President Abraham Lincoln
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January 02, 2018

Revisiting President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

On this encore edition of the 21st: We revisit our conversation from last February, when Illinois celebrated President Abraham Lincoln’s 208th birthday. We talked to people who have made it their life’s work to present Abraham Lincoln in classrooms, at libraries, on stage, even at birthday parties. Plus, we spoke with food historian Rae Eighmey about her book, “Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen: A Culinary View of Lincoln’s Life and Times.”


Illinois Holocaust Museum
December 28, 2017

Survivors As Holograms At The Illinois Holocaust Museum; Recapping The Total Solar Eclipse

On this encore edition of The 21st: The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie opened its doors to the 'Take A Stand Center' in October. The new exhibition includes 3D technology that shares the stories of brave survivors like Fritzie Fritzshall as holograms. Plus, we revisit our conversation with astronomer Phil Plait on the total solar eclipse this past summer.


Soybean harvest continues just north of Mansfield, ILL on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Darrell Hoemann/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
December 22, 2017

How Did The Soybean Become Such A Common Crop In The U.S.?

This story was inspired by a question submitted at a Listening Post the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting held in August. Stuart Levy in Urbana, Illinois, asked us what would be needed for row crop farmers to switch from corn and soybeans to “something more sustainable.” We dug into that question, which starts with the unlikely circumstances that turned the soybean into a multi-billion dollar industry, and what this history might reveal about the future of U.S. agriculture. 


Photo courtesy of Natasha Spencer
December 13, 2017

Testing for Krabbe Disease; The Juvenile Justice System; Rockford Brothers’ ‘Letters from War’

On The 21st: Is Illinois meeting its goal in terms of testing newborns for the devastating neurological condition known as Krabbe disease? Plus, we learn why critics say a southern Illinois juvenile justice facility has become “a pipeline to prison,” and we hear about a Rockford family’s recently uncovered WWII story. 


galaxy
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November 27, 2017

What We Don’t Know About The Universe; Trail Of Tears; Mexican Restaurant Owners In The Age Of Trump

On this encore edition of The 21st: The book 'We Have No Idea' illustrates all that we still don't know about the universe. Plus, we revisit our conversation about the Trail Of Tears' history in southern Illinois, and hear from a Mexican restaurant owner on what it's like to operate his business in this political climate. 


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