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The 21st Show - January 13, 2020

The 21st—Monday, January 13, 2020

On the 21st:  All this week on the show, we’re exploring the “State of Cannabis” in Illinois since recreational weed was legalized in the new year. Today, we heard from reporters around the state about what they’ve seen the first two weeks of sales. We also spoke with the creator of the podcast "On Something" from Colorado Public Radio. We explored some little-known cannabis history and discussed what the lessons learned in Colorado could mean for Illinois. 

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The 21st Show - January 09, 2020

What Illinois Can Learn From The Wildfires In Australia And How You Can Help

About 32,000 square miles have burned in Australia since the unprecedented bushfires began in October. If those fires occurred in Illinois, that would cover an area stretching from Rockford, to the Chicago Suburbs and down to Springfield -- an area about the size of our neighboring state Indiana. 

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The 21st Show - January 09, 2020

Methodist Church Split On LGBTQ Inclusion

For more than a decade, the debate over whether or not to include LGBT clergy and same sex marriage has divided the United Methodist Church. 

Video gaming in Aurora, Illinois

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The 21st Show - January 09, 2020

Gambling Expansion Across Illinois

We’re a couple of weeks into 2020, which means we’re in the middle of a massive gambling expansion across Illinois.

The 21st Show - January 09, 2020

The 21st—Thursday, January 9, 2020

On Today's 21st: It’s 2020, which, in addition to legal cannabis, also means we’re in the midst of a massive gambling expansion in Illinois. We spoke with psychiatric professionals about how to spot problem behavior, whether at a stadium or a corner store. Plus, the debate over same-sex marriage and whether to include LGBT clergy has been dividing the United Methodist Church for years. Now a proposal from church leadership could formally split the church over the issue.  And, the wildfires in Australia are so vast, they’d cover about a third of Illinois. What can we learn from their experience, and how you can help.

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The 21st Show - January 08, 2020

Impossible Pork Coming To Springfield

This week, the California based company Impossible Foods announced it will be testing out a new plant based pork patty in select Burger King locations. Springfield is one of just five cities nationwide where the soy-based sausage will debut later this month. 

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The 21st Show - January 08, 2020

Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

Last September, President Trump issued an executive order that would require local leaders to opt-in to refugee resettlement programs. Shortly before the deadline last month, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and several other local government leaders in Illinois wrote to Washington to reaffirm their willingness to resettle refugees from around the world.

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The 21st Show - January 08, 2020

Population Loss In Illinois

If you’ve been living in Illinois for a while, you’ve probably seen the occasional headline about the so-called ‘Illinois exodus' -- our residents picking up and leaving the state for places like Indiana, or maybe warmer climates like Florida or Texas. According to the latest estimate from the Census Bureau, Illinois’ population decreased by more than 51,000 people in 2019. That’s the sixth consecutive year of decline.  The numbers might seem a little startling, but how concerned should we really be about our state’s population loss? 

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The 21st Show - January 08, 2020

The 21st—Wednesday January 8, 2020

On Today's 21st: Illinois lost more residents than any other state last decade. But how big of a problem is population loss, and what can communities do about it?  One way to counter the trend is accepting more refugees into Illinois. We heard from public and private groups trying to do just that. And, there’s a growing market for plant based meat that tastes and looks like the real thing. We talked about what the future might look like for soy based meats here in Illinois.

The 21st Show - January 07, 2020

The Man Who Made Illinois Politics Shady

He’s on our license plates, in our museums, he is the namesake for a few of our towns and roadways I’m talking about Abraham Lincoln of course. But if you go to the Illinois House of Representatives today you’ll see two portraits: over the side where Republicans sit, Lincoln, over the Democrats, equally prominent, is Stephen A. Douglas.

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The 21st Show - January 07, 2020

Iranian-Illinoisans React To The Death of Qassem Soleimani

A U.S. drone strike killed a top-ranking Iranian military commander in Iraq last week. General Qassem Suleimani was a divisive figure in Iran. Many say he was the second-most powerful man in Iran, only after the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and possibly even ahead of President Rouhani.

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The 21st Show - January 07, 2020

The 21st—Tuesday, January 7, 2020

On Today's 21st: Some Illinois prisoners say they were denied eye surgery because they were told “one good eye” was good enough. Plus, we spoke with two Iranian-Illinoisans about the escalating hostilities following last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed a top-ranking Iranian military commander. And, everyone in our state knows the name Abraham Lincoln, but fewer know his rival Stephen A. Douglas. We’ll talk about how Douglas’ legacy shapes today’s Illinois politics. 

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