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June 04, 2018

How Trade With US Allies Affects Farmers; Homeless Outreach Training For Police; State Politics

On the 21st: How a trade war with the United States' allies would affect Illinois farmers. Plus, homelessness advocates in Springfield are hoping to dedicate a police unit as a 'Homeless Outreach Team' to try and prevent the revolving door of homelessness. And, we'll recap the end of the legislative session—which ended with a bipartisan budget, allegations of sexual harassment against a Democratic leader, and a flurry of bills that were passed.

The Goodman Theater

June 01, 2018

‘Having Our Say’ At The Goodman Theatre; Midwest Music Festivals; Summer Travel

On The 21st: Now that summer is here, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot tells us about how to enjoy the best music festivals, all within driving distance of Illinois. Plus, we talk summer travel with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, we speak to the director behind a play that’s getting another staging at the Goodman Theater in Chicago - Having our Say. 

Illinois Capitol


May 31, 2018

Illinois Passes A Budget; Mortality Rates For Black Mothers And Infants; LGBT Pride In Southern IL

On the 21st: Our state government has agreed on a budget before the May 31 deadline. Earlier this morning before the House vote, we caught up with state political reporters and Senate President John Cullerton. Plus, why mortality rates for black mothers and infants are so much higher than their white counterparts. And, we speak with an organizer of the first LGBT Pride festival in southern Illinois.

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May 30, 2018

Creating Manufacturing Jobs; Injuries In Youth Sports; Summer Movies

On The 21st: The Reel Deal Critic Reggie Ponder joins us to talk about summer movies. Plus, we talk with a pediatric orthopedist and athletic trainer to talk about summer sports for kids - and how hard they can be on growing children’s bodies. But first, how have some Midwestern cities like Grand Rapids not only managed to survive, but actually thrive when it comes to creating manufacturing jobs? 

Illinois Newsroom

May 29, 2018

Gun Suicides In Rural Areas; The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary; IL Spelling Bee Contestants

On The 21st: We talk to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act which will be shown on PBS tonight. Plus, the National Spelling Bee is underway- we caught up with a few Illinois contestants before they left for DC to see how they’re feeling ahead of the big competition. But first, from 2012 to 2016, more than eighty percent of gun-related deaths in rural Illinois were suicides, which is higher than the rest of the country. We catch up with Illinois Newsroom Reporter Madelyn Beck to learn more about gun suicides in rural areas. 

Connie Barr receives her father's Purple Heart from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Photo courtesy of Connie Barr

May 25, 2018

Reuniting Families with Military Medals; Author Chibundu Onuzo; Best Illinois Books

On The 21st: Connie Barr shares her story of learning her father received a Purple Heart for his service in World War Two and we hear about Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs' work reuniting families with long lost military medals. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, there’s a new contest to name Illinois’s greatest book. What are some of the titles in the running? But first, we speak to Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo about her new book and first U.S. release, "Welcome to Lagos." 

Health care workers in a hospital room

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May 24, 2018

Healthcare Worker Violence Prevention Act; Immigrants in Champaign County; Taking a Knee in the NFL

On The 21st: The troubling statistics about violence nurses face on the job - and what people in Illinois are trying to do change that. Plus, the NFL’s decision that NFL players can’t protest the national anthem by taking a knee - and how Chicago Bears players are reacting to it But first, foreign-born people make up 1 in 10 in Champaign County. We talk about a new report about immigrants, which is part of a national study from the New American Economy. 

Teresa Crawford/AP

May 23, 2018

Update on Illinois Men Accused of Bombing; Evictions in Decatur; Illinois Politics Update

On The 21st: In Illinois, 1.58 percent of renters were evicted in 2016. But in Decatur, the rate is double that. What's behind this trend? Plus, we get our weekly Illinois politics update from Brian Mackey. But first, we give you an update on the case of three central Illinois men accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque last summer who are now facing new federal charges.

May 22, 2018

Religion Scholar Marie Griffith; Finding The Right Drug Addiction Treatment; Rita Crundwell Film

On this encore edition of The 21st: With more people in the U.S. in need of effective and affordable drug addiction treatment, what are the most important things you should know when looking for a provider? Plus, we talk to director Kelly Richmond Pope about her new film highlighting a famous embezzlement case in Dixon, Illinois. But first, religion scholar Marie Griffith joins us to talk about her new book- Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics.

Darrell Hoemann/University of Illinois

May 21, 2018

The Musical ‘Assassins’; Dr. Eli Finkel On Good Relationships; ‘The Brain Scoop’

On this encore edition of The 21st: The Sondheim musical 'Assassins' explores the lives of people who have attempted to assassinate U.S. presidents. Plus, Dr. Eli Finkel, author of the book 'The All Or Nothing Marriage' on what makes a good romantic relationship in 2018. And, Emily Graslie, host of the Field Museum's 'The Brain Scoop', on her work and the new species of butterfly that was just named after her.

Polling Place sign.

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May 18, 2018

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered?; ‘Hamilton: The Exhibition’; Food As Medicine; Rescuing Tortoises

On the 21st: An organization led by students wants to lower the voting age to 16. Plus, if you can't get enough of the musical 'Hamilton,' a new exhibit is coming to Chicago this fall. We also learn more about the idea of 'food as medicine,' and check in with the Shedd Aquarium about their efforts to rescue endangered tortoises in Madagascar.

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May 17, 2018

Gun Violence In North And South Peoria; Hate In The Republican Party; Death Penalty

On the 21st: What two unrelated shootings over a single weekend in Peoria show about the way gun violence is treated on the north and south ends of the city—and the stories of two South Peoria residents whose lives were affected by gun violence. Plus, with an avowed Holocaust denier running for Congress as a Republican in Illinois, what's the role of hate groups in our state's GOP? And, Governor Rauner has proposed partially reinstating the death penalty.

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