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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.

The Rantoul Village Board.

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News Local/State - November 06, 2019

Rantoul Village Board Agrees To Hold Vote On Cannabis Business Ban

A ban on cannabis business establishments in Rantoul will come up for a final vote at next Tuesday’s village board meeting. Rantoul trustees agreed at Tuesday night study session to move a proposal forward to block any businesses involved in selling, growing, processing or transporting marijuana.

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The 21st Show - November 05, 2019

Should School Start Later?; How Illinois Handles ‘Revenge Porn’; The Case For Majoring In The Humanities

Researchers who study sleep say teens aren’t getting enough of it and say schools can do more to help by having class start later. We hear from a sleep scientist and an Illinois school district that has moved to later start times. Plus, advocates say they’re seeing an increase in so-called ‘revenge porn’ cases: when intimate images are shared without a person’s consent. But they also say Illinois leads the way when it comes to addressing this issue. And, the number of college students majoring in the humanities has hit its lowest level in decades. But what are we at risk of losing when students flock from English to STEM related courses? 

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