Soybean harvest continues just north of Mansfield, ILL on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 22, 2017

How Did The Soybean Become Such A Common Crop In The U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 

Rabbi Evan Moffic's new book, The Happiness Prayer
Center Street Books
December 21, 2017

‘The Happiness Prayer’; The Case That Legalized Interracial Marriage; Avoiding Deer On The Roads

On this encore edition of The 21st: We revisit our conversation with Rabbi Evan Moffic on his latest book that explores how ancient Judaic traditions help him more deeply understand the nature of happiness. Plus, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. And, we'll give you some tips on how to avoid deer on the roads.

Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media
December 21, 2017

Sweeping Changes To U.S. Tax Code A Mixed Bag For Farmers, Rural Hospitals

Many rural businesses and farms will benefit from the tax overhaul passed Wednesday by Congress. But there’s a catch: If the changes fail to spur economic growth as intended, programs that rural areas rely on could be on the chopping block.

The entrance to the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Andrew Gill/WBEZ
December 21, 2017

‘Beginning Of An Epidemic’: Email Shows State Waited 6 Days To Publicize Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Illinois public health officials delayed informing the public for nearly a week about a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a state veterans’ home in Quincy despite knowing the facility was facing “the beginning of an epidemic,” according to internal emails from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office obtained by Illinois Public Radio's member station in Chicago, WBEZ.

President Trump speaks about the passage of tax legislation on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
December 20, 2017

Congress Passes $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Bill, A Legislative Win For Trump

Congressional Republicans delivered on their first major legislative accomplishment of the Trump era on Wednesday, when the House voted 224-201 to pass a $1.5 trillion tax package. The bill cuts individual rates for eight years and slashes the top corporate tax rate to 21 percent permanently.

Pile of guns
December 20, 2017

Getting Guns Illegally In Chicago; Common Sense Eating; Racial Bias In Basketball Officiating

On this encore edition of The 21st: We revisit our conversation with ProPublica's Mick Dumke and his investigative piece on how people get illegal guns in Chicago. Plus, Dr. Aaron Carroll tells why you shouldn't fret too much about overeating during the holidays. And, why high school basketball fans and coaches Rockford felt they were treated unfairly by an all-white officiating crew.

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