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."

Matthew Dillon

The 21st Show - August 03, 2020

ENCORE: Summer Road Trips

Summer is a time for road trips — but COVID-19 is limiting options. The 21st explores safe getaways in a time of a pandemic.

Abraham Lincoln Monument, Washington D.C.


The 21st Show - August 03, 2020

ENCORE: Should Lincoln’s Statues Come Down?

In light of the racial justice movements in Illinois, statues honoring Confederate figures like Jefferson Davis, are coming down around the South — either by protestors or local governments. Here in the Midwest, some student groups at the University of Wisconsin in Madison are also calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue.

American Football album cover of the house in Urbana, IL.

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

The American Football House in Urbana

In the late 1990s, a photographer named Chris Strong stood in front of a house on the sidewalk of West High Street in Urbana, Illinois and snapped a peculiar photograph of a white-framed house. The 21st talked with three guests to learn more about the house and the significance it holds to certain alternative music fans around the world.

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

The Public Health Crisis of Loneliness

While loneliness is a more intangible health issue, its effects are major. The 21st speaks to mental health experts to discuss how lonliness has gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can deal with its effects.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL)

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

Interview: Congressman Darin LaHood

Peoria County is one of a handful around Illinois that are on “warning level” for coronavirus disease. Meanwhile, in Washington, members of Congress are debating whether to pass another COVID-19 economic relief package. The 21st checks in with US Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) to talk about the relief bill and rising cases in the 18th congressional district.

Illinois State University

David Wilson

The 21st Show - July 29, 2020

Back to College Discussion

Last spring, students left campus early to stop the spread of the coronavirus and the semester was cut short. This fall, universities across Illinois are preparing to implement face-to-face classes - to an extent. The 21st spoke with a student and faculty from the Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about the risks and benefits of in-person classes. 

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Life Inside the NBA Bubble

Major sports are working to adapt their seasons to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA is finishing out its season in a locked down resort to avoid infections. Meanwhile, health concerns are rising in Major League Baseball after more than a dozen players and staff with the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19.

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Plasma Donations

The 21st explores how blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can help those who are currently still afflicted with  a member of the Red Cross, a manager at Central Illinois Community Blood Center and a journalist for the Illinois Times. 

Cyndy Ash runs Jubilee Farms in Clinton, Illinois, where she raises sheep for wool.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Not All Farmers Are Receiving Financial Relief

Farmers are among the many groups of Americans struggling with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. But help from the government is not reaching everyone. The 21st is joined by a reporter, farmer and member of Farm Aid to talk about the program and how some farmers are being left out. 

Jernej Furman

The 21st Show - July 27, 2020

Public Health Persuasion

Scientists know that using a face mask reduces the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, but many have said they refuse to wear one according to a May survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 21st talks to a CEO, senior behavioral scientist and a psychology professor about how to convince the people to wear masks.

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