On The 21st: We interviewed former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey about history, race, and what poetry can do in American life today. But first, we talked with Chicago Sun-Times columnist and University of Illinois Police Training Director Michael Schlosser about what went wrong when a passenger was violently dragged off a United Airlines flight.
United Airlines announced this week that they’re returning to Champaign-Urbana’s Willard Airport, with three daily flights to and from Chicago. That’s good news for an airport that’s only had major airline service from American Airlines to Chicago and Dallas for the past five years.
On this encore edition of The 21st: With the holidays just around the corner, we talked about traveling with young children. Then, we discussed the impact that climate change could have on the geese that migrate to southern Illinois. Plus, we learned about how to improve communication with our dogs.
On The 21st: We spoke with 14-year-old Wilmette resident Jack Yonover, writer and director of the film "That Bites," and discussed child food allergies with the director of the first downstate food allergies program. Plus, the TSA says waits at the nation's airports are getting shorter; and, we celebrate 30 years since the debut of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
On the 21st: We spoke with a Chicago-based organization helping veterans start their own businesses. Plus, we received an update from the Statehouse in Springfield, and got some great advice for traveling with young kids.
Journalist Katherine Zoepf (zohf) covered the Middle East for The New York Times between 2004 and 2010. And she says the reality is much more nuanced than the views of the region commonly held in the US. Illinois Public Media’s Amanda Honigfort talked with Zoepf about the stories shared in her recent book "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who are Transforming the Arab World."
Before the embargo - U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba were worth about $600 million a year - in today’s prices. Others estimate Cuba is a $1.2 billion market for agricultural exports if the embargo and other trade barriers are lifted. Today on The 21st we explored what an open Cuba would mean for Illinois. Also, how a team of Illinois State University researchers and a turtle are changing STEM education.
Gov. Rauner's staff would not disclose details about his travels after leaving the country the weekend before Christmas. But Monday, the governor confirmed that he had been to Spain and Morocco. A day earlier, on a visit to survey flood damage in Douglas County, the governor some information, saying two of his children are currently living overseas.