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March 23, 2018

Future of Artificial Intelligence; Mindfulness In Schools; Teaching The Trail Of Tears

On this special encore edition of The 21st: How are schools looking at mindfulness and meditation to help students succeed? Plus, we'll learn how local educators in southern Illinois are teaching the Trail of Tears, which ran through that part of the state. But first, we talk to Microsoft director Eric Horvitz about the future of artificial intelligence.

Zanden Duncan, 18, a senior at Central High School in Champaign, and Elizabeth Singer, 17, a senior at University of Illinois Laboratory High School, are among the student organizers of a protest calling for lawmakers to enact stricter gun control me
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March 22, 2018

C-U High School Students To Protest For More Gun Control

Students from eight high schools in the Champaign-Urbana area will stage a demonstration Saturday to call for stronger gun control measures. The protest is one of hundreds of similar events happening across the country, including Washington D.C., under the moniker “March For Our Lives.”

Susan Walsh/AP
March 22, 2018

Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster To Resign, Be Replaced By John Bolton

(Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET) National security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is leaving the Trump administration, the president announced on Twitter Thursday evening. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend," the president wrote. Trump also said former Amb. John Boltonwill replace McMaster in a change that takes effect April 9.

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March 22, 2018

Illinois Men Charged With Bombing Mosque; Spring Gardening; Chicago Tribune Layoffs

On The 21st: NPR's David Folkenflik tells us about the Chicago Tribune's most recent round of layoffs, and tells us about some of the turmoil within the company that owns it. Plus, now that spring has officially sprung, we dig into some gardening tips for experts and novices alike. But first, three Illinois men have been charged with detonating a pipe-bomb in a Minnesota mosque last summer.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker smiles after winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary over a field of five others, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago.
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March 22, 2018

Money Matters: The Illinois Gubernatorial Race

Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner will square off this fall in the general election for Illinois governor.  Each pumped millions into their campaigns to win primary races.  Their return on investment shows just how costly this race will be.  

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