The 21st Show

The 21st—Tuesday, May 5, 2020


One of the biggest COVID-19 outbreaks in America is happening right here in Illinois, in the Cook County Jail. We talk to a reporter who interviewed a dozen guards, nurses and detainees about what it’s like inside the crisis.

Then, black and brown communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Illinois. We talk about the disconnect between the news media, government officials and communities of color — and what’s being done to address it.

And uncertainty about the stay-at-home order has left summer plans up in the air. We hear what that might mean for the tradition of summer camp.