Vashoune Russell for Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - July 23, 2020

ENCORE: Illini Football Model of Diversity

Univ. of Illinois Football has eight Black coaches, the most of any top-level school. Today on The 21st, a sportswriter who says the diversity and inclusion on the team can be a model for the sport.

Comet NEOWISE seen on July 17, 2020.

John Fowler

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Comet NEOWISE Is Still Visible

Time is running out if you want to view the brighest comet to appear in the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter century. We received advice from Adler Planetarium on how to view the NEOWISE comet.

Simon Gibbs

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Is “Cancel Culture” Stopping Free Speech?

The 21st has a conversation about the tension between free speech and so-called "cancel culture" with some of the prominent voices in the discussion that was kicked off by a letter published by Harper's Magazine. 

City of Alton, IL

Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - July 22, 2020

Illinois Business Check-In

Restaurants and retail have been hard hit — with thousands of businesses closing permanently around the state since March. The 21st checks in with small businesses to see how they've adapted in the pandemic. 

Dylan Otto Krider

The 21st Show - July 21, 2020

High School Marching Bands Adapting To Pandemic

This summer, many high school bands are already adapting, by making changes to their traditional summer band camps which start around this time. The 21st speaks to band directors and marching band students to shine a light on what changes are being made.

Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education

Illinois State Board of Education

The 21st Show - July 21, 2020

Interview: Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education

Face coverings, social distancing, and classroom capacity requirements will be mandatory in all Illinois schools as students and faculty return to school next month. There is room in the guidelines for districts to move forward with their own regulations making blended and remote learning available options for school, as well. The 21st speaks to the State Superintendent of Education to discuss what will happen to their children this fall.

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