The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.

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The 21st Show - February 21, 2017

Illinois Agricultural Economy; Mexican Social Club

On the 21st: With commodity prices low for corn, wheat, cattle and hogs, how are Illinois farmers faring? We checked in with farmers in various industries and also spoke with a member of the Cuitzillo social club in East Aurora to hear her thoughts on the first few weeks of President Trump in the White House.

books

The 21st Show - February 20, 2017

Critical Thinking Reading List; Data Analytics In Basketball; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: We spoke with a librarian about books that can make you smarter about the information you’re consuming. We also learned about the scientific secret to the recent successes of the Illinois Institute of Technology basketball team, and got the latest in Illinois politics with reporters from across the state.

child with violin

Flickr/dominique cappronnier

The 21st Show - February 16, 2017

Kids & Music Classes; Lack of Volunteer Firefighters In Illinois; Budget Address Follow-Up

On the 21st: We visit a music class at Leal elementary school and learn about a new research study exploring the factors that influence children's pursuit of music lessons. We also discussed how the lack of volunteers enlisting in local fire departments in recent years is affecting communities in Illinois, and checked in with social service agencies following Governor Rauner's budget address.

Christine Herman/Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - February 15, 2017

Live From The Statehouse: Governor Rauner’s Upcoming Budget Address

On the 21st: Just before Governor Rauner delivered his third budget address, we broadcast live from inside the Statehouse. We heard from those directly affected by the historic budget stalemate and brought you analysis of what to expect.

Illinois Statehouse

Brian Mackey/WUIS

The 21st Show - February 14, 2017

Budget Address Preview; Evangelicals & Refugees; Local Programs Address Food Poverty

On the 21st: We got a preview of Governor Rauner’s upcoming budget address and learned what social service agencies that rely on state funding hope to hear. We also discussed a recent letter signed by hundreds of conservative evangelical leaders denouncing President Trump's immigration executive order and learned about two new initiatives aimed at providing food to those in need.

Abraham Lincoln presenter

Jon Langham/Pioneer Press

The 21st Show - February 13, 2017

Illinois Celebrates President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

On the 21st: As Illinois celebrates President  Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday, we talked to people who have made it their life’s work to present Abraham Lincoln in classrooms, at libraries, on stage, even at birthday parties. Plus, we spoke with food historian Rae Eighmey about her book, “Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.”

sick child

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The 21st Show - February 08, 2017

Sick Kids & School; Conversations On Race; Bat Robot; Obama Day

On the 21st: We explored how to decide when to keep a sick child home - and when to send them to school. We also talked to two Carbondale residents about the role conversations about race play in this political climate. Plus, we learned about a robot that flies like a bat and discussed the proposals to establish August 4 as Obama Day in Illinois.

This still image taken from United States Courts shows Judge James Robart listening to a case at Seattle Courthouse on March 12, 2013 in Seattle. Robart placed a nationwide hold on President Donald Trump's executive order, banning travel to the

United States Courts via AP

The 21st Show - February 06, 2017

Immigration Ban Blocked; Central Illinois Trump Supporter; Illinois Politics; ISU President

On the 21st: We talked with a Chicago-based immigration lawyer about what the halt to President Trump's immigration ban means for people trying to get into Illinois. Plus, we talked with a Stonington resident about getting to meet President Trump in person, get the latest in Illinois politics and spoke with the president of Illinois State University about how they've been faring throughout the budget stalemate.

the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 1-888-373-7888.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

The 21st Show - February 01, 2017

Human Trafficking Report; Endangered Bumblebee; Recent Food/Health News; LabEscape

On the 21st: We learned about a new report that finds the number of reported cases of human trafficking in Illinois is rising. Plus, we talked with one of the world's leading bee experts about the first bumblebee species to land on an endangered species list in the continental U.S. We also discussed kids' menus, sugary drinks, and GMO apples, and learned about a new escape room that just opened in Urbana.

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