The 21st Show - July 13, 2020

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The 21st Show - August 06, 2020

ENCORE: Summer Songs Still Play On

To the disappointment of music fans, artists and organizers have had to pull the plug on concerts and festivals this season. We wanted to offer some summer music recommendations from artists both here in central Illinois and around the world. 

The 21st Show - August 06, 2020

ENCORE: The Great Indoors

For many of us during the pandemic, we’ve gotten to know the four walls of the various rooms in our home better than ever before. The 21st speaks to an author and journalist who explores the many indoor environments, both private and public spaces — from operating rooms to prisons.

(L-R) upper: Hugo Balta, Celeste Headlee (L-R) lower: Dawn Ennis, Nader Issa

The 21st Show - August 05, 2020

Diversity in Newsrooms

Like many other institutions in 2020, America’s newsrooms are facing a reckoning for a lack of diversity in newsrooms. The 21st is joined by four journalists to address aggressions against journalists of color, proposals for true changes for more inclusive newsrooms and how news consumers can question the newsrooms they trust.

The 21st Show - August 04, 2020

ENCORE: Coree Woltering - Ultramarathoner

The 21st speaks to Coree Woltering, an Illinois-based ultra-marathoner, who recently set a new record for the 1,147 mile Ice Age Trail, completing it in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

Supporters and opponents of University of Illinois' mascot listen at a board of trustees meeting Thursday, June 17, 2004 in Chicago.

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The 21st Show - August 04, 2020

Debate Over University Of Illinois Mascot Rages After Retirement

Over the course of the last few months, the movement for racial justice has reignited the call for racially insensitive mascots and team names to be replaced. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign retired their race-based mascot 13 years ago, yet the depiction continues to endure, with some even calling for the mascot to be restored. 

Matthew Dillon

The 21st Show - August 03, 2020

ENCORE: Summer Road Trips

Summer is a time for road trips — but COVID-19 is limiting options. The 21st explores safe getaways in a time of a pandemic.

Abraham Lincoln Monument, Washington D.C.


The 21st Show - August 03, 2020

ENCORE: Should Lincoln’s Statues Come Down?

In light of the racial justice movements in Illinois, statues honoring Confederate figures like Jefferson Davis, are coming down around the South — either by protestors or local governments. Here in the Midwest, some student groups at the University of Wisconsin in Madison are also calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue.

American Football album cover of the house in Urbana, IL.

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

The American Football House in Urbana

In the late 1990s, a photographer named Chris Strong stood in front of a house on the sidewalk of West High Street in Urbana, Illinois and snapped a peculiar photograph of a white-framed house. The 21st talked with three guests to learn more about the house and the significance it holds to certain alternative music fans around the world.

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

The Public Health Crisis of Loneliness

While loneliness is a more intangible health issue, its effects are major. The 21st speaks to mental health experts to discuss how lonliness has gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic and how you can deal with its effects.

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL)

The 21st Show - July 30, 2020

Interview: Congressman Darin LaHood

Peoria County is one of a handful around Illinois that are on “warning level” for coronavirus disease. Meanwhile, in Washington, members of Congress are debating whether to pass another COVID-19 economic relief package. The 21st checks in with US Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) to talk about the relief bill and rising cases in the 18th congressional district.

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