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The 21st Show - June 13, 2018

Illinois Rivers; Visas and Foreign Doctors; Sending Aid to Guatemala; World Cup Without US

On the 21st: How the Trump Administration could slow down the visa process for foreign doctors. Plus, we spokewith the Consul General of Guatemala regarding the latest on a volcano eruption in his home country. And, we heard from from some of Illinois’ most passionate soccer fans about which World Cup bandwagon to jump on. But first, the current state of Illinois' waterways -- and how their health can affect ours.

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The 21st Show - June 12, 2018

Breast Cancer Breakthrough; State Budget Healthcare; Illinois Tornado Safety

On the 21st: The impact of the budget crisis on Illinois health care providers. Plus, we discussed how to recognize tornadoes and what to do in the event of one. But first, we talked with Dr. Kathy Albain and two women with breast cancer about a breakthrough chemotherapy study.

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The 21st Show - June 07, 2018

Harold Washington; Illinois Car Seat Law; Rockford Peaches Anniversary; Alzheimer’s Latino Study

On the 21st: We discuss a new Illinois kids car seat law which would require children under two to ride in rear-facing car seats. Plus, we talk to Dr. David Marquez about new research on Alzheimer's in the Latino community. Also, the Rockford Peaches celebrated their 75th anniversary this month. What did the town do to celebrate? But first, we talk to biographer Roger Biles about his new book "Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago." 

Teachers receiving trauma training

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The 21st Show - June 06, 2018

Addressing Trauma In Schools; Sexual Abuse At CPS; ‘Character Education’

On the 21st: How are schools across Illinois are helping students traumatized by violence? But first, we speak to reporters from the Chicago Tribune about their investigation into sexual abuse and assault within Chicago Public Schools. Plus, how is one southwestern Illinois school teaching children life lessons about character?

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The 21st Show - June 04, 2018

How Trade With US Allies Affects Farmers; Homeless Outreach Training For Police; State Politics

On the 21st: How a trade war with the United States' allies would affect Illinois farmers. Plus, homelessness advocates in Springfield are hoping to dedicate a police unit as a 'Homeless Outreach Team' to try and prevent the revolving door of homelessness. And, we'll recap the end of the legislative session—which ended with a bipartisan budget, allegations of sexual harassment against a Democratic leader, and a flurry of bills that were passed.

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The 21st Show - June 01, 2018

‘Having Our Say’ At The Goodman Theatre; Midwest Music Festivals; Summer Travel

On The 21st: Now that summer is here, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot tells us about how to enjoy the best music festivals, all within driving distance of Illinois. Plus, we talk summer travel with NPR’s David Schaper. But first, we speak to the director behind a play that’s getting another staging at the Goodman Theater in Chicago - Having our Say. 

Illinois Capitol


The 21st Show - May 31, 2018

Illinois Passes A Budget; Mortality Rates For Black Mothers And Infants; LGBT Pride In Southern IL

On the 21st: Our state government has agreed on a budget before the May 31 deadline. Earlier this morning before the House vote, we caught up with state political reporters and Senate President John Cullerton. Plus, why mortality rates for black mothers and infants are so much higher than their white counterparts. And, we speak with an organizer of the first LGBT Pride festival in southern Illinois.

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The 21st Show - May 30, 2018

Creating Manufacturing Jobs; Injuries In Youth Sports; Summer Movies

On The 21st: The Reel Deal Critic Reggie Ponder joins us to talk about summer movies. Plus, we talk with a pediatric orthopedist and athletic trainer to talk about summer sports for kids - and how hard they can be on growing children’s bodies. But first, how have some Midwestern cities like Grand Rapids not only managed to survive, but actually thrive when it comes to creating manufacturing jobs? 

Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - May 29, 2018

Gun Suicides In Rural Areas; The Chinese Exclusion Act Documentary; IL Spelling Bee Contestants

On The 21st: We talk to the filmmakers behind a new documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act which will be shown on PBS tonight. Plus, the National Spelling Bee is underway- we caught up with a few Illinois contestants before they left for DC to see how they’re feeling ahead of the big competition. But first, from 2012 to 2016, more than eighty percent of gun-related deaths in rural Illinois were suicides, which is higher than the rest of the country. We catch up with Illinois Newsroom Reporter Madelyn Beck to learn more about gun suicides in rural areas. 

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The 21st Show - May 28, 2018

Barbecue in Illinois; How To Preserve Your Family Heirlooms

On this encore edition of The 21st: We revisit our Labor Day conversation about where to find the best BBQ in Illinois. But first, if you've ever wanted to know how to properly preserve your family heirlooms, Christa Deacy-Quinn and Jennifer Hain-Teper have got you covered.

Connie Barr receives her father's Purple Heart from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

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The 21st Show - May 25, 2018

Reuniting Families with Military Medals; Author Chibundu Onuzo; Best Illinois Books

On The 21st: Connie Barr shares her story of learning her father received a Purple Heart for his service in World War Two and we hear about Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs' work reuniting families with long lost military medals. Plus, as the state celebrates its bicentennial, there’s a new contest to name Illinois’s greatest book. What are some of the titles in the running? But first, we speak to Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzo about her new book and first U.S. release, "Welcome to Lagos." 

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