The 21st Show

The 21st—Tuesday, April 21, 2020


It’s planting season for Illinois farmers, but COVID-19 is affecting the workers that usually make it possible. We hear how concerns about coronavirus might keep hundreds of migrant workers out of state and give new opportunities to people recently laid off. 

Plus, we look back at the literature of past pandemics, including an outbreak of the plague in London more than 300 years ago, and hear that it still resonates today.

And, as the coronavirus has continued to spread, so too have scam artists looking to profit off the pandemic. We talk about fake miracle cures, con artists promoting government relief, and store owners jacking up prices on toilet paper.