Evangelist Billy Graham speaks during in 2005 in the Queens, N.Y. Graham was one of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century. Scholars say his death marks the end of a historical era, in which one person could unify Protestant Chris
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February 21, 2018

‘America’s Pastor’ Billy Graham Dies At 99

Billy Graham, the most famous minister of his era, died Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C., spokesman Todd Shearer tells NPR. In his 99 years, Graham changed the face of evangelical Christianity in America.


Rabbi Evan Moffic's new book, The Happiness Prayer
Center Street Books
December 21, 2017

‘The Happiness Prayer’; The Case That Legalized Interracial Marriage; Avoiding Deer On The Roads

On this encore edition of The 21st: We revisit our conversation with Rabbi Evan Moffic on his latest book that explores how ancient Judaic traditions help him more deeply understand the nature of happiness. Plus, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. And, we'll give you some tips on how to avoid deer on the roads.


Senator Tammy Duckworth
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August 23, 2017

Sen. Duckworth On Afghanistan; Rauner’s Response To IPI Cartoon; Religion In Public Schools

On the 21st: We talk with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth about President Trump's plans for the war in Afghanistan and his other recent speeches. Plus, we discuss the controversy surrounding the Illinois Policy Institute cartoon that many politicians have denounced as racist, and we talk with two Illinois teachers who think our current political climate means it’s even more important for students to study religion in public schools.


Stuart A. Wright
Chicago Police Department
June 06, 2017

Illinois Issues: Officials Wage War Against Hate

The General Assembly passed legislation aimed at strengthening hate crime laws after a post-presidental-campaign spike in bias incidents. Gov. Bruce Rauner and Attorney General Lisa Madigan each pushed a separate piece of hate crime legislation. Both sailed through the General Assembly.


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