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The 21st Show - December 19, 2018

Airport Tips For The Busy Holiday Season; Cookbook Gift Ideas

On the 21st: Friday will be an extremely busy day at Chicago’s airports, with an estimated 5.7 million travelers coming through Midway and O'Hare. We called up a couple of travel experts to share their advice. And, are you still behind on holiday gifts? We assembled some chefs and other foodies to provide some recommendations for everything from cookbooks to baking recipes.

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The 21st Show - December 18, 2018

Native American Hall Renovation; #MeToo Taxpayer Tab; Black Lung Disease; State Farm Credit Reports

On the 21st: The Field Museum's Native North American Hall hasn’t changed much since the 1950s. Now that it’s being remodeled, Native American communities are finally getting a chance to shape it.Plus, a joint investigation between three Chicago newsrooms found that the city spent more than $55 million on sexual harassment and assault cases. And, we unpack an NPR and Frontline investigation which found that over 200,000 coal miners are now suffering from Black Lung disease. But first, State Farm Bank is being sanctioned by the federal government for the way it handled credit reports, but consumer advocates that’s not far enough. 

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The 21st Show - December 17, 2018

Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel; U of I Professor Fired For Fake Grant; Books Of The Year

On the 21st: Jim Angel has been watching our state’s weather and climate for more than twenty years as Illinois’ State Climatologist. During that time, the climate has changed - and it’s going to change at an even greater rate going forward. He is retiring after serving in his role for 21 years - and he joins us one more time to talk Illinois weather and take a look back at his career. Also, a University of Illinois has fired a tenured professor for just the second time since the 1960s. The reason? He had faked research data on a federal grant. Plus, there are so many kinds of holiday gifts, but there’s no substitute for a good book. We’ll bring in some Illinois librarians with their suggestions for every kind of reader.

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The 21st Show - December 13, 2018

Sen. Tammy Duckworth; Mosque Bombing Suspects; McDonald’s Franchisees; Holiday Video And Board Games

On the 21st: McDonald’s franchise owners are nervous about whether they can still make money and they’re not happy with corporate leaders, either. Plus, if you’re still shopping for the holidays, we’ll give you some board game and video game suggestions. Also, three central Illinois men are appearing in court this week for trying to blow up a mosque in Minnesota. And as Minnesota Public Radio’s Matt Sepic tells us they’re now in trouble for a lot more than that. But first, it’s been another hectic week in Washington. And with the possibility of another government shutdown next week, we check in with Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

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The 21st Show - December 12, 2018

Farm Bill 2018; Mental Health in Prison Report; CU Satellite Launch; Christmas Tree Shopping

On The 21st: The Farm Bill affects food, agriculture and rural America. It’s a gigantic law that will cost $867 billion. Plus, a new report says that some Department of Corrections officers are abusive with mentally ill inmates. Also, we catch up with the students working on the CubeSail satellite. And, this year Amazon is delivering real Christmas trees right to your door. Are more traditional tree retailers worried about this?

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The 21st Show - December 11, 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin; Young Evangelical Christians & Climate Change; IL Women’s Volleyball in Final Four

On The 21st: The federal government could be headed for yet another shutdown over the issue of immigration. We'll speak with Senator Dick Durbin about this and other news. Plus, a new generation of evangelical Christians is hoping to move the needle on climate change action within their congregations. The University of Illinois’ women’s volleyball team is headed to the Final Four! We’ll check in on that and some of the latest pro sports news in Chicago.

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The 21st Show - December 10, 2018

IL SCOTUS Pension Ruling; More Out Of State Abortions Happening In IL; Illinois’ First Dark Sky Park

On The 21st: Last year more than 5,500 women came to Illinois to have abortions—about 1,000 more than the year before. Plus, astronomy fans got some good news, as Champaign County. now has the state’s first dark sky park. But first, the Illinois Supreme Court has struck down a law that was designed to limit union leaders from paying themselves disproportionately high pensions.

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The 21st Show - December 06, 2018

Marijuana Legalization: A Community Conversation; Rookie Mag Ends; Science And Ethics Behind CRISPR

On The 21st: Ten states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana. Is Illinois next in line? We’ll dive into what’s next if the legislature takes up the issue next year. And after seven years, the publication Rookie Mag has come to an end. How is it being remembered? But first, last month a scientist in China said that he used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR on two babies and that those babies have already been born. We check in with U of I’s Rachel Whitaker on what CRISPR is, and why so many scientists are upset about how it was used.

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The 21st Show - December 05, 2018

How U of I Wound Up In Champaign; International Student Enrollment; Open Enrollment and ACA Update

On the 21st: The number of new international college students in the US has decreased for the second straight year. Some worry that it’s because of our political climate, but some experts believe it's just part of the picture. We heard more about that. Plus, open enrollment for the healthcare marketplace goes on until December 15. We spoke to some experts to help you understand that, and what’s going on with the Affordable Care Act. And, a man named Clark Robinson Griggs played a huge part in making sure U of I would call Champaign-Urbana home. So why has he been largely written out of our history?

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The 21st Show - December 04, 2018

2020 Census Impact on IL; 23,000 Duplicate Vehicle Tickets Dismissed; Central Illinois Tornadoes

On The 21st: A new development on the story of unpaid debt from parking tickets, which, it turns out, disproportionately affected communities of color in Chicago. After ProPublica investigated the issue, the city is now dismissing about 23,000 tickets. Plus, dozens of people have been injured in that town after it was hit by a tornado this past weekend. We’ll get an update from local officials on the ground. But first, a number of states are suing the federal government to keep the citizenship question off the 2020 census. We’ll talk about what’s at stake for Illinois in the next census.

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The 21st Show - December 03, 2018

Illinois Turns 200: Our First Constitution; VOICES Act; Underground Railroad History; IL Movies

On the 21st: On this day 200 years ago, Illinois became the 21st state to join the union (yes, that's where our show's name comes from). We're bringing you an hour of our favorite bicentennial conversations from this past year—everything from our first state constitution, to the best Illinois movies, to the little-known history of free black communities in southernmost Illinois. Plus, we'll check in with immigration advocates about the 'VOICES Act,' which will become law next year.

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The 21st Show - November 29, 2018

Drinking Water In Illinois; ‘No Blue Memories’ Gwendolyn Brooks Production; Day With(out) Art Film

On The 21st: Who’s in charge of telling you when your tap water isn’t safe? We talk to experts about an incident in Champaign last week. Plus we discuss how one Chicago cinema troupe is using puppets, music and overhead projectors to tell the story of poet Gwendolyn Brooks’s life. Plus, as World AIDS day approaches, we learn about a new film that gets its Illinois premiere this weekend.

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The 21st Show - November 28, 2018

Rivian At The LA Auto Show; Technology In The Classroom; Midwest Climate Change

On the 21st: Bloomington-Normal residents have wondered what Rivian will do ever since the company first moved to the area. And recently, the startup unveiled their plans to make electric pickup trucks. We’ll learn more about that and the state of the auto industry in the Midwest. Plus, students of all ages are using more technology in the classrooms than ever before, whether it’s laptops, tablets, or other devices. So how do teachers make sure that technology is helpful instead of distracting? But first, we’ll sit down with state climatologist Jim Angel to talk climate change in Illinois.

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