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 - November 25, 2020

ENCORE: DeKalb Disability Activist, Melissa Blake

Writer and disability activist Melissa Blake isn’t letting internet trolls stop her from spreading a message of positivity and acceptance online. We’ll talk to the DeKalb resident about her recent runway debut during New York Fashion Week. 

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - November 25, 2020

ENCORE: Latinx, Latino, Hispanic: How Do You Identify?

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that about 1 in 4 Hispanics in the United States have heard of the word Latinx, and just 3% use it to describe themselves. Today, we’ll talk about the origins and usage of the terms Hispanic, Latino and Latinx.

The 21st Show - November 24, 2020

ENCORE: ‘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. 

Stacy Spensley

The 21st Show - November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving for One

A food and dining reporter at the Chicago Tribune who has years of experience making smaller Thanksgiving dinners on a single sheet pan, joined us to talk about how to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for one or a few. 

Faith Goble

The 21st Show - November 23, 2020

Less Stress At Thanksgiving Dinner

Holidays can be a stressful time for many reasons. This year though, a lot of those typical stressors have been replaced with other concerns because of the pandemic. The 21st was joined by a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist to help us navigate that stress and those difficult conversations with family. 

Doug Finke, Bernie Schoenburg

The State Journal-Register

The 21st Show - November 23, 2020

Schoenburg and Finke Exit the Statehouse

Bernard Schoenburg and Doug Finke have been covering state government for Springfield’s State Journal-Register newspaper for decades. The two talked about retiring at the end of November 2020 and how covering the statehouse has changed over the years.

Brian Mackey

The 21st Show - November 19, 2020

Significant Developments in ComEd Indictments

In light of recent developments in the federal investigation into the electric utility company ComEd, federal prosecutors are charging former executives and lobbyists for the company with conspiring to influence a state of Illinois official. The 21st was joined by a politics reporter from WBEZ who has been following the story to give listeners a brief update of the recent charges.

Justin Johnson

The 21st Show - November 18, 2020

Interview: Justin Johnson, IL Teacher of the Year

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Justin Johnson, director of bands at Niles West High School in Skokie is the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Johnson told us what influenced him to choose teaching as a career, the challenges of teaching music during a pandemic and his proudest moment as an educator.

Mark Dorshkind carries roses he bought for Valentine's Day at Flowers of the Valley in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The 21st Show - November 18, 2020

Dating In A Pandemic

With COVID-19 surging across Illinois, in-person dating is considered high risk in 2020, but hearts will find a way. The 21st spoke to two experts on relationships on how dating has changed because of the pandemic and how people can still find love.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - November 18, 2020

Traveling Safely This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is approaching, but with cases of COVID-19 surging across the Midwest traveling to see loved ones could be a big risk. The 21st hears from two experts on how to stay safe and what steps we can take if traveling is essential.

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