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The 21st Show - June 27, 2019

Sen. Duckworth On Iran; Redefining Burnout; Summer Movie Recommendations

Just one week ago, the U.S. was on the brink of an armed conflict with Iran. And tensions are still high. Today, we talk about our country's relationship with Iran with Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Plus, what’s the difference between feeling stressed and experiencing burnout, and how can understanding that difference help challenge stigma around mental health? And halfway through 2019, we’re talking about the best movies so far this year while also looking forward to what’s coming this summer.

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The 21st Show - June 26, 2019

Harsher Penalties On Texting While Driving; Taxing The Very Rich; DCFS And Spanish-Speaking Parents; Women’s World Cup

Starting next week, there will be harsher penalties for texting while driving. Also, what does it mean to tax the uber-rich? It’s a conversation happening not just in Springfield, but in Washington. Plus, hundreds of children in the Illinois foster system are being placed in homes where a language is spoken that isn’t their native one. And, the U.S. women’s team is on a mission to win a fourth World Cup.

Protesters carry a sign which reads "In memory of children who have died in custody" as they march outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Homestead, Fla.

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The 21st Show - June 25, 2019

How The Delayed ICE Raids Are Affecting Illinois; Scooter And Bike Sharing

Last week, President Trump announced deportation raids across the country. But then he said he’d wait for two weeks. We check in with immigrant rights groups here in Illinois about how they’ve been handling all of this news. Plus, last year riders took nearly 40 million trips on electric scooters. Now Chicago has launched a pilot program on the city’s west side.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The 21st Show - June 24, 2019

Lincoln Bible; Quincy Families Still Waiting; Household Hazardous Waste; Who’s Moving To Chicago

The Lincoln Museum in Springfield now has a Bible that belonged to the former president. Plus, a year and a half ago, WBEZ reported on Legionnaires’ outbreaks at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Today, the families who lost loved ones are still waiting for justice. And, as we think about our declining population overall, we’ll talk about who’s actually coming to Illinois. Plus, McLean County will be hosting household hazardous waste collections.

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The 21st Show - June 12, 2019

Senator Dick Durbin; Age-Friendly Cities And Towns; When There Are Too Many Tourists

Eighteen years ago, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin introduced the DREAM Act. And last week, the Democratically controlled House passed the latest version of that bill. We talk about that and other issues facing Congress. And, Americans older than 65 will become our largest age group within 20 years. Advocates say that means it’s time to rethink the way we design our local communities. Plus, have you heard of the idea of overtourism? That’s when too many people are visiting the same spots. We'll be speaking about what you can do about it.

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, outlines a $39.9 billion state budget plan to the House Executive Committee, Saturday, June 1, 2019.

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The 21st Show - June 03, 2019

Wrapping Up The Legislative Session; Zakat

It took two extra days, but the Illinois General Assembly has wrapped up its spring session. And there are big changes on the way: sports betting, legal cannabis, infrastructure spending, and a whole lot more. We’ll check in with Democratic and Republican leaders about what they did and why. Plus, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and charity for Muslims. The holy month concludes tonight. We’ll speak with imams here in Illinois about how their mosques are giving back.

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The 21st Show - May 21, 2019

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.

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The 21st Show - May 20, 2019

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.

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The 21st Show - May 15, 2019

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.

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The 21st Show - April 30, 2019

The ‘Keep Internet Devices Safe’ Act; Helping Unaccompanied Homeless Students; Seasonal Cheeses

Tech lobbying groups have gone after a new bill in Illinois that would ban companies from recording people without their knowledge. Plus, 700,000 high schoolers in the U.S. experience homelessness every year.  But, they can only get the help they need if their schools can identify them. How can that happen? And, we hear about seasonal food all the time. But what about seasonal cheeses?

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