John O'Connor/AP

May 28, 2019 - The 21st Show

Graduated Income Tax Bill; Proposed Changes to IL Math Requirements; Endangered Prairie Chickens

Illinois is one step closer to a graduated income tax. Action by state lawmakers this weekend means that the issue will be on the ballot next fall. Plus, a new bill would change math requirements for high schoolers here in Illinois. We’ll hear how students looking for a career in a trade could benefit. And, Illinois was once home to millions of prairie chickens but now there are only about 200.


Louisa Chu/Chicago Tribune

May 27, 2019 - The 21st Show

The Best Midwest Foods; Student-Run Mental Health Clubs

This Memorial Day weekend, we're bringing back one of our favorite shows from the past year. What does Midwestern food mean to you? Maybe a Chicago hot dog, or a horseshoe? We hear from experts, chefs, and callers. But first, we look at student-run mental health clubs on college campuses, and how peers are supporting one another.


Jenny Kane/AP

May 23, 2019 - The 21st Show

Seniors And Misinformation; ‘Leaps Of Faiths’ Documentary; Veteran Caregiver Mindfulness

Figuring out what’s true or false online can be tricky for everyone, but it turns out older Americans are especially vulnerable to misinformation on social media. Plus, caregivers for veterans are often under a lot of stress. We’ll talk about a new study that shows how mindfulness therapy can help. But first, the number of interfaith marriages has been increasing for years. So what does that mean when it comes to raising religious kids? Two Chicago filmmakers ask that question in a new documentary called 'Leaps Of Faiths.'


Andrew Harnik/AP

May 22, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Democrats On Green New Deal; Homeless Shelter Closures; Graduation At Stateville Prison

Senator Dick Durbin said a few months ago that he doesn’t support the Green New Deal. Has he changed his mind? And how do the rest of Illinois Democrats feel about it? And, as one homeless shelter in Southern Illinois closes, we talk about the challenges facing shelters across Illinois. Plus, it’s college graduation season and seven men from Stateville Correctional Center just received their degrees at a ceremony that included a performance from Chance the Rapper.


Michael Conroy/AP

May 21, 2019 - The 21st Show

Farming, Wet Weather And Trade; A ‘Reverse Great Migration’; Attorney General Kwame Raoul

Planting season in Illinois has been massively delayed as we face one of the wettest springs in more than a century. So, how are farmers coping with all of this uncertainty? Plus, African-Americans have been moving out of Chicago for years, not just to suburbs or other parts of Illinois, but also to areas in the South. And, Attorney General Kwame Raoul tells us why he's worried that alternative energy suppliers are preying on consumers and charging high utility bills.


Bobbi McSwine/Illinois Public Media

May 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin; Medicaid Backlog; ‘Ms. Blakk For President’ At Steppenwolf

State lawmakers have just two weeks to decide how they’ll move forward with several pieces of legislation. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin joins us to share his priorities. Plus, a southern Illinois mother faced thousands of dollars in hospital bills for her newborn because of Medicaid enrollment delays. She’s one of more than 112,000 who are facing problems with the program in Illinois. A new play at Steppenwolf explores the story of Ms. Joan Jett Blakk- a Chicago drag queen who ran for president in 1992.


Thomas Mangelsen

May 16, 2019 - The 21st Show

Wildlife Photographer Thomas Mangelsen; Ending HIV In Illinois By 2030; Camp Kesem

Thomas Mangelsen has spent a lifetime in nature, taking millions of photos around the world. Now, his favorites are part of a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Plus, Governor Pritzker says he wants to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. Today, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health joins us to talk about what needs to be done to achieve that goal. And, Camp Kesem is a sleepaway camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer. We’ll talk with one Illinois mother and daughter about their experience.


Ashley Brown/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

May 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Rent Control In Illinois; Women And Personal Finance; Sports Update; LEGO Exhibit At Brookfield Zoo

With more American households renting now than at any point in the last 50 years, some lawmakers say it’s time to get rid of Illinois’ ban on rent control. Plus, can forgoing a daily latte really put you on better financial footing? It’s just some of the advice women are calling out. And, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is back on the field after being suspended for domestic violence. Also, throughout the summer, Brookfield Zoo visitors can experience the new “Brick Safari” Exhibit, which includes 40 different life-size animal sculptures.


Seth Wenig/AP

May 14, 2019 - The 21st Show

Measles Risk In Cook County; How 5G Works; Flight 191 Crash 40 Years Later

Cook County has been named number one on a list of most at risk for the next measles outbreak. What does that mean for the rest of Illinois? Plus, we'll talk about what 5G might do in the ever-changing world of wireless technology. And, we remember the 40th anniversary of the crash of Flight 191. We'll speak with Kim Jockl, who lost her parents in the crash and organized a memorial in their honor.


Lauren Bavis/Side Effects Public Media

May 13, 2019 - The 21st Show

Getting Mental Health Help as a Refugee; Politicians and Fashion; Illinois Politics Update

Immigrants and refugees who have fled violence can have a hard time getting mental health care in the U.S. We speak with one man in Indiana working to change that. Plus, politicians are out in public all the time and the days of just business casual or black tie are long gone. But first, Democrats want more revenue for the state and gambling is a big piece of the puzzle, whether it’s video gaming or legal sports betting. We’ll talk about that as lawmakers approach crunch time in the Statehouse.


Sharon Vanorny/Chicago Magazine

May 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Food Road Trips In Midwest; Looking Behind The Game Show Curtain; Chicago Writer Alec Nevala-Lee

Do you have summer road trip plans yet? Because there are great food destinations that aren’t too far from Illinois. And, a Naperville native has racked up nearly $1.7 million on Jeopardy. We’ll talk about what it’s really like to be a contestant on a game show that millions of people watch every night. Plus, Science fiction is everywhere in today’s pop culture. And much of that can be traced back to the 30s and 40s in the form of a pulp magazine called 'Astounding.'


A statue of explorers Lewis and Clark is surrounded by floodwater along the St. Louis riverfront, Thursday, May 2, 3019. Several Mississippi River towns are seeing floods that are closing in on the historic levels reached in 1993.

AP Photo/Jim Salter

May 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

Heavy Illinois Flooding; Increase Of Syphilis; Ask A Lawyer; IL Twins Project; Porkchop The Pig

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Illinois River to all traffic due to major flooding, including a major levee breach this past weekend. And, syphilis is on the rise in counties in rural Illinois. We hear more about why this treatable disease is spreading. Plus, many Americans can’t afford a lawyer to help with their civil cases, but the Ask-A-Lawyer desk is here to help. And U of I and Northwestern have teamed up to form Illinois’ first database dedicated to twins and their genetic makeup. Also, people in southern Illinois have adopted a new unofficial mascot, Porkchop the pig.  


dhendrix73/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

May 07, 2019 - The 21st Show

Lowering Kindergarten Age; Chicago Bond Reforms & Domestic Violence; Endangered Places; The Leadoff

Kids in Illinois have to start kindergarten by the time they’re six years old. But a new bill that’s already passed the Senate, could lower that required age to five. Plus, Cook County has lowered bonds for people accused of violent domestic attacks. But a Chicago Tribune investigation shows that some victims feel like this change has put them at risk. Also, we'll talk about this year's list of Illinois' most Endangered Places. And, listeners in the Bloomington-Normal area have a new podcast to look forward to that focuses on local news. We’ll hear from WGLT about their new show, ‘The Leadoff.’


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