Eric Risberg/AP

The 21st Show - November 07, 2019

Uncovering An Airbnb Scam; NPR Science Podcast ‘Short Wave’; Banning Leaf Blowers; Illini Sports Update

Reporter Allie Conti was scammed by an Airbnb host on a trip to Chicago. When she looked into it further, she found a network of properties in different cities taking thousands of dollars from unsuspecting guests. Plus, NPR’s new daily science podcast is called Short Wave. It’s a show that digs into the science behind the headlines and makes it fun. And, what sounds do you associate with fall? Maybe the loud buzz of a leaf blower? Some communities have banned them because of noise, but also because they’re harmful to the environment. Also, we catch up on Illini sports.

Gillian Flaccus/AP

The 21st Show - October 29, 2019

Illinois Farmers Growing Hemp; Increasing Youth Suicide Rate; Meteorite At The Field Museum

Illinois farmers have been growing hemp legally for the first season since the state approved production rules in April. Is this cash crop paying off for growers? Plus, within the past decade, the death rates from suicide went up more than 50% among young people aged 10 to 24. We spoke with a psychologist and a student about what they’ve seen on the ground when it comes to teens and mental health. And, scientists at Chicago’s Field Museum are ecstatic about the latest addition to their collection of meteors. They say it’s in almost the same condition it was in billions of years ago.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

The 21st Show - October 17, 2019

Illinois Teachers Strike; Radioactivity’s Impact On The Landscape Art Exhibit; Flu Shot Season; Giant Pumpkins

The Chicago Teachers’ Union is on strike, and classes are canceled today. But they’re not the only teachers walking off the job in Illinois. We check in with other teachers who are striking across the state. Plus, a new art exhibit in Urbana explores the invisible ways that radioactivity and nuclear waste affects all of our lives. And, Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state. Now that fall is here, we’ll speak with two Illinois farmers about this year's pumpkin crop. 

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

The 21st Show - April 17, 2019

Indian Elections; New Trends In Meat Consumption; How To Make Your Garden Pollinator-Friendly

The world’s largest democracy is holding elections right now. And even though India is thousands of miles away, many Illinoisans are paying close attention. Plus, are you trying to cut back on meat? Well, there’s a growing market for burgers that taste like it, and look like it, but are entirely plant-based. And as you ready your garden for spring, how ready it is to attract pollinators? 

Seth Perlman/AP

The 21st Show - March 27, 2019

Cannabis And Business; Bill Would Ban Private Immigrant Detention Centers; Spring Gardening Tips

What would doing business with cannabis look like in Illinois? We'll talk with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and the Mayor of Delevan, which is already home to a medical marijuana facility. Plus, the controversy over a proposed immigration facility in Dwight is not over yet. A group of Democratic House members want to ban private immigration detention centers in the whole state. And we’re finally getting our first glimpse of Spring. If you have concerns about your garden- don't worry. We talk to experts who can answer your questions. 

A Monsanto sign in western Illinois.

Madelyn Beck/Harvest Public Media

News Local/State - August 03, 2018

Federal Suit Alleges Companies Knew Dicamba Would Drift, Monsanto Created Monopoly

Farmers in a federal class-action lawsuit filed two main complaints this week against agro-chemical giants Monsanto and BASF regarding the herbicide dicamba, which is blamed for millions of acres of crop damage, especially to soybeans, over the last couple years.

Danville’s OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center and its Faith in Action ministry are looking for volunteers and food donations for its Garden Share Program. The initiative starts offering free, fresh produce next week to area seniors.

Daniel Baker/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - July 06, 2018

Healthy Produce Vital To Local Garden Share Program, Seniors

Danville’s OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center and its Faith in Action ministry are looking for volunteers and food donations for its Garden Share Program. The initiative starts offering free, fresh produce next week to area seniors.

A handful of seeds are displayed.

Susan Stephens/WNIJ

News Local/State - January 27, 2018

Winter Doesn’t Stop Seed Swaps

No matter the weather, it’s not too early to start thinking about this year's garden. Saturday, Jan. 27 is National Seed Swap Day, and several seed swap gatherings have been scheduled on or near the day around the country.

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