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The 21st Show - September 05, 2019

Student Claymation Film ‘Estrella: An Asylum Seeker’s Story’; Active Shooter Drills In Schools; Children Weight-Loss App Backlash

A group of middle schoolers in Kewanee have made a claymation film for their art class. It follows 10-year-old asylum seeker Estrella on her way from El Salvador to the U.S. Plus, beginning this school year, Illinois students will be required to participate in active shooter drills. But some parents worry the drills may do more harm than good. And, last month, Weight Watchers released a weight loss app targeted at kids as young as eight years old. It caused a public outcry. We’ll discuss how we should talk about health and food with kids. 


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The 21st Show - September 04, 2019

How Climate Change Affects Health; Civil Forfeiture; Rep. Shimkus Announces Retirement; Location-Tracking Apps

Public health agencies in Illinois are starting to incorporate climate change into what they do. Plus, what happens when police confiscate your property, even if you weren't ever charged with a crime. We'll also learn why Rep. John Shimkus is retiring after more than 20 years in Congress, and talk about whether location-sharing apps like Find My Friends can be creepy, useful, or both.

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The 21st Show - September 03, 2019

UIUC Sexual Assault Investigation; Protecting The Legacy Of Ida B. Wells And Other Civil Rights Leaders; Snake Road Migration; Invasive Jumping Worms

An investigation by ProPublica and NPR Illinois recently found that the University of Illinois may have helped preserve the reputations of sexual harassers. We spoke about how the U of I handles sexual misconduct allegations, and how some people want the process to change. Plus, some descendants of Black civil rights leaders in Chicago want the public to know more about their family members while also protecting them at the same time. And, a road in southern Illinois more than two miles long closes until the end of October every year to make way for migrating snakes. Also, we learned about Illinois’ newest invasive species, the jumping worm.

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The 21st Show - September 02, 2019

ENCORE: Midwest Earthquakes; Conspiracy Theories And Politics; Dealing With Burnout

On this special Labor Day encore episode, we talked about one of the largest earthquakes recorded in the US that happened in the Midwest in 1811. So how likely are earthquakes in the Midwest today? Plus, conspiracy theories have been part of our politics for a long time. These days, belief in those theories are part of why our country is so divided. We learned how that happened. Also, what’s the difference between feeling stressed and experiencing burnout? And, how can understanding that difference help challenge stigma around mental health? 

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The 21st Show - August 29, 2019

Our Show From The Lincoln Museum: Historical Artifacts, Music And An Art Contest

We're sharing a special rebroadcast of our hourlong show from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. First, 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. 

The 21st Show - August 28, 2019

ENCORE: The 1968 Democratic National Convention; The Partition of British India; The Life of Albert R. Lee

We revisit our conversation with historian Marsha Barrett and Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan on last year's 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Plus, more than seventy years ago this month, British India was divided into separate states - now known as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. This came to be known as Partition. We revisit our conversation with Rohini Ramkrishnan, Digital Archive Manager with the 1947 Partition Archive. And,  the story of a remarkable African-American man who, starting in 1895, helped black students at the U of I succeed and thrive at a time when they weren’t even allowed to live in the dorms.

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The 21st Show - August 26, 2019

ENCORE: ‘American Legion’ Photography Book; Sundown Towns; ‘Hit The Wall’ Play Tackles Stonewall Riots

This week, we're revisiting some of our favorite history conversations. Today, we hear about a photography book highlighting members of the American Legion. Plus, the people behind a production of the play 'Hit The Wall,' which explores the 1969 Stonewall Riots. And, the backstory of 'sundown towns' throughout Illinois and the country.

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The 21st Show - August 22, 2019

Interviewing Migrant Children; The Toxic Work Culture At Speaker Madigan’s Office; Child Care Assistance Program; ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Novel

On the heels of the Trump administration's plans to potentially detain migrant children indefinitely, we hear from an Illinois Wesleyan professor who interviewed migrant children at the border and saw their living conditions firsthand. Plus, a new report describes a toxic work environment at the office of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. We also hear about changes to the Child Care Assistance Program, and talk with author and Oak Park native Claire Lombardo.

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The 21st Show - August 21, 2019

The Cost Of Student Housing; Hepatitis A Outbreak; New EpiPen Law; Selling Beer At College Sporting Events

Students have been paying more and more for room and board—and that cost often gets left out of conversations about lowering tuition and debt. Plus, what's behind an uptick in Hepatitis A cases in Illinois. We also talk with the lawmaker behind Illinois's new requirement that insurers cover EpiPens, and learn why colleges are turning to alcohol sales as one strategy to boost attendance at sporting events.

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The 21st Show - August 20, 2019

Teachers Re-Entering the Classroom; Transferring From Community College To A Four-Year College; Surveillance Balloons; “Scabby The Rat”

Many students and teachers are headed back to school this month. Today we’ll ask a couple of educators who have been away from the classroom how they feel about coming back. Plus, about four in five community college students say they want to earn a bachelor’s degree. But the transfer rate has stayed low. We’ll learn why. And, the Pentagon is testing surveillance balloons around the Midwest, including parts of central Illinois. These balloons could be used to stop drug trafficking but they’re also raising concerns about privacy. Also, the story behind the "Scabby the Rat" inflatables. 

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The 21st Show - August 19, 2019

Why Books Were Removed From A Danville Prison; IL Judicial Elections; Confronting White Nationalism in Schools; Cahokia National Park?

We learn why the warden of the Danville Correctional Center ordered the removal of more than 200 books from a prison education program library. And, when you hear 2020 you’re probably not thinking about the state Supreme Court. But what happens in that election will have big consequences for Illinois. Plus, educators have been seeing more white nationalist propaganda in their communities, and they’ve come up with strategies to push back. Also, why advocates and some lawmakers want to make Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois into a national park.

Soil Carbon Cowboys

The 21st Show - August 15, 2019

ENCORE: ‘Soil Carbon Cowboys’ Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

Cattle are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. But if you graze them differently, it’s possible that all these cows could actually help the environment. Plus, when you think about Midwest food, there’s cheese, corn, soy... but what about shrimp? Scientists and farmers have been exploring raising saltwater fish in states like Illinois. And, recipes can be a way to remember our family, our friends and even our roots. We talk to food writer Niki Davis about sweets that may not be trendy, but taste like classics.

Medical marijuana crap

The 21st Show - August 14, 2019

ENCORE: Cooking With Cannabis; Midwest Food Road Trips; Writing About Black Food in Chicago

Recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois on January 1st. But there’s already a whole world of edibles that includes chefs, writers, and manufacturers. Plus, have you gone on that summer road trip yet? Because there are great food destinations that aren’t too far from Illinois. And, during the month of June, the Chicago Tribune put the spotlight on Black food and culture on the city’s South Side.

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