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The 21st Show - December 30, 2021

A look back at our favorite moments of 2021

Today we pulled back the curtain here at The 21st and let you hear from the team that puts the show together day in and day out. Our team of producers shared some of our favorite segments from this past year. This segment originally aired November 30, 2021.

People protest outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department's office, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The education department proposed changes to the social studies curriculum that critics describe as a veiled attempt to teach critical race theory. Supporters say the new curriculum, which includes ethnic studies, is

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The 21st Show - December 29, 2021

Critical Race Theory: What is it? Where is it taught? How is it weaponized?

Today we spent our show understanding what Critical Race Theory is, why it’s become so weaponized and what examining systemic racism in a classroom setting looks like. To talk about it, we were joined by a professor of information sciences, a professor of education who teaches Critical Race Theory, a professor from NIU's Center for Black Studies, and a public policy reporter. This show originally aired November 17, 2021.

Kenzie Sheridan, Creator of the InsideIllinois TikTok account

Kenzie Sheridan

The 21st Show - December 28, 2021

“InsideIllinois” TikToker on Illinois’ hidden gems

Illinois has lots of places to see, things to do, and history to explore, but it also has a lot of strange attractions and obscure history. The 21st was joined by an Illinois native who's has taken to Tik Tok to share her far reaching explorations of the Prairie State. This segment originally aired December 2, 2021.

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The 21st Show - December 28, 2021

Why are Black residents leaving Chicago?

After a massive influx to Chicago during the Great Migration, many Black residents are leaving the city. To talk more about the out-migration of Chicago’s black residents, we were joined by the CEO of an resident association, a professor of Urban Planning, a Chicago bakery owner and former professor, and a former Chicago resident who left the city a few years ago. This segement originally aired on December 2, 2021.

House/Disco portion of The State of Sound exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential LIbrary and Museum in Springfield.

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The 21st Show - December 27, 2021

Live at ALPLM: The Illinois sound

What do Chance The Rapper, REO Speedwagon, John Prine, Muddy Waters and Cheap Trick have in common? They're Illinois artists, and they were featured in "The State of Sound" exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum. Brian Mackey takes us on a tour. This segment originally aired on July 1, 2021.

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The 21st Show - December 27, 2021

How to raise confident, self-sufficient kids

We talk with two authors about helping children grow into independent, confident, and self-sufficient adults. Lenore Skenazy is the author of Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, and Christina Hillsberg is the author of License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids. This segment originally aired on July 12, 2021. 

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The 21st Show - December 23, 2021

The history and traditions of Kwanzaa

December 26 will be the first night of the African-American cultural holiday known as Kwanzaa. The 21st was joined by a professional storyteller, arts educator and author of several children's books including The Story of Kwanzaa and L’il Rabbit's Kwanzaa. This segment originally aired December 16, 2020. 

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The 21st Show - December 23, 2021

Aging as a member of the LGBTQ community

According to the latest report from AARP Illinois and SAGE, more than 60 percent of LGBTQ adults fear neglect, abuse or discrimination because of their identity when accessing long-term care. We spoke with older members of the LGBTQ community about where they’re finding support. This segment originally aired October 21, 2021. 

The In & Out Store in Peoria houses the wares of many local small businesses.

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The 21st Show - December 22, 2021

Where to find small business crafts and markets

Long pandemic lockdowns and lasting quarantines afforded some people free time to start new hobbies and creative pursuits, leading them to start small businesses of their own. We talked about running a small business during the pandemic with three central Illinois small business owners. This segment originally aired on November 24, 2021.

Christine Haley was named the State Homelessness Chief for the Illinois Department of Human Services in early November.

The 21st Show - December 22, 2021

Christine Haley on homelessness in Illinois

An executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker's office created a task force and an advisory council to be shepherded by a new position in state government. Earlier this month, the administration announced the new state homelessness chief would be Christine Haley. She joined us on The 21st to talk about the position and housing issues in Illinois. This segment originally aired on November 24, 2021.

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