Theresa Thompson

The 21st Show - September 03, 2020

Answering Your Mail-In Voting FAQ

President Trump continues to cast doubt on voting by mail this election season. But it’s something both Democrats AND Republicans have embraced in Illinois. The 21st speaks to two top election officials from the state, and county levels to answer listeners questions about the process and how ballots are counted. 

The 21st Show - September 03, 2020

The Politics of Voting By Mail

Election season is here, and with COVID-19, more people than ever are expected to vote by mail. The 21st is joined by a state representative and the chairman of Vote Yes for Fairness to discuss the importance of being able to vote by mail.

The 21st Show - September 02, 2020

Bestselling Author Eric Weiner on Modern Lessons from Dead Philosophers

Socrates, Rousseau, Thoreau and Nietzsche. You may have been one of those people who purposely avoided Philosophy 101 in high school or college, but in these extraordinary and challenging times we are facing, perhaps there is no better time to revisit history’s great thinkers than right now. The 21st was joined by a bestselling author to speak more about the difference between knowledge and wisdom, getting ideas on trains and how chapters of his book relate to the social unrest in the world.

Yuri Samoilov

The 21st Show - September 02, 2020

Central Illinois County Health Check-In

Nearly one-third of Illinois counties are at “warning level” for the spread of COVID-19. The 21st checked in with local health department officials from across the state on what they’re seeing, why cases are spiking in some areas and not others and what they’re doing to help stem a global pandemic.

Gaylon Yancy

The 21st Show - September 01, 2020

Black in National Parks: How Black People & POC Are Underrepresented in the Outdoors

Nature should be for everyone to enjoy and explore, but it has historically not been — and is still not — inclusive to all. The 21st was joined by the organizer of Black in National Parks Week and Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Administrator for the Illinois Environmental Council to hear more about Black people and people of color are underrepresented in the outdoor industry. 

The 21st Show - September 01, 2020

Juvenile Murder Sentence Cut in Half

A man who was just 16 years old when he committed a murder got sent to prison for 50 years. Following a series of rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, he recently saw his sentence cut in half. The 21st spoke to a reporter from Injustice Watch to talk about the new sentence. 

The 21st Show - September 01, 2020

Changes Coming to Juvenile Justice in Illinois

Illinois has announced an overhaul of its juvenile justice system. It’s the latest incarnation of a reform effort that dates back more than 100 years. The 21st was joined by a reporter from ProPublica and a Program Director for the Illinois Justice Project to learn more about the efforts to make changes to the system. 

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - August 31, 2020

A Closer Look at U of I’s Cutting Edge Testing Program

The 21st takes a look at the science behind the mass testing program at the University of Illinois, which is gaining national attention. The show was joined by a health reporter, director of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the University of Southern California, a University of Illinois professor who helped lead the program and a University of Illinois professor and epidemiologist. Listen here.

The 21st Show - August 31, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: Illinois Colleges and COVID

Students are back on many college campuses across Illinois. Coming with them are outbreaks of COVID-19. We’ll talk with reporters who cover different parts of the state about how universities are handling the pandemic and what they’re seeing in their communities.

Former Gov. Jim Edgar (R-IL)

WSIU

The 21st Show - August 27, 2020

Interview: Former Gov. Jim Edgar (R-IL)

Republican Jim Edgar served as the Illinois Governor from 1991 to 1999 — he announced earlier this week that he would be voting for Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate for president, this election cycle. The 21st was joined with him to talk about that decision and what the Republican Party was like during his time in politics.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

The 21st Show - August 27, 2020

Interview: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who represents Illinois’ 16th district which covers parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will, and Winnebago counties to talk about Russia, QAnon and voting "no" on legislation to provide extra money for the U.S. Postal Service. 

Tim Schneider, Illinois Republican Party Chairman

WTTW

The 21st Show - August 27, 2020

Interview: Tim Schneider, Illinois Republican Party Chairman

The 21st is joined by the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party to talk about the 2020 Republican National Covention, how President Donald Trump has handled the COVID-19 pandemic and his thoughts on Republicans voting for Joe Biden in November. 

The 21st Show - August 26, 2020

Rick Perlstein: Reaganland

The 21st speaks to a Chicago-based historian and author of several best-selling books including Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and now Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 to talk about this week’s Republican National Convention and his latest book.

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