Members of the Black United Front unfurl a banner at a University of Illinois trustees meeting on March 15, 2017.

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The 21st Show - April 04, 2017

Project 1000; New Central Illinois Health Clinic; In Studio: Jupiter String Quartet

On the 21st: We spoke with two students from Black United Front UIUC, a group that is urging the University of Illinois to recruit more black students and provide better resources. Plus, we learned about a new health clinic that aims to increase access to affordable medical and dental care in central Illinois, and we were joined in studio by the Jupiter String Quartet for a preview of their upcoming performance in Urbana. 

police dispatcher

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The 21st Show - March 30, 2017

Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness; Carbondale Eclipse; Jeremy McLellan Comedy

On The 21st: We learned how dispatchers in Illinois are being trained to respond to mental health crises. Plus, how is the city of Carbondale preparing to host tens of thousands for this summer’s eclipse? We also spoke with the founder of Caring Black Men of Decatur, and talked with a South Carolina comedian who does not shy away from hot-button issues.

The Illinois Farm Bureau in Bloomington, Ill.

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The 21st Show - March 27, 2017

Illinois Farmers On Trade; The Power Of The Infant Brain; Illinois Politics

On the 21st: We asked Illinois farmers what they're hoping to see from the Trump administration regarding international trade. We also learned about how new discoveries in brain science may lead to better treatments for traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer’s - and got the latest in Illinois politics.

What TV shows are you watching to escape the news?

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The 21st Show - March 17, 2017

TV Shows To Escape Or Process The News; Dads & Museums; Making Maple Syrup

On the 21st: We continued our series on news fatigue with a conversation about the TV shows that people are tuning into to escape - or better understand - current events. We also explored how the changing modern family has more dads taking kids to museums, and we spoke with two experts on how to make your own maple syrup.

Champaign Centennial High School

(Champaign Unit 4 Schools)

The 21st Show - March 16, 2017

School Violence and Bullying; Galesburg Water Update; Illinois Tornado Check-In

On The 21st: We learned about how the recent death of a Centennial High School student has sparked conversations about bullying, and had a wide-ranging discussion about the root of the problem and what can be done about it. We also learned about how the city of Galesburg has been trying to address lead in their water, and checked in with the LaSalle County Nursing Home about the last two weeks since a tornado touched down in their town.

Last week, Caterpillar's Peoria HQ was raided by federal agents.

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The 21st Show - March 09, 2017

Caterpillar Fraud Accusations; Celebrating Purim; Racial Taboo; Owl Prowl

On the 21st: A new report commissioned by the U.S. government accuses Peoria-based Caterpillar of tax fraud. What’s at stake for the company? We also talk about the Jewish holiday Purim, chat about a film that's sparking conversations about race across Illinois, and learn about what it takes to find an owl at night.

The 21st Show - March 07, 2017

Trying To Fool Facebook; Dakota Access Pipeline; Walking For Charity

On the 21st: What does Facebook do with all the information it collects from our news feeds, and why does it matter? Plus, we learn more about Illinois' role in the Dakota Access Pipeline and talk with an 86-year-old man from Princeville who has walked hundreds of miles for charity.

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