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Current estimates put more than half a million people experiencing homelessness in America, with a staggering portion being children. Right now, our digital Social Justice Learning space is focused on this crisis, with educational resources available for early childhood, adolescent, and adult learning levels. 

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The 21st: A public radio talk show that brings you the news, culture, and stories that matter to Illinois. On the air Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m.


Atomic Age Cocktail Party
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Just One Word (1032)

On program this time, Just One Word! Popular songs of the lounge era that only needed one word in their titles. We’ll hear from Eddie Fisher, Martin Denny, Rosemary…
Evening Concert

Brahms’ “4th Symphony”

Tuesday night Aug 9 at 7:00 on the Evening Concert” on FM 90.9 it’s the “Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast”.  Hannu Lintu guest conducts…
Classic Mornings
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The 21st Show
In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo magic mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands.

Best Of: Magic mushrooms going mainstream?

There’s been a renewed interest in the mental health benefits of mushrooms, and some states are working to decriminalize them. 
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Department of Children and Family Services Building in Springfield.

Best Of: Is it child abuse or neglect?

DCFS is charged with investigating abuse and neglect. But charges of “neglect” can tear families apart, mostly for being poor.
Illinois History Timeline

August 8 Illinois History Minute

It’s August 8th, and the third of Illinois’ four state constitutions went into effect on this day in 1870. The document gave Illinois government its heavy reliance…


County Fair

County Fair

County Fair takes an intimate look at a treasured American pastime through the lives of six people whose passion, preparation, and pride come together at the local fair. The…
Mid-American Gardener

Garden Triumphs and Flops: The Best and Worst of Our Gardens

Join Tinisha, Kay, and Jen in the studio as they discuss what plants did really well and what just didn’t work in their gardens this year.
Mid-American Gardener

Making Vegetable Gardening Easy and a Fried Floral Treat

The two Jennifers join us in the studio this week to share their grow bag and container garden tips, and we fry up some daylily buds for a special summer treat!  

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Frankie Drake Mysteries

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