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The 21st Show - February 14, 2018

Live From The State Capitol: A Preview Of The Budget Address

On The 21st: A special live preview of Gov. Rauner's budget address, broadcasting from the rotunda of the state capitol. We heard from Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and a variety of groups who are hoping the governor will address their interests. 

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The 21st Show - February 13, 2018

The ‘Radium Girls’; Illinois Politics Update; Snow Salt Alternatives; AG Candidate Kwame Raoul

On the 21st: We continue our week in Springfield, today from the WUIS studios. We hear about the 'Radium Girls' of Ottawa, Illinois and the health problems that they suffered after working at the Illinois Radium Dial company. Plus, your Illinois politics update on the eve of the budget address. Also, what alternatives are there to using salt to melt ice in the winter? And, we continue our series of attorney general interviews, this time with Sen. Kwame Raoul. 

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The 21st Show - February 12, 2018

The 21st In Springfield: Live From The Lincoln Presidential Museum

On The 21st: Our first show from our week in Springfield, broadcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. We talked with the museum's executive director about how they're celebrating Illinois' Bicentennial. Also, we learned more about the official bicentennial beer from Hand of Fate Brewing Company and heard music from the "Dulcimer Guy," Mike Anderson. Plus, we talk with the some of the participants in the museum's art contest. 

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The 21st Show - February 09, 2018

Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ In Urbana; Lessons From The Marriage Doctor; AG Candidate Renato Mariotti

On The 21st: We talk with director J.W. Morrissette about the Sondheim musical 'Assassins,' which is showing at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in Urbana. Also, we get a few lessons from the marriage doctor Eli Finkel. Plus, we air the latest in our series of attorney general candidate interviews, this time with Renato Mariotti. 

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The 21st Show - February 08, 2018

Sen. Durbin On Immigration; Marijuana And Pain; AG Candidate Sharon Fairley; Chicago Block Club

On The 21st: Senator Dick Durbin tells us about the spending deal that Congress will vote on today - and what's he's hoping to see from the Senate's debate on immigration policy and DACA next week. Plus, Illinois Public Media and Side Effects Public Media reporter Christine Herman joins us to talk about whether marijuana is a viable way to treat chronic pain. We also continue our series of interviews with candidates for attorney general, and hear about a news non-profit in Chicago that has raised nearly $120,000 in three days.

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The 21st Show - February 07, 2018

Understanding Bitcoin; Pharmacy Deserts; AG Candidate Erika Harold; Guns At State Parks

On The 21st: Bitcoin seems to be gaining popularity, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Also, we talk about pharmacy deserts and how they affect both rural and urban populations in our state. Plus, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews, today with Republican Erika Harold. And, we talk about the constitutionality of guns in and near state parks.  

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The 21st Show - February 06, 2018

An Illinois Poverty Scorecard; People’s Gas Leak; AG Candidate Pat Quinn; Rural Economic Development

On The 21st: The gap between our wealthiest and poorest residents continues to grow in Illinois. Why aren't low-income families reaping the rewards of economic success? Plus, we talk about a 2016 gas leak that contaminated largest aquifer in east central Illinois. Also, we continue our interviews with attorney general candidates, and talk to Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about an economic development program for rural Illinois. 

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The 21st Show - February 05, 2018

We Need To Talk About Ordinary Abortions; AG Candidate Nancy Rotering; This Week In Campaign News

On The 21st: We speak with bioethicist, lawyer and author Katie Watson about her new book 'Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion.' Also, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews with Democratic candidate Nancy Rotering. Plus, we unpack the latest news in this year's gubernatorial race with Politico's Natasha Korecki.

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The 21st Show - February 01, 2018

Mindfulness In Schools; What Is ‘Bioenergy?’; AG Candidate Aaron Goldstein; Senate Overrides Rauner

On The 21st: How are schools looking at mindfulness and meditation to help students succeed? Plus, the University of Illinois is launching a new 'bioenergy' center with $115 million from the Department of Energy. We'll also continue our interviews with candidates for Attorney General - this time with Democrat Aaron Goldstein. But first, the Illinois Senate overrode Gov. Rauner's amendatory veto of a 'trailer bill' for the state's education funding overhaul.

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The 21st Show - January 31, 2018

Transgender Veterans; State Of The State; Attorney General Candidate Gary Grasso; Ramar The Gorilla

On The 21st: Last summer, President Trump's tweet that transgender individuals should be barred from military service triggered multiple lawsuits. But that ban has been stopped in its tracks, and the Pentagon is currently accepting transgender recruits. Plus, we talk to Chris Mooney about what to expect from Governor Rauner during the State of the State address. We also we learn more about the Brookfield Zoo's oldest animal, and kick off our series of interviews with candidates for Illinois Attorney General, starting with Republican Gary Grasso.

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The 21st Show - January 30, 2018

Inquiry Into Herpes Vaccine Experiments; State Of The Union Preview; The ‘Old Slave House’

On The 21st: SIU is launching an internal investigation into a researcher who injected patients with an unapproved herpes vaccine. Plus, we learn the history of a house in southern Illinois whose owner kidnapped free black men and women -- and sold them back into slavery in Kentucky. But first, we preview the State of the Union with Republican Rep. John Shimkus, and a representative who is boycotting the event, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky. 

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The 21st Show - January 29, 2018

Revisiting Fad Diets; ‘Bombs In Your Backyard’; Illinois Politics Update

On The 21st: We revisit our conversation with Dr. Aaron Carroll about maintaining realistic and healthy food goals. Plus, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten on the toxic waste that comes from military installations. And, we get the latest in Illinois politics from WBEZ's Dave McKinney.

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The 21st Show - January 26, 2018

Leaving Home Behind After Hurricane Maria; Comedian Julia Sweeney; Reflecting On Trump’s First Year

The 21st: Thousands of Puerto Rico residents have fled to the mainland United States after Hurricane Maria, including to the Chicago area. Plus, comedian Julia Sweeney talks to us about her new stand-up show, and reflects on the SNL character that made her famous. And, we hear from reporter Rachel Otwell who has been talking to a wide range of people about President Trump's first year in office.

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