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Quaker Oats

The 21st Show - August 11, 2022

Best Of: The Legacy Of Aunt Jemima

Illinois-based Quaker Oats is ending its Aunt Jemima brand, saying it was based on a racial stereotype. Meanwhile, others are working to preserve the legacy of the real-life Chicago woman on whom the character was based.

BBloomington-Normal drag queen Sharon ShareAlike (left) and Champaign-Urbana drag king Spank Knightly (right) are two of many drag artists who have had to adapt their performances to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos courtesy Sharon ShareAlike and Spank Knightly

The 21st Show - August 10, 2022

Best Of: Adapting drag during the pandemic

Like all live performers, from actors to musicians, people who perform drag have had to adapt and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 21st was joined by two central Illinois drag performers to talk about different ways that drag artists have had to adjust to performing in the pandemic.

Electric Time technician Dan LaMoore puts a clock hand onto a 1000-lb., 12-foot diameter clock constructed for a resort in Vietnam, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Medfield, Mass.

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

The 21st Show - August 10, 2022

Best Of: Sleeplessness epidemic among teens

From school and work pressures to the distractions and anxiety that come with having access to social media and everything else on their phones, it can be hard to get sleep as a teenager. In a survey a few years back, 58% more teenagers were “severely sleep deprived” than in 1991.The 21st was joined by two psychotherapists who wrote a book on this sleepless generation and what can be done to help.

Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are forecast to have the greatest rise in extreme heat days in the U.S.

Moody's Investors Service

The 21st Show - August 09, 2022

Best Of: Illinois at center of ‘extreme heat days’ forecast

Host Brian Mackey often cites a report from Moody’s Investors Service suggesting central and western Illinois will see the greatest rise in "extreme heat days" in the country. Today he dug into his archives to share, for the first time, an interview with the author of the report.

The 21st Show - August 04, 2022

Best Of: Preserving Illinois Country French

There's a cultural heritage of "Illinois Country French," also known as "Missouri French," in our state. This Illinois Creole culture is fading, but today we were joined by one of the few speakers left in Illinois, who's been working to keep the heritage alive.

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