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The 21st Show - February 07, 2018

Understanding Bitcoin; Pharmacy Deserts; AG Candidate Erika Harold; Guns At State Parks

On The 21st: Bitcoin seems to be gaining popularity, but what exactly is it and how does it work? Also, we talk about pharmacy deserts and how they affect both rural and urban populations in our state. Plus, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews, today with Republican Erika Harold. And, we talk about the constitutionality of guns in and near state parks.  

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The 21st Show - February 06, 2018

An Illinois Poverty Scorecard; People’s Gas Leak; AG Candidate Pat Quinn; Rural Economic Development

On The 21st: The gap between our wealthiest and poorest residents continues to grow in Illinois. Why aren't low-income families reaping the rewards of economic success? Plus, we talk about a 2016 gas leak that contaminated largest aquifer in east central Illinois. Also, we continue our interviews with attorney general candidates, and talk to Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about an economic development program for rural Illinois. 

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The 21st Show - February 05, 2018

We Need To Talk About Ordinary Abortions; AG Candidate Nancy Rotering; This Week In Campaign News

On The 21st: We speak with bioethicist, lawyer and author Katie Watson about her new book 'Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law and Politics of Ordinary Abortion.' Also, we continue our series of attorney general candidate interviews with Democratic candidate Nancy Rotering. Plus, we unpack the latest news in this year's gubernatorial race with Politico's Natasha Korecki.

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The 21st Show - February 01, 2018

Mindfulness In Schools; What Is ‘Bioenergy?’; AG Candidate Aaron Goldstein; Senate Overrides Rauner

On The 21st: How are schools looking at mindfulness and meditation to help students succeed? Plus, the University of Illinois is launching a new 'bioenergy' center with $115 million from the Department of Energy. We'll also continue our interviews with candidates for Attorney General - this time with Democrat Aaron Goldstein. But first, the Illinois Senate overrode Gov. Rauner's amendatory veto of a 'trailer bill' for the state's education funding overhaul.

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The 21st Show - January 31, 2018

Transgender Veterans; State Of The State; Attorney General Candidate Gary Grasso; Ramar The Gorilla

On The 21st: Last summer, President Trump's tweet that transgender individuals should be barred from military service triggered multiple lawsuits. But that ban has been stopped in its tracks, and the Pentagon is currently accepting transgender recruits. Plus, we talk to Chris Mooney about what to expect from Governor Rauner during the State of the State address. We also we learn more about the Brookfield Zoo's oldest animal, and kick off our series of interviews with candidates for Illinois Attorney General, starting with Republican Gary Grasso.

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The 21st Show - January 30, 2018

Inquiry Into Herpes Vaccine Experiments; State Of The Union Preview; The ‘Old Slave House’

On The 21st: SIU is launching an internal investigation into a researcher who injected patients with an unapproved herpes vaccine. Plus, we learn the history of a house in southern Illinois whose owner kidnapped free black men and women -- and sold them back into slavery in Kentucky. But first, we preview the State of the Union with Republican Rep. John Shimkus, and a representative who is boycotting the event, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky. 

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The 21st Show - January 29, 2018

Revisiting Fad Diets; ‘Bombs In Your Backyard’; Illinois Politics Update

On The 21st: We revisit our conversation with Dr. Aaron Carroll about maintaining realistic and healthy food goals. Plus, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten on the toxic waste that comes from military installations. And, we get the latest in Illinois politics from WBEZ's Dave McKinney.

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The 21st Show - January 26, 2018

Leaving Home Behind After Hurricane Maria; Comedian Julia Sweeney; Reflecting On Trump’s First Year

The 21st: Thousands of Puerto Rico residents have fled to the mainland United States after Hurricane Maria, including to the Chicago area. Plus, comedian Julia Sweeney talks to us about her new stand-up show, and reflects on the SNL character that made her famous. And, we hear from reporter Rachel Otwell who has been talking to a wide range of people about President Trump's first year in office.

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The 21st Show - January 25, 2018

‘Reflections Of An Undocumented Immigrant’; Water Pipes In Winter; Sexual Abuse At Michigan State

On The 21st: Jose Angel N., author of 'Illegal: Reflections Of An Undocumented Immigrant,' joins us on the program. Plus, we hear from Michigan State's student newspaper and John U. Bacon about Dr. Larry Nassar's decades of sexual abuse. And, we get some tips on making sure your house's pipes don't freeze during this cold winter.

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The 21st Show - January 24, 2018

How Online Sales Affect Small Businesses; Private School Scholarship Tax Credits; Eating Asian Carp

On The 21st: Last summer's education funding overhaul came with a tax credit encouraging donations to private school scholarships, but it's being implemented so quickly that schools are having a hard time keeping up. Plus, what if we just ate our way out of the Asian Carp invasion problem? But first, a check-in with local business in Illinois on how online sales and the cold weather have affected their bottom line.

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The 21st Show - January 23, 2018

Rural Broadband; Infant Mortality In Illinois; A Not-So-Independent Watchdog

On The 21st: We talk with Sen. Sam McCann about bringing broadband to rural areas. And, what does infant mortality look like across Illinois? Plus, Mick Dumke from ProPublica Illinois explains his investigation into a non-profit called 'Project Six' - and where its money comes from.

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The 21st Show - January 22, 2018

Government Shutdown, Women Campaign Managers, Homeless Hospital Patients, Illinois Politics Update

On The 21st: A quick update on how Illinois was affected by the now brief federal government shutdown. Also, we talk to Erica Sagrans about why more women should work on political campaigns. Plus, every day hospitals have to figure out how to help patients who are chronically homeless; three experts discuss the strategies they are using in their hospitals. And, we get the latest in Illinois politics.

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The 21st Show - January 19, 2018

Women’s March Revisited; Rep. John Shimkus; Google Art Selfies; NFL And NBA Update

On The 21st: Women from all over the state tell us why they marched last year - and why they're marching again. Then, Republican Congressman John Shimkus joins us to talk about a possible government shutdown. Plus, why the now-famous Google art selfies are mostly unavailable to Illinois, and we get a football and basketball update from WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout. 

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