A supporter of President Donald Trump chants outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington.

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The 21st Show - January 07, 2021

How Does Fascism Work?

The events of January 6, 2021 were a stain on America’s democracy. Many experts are saying that there were clear warning signs leading up to this moment. To discuss the factors leading up to the siege on the Capitol, we talked with a philospophy professor from Yale University and an author of several books, including How Facism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (

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The 21st Show - January 07, 2021

Analysis: Can Democracy Survive Insurrection?

January 6, 2021 was a dark day in U.S. history. A mob of pro-Trump extremists rampaged through the U.S. Capitol, damaging property and putting their feet up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk. The 21st was joined by author Jonathan Alter to talk about what happened and what's next.

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The 21st Show - January 06, 2021

Hygge: Practicing Cosiness and Comfortable Conviviality

Winter during a pandemic is especially dark and cold. The Scandinavians have something to combat this, called Hygge. The 21st spoke with someone from the Danish Happiness Research Institute about the Danish concept of comfort and coziness.

The 21st Show - January 06, 2021

Interview: Cheri Bustos, D-Moline (IL-17)

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is a Democrat and represents a large portion of northwest Illinois. She was just recently in for a new term and The 21st was able to speak to her about 

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The 21st Show - January 05, 2021

Reporter Roundtable:  New Year, Same Pandemic

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, The 21st checked in with two Illinois reporters to hear the latest news on vaccine rollout, a crisis in Illinois prisons and the state of in-person school and dining in some parts of the state.

The 21st Show - January 04, 2021

IL Artist Gives Whole Picture of Pandemic

We’ll speak with Chicago based visual artist and writer Riva Lehrer, whose recent New York Times Op-Ed “The Virus Has Stolen Your Face From Me” explores how the pandemic has presented challenges to her as both a disabled person, and as an artist whose work focuses on portraits and representations of faces and bodies stigmatized by society.

The 21st Show - January 04, 2021

Communicating With Deaf Community While Masking

With the new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 now in the U.S., mask wearing is as important as ever — but masks also pose challenges to communicating for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

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The 21st Show - January 04, 2021

Return To Springfield For 2021

Illinois state lawmakers are set to return to Springfield this week for the first time since last May. The agenda includes dealing with significant budget shortfalls and the Black Caucus wants its agenda on equity addressed. 

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