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The 21st Show - August 17, 2017

Jack Gilbert On Germs, Bacteria, Health; History Of Clergy Consultation For Abortion

On this encore edition of the 21st: Do you ever wonder if dirt really is good for kids? We explore how bacteria in our gut and all over our bodies affect our health. We also discuss a new book that explores how, before Roe v. Wade, some religious leaders formed a secret network to refer women to doctors for unwanted pregnancies. 

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The 21st Show - August 16, 2017

Gov. Rauner Says TRUST Act Is Currently ‘Under Review’

In a change from a commitment Gov. Bruce Rauner had previously made to immigrant rights groups, the Illinois TRUST Act, a bill that would limit the ways local police help federal authorities enforce immigration law, is currently “under review.”

Democratic State Sen. Daniel Biss talks with Niala Boodhoo about how his family survived the Holocaust - and why the rise of white supremacists is compelling him to share his family's story.

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The 21st Show - August 16, 2017

Illinois Reacts To Charlottesville Violence & Trump’s Response; State Fair Auction

On the 21st: The weekend events of Charlottesville continue to reverberate with President Trump’s insistence that yesterday that the violence was caused by “both sides.” Today, we talked with different people in Illinois about how they’re processing this. Plus, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs the live auction taking place at the state fair this weekend.

naturalization ceremony

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The 21st Show - August 15, 2017

Illinois TRUST Act Aims To Protect Immigrants; Co-Working Spaces With Flexible Childcare

On the 21st: Immigration rights activists in Illinois are waiting for Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a bill that limits the ways local police enforce immigration laws. Plus, despite the rise of co-working spaces across the country, there aren’t a lot of  options for parents with young children. We learn about a new co-working space with flexible childcare that's coming to central Illinois and discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to balancing careers and kids.

A cake served at a recent death cafe in Aurora.

Lynne Staley

News Local/State - August 15, 2017

Death Cafe: A Lively Conversation On A Grave Topic

Laurie Jones was one of more than 20 people who gathered at the Aurora Public Library recently to talk about their experiences with death. This was part of Death Café, a social franchise of discussion groups that tackle the difficult subject over tea and cake.

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