiting; Household Hazardous Waste; Who’s Moving To Chicago

The Lincoln Museum in Springfield now has a Bible that belonged to the former president. Plus, a year and a half ago, WBEZ reported on Legionnaires’ outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Today, the families who lost loved ones are still waiting for justice. And, as we think about our declining population overall, we’ll talk about who’s actually coming to Illinois. Plus, McLean County will be hosting household hazardous waste collections.


(Louisa Chu/Chicago Tribune)

June 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

Writing About Black Food In Chicago; Conspiracy Theories And Politics; Kid-Friendly Podcasts

For the month of June the Chicago Tribune is putting the spotlight on Black food and culture on the city’s South Side. Plus, conspiracy theories have been part of our politics for a long time. These days, belief in those theories are part of why our country is so divided. And, are you a parent traveling with kids over the summer? We’ll hear about two podcasts that are fun for both kids and adults.


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