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The 21st Show - November 27, 2018

Dolton, IL and Suburban Poverty; More Scientists In Congress; Starved Rock Expansion; E-Cigarettes

On The 21st: There’s been growing poverty in American suburbs for years. WBEZ and the Better Government Association have spent months talking to people in one of these communities - Dolton, Illinois. Plus, the next Congress will have seven new members with science backgrounds. We talk with current Representative Bill Foster and Congressman-elect Sean Casten about what this could mean for the next few years. Plus, Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks are expanding by more than 2,600 acres. What could that mean for visitors and for the land itself? And, with e-cigarette sales going up, what do we know about their health effects? 

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The 21st Show - November 26, 2018

Increasing Student Loan Debt; Giving Tuesday; Illinois Veto Session

On the 21st: Nearly 45 million Americans have student debt, and together and they owe nearly $1.5 trillion. Some experts say this problem could become as big as the last housing crisis if we don’t take action now. Plus, it’s holiday shopping season but tomorrow is also Giving Tuesday. Today we discuss what you need to know in order to donate responsibly to your favorite charities. And, this month the General Assembly is gathering for the last veto session of Governor Rauner’s first and only term. We heard from WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky on which bills could become law.

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The 21st Show - November 21, 2018

Holiday Retail Check-in; Coming Together Over Interfaith Thanksgiving; Tech Support for the Holidays

On the 21st: Tomorrow, many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our families, but it can also be a time to come together across different faiths. And, with lots of generations gathered together under one roof how can you help those who aren’t as tech savvy? But first, with Black Friday fast approaching and Christmas around the corner, it’s the time of the year when people shop... A lot. But how's retail actually doing in many places? We checked in on how holiday retail is doing.

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The 21st Show - November 20, 2018

New Anthology Explores Recovering from Trauma; Holiday Mental Health; Podcasts for the Holidays

On the 21st: Today we talked about the new anthology, Survivor, and how stories of science fiction or magic can help us recover from traumatic or challenging events. Plus, whether you're going to visit family or headed away on vacation, it’s the time of year when a lot of us will be on the road or on a plane. We talked about some of our favorite podcasts to help you pass the time. But first, the holiday’s can be a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. Although it can also be stressful. We spoke with two therapists about how to maintain good mental health this holiday season.

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The 21st Show - November 19, 2018

Tips for Winter Driving; Holiday Travel Update; Native American Food Systems

On the 21st: It's officially the dreaded holiday travel season. In Illinois, that means it’s cold outside, and it’s busy out on the roads and in airports. Today, we run down some tips for people driving out in the snow and getting your car ready if you’re hitting the road. Plus, we’ll get the latest in travel news with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, farming has always been part of American life. But Native American communities have to do more with a lot less land. They’re also worried about how the government’s food policies will affect them.

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The 21st Show - November 15, 2018

A Thanksgiving Special: Cooking Tips and Tricks, Local Farm Products, And Family Food Traditions

On The 21st: Thanksgiving is officially a week away! On this special episode of The 21st, we speak with food writer Niki Davis about some of her favorite recipes and farmers throughout the state will tell us what they’re growing. Plus, we dive into some family traditions and memories that go far beyond the usual turkey and stuffing. 

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The 21st Show - November 14, 2018

Author Rebecca Makkai; Lasting Impact of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Muslims In Amazon Series ‘Jack Ryan’

On the 21st: Chicago author Rebecca Makkai talks about her latest novel, The Great Believers, which has been nominated for a National Book Award. And, it's been 50 years since 2001: A Space Odyssey hit screens in 1968. We examine it's impact and legacy. Plus, we speak with Loyola's Omer Mozaffar about his consulting on the Amazon Prime series 'Jack Ryan.'

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The 21st Show - November 13, 2018

A Pritzker Administration Preview; Illinois Sex Ed Laws; Former EU Parliament Member Robert Evans

On The 21st: Illinois law requires that all sex ed course material must “teach honor and respect for monogamous heterosexual marriage.” What might that mean for LGBT youth? Plus, Robert Evans, a former member of the European Parliament, joins us. But first, in two months JB Pritzker becomes our next governor. He takes office with a Democratic supermajority in the statehouse. We’ll take a look at what’s next in Springfield.

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The 21st Show - November 08, 2018

Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker; Rethinking Identity; Steppenwolf’s ‘Downstate’; Tech And Attention

On the 21st: Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker on his plans for transitioning into office come January, and the tone he wants to strike in his first year as governor. Plus, philosopher and New York Times columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah on his latest book 'The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity.' We also learn about a new play at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre called 'Downstate,' and revisit our conversation on the way smartphones affect our mental health.

Soil Carbon Cowboys

The 21st Show - November 06, 2018

‘Soil Carbon Cowboys’ Documentary; Bloomington Murder Case Revisited; College Graduation Gap

On The 21st: 35 years ago this week, Susan Hendricks and her three children were brutally murdered in their Bloomington home. We‘ll talk with journalist Steve Vogel about his book, Reasonable Doubt, and what we know about the crime three decades later. Plus, more than two dozen Illinois colleges have banded together to try and address the college graduation gap between African-American and Latino students and their white counterparts. But first, how can all the cows we raise for meat help, rather than hurt, our environment?

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The 21st Show - November 05, 2018

Common Myths About Voting; Disability And Language Access; New Citizens Voting

On The 21st: Here’s a quick civics quiz for you. You aren’t registered yet. You don’t speak English. You have a felony conviction. You can’t vote, right? Wrong! We tackle common voting misconceptions. And, voting is for all US citizens but the process can be more challenging if you have a disability, or if you have trouble reading English. What systems are in place to make sure everyone can vote? And, tomorrow is Election Day and many voters are turning out for the very first time, including new citizens. 

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