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 - August 12, 2020

Can College Students Be Trusted To Social Distance?

Colleges across Illinois are set to begin classes in the next few weeks, with some students already beginning to move onto campuses. Can universities really expect that college aged students will follow safety guidelines? The 21st is joined by a student panel and an expert on human development and family studies to hear more. 

Lebanese flag

The 21st Show - August 12, 2020

Lebanon Explosion

A massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 171 people and injured thousands more. The 21st hears from the Lebanese community in Illinois and someone who is on the ground in Beirut now.

Victor Shi, youngest Joe Biden delegate in Illinois

PBS NewsHour

The 21st Show - August 11, 2020

Interview: Victor Shi, Illinois’ Youngest Biden Delegate

With the Democratic National Convention approaching rapidly, delegates from across the country will cast their votes to make the party’s presidential candidate selection official. The 21st speaks to Illinois' youngest delegate about remotely casting his vote for Biden this year. 

Flickr: Becker1999

The 21st Show - August 11, 2020

Which Woman Will Be Biden’s VP Pick?

With Joe Biden’s announcement expected any day — The 21st got to wondering: what sort of influence will a female candidate — potentially a female candidate of color — have on the campaign, and politics more generally? The 21st speaks to a politico correspondent and experts on political science to hear their answers.

Nina Mitchell, DeKalb Valedictorian 

The 21st Show - August 10, 2020

DeKalb Valedictorian Makes History

Being class valedictorian runs in the family of Nina Mitchell. She is the first African-American to be first in her class in DeKalb this year. She talked with The 21st about her motivation, her grandmother's similar feat and why she turned down some Ivy League schools to attend the University of Illinois this fall.

Students are brought to school by their parents in Rostock, Germany Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 as Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the first federal state to resume regular school operations throughout the state. About 150,000 students are expected to attend their schools.

Bernd W'stneck/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa via AP

The 21st Show - August 10, 2020

Other Countries Return To School

By June, more than 20 countries had reopened schools, and some — like Taiwan, Sweden, and Nicaragua — never closed in the first place. The 21st talks to an education reporter and two individuals from Science Magazine about looking to other countries as a blueprint to go back to school. 

The 21st Show - August 10, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: School District Reopening Plans

As soon as this week in some Illinois districts, K-12 students will be heading into the classroom or to their kitchen table for virtual learning. The 21st discusses what some of those school district plans in our listening areas — and some of the latest on changes to university reopening plans.

Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - August 06, 2020

ENCORE: Summer Songs Still Play On

To the disappointment of music fans, artists and organizers have had to pull the plug on concerts and festivals this season. We wanted to offer some summer music recommendations from artists both here in central Illinois and around the world. 

The 21st Show - August 06, 2020

ENCORE: The Great Indoors

For many of us during the pandemic, we’ve gotten to know the four walls of the various rooms in our home better than ever before. The 21st speaks to an author and journalist who explores the many indoor environments, both private and public spaces — from operating rooms to prisons.

(L-R) upper: Hugo Balta, Celeste Headlee (L-R) lower: Dawn Ennis, Nader Issa

The 21st Show - August 05, 2020

Diversity in Newsrooms

Like many other institutions in 2020, America’s newsrooms are facing a reckoning for a lack of diversity in newsrooms. The 21st is joined by four journalists to address aggressions against journalists of color, proposals for true changes for more inclusive newsrooms and how news consumers can question the newsrooms they trust.

The 21st Show - August 04, 2020

ENCORE: Coree Woltering - Ultramarathoner

The 21st speaks to Coree Woltering, an Illinois-based ultra-marathoner, who recently set a new record for the 1,147 mile Ice Age Trail, completing it in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Supporters and opponents of University of Illinois' mascot listen at a board of trustees meeting Thursday, June 17, 2004 in Chicago.

M. Spencer Green/AP

The 21st Show - August 04, 2020

Debate Over University Of Illinois Mascot Rages After Retirement

Over the course of the last few months, the movement for racial justice has reignited the call for racially insensitive mascots and team names to be replaced. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign retired their race-based mascot 13 years ago, yet the depiction continues to endure, with some even calling for the mascot to be restored. 

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