Hundreds of people raise up lit candles at a memorial vigil for Devon McClyde.

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The 21st Show - January 04, 2017

The Toll Of Gun Violence Across Illinois

On the 21st: We went beyond the recent news headlines to ask: Why are so many people being killed, not only in Chicago, but in many Midwestern cities? What will it take to stop the violence? We also learned about community efforts in Danville and Peoria to reduce gun violence.

"The Awakened Family"/Shefali Tsabary

The 21st Show - December 29, 2016

Mindful Parenting; Animals On A Diet

On this encore edition of The 21st:  Shefali Tsabary, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Awakened Family," joined us to talk about how the challenges of parenting can become an opportunity for spiritual awakening. Plus, the not-so-surprising diet secrets of wildlife animals.

The 21st Show - December 28, 2016

Ex-Offender Employment Opportunities; Elissa Altman’s New Memoir

On this encore edition of The 21st: We discussed job opportunities for ex-offenders, the challenges they face, and resources available to them. We also talked with a retired police officer about building trust with the community, and spoke with the author of the memoir "Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw."

The 21st Show - December 21, 2016

Illinois Teacher Shortage; Nature Cat Creators Discuss Series

On this encore edition of The 21st: We learned about what's driving the teacher shortage in the U.S. and talked with former Illinois teachers about the challenges they faced in the classroom. Plus, we talked with the Highland Park natives behind the PBS animated series "Nature Cat."

Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

The 21st Show - December 20, 2016

Genetically Modified Organisms; Scientists With Disabilities

On this encore edition of The 21st: What does it mean when we say that a plant is genetically modified? Plus, we met a chemistry graduate student who wants to raise awareness about scientists with disabilities.

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The 21st Show - December 19, 2016

Building: A Habitat Home, A LEGO Skyscraper, And STEM

On this encore edition of The 21st: We spoke with three Illinois religious leaders who are part of an interfaith effort to build a Habitat for Humanity house. Plus, we met the artist behind the LEGO exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and learned about the effect toys can have on children's perceptions of their own abilities.

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