Illinois State University

David Wilson

The 21st Show - July 29, 2020

Back to College Discussion

Last spring, students left campus early to stop the spread of the coronavirus and the semester was cut short. This fall, universities across Illinois are preparing to implement face-to-face classes - to an extent. The 21st spoke with a student and faculty from the Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign about the risks and benefits of in-person classes. 

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Life Inside the NBA Bubble

Major sports are working to adapt their seasons to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NBA is finishing out its season in a locked down resort to avoid infections. Meanwhile, health concerns are rising in Major League Baseball after more than a dozen players and staff with the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19.

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Plasma Donations

The 21st explores how blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can help those who are currently still afflicted with  a member of the Red Cross, a manager at Central Illinois Community Blood Center and a journalist for the Illinois Times. 

Cyndy Ash runs Jubilee Farms in Clinton, Illinois, where she raises sheep for wool.

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - July 28, 2020

Not All Farmers Are Receiving Financial Relief

Farmers are among the many groups of Americans struggling with fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. But help from the government is not reaching everyone. The 21st is joined by a reporter, farmer and member of Farm Aid to talk about the program and how some farmers are being left out. 

Jernej Furman

The 21st Show - July 27, 2020

Public Health Persuasion

Scientists know that using a face mask reduces the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, but many have said they refuse to wear one according to a May survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 21st talks to a CEO, senior behavioral scientist and a psychology professor about how to convince the people to wear masks.

Vashoune Russell for Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - July 23, 2020

ENCORE: Illini Football Model of Diversity

Univ. of Illinois Football has eight Black coaches, the most of any top-level school. Today on The 21st, a sportswriter who says the diversity and inclusion on the team can be a model for the sport.

Comet NEOWISE seen on July 17, 2020.

John Fowler

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Comet NEOWISE Is Still Visible

Time is running out if you want to view the brighest comet to appear in the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter century. We received advice from Adler Planetarium on how to view the NEOWISE comet.

Simon Gibbs

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Is “Cancel Culture” Stopping Free Speech?

The 21st has a conversation about the tension between free speech and so-called "cancel culture" with some of the prominent voices in the discussion that was kicked off by a letter published by Harper's Magazine. 

City of Alton, IL

Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Illinois Business Check-In

Restaurants and retail have been hard hit — with thousands of businesses closing permanently around the state since March. The 21st checks in with small businesses to see how they've adapted in the pandemic. 

Dylan Otto Krider

The 21st Show - July 21, 2020

High School Marching Bands Adapting To Pandemic

This summer, many high school bands are already adapting, by making changes to their traditional summer band camps which start around this time. The 21st speaks to band directors and marching band students to shine a light on what changes are being made.

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