The 21st Show

Recent Abortion Legislation And ‘#youknowme’; Best Fries And Sauces


Protesters at the Women's March for Reproductive Rights in Chicago on May 20. Charles Edward Miller/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

One in four women in the US will have an abortion by age 45. And over the past few weeks thousands of these women have shared some of those stories through '#you know me.' And, what makes a good french fry? Is it curly, waffle, or seasoned? We’ll talk about this with two Chicago food critics.

Perhaps you’ve heard the news that Missouri could soon become the first state without a single clinic that performs abortions, essentially ending legal abortion in the state. Missouri is one of eight states to pass restrictive abortion laws since the start of the year.  

Here in Illinois, just yesterday, the state House has passed its own legislation called the Reproductive Health Act. But its goal is fundamentally different from others being passed around the country, and especially our neighboring states. Here in Illinois, the Reproductive Health Act would ensure the quote fundamental right of a pregnant woman to have an abortion.

Of course, it isn’t just lawmakers who are talking about this. Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have shared their own abortion stories using #youknowme.

We spoke with Northwestern University bioethicist, lawyer and author Katie Watson and University of Illinois history professor Leslie Reagan.


Whether you like your fries curly, waffle, seasoned or original, it’s hard to resist a great french fry.  But where are the best? And what makes a great fry?

Chicago Tribune food critics Louisa Chu and Nick Kindelsperger have been out in search of the best fries in the Chicago region. In fact they tried more than 100 places!

And we spoke to Mike Cochran, owner of the Black Dog Smoke & Ale House in Champaign and Urbana.

Story source: WILL