The 21st Show

US Wins Women’s World Cup; How Mugshots Harm; Homeless Cooling Shelters


United States' Megan Rapinoe, center, holds the trophy as she celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the Women's World Cup final soccer match at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. Francisco Seco/AP

The U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup for the fourth time yesterday. We’ll recap yesterday’s final and talk about why you should keep following women’s soccer. Plus, open up your local paper and you’ll probably see mugshots of people who were booked into the county jail. But that can sometimes do more harm than good, especially for the people in those photos. And, homeless shelters open for extra hours during the winter. The summer poses its own challenges for people struggling to find housing.

The U.S. women’s national team are now back to back World Cup champions. The U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 and won their fourth World Cup overall. 

By now, you’ve heard the names: Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz. This team has gotten the world’s attention and in four years, the US will be going for a three peat.

But there’s no reason to wait until then to keep watching women’s soccer especially since many of these players will be going back to their professional teams to finish off the season.    

Sandra Herrera is a soccer writer and co-host of the Chicago Red Stars podcast “Southside Trap.” 


Scan the crime section of a local paper and you’ll probably find a collection of mugshots and booking photos provided by the local police. 

Some news outlets say sharing the images is a public service and an important aspect of keeping the community safe and informed. They also say publishing mugshots falls under the media's duty as record keepers, providing information on when and why people are booked into jail. 

But, critics argue that including mugshots can lack context and that news outlets don’t always follow up on the cases, which can have a serious impact on the lives of the people in the photos. 

That’s what happened to Kevin Hobbs when his mugshot was published in the News-Gazette at the end of 2018. Kevin joined us in our Urbana studio to tell us more. Jay Stanley is with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. He also joined us on the line.

We made several attempts to reach out to the News-Gazette to get their perspective on this and respond to these statements. They did not respond to multiple calls and emails asking for comment. 


During the winter months, many homeless shelters open up their doors for extra hours - to keep people safe from the cold. 

That’s less common during the summer. But, some shelters will still offer cooling shelter space when the temperature gets too high. And - one group is advocating to have an emergency shelter open throughout the year for people struggling with homelessness.

That group is CU at Home in the Champaign-Urbana area. Rob Dalhaus is its executive director.

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