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October 17, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Teachers Strike; Radioactivity’s Impact On The Landscape Art Exhibit; Flu Shot Season; Giant Pumpkins

The Chicago Teachers’ Union is on strike, and classes are canceled today. But they’re not the only teachers walking off the job in Illinois. We check in with other teachers who are striking across the state. Plus, a new art exhibit in Urbana explores the invisible ways that radioactivity and nuclear waste affects all of our lives. And, Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state. Now that fall is here, we’ll speak with two Illinois farmers about this year's pumpkin crop. 


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October 16, 2019 - The 21st Show

How The GM Workers Strike Affects Illinois; Being Pregnant While Working On A Farm; ’The Great Leap’ at Steppenwolf

Nearly 50,000 General Motors workers walked off the job last month as part of a United Auto Workers strike. The strike could be nearing an end soon, but what impact has it already had on Illinois? Plus, there is little research into how things like spraying pesticides or treating animals affect pregnant women working on farms. We’ll talk about what rural health providers can do to help. And, the Great Leap is a play at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. It’s the story of a Chinese-American basketball player who goes to China during a time of political upheaval.


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October 15, 2019 - The 21st Show

Illinois Education Report; Latinx Enrollment And Barriers In Higher Ed; Preserving And Repurposing Churches

Illinois has made progress on K-12 education in recent years, but there’s still more to be done in early childhood and higher education. We look at one report from the education non-profit Advance Illinois. We also talk about what it takes to help more Latinx community college students get the support they need to earn a degree. Plus, houses of worship have been closing all over the state. Now, there’s a movement of people who want to make sure that these buildings are still being used by their communities.


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October 14, 2019 - The 21st Show

New Casinos Coming to Illinois; IL Museum Returns Objects To First Nations; The Ethical Conundrum of Anne and Ed Burke

Illinois approved six new casino licenses earlier this year and local leaders hope this will bring in more money for their communities. Today, what’s being planned in Rockford, Danville, and southern Illinois. Plus, the Illinois State Museum is part of a project to give Australian indigenous objects back to the first nations communities they came from. And, Anne and Ed Burke have had a lot of power in Illinois for a long time. We’ll talk about how the state Supreme Court justice and the Chicago alderman navigate possible conflicts of interest.


Photo Courtesy of Dr. Marty Makary

October 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

‘The Price We Pay’ And The Increasing Cost Of Health Care; Paternity Leave And Life Satisfaction

The U.S. spends more on health care per person than any other country. Why are we paying so much? And where is all that money going? That’s part of Dr. Marty Makary’s latest book “The Price We Pay." Plus, there’s a lot of research out there that shows paid maternity leave makes a big difference for mothers and children. Now, we’re learning more about the impact of paid leave for fathers.


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October 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Champaign Community Members Reflect, 10 Years After A Police Shooting

On Oct. 9, 2009, a white police officer in Champaign shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Ten years later, community members came to the WILL studio to talk with each other about living with that pain, and what's changed (and hasn't changed) since then.


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October 09, 2019 - The 21st Show

Equity In The Legal Cannabis Industry; Community Members Reflect, 10 Years After Police Shooting; Transient Global Amnesia

The war on drugs has affected communities of color the most. Now, as Illinois gets ready for legal recreational marijuana, state officials say they want the new legal industry to be more equitable. Plus, ten years ago today, an unarmed black teenager in Champaign was shot and killed by a white police officer. We’ll hear community members talk with each other about how they’ve been dealing with that pain. And, we’ll talk with one Illinois man about a condition that temporarily erased his memory for a day with no lasting physical or mental effects.


Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

October 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

LGBTQ Workplace Rights U.S. Supreme Court Case; Native Americans’ Role In The Underground Railroad; Black Girl Genius Week

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it’s legal to fire someone for being gay or transgender. Plus, Native Americans in the Midwest helped black men, women and children escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. We spoke about why that history is often overlooked. And, a Champaign-Urbana organization is celebrating its fifth annual Black Girl Genius Week through art, music and workshops.


(AP Photo/Jim Salter)

October 07, 2019 - The 21st Show

Planned Parenthood Clinic Quietly Built Near Missouri Border; Dealing With ‘Climate Grief’; Fall Gardening Tips

A new Planned Parenthood clinic in Illinois, near the Missouri border, is opening in order to accommodate more abortion patients from out of state. We’ll talk about why its construction was kept secret. Plus, climate change is affecting Americans right now, it’s also taking a toll on our mental health. Mental health professionals are starting to hear more patients talk about how the changing climate worries them. And, what you do in your garden now can make a big difference come springtime. The experts will join us to give their tips and tricks for the most effective fall gardening.


Photography by Adrianne Mathiowetz Photography

October 03, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: IL Writer Nafissa Thompson-Spires; Ending HIV In Illinois By 2030

Governor J.B. Pritzker says he wants to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. Today we'll talk about what needs to be done to achieve that goal. Plus, Nafissa Thompson Spires is the author behind the book “Heads of the Colored People.” She joins us to talk about her short story collection that showcases black life in a way not often written about.


October 02, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Rise In Syphilis Cases; ‘We Are Proud To Present’ At Steppenwolf; Emoji Inclusivity

We’ll hear how emojis actually get made - from some of the people advocating for more emojis that reflect their daily lives. Plus, who gets to talk about history - especially when that history is brutal and hard to talk about in the first place? We revisit a conversation about a play on the topic at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. Then, Syphilis is one of many preventable diseases that we associate with another time, but it's actually back and on the rise according to public health officials. 


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October 01, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: PE and Art Linked to Graduation; Age Friendly Cities And Towns; White Lies Research

Americans older than 65 will be our largest age group within 20 years. Advocates say that means it’s time to rethink the way we design our local communities. Plus, if you think that only science, math and history are the key to success in school, think again. It turns out art and PE can have a big effect on graduation rates. And, we’ve all told little white lies. But according to research from the University of Chicago, the whole truth and nothing but the truth might be the best way to go.


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September 30, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Managing Chronic Pain With Opioids; Real IDs; Saving For Retirement; Veterinarian Mental Health

Kate Rosenberg-Douglas has managed her chronic back pain with prescription opioids for years. We'll talk about what it’s like to rely on opioids while they’re being condemned for causing addiction. Plus, next year you’ll need a new kind of driver’s license called a Real ID in order to fly in the US. We’ll revisit a conversation with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office on what you need to know. Also, one in five Americans have no retirement savings at all. We’ll hear from one Illinois economist about how to save smarter. And, researchers have found that many animal veterinarians struggle with ethical conflicts over what pet owners ask of them.


September 26, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Crazy Rich Asians; ‘Leaps Of Faiths’ Documentary; Chicago Summer Music

The number of interfaith marriages has been increasing for years. So what does that mean when it comes to raising religious kids? Two Chicago filmmakers ask that question in a documentary called Leaps Of Faiths. Plus, we’ll hear from ESPN’s Cary Chow and CNN contributor Jeff Yang about what the film Crazy Rich Asians meant to them as Asian men. And, as summer wraps up we’ll talk about some of our favorite music artists and venues in Chicago. 


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