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July 01, 2019 - The 21st Show

Policing The Dairy Industry; Fiction Book Recommendations; Women’s World Cup Semi-Final Preview; Whataburger Sold To Chicago

Earlier this month, activists released video of alleged animal abuse at a farm in Indiana. So, who actually makes sure animals are treated humanely? And, all this week we’re bringing you some reading recommendations for the summer. Today, we’re starting off with fiction. Also, we'll have a preview of the Women's World Cup semi-final match between the U.S. and England. Plus, a Chicago investment firm recently bought Whataburger, one of Texas’ most beloved fast food chains.


A statue of explorers Lewis and Clark is surrounded by floodwater along the St. Louis riverfront, Thursday, May 2, 3019. Several Mississippi River towns are seeing floods that are closing in on the historic levels reached in 1993.

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May 08, 2019 - The 21st Show

Heavy Illinois Flooding; Increase Of Syphilis; Ask A Lawyer; IL Twins Project; Porkchop The Pig

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Illinois River to all traffic due to major flooding, including a major levee breach this past weekend. And, syphilis is on the rise in counties in rural Illinois. We hear more about why this treatable disease is spreading. Plus, many Americans can’t afford a lawyer to help with their civil cases, but the Ask-A-Lawyer desk is here to help. And U of I and Northwestern have teamed up to form Illinois’ first database dedicated to twins and their genetic makeup. Also, people in southern Illinois have adopted a new unofficial mascot, Porkchop the pig.  


Kitchen Toke

April 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

Cooking With Cannabis; Julia Sweeney In Hulu’s Shrill; CSO Strike; Birds In Danger When Migrating

Illinois could legalize recreational marijuana this year but there’s already a whole world of edibles that includes chefs, writers, and manufacturers. Plus, writer and comedian Julia Sweeney talks about her role as the mom in the new Hulu series, ‘Shrill.' And, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been on strike for five weeks. Plus, a recent study found that Chicago is actually the most dangerous city for migratory birds in both the fall and the spring.


The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

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April 04, 2019 - News Local/State

The Other Manhattan Project

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 


Solar panels at the new University of Illinois Solar Farm.

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March 05, 2019 - The 21st Show

Farmers And Solar; Illinois Election Security; Indiana’s Hate Crime Bill; Peru’s Endangered Penguins

On the 21st: More farmers are installing solar panels on their land - in part because crop prices are falling and the state is providing incentives. But some worry that it’s a waste of Illinois’ fertile soil. And, funding for federal elections has gone down in Illinois over the years. Plus, the debate over a hate crimes bill has put Republican lawmakers on one side, and Indiana’s Republican governor on the other. And find out what two U of I alums are doing to save endangered penguins.


Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

January 31, 2019 - The 21st Show

‘Hit The Wall’ Play Tackles Stonewall Riots; Asian American Politics; Pet Obesity

On the 21st: The Stonewall Inn is home to one of the most important moments in LGBT history. The 1969 riots are the subject of a play at the Krannert Center For Performing Arts called Hit The Wall. Plus, is your pet stuck at home in this bitter cold? Just like humans, pets are vulnerable to weight gain and obesity. What can you do to keep your animals healthy, and what can we learn about our own health from our pets? And, the label “Asian-American” has only been around since the late sixties when it started being used by civil rights activists. So today, where do Asian-Americans stand in our country’s ideas about race and identity?


University of Illinois College of Law

October 24, 2018 - The 21st Show

U of I Professor Accused Of Sexual Misconduct; Veterinarians Face Ethical Dilemmas; Fall Travel

On the 21st: University of Illinois law school faculty, staff, and students are speaking out about new details around a sexual harassment investigation involving one of its professors, Jay Kesan. Plus, a new study finds that many animal veterinarians struggle with ethical conflicts over what pet owners ask of them. But first, we talked about rising fuel prices, new FAA regulations and fall travel - and whether or not you’ll have any more room traveling this holiday season.


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