The 21st Show

The 21st—Wednesday, April 29, 2020


Many small businesses in Illinois are hurting on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. We speak with state Treasurer Mike Frerichs about a loan program aiming to help firms hang on during the crisis. 

Plus, Nelson Algren was once considered among the greatest American writers, but the author of The Man With The Golden Arm, The Neon Wilderness, and other stories fell into relative obscurity before his death in 1981. We speak with Collin Asher, author of the biography Never a Lovely So Real, about the life and legacy of one of Illinois' greatest writers.