The 21st Show

Boeing And Flight Safety; Dwight Update; Media Literacy And Kids; High Speed Rail In Illinois


A worker stands near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Airlines in several countries grounded the same model jetliner Monday following Sunday's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. Ted S. Warren/AP

On The 21st: Boeing shares on Monday were at its lowest in almost five months after the second fatal crash involving its 737 Max plane. What’s next for the Chicago-based company? Also in travel, how inaction on building high-speed rail between Chicago and St. Louis is symbolic of the problem of train investment in America. Plus, if you’ve ever tried to get your kids off the internet, chances are YouTube is part of the equation. Now one state representative says it’s time to let teachers include media literacy in their high school classes. And, we get an update on the possibility of a Dwight Immigration Detention Center. 

A growing number of countries, and airlines, have halted Boeing’s 737 Max 8 fleet. That’s after the second crash involving that model, this weekend in Ethiopia. So we thought we’d start today’s program looking at Boeing, the 737 Max fleet, and what’s next for the Chicago-based company, one of Illinois’s largest.

Justin Bachman covers aviation and aerospace for Bloomberg and he joined us on the line from Dallas. Illinois transportation expert Joseph Schwieterman also spoke with us, he’s the Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University.


Yesterday we talked about how an immigrant detention center may be opening in Dwight, Illinois. Last night the village board voted 5 to 2, to approve annexation and zoning for the land.

But not everyone in the community supports this decision. We spoke to an organizer with No ICE Dwight on yesterday’s program, and their members were at the meeting. WBEZ’s Michael Puente was also there, he joined us on the line for more.


How do you listen to The 21st? Chances are you are doing it on the radio, but perhaps on an app or streaming on your phone. What else you’ll be streaming today? Maybe a funny youTube video? A friend’s Instagram story? Maybe your favorite show.

There seems to be no limit to media that we can consume from every kind of source. And it’s daunting enough if you’re just choosing for yourself. But what about if you’re choosing for your kids?

Well, a new bill could help kids choose for themselves by giving teachers the option of adding media literacy to the state’s high school curriculum if passed. It’s being sponsored by Representative Elizabeth Hernandez from Illinois’s 24th District, and it has already passed the House education committee, unanimously. So that got us wondering what media literacy really means and why it’s so important.

It also made us wonder about one huge media juggernaut for kids that’s YouTube.  Nikki Usher is a professor from the University of Illinois’ College of Media. Also with us we had a digital media specialist for the LeRoy school district in McLean County, Ashlie Marcy. 


In recent weeks you’ve probably heard about some of the changes that the Green New Deal would make on the federal level when it comes to transportation and the environment.

That includes trains. Amtrak’s route from Chicago to St. Louis seemed like an ideal place to implement high-speed rail but, the project has faced multiple hurdles along the way. How much are the problems Illinois is having representative of our entire country’s when it comes to high speed rail?

Paul Overberg has been asking that question for the Wall Street Journal. He joined us for more. 

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