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The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

DeKalb Disability Activist, Melissa Blake

Writer and disability activist Melissa Blake isn’t letting internet trolls stop her from spreading a message of positivity and acceptance online. We’ll talk to the DeKalb resident about her recent runway debut during New York Fashion Week. 

James Mann

The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

Will A Second COVID-19 Wave Hit This Winter?

Winter is coming, and with it comes a greater risk for COVID-19. The disease is already spreading out of control in Illinois with case numbers and hospitalizations at their worst rate in months. We talk to two experts about what’s going on and answer listener questions.

US Dick Durbin (R-IL)

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The 21st Show - October 15, 2020

Interview: US Sen. Dick Durbin Regarding SCOTUS Nominee

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was among those asking questions of Judge Amy Coney Barrett at her Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week. Before Thursday's hearings, we talked with him about her nomination.

Brian Richardson

The 21st Show - October 14, 2020

ENCORE:  Fall Foliage Trips In Illinois And Beyond

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, fall foliage: these are just some of the things that make Autumn in the Midwest so magical.  We’ll talk to a travel writer who is full of ideas for your next great autumn adventure, and how you can travel safely and responsibly while doing it.

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The 21st Show - October 14, 2020

ENCORE: Latinx, Latino, Hispanic: How Do You Identify?

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that only about 1 in 4 Hispanics in the United States have heard of the word "Latinx," and just 3% use it to describe themselves. Today, we’ll talk about the origins and usage of the terms Hispanic, Latino and Latinx.

Stock Catalog

The 21st Show - October 13, 2020

ENCORE: Does Facebook Owe You $400?

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. Thousands of Illinois Facebook users are now eligible for payments up to $400 as a result of a lawsuit filed against Facebook. The 21st explored who eligible to collect payment.

Mark Turnauckas

The 21st Show - October 13, 2020

ENCORE: Flu In The Time of COVID

While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, another global health crisis is approaching — flu season. We spoke with a virologist and a pediatrician about the science and how to stay healthy.

The 21st Show - October 12, 2020

ENCORE: Mail-In Voting FAQ

President Trump continues to cast doubt on voting by mail this election season, but it’s something both Democrats and Republicans have embraced in Illinois. The 21st speaks with two election officials to answer listeners questions about the process and how ballots are counted.

The 21st Show - October 12, 2020

Groups Targeting Judges For Defeat

Groups are targeting a handful of judges for defeat in this year's retention elections. We talk to a pair of reporters about some of the more notable campaigns — and the motives of the people behind them.

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