The cover of the June 2017 issue of The Atlantic magazine featuring the story "My Family's Slave."
Photo from The Atlantic
November 10, 2017

Revisiting ‘My Family’s Slave’; Women of Color in Science

On this encore edition of The 21st: We heard two Filipino-Americans' reactions to The Atlantic's recent story, "My Family's Slave." Plus, we talked to one of the authors of a new research study revealing how women of color in the field of astronomy face higher levels of harassment and hostile workplace experiences.


Female State Senators at Press Conference Announcing Creation of Women's Caucus.
Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois
November 10, 2017

Women’s Caucus Created By State Senators

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus. Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve. 


State Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch demonstrates his own penmanship on the House calendar after his cursive bill became law.
Dusty Rhodes/NPR Illinois
November 09, 2017

Cursive Law Becomes Welch’s Signature Issue

With teachers devoting much of their time to preparing students for standardized tests, penmanship has disappeared from the curriculum in many schools. A new state law approved Wednesday will bring it back, to ensure elementary students get instruction in cursive writing — sometime between 2nd and 5th grade.


Side Effects Public Media
November 09, 2017

Young, Healthy And Planning For Death

Most Americans don’t have an advanced directive, a plan for their last days. Those plans require having a conversation about your wishes -- how much medical intervention you want, who you want to visit you, where you want to be cared for.


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