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July 18, 2018

Fast Food ‘No Poaching’ Clauses; Trade Wars & Farmers; Small Town ‘Brain Gain’

On the 21st: We discussed the small clause in an employee contract that prevents fast food workers from moving to different franchise locations. Plus, how this turbulent year in trade policy has affected farmers in the state. And, how some small towns in Illinois and across the country are working to reverse brain drain in their respective communities.


Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

Lee V. Gaines/Illinois Newsroom

July 12, 2018

Getting Books To Illinois Prisons; Virtual Medical Interpreters; Chicago’s Gang Database

On this encore edition of The 21st: New technology is bringing interpreters directly to patients to help with their medical needs. And, ProPublica Illinois reporter Mick Dumke talks to us about Chicago's problematic "gang database." But first, the state of Illinois spent less than 300 dollars on books throughout all state prisons for the entirety of 2017. What's behind this lack of funding and how is it impacting prisoners?


empty classroom

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July 11, 2018

Teacher Shortages; ‘Welcoming City’ Debate; Summer Bike Trails; Biking Across US; Solo Cup History

On the 21st: The latest on the 'Welcoming City' ordinance debate in Bloomington-Normal. Plus, with summer in full gear, we discuss some of Illinois' bike trails. And, how some bikers take it one step further by biking across the US. Then, the history of Solo Cups - and how they came to be, right here in Illinois. But first, we talk about Illinois' massive teacher shortage, and what lawmakers are doing to try to combat this issue.


AP/Seth Perlman

July 10, 2018

Gov. Rauner’s Earnings And ICE Facilities; STEM Summer Camps For Girls; IL’s Heartbreaking Moments

On the 21st: We talk about a recent story which found that Gov. Rauner earned money from a health provider that works with ICE detention facilities. Plus, STEM summer camps for girls, and what can be done to encourage girls to pursue those careers as they grow up.  And, we go over some of the most heartbreaking moments of Illinois history with our friends at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum.


Robin Linn/Illinois Public Media

July 06, 2018

The World Of Illinois’ Chinese-American Food; The Best Illinois Movies

On this encore edition of the 21st: Niala sits down with food writers and radio hosts Monica Eng from WBEZ Chicago and Louisa Chu from The Chicago Tribune at Lee’s Chop Suey to talk about the history of Chinese food in Chicago. Plus, we dive into the best movies in Illinois—at least, according to a poll by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


Robin Linn/Illinois Public Media

July 04, 2018

Our Show From The Lincoln Museum: Historical Artifacts, Music And An Art Contest

On this encore edition of the 21st: We're sharing a special rebroadcast of our hourlong show from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. First, we talked with the museum's executive director about how they're celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial. Also, we learned more about the official bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate Brewing Company and heard music from the "Dulcimer Guy," Mike Anderson. Plus, we talk with the some of the participants in the museum's art contest. 


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