An arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen.

AP Photo/Patrick Sison

July 23, 2019 - The 21st Show

Managing Chronic Pain With Opioids; Illinois Writer Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Kate Rosenberg-Douglas has been managing her chronic back pain with prescription opioids for about a decade. Now she’s written an op-ed about her experience relying on opioids for pain while they’re being condemned for causing addiction. Plus, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is the author behind the novel Heads of the Colored People. Her short story collection showcases black life in a way not often written about. 

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

July 22, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois 2020 House Races Preview; Small Town Banking Wars; From Journalist To YouTube Cooking Star

Illinois was home to several competitive House races last year, and two of them flipped to the Democratic Party. We’ll look at Representatives Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood, and the challengers they might face next election day. Plus, Leland is a village of 900 people in LaSalle County. But it’s recently become home to a dispute between two banks. And, we’ll speak with Adam Ragusea about how went from working in public radio to becoming a Youtube cooking star.

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July 18, 2019 - The 21st Show

An Illinois Woman’s Role In The Moon Landing; ‘Sober Curious’ And Non-Alcoholic Drinks; NCAA Coaches And Health Decisions

50 years ago, an Illinois engineer named Barbara Crawford Johnson helped land astronauts on the moon. We learn about her life, and what it was like to work on the space program all those years ago. Plus, there are many reasons why people don’t drink alcohol, and those numbers of people continue to grow. We talk about how bars and restaurants are starting to cater cocktails to the sober set. Also, a new study finds that just half of collegiate level sports programs follow the medical model of care for student athletes. 

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July 17, 2019 - The 21st Show

Goodwill Lays Off Disabled Workers, Then Reverses Decision; Flooding And Federal Aid; Shedd Aquarium Rescues Sea Lions; Emoji Inclusivity

The Land of Lincoln Goodwill, which runs 15 locations throughout Illinois, decided to lay off dozens of disabled workers. Plus, Gov. Pritzker wants local communities to report flood damage so Illinois can qualify for federal aid. Also, we'll talk about how marine biologists in Illinois are helping to care for the increasing number of sea lion pups that are washing up on California shores. And, emoji have become a common form of communication on keyboards around the world, but are these little symbols as diverse as the people who use them?

A resident at the International Children's Center in Chicago is seen in his room Oct. 19, 2006.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

July 16, 2019 - The 21st Show

Sick Migrant Kids Sent To Illinois; Counties Collecting Old Debts; Fulton Sheen’s Remains Returned

Hundreds of immigrant children who originally came to the southern border are sick, with illnesses like fever, strep throat, and even tuberculosis. Now, they’re being sent alone to Chicago shelters. Plus, Illinois counties are so desperate for revenue that some residents are getting phone calls about unpaid traffic tickets that, in some cases, go back decades. Also, Catholic leaders in Peoria have won a legal battle over the remains of a famous archbishop who could become a saint.

Steve Tiesdell/Flickr(CC BY 2.0)

July 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cows On Parade Art Back in Chicago; Illinois Gerrymandering; ICE Facial Recognition; Divorced Women Name-Change Law

Two decades ago, hundreds of life-sized cow sculptures in Chicago ignited a worldwide interest in public art. Now, more than a dozen are back in the city for the month of July. Plus, Illinois Democrats have drawn our state’s election maps for years, and they’ll probably get another chance after the 2020 census. And, federal immigration authorities tried to access Illinois driver’s license photos. We’ll hear from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office about why they said "no" to that request. Also, divorced women could more easily revert back to their maiden name with a new Illinois law. 

Heather Johnson performs DNA extraction at the Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory in Delta Township, Mich.

Al Goldis/AP

July 11, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois’s DNA Testing Backlog; Golden Apple Scholars; Books Returned To Danville Prison; Chicago Defender Ceases Print

Prosecutors and police officers have been sending too much DNA to the Illinois State Police crime lab. People are waiting in jail as a result of the massive backlog. Plus, schools across Illinois badly need more teachers. One statewide program has been trying to recruit more of them, as early as high school. Also, earlier this year a prison in Danville removed 200 books from an education program library. But now, after public pressure, the books are back in the prison. And after more than a century, the Chicago Defender will no longer be available in print. 

Kristin Gilger/Julia Wallace

July 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

‘There’s No Crying In Newsrooms’ Explores Women In Journalism; Inclusive Communities For Outdoor Recreation

Journalists Julia Wallace and Kristin Gilger co-authored a new book, "There’s No Crying in Newsrooms" which tells the many stories and experiences of women in journalism. They joined us to talk about their analysis and advice for women leaders in any industry. Plus, our state and national parks are open to all. But not everyone feels included in outdoor activities. An online community called “Unlikely Hikers” is changing that by encouraging people from under-represented backgrounds to get outside.

Rivers draining into the Gulf of Mexico carry nutrients from fertilizers, contributing to blooms of phytoplankton seen here. (Nov. 13, 2009 photo)

Jeff Schmaltz/NASA Earth Observatory

July 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Midwest Pollution Impacting The Gulf; How Black Pharmacists Improve Care; ‘Red Flag’ Gun Case

Every year, a ‘dead zone’ of water, starved of oxygen, forms off the Gulf Coast. It can kill fish and marine life. It turns out it’s mostly caused by pollution from here in the Midwest. Plus, health care that meets the cultural and social needs of patients can actually improve health outcomes. We’ll hear about the independent, black-owned pharmacies that are providing that kind of care. And a state law is being used for the first time in McLean County. It allows a judge to take away guns from who someone might be a danger to themselves or others, at the request of police or family members.

Francisco Seco/AP

July 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

US Wins Women’s World Cup; How Mugshots Harm; Homeless Cooling Shelters

The U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup for the fourth time yesterday. We’ll recap yesterday’s final and talk about why you should keep following women’s soccer. Plus, open up your local paper and you’ll probably see mugshots of people who were booked into the county jail. But that can sometimes do more harm than good, especially for the people in those photos. And, homeless shelters open for extra hours during the winter. The summer poses its own challenges for people struggling to find housing.

A Chicago police officer looks to protesters during a Nov. 24, 2017 "march for justice."

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

July 04, 2019 - The 21st Show

Building Trust Between Police And Civilians; UIC Gymnastics Program Cut; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Tracey Meares is a central Illinois native and a Yale law professor who's spent years investigating difficult questions about the interactions between police officers and the public. Plus, the UIC women’s gymnastics team won a conference championship - but their program still got cut. We’ll talk about that and how colleges prioritize certain sports. And caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. A study shows how mindfulness therapy can help.

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July 03, 2019 - The 21st Show

Gut Microbes And Mood; Reading Cursive In Historical Documents; Kids And YA Book Recommendations

We all know that the nutrients we eat affect our physical health, but what about our mental health? We talk about the connection between the gut and the brain. And, fewer students are learning cursive in elementary and middle school. And some educators worry that this could spell trouble for preserving the billions of handwritten documents in our national archives. Plus, we’re wrapping up our series of summer book recommendations with some of our favorites for kids and young adults. 

July 03, 2019 - The 21st Show

The 21st’s Summer Reading Recommendations

All this week we spoke with librarians, authors and bookstore owners from around the state to share summer book recommendations. Here's our full list of those recommendations categorized under fiction, non-fiction and children's/young adult books.

In this Aug. 29, 2018, photo, at the Waste Management facility in North Brooklyn, tons of leftover food sits piled up before being processed into "bio-slurry," in New York.

AP Photo/Stephen Groves

July 02, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cutting Down On Food Waste; Non-Fiction Reading Recommendations; Bilingual Early Childhood Education

Food industry groups want to change the “sell by” and “use by” dates on products in order to cut down on food waste. Today, how to know when something is really expired, and how we can reduce food waste in our own kitchens. Plus, we’ll continue our weeklong series on summer reading. Today we’ll hear about nonfiction from librarians from across the state. And if you’re trying to learn a new language, you should do it as early as possible. That’s part of the reason more daycares and early childhood centers are teaching kids in more than one language. 

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