The 21st Show - July 13, 2020

Text ‘TALK’ To 217-803-0730 To Help Shape The 21st’s COVID-19 Coverage

Our team at The 21st and Illinois Public Media continues to work hard to bring you stories about how people across the state are being affected by coronavirus. We're making it easier for Illinoisans to connect with us and share their experiences and thoughts with our new initiative "Text The 21st."

The 21st Show - October 22, 2020

ENCORE: Fall Foliage Trips In Illinois And Beyond

Fall in Illinois and the Midwest has plenty to offer: apple picking, brewing up warm apple cider, fall foliage and pumpkin patches. Maybe even the occasional corn-maze to get lost in. These are just some of the fall activities you may be looking forward to. You also may be looking to get up and out for a fall road trip before colder weather sets in.

The 21st Show - October 22, 2020

Do Presidential Debates Even Matter?

Tonight is the final presidential debate before the 2020 Election — but with all the cross-talk and one-liners from the candidates on stage — is there value to the presidential debate? Especially when many voters have already cast their ballots? The 21st spoke with an Illinois debate coach and a media historian. 

The 21st Show - October 21, 2020

Theater Produces Play Focused On First Ladies

With an eye on the presidential election, the Chicago-based theater group known as The Neo-Futurists began its fall season with “45 Plays for America’s First Ladies.” The 21st speaks to the play's director and a Chicago-based performer about the production. 

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The 21st Show - October 20, 2020

Voting Down-Ballot/Local Elections 101

In just two weeks from today, millions of Americans will be heading to the polls to vote in the 2020 elections. Because it can be challenging to be informed and engaged about down-ballot and local elections, The 21st spoke to two individuals committed to informing voters about political candidates.  

The 21st Show - October 19, 2020

ENCORE: Groups Targeting Judges For Defeat

Groups are targeting a handful of judges for defeat in this year's retention elections. We talk to a pair of reporters about some of the more notable campaigns — and the motives of the people behind them.

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The 21st Show - October 19, 2020

Is Diversity Training in Illinois In Jeopardy?

More workplaces, institutions and companies have turned to diversity training in recent months, but an executive order signed by President Trump last month seeks to limit the type of diversity training that can be offered. The 21st spoke to two professors and a vice chancellor for diversity to hear more about what this executive order might mean for diversity training in Illinois.


The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

DeKalb Disability Activist, Melissa Blake

Writer and disability activist Melissa Blake isn’t letting internet trolls stop her from spreading a message of positivity and acceptance online. We’ll talk to the DeKalb resident about her recent runway debut during New York Fashion Week. 

James Mann

The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

Will A Second COVID-19 Wave Hit This Winter?

Winter is coming, and with it comes a greater risk for COVID-19. The disease is already spreading out of control in Illinois with case numbers and hospitalizations at their worst rate in months. We talk to two experts about what’s going on and answer listener questions.

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The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

Interview: US Sen. Dick Durbin Regarding SCOTUS Nominee

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was among those asking questions of Judge Amy Coney Barrett at her Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week. Before Thursday's hearings, we talked with him about her nomination.

Brian Richardson

The 21st Show - October 14, 2020

ENCORE:  Fall Foliage Trips In Illinois And Beyond

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, fall foliage: these are just some of the things that make Autumn in the Midwest so magical.  We’ll talk to a travel writer who is full of ideas for your next great autumn adventure, and how you can travel safely and responsibly while doing it.

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The 21st Show - October 14, 2020

ENCORE: Latinx, Latino, Hispanic: How Do You Identify?

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that only about 1 in 4 Hispanics in the United States have heard of the word "Latinx," and just 3% use it to describe themselves. Today, we’ll talk about the origins and usage of the terms Hispanic, Latino and Latinx.

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