The 21st Show - May 19, 2020

The 21st—Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Today on The 21st: COVID-19 and housing, whether remote working is here to stay, and the struggle of addiction-aid organizations during the pandemic.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

The 21st Show - May 18, 2020

Illinois Legislature to Meet for First Time in Months

Members of the Illinois General Assembly are set to return to Springfield this week, with an agenda limited to a relatively narrow set of issues: the COVID-19 pandemic, the state budget, the election later this year, and a few other topics. We talk to a Democrat and a Republican about what they're expecting.

The 21st Show - May 18, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: CDC Concerned Fewer Children Are Receiving Vaccinations; The Road Ahead For Illinois Restaurants

On Monday's reporter roundtable, we speak with Dana Vollmer from Peoria Public Radio about why some doctors are concerned parents are delaying vaccines for their children amid the coronavirus pandemic. We also check in with Ashok Selvam, senior editor at Eater Chicago to hear when restaurants in the state could begin to reopen and discuss the challenges that lay ahead for the state's service industry. 

The 21st Show - May 18, 2020

The 21st—Monday, May 18, 2020

Today on The 21st: we check in with reporters from around the state, preview the state legislative session that starts this week, and talk to an infectious disease expert about how to stay safe when stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.

Beenish Ahmed For NPR

The 21st Show - May 14, 2020

Encore: Picking Up A Hobby While Staying At Home

For those with a little extra time on their hands, writer Elizabeth Segran says a new hobby is a great way to add structure to the day, find a bit of distraction, and even explore aspects of our identity. 

The 21st Show - May 14, 2020

The 21st—Thursday, May 14, 2020

On today's encore broadcast of The 21st, talking social distancing with family, virtual recitals, and the importance of hobbies — and why the pandemic might be time to pick one up.

The 21st Show - May 13, 2020

Students Consider A Pandemic Gap Year

High school seniors missed out on a lot this spring. Graduations are virtual for now, prom was cancelled, and in-person end-of-year celebrations will have to be put on hold or happen at a distance. There’s the additional worry and uncertainty many are facing about their fall semester at college. 

The 21st Show - May 13, 2020

The 21st—Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Today on The 21st: a conversation with Illinois Senate Majority Leader and Black Caucus Chair Kimberly Lightford, college students considering a "gap year," and a former Chicago Tribune sportswriter and central Illinois basketball player on the ESPN miniseries The Last Dance.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2020

Drive-In Theaters Open For Business

While indoor movie theaters are closed in the state because of the pandemic, drive-ins were able to open May 8, making them one of the rare forms of public entertainment right now. 

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