Soybean harvest continues just north of Mansfield, ILL on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 22, 2017

How Did The Soybean Become Such A Common Crop In The U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 


Photo courtesy of Natasha Spencer
December 13, 2017

Testing for Krabbe Disease; The Juvenile Justice System; Rockford Brothers’ ‘Letters from War’

On The 21st: Is Illinois meeting its goal in terms of testing newborns for the devastating neurological condition known as Krabbe disease? Plus, we learn why critics say a southern Illinois juvenile justice facility has become “a pipeline to prison,” and we hear about a Rockford family’s recently uncovered WWII story. 


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Flickr/European Southern Observatory/(CC BY 2.0)
November 27, 2017

What We Don’t Know About The Universe; Trail Of Tears; Mexican Restaurant Owners In The Age Of Trump

On this encore edition of The 21st: The book 'We Have No Idea' illustrates all that we still don't know about the universe. Plus, we revisit our conversation about the Trail Of Tears' history in southern Illinois, and hear from a Mexican restaurant owner on what it's like to operate his business in this political climate. 


Champaign Historic Preservation Commission.
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
November 02, 2017

3 Buildings To Be Demolished For Champaign Central Expansion Nominated For Landmark Status

Three buildings that the Champaign School Board wants to tear down for the expansion of Central High School have been nominated for local landmark status. The action approved Thursday by the Champaign Historic Preservation Commission occurred the same day that the school board filed formal protests with the city.


Illinois Holocaust Museum
October 27, 2017

Survivors as Holograms at the Illinois Holocaust Museum; Halloween for Pets

On the 21st: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie open its doors to the “Take A Stand Center” on Sunday. The new exhibition includes 3-D technology that shares the stories of brave survivors like Fritzie Fritzshall as holograms. Plus, as the Halloween holiday approaches, we’ve got a unique take on celebrations - for your pets.


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