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The 21st Show - May 05, 2016

Nonprofit Hospitals; State Parks; Captain America

On the 21st: Seven out of 10 of the most profitable hospitals in the US are nonprofit -- we learned about what it means to be a nonprofit hospital, and what we should -- and should not -- take away from the earnings numbers. Plus, a local radio host joined us to share why he took action to help reopen a state park in Madison County. 

The Clinton nuclear power station.

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The 21st Show - May 04, 2016

Your Utility & Property Bills; A New U Of I Mascot?

On The 21st: Illinois has the highest property taxes. Why? And should the U of I have a new mascot? We also asked the question: Should the state help a struggling nuclear energy industry keep its downstate silos open?

SIU protest

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The 21st Show - May 03, 2016

Free Speech On College Campuses; Animals On A Diet

Today on The 21st: As students demand a greater voice on campus through protests and other means, where do you draw the line with free speech on a college campus? Plus, the not-so-surprising diet secrets of wildlife animals.

The 21st Show - May 01, 2016

Statutes Of Limitation, #MoreThanMean, & Political Roundup

On The 21st: State Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined us to tell us why she thinks the statutes of limitations for sexual assault should be changed. Plus, we spoke with two women in media about online harassment, and in our new Monday political round table, we talked about Chicago State University's recent announcement to lay off 300 employees.

Juan Felipe Herrera

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The 21st Show - April 29, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate, & A Beautiful Planet In IMAX

On the 21st: We spoke with Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino U.S. Poet Laureate of the United States. Plus, scientists from an Illinois supercomputing facility told us about their role in a new 3D space documentary.

The 21st Show - April 25, 2016

Incarcerated Mothers, Fusion Energy & Higher Ed Funding

On the 21st: There are more than 175,000 Illinois kids with a parent in prison - we spoke with some of these families and the organizations that help them stay in touch. Also, a fusion energy testing facility is starting operations in Illinois. And $600 million will soon start flowing to Illinois colleges and universities. We spoke with the president of Western Illinois University about what this means for his campus.

Kiss Me Kate ticket stub

The 21st Show - April 22, 2016

Friday Politics, Arts & Culture

On The 21st: Thursday night, Illinois university presidents awaited news of a funding measure that would’ve provided them with the first state funds in almost a year - until it fell through. We spoke with an statehouse reporter in Springfield who filled us in on Friday's activities, including the eventual passage of a bill that would enable funding for state universities. Plus, we spoke with choreographer Endalyn Taylor about the musical, Kiss Me, Kate, and her dance career; the Midwest and Jewish origins of one of America's most popular cookbooks; and we honor Prince with a song.

Black Science Matters screen capture

Black Science Matters

The 21st Show - April 18, 2016

The 21st: #BlackScienceMatters, & A New Galaxy Unveiled

A multimedia journalism project sheds a light the lack of representation of African-Americans in the sciences and engineering. We discussed what's being done about it. Also, we spoke withone of the astronomers who discovered a new "dark galaxy" 4 billion light-years away. 

Life expectancy disparities in Illinois

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The 21st Show - April 15, 2016

The 21st: Life Expectancy Disparities, & Nuns For Social Justice

Why are the poor in central Illinois dying younger than in other parts of the country? We talked to researchers and health professionals to find out. Also, we spoke with the women behind the Ebertfest Film "Radical Grace."

The 21st Show - April 11, 2016

The 21st: Film, Baseball, Books - How Art Affects Life

On today's show: how the arts can help overcome stereotypes about mental health and disability. We also highlighted a new documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson, and talked about what makes a good children's book - in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday this week.

tap water

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The 21st Show - April 08, 2016

The 21st: Water Quality Issues & A Stereotype-Smashing Organist

The crisis with lead in Flint’s water has led many communities around the country to ask: could this happen here? Today on the 21st, we talked with people from Chicago, Galesburg, and Decatur, to find out what those communities are seeing regarding lead and other problems with tap water. Also, musician Cameron Carpenter joined us to explain his not-so-traditional approach to playing the organ.

Chicago Marathon Runners

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The 21st Show - April 01, 2016

The 21st: Gender In Politics, And Why People Run Marathons

How has Hillary Clinton’s campaign changed the conversation about women holding political office? Some of our female politicians in Illinois weigh in on gender and politics. Then, as we approach marathon and half marathon season, many in Illinois will be taking on those 26.2 and 13.1 miles feats, whiles other are left others wondering "why?"

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