(Louisa Chu/Chicago Tribune)

June 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

Writing About Black Food In Chicago; Conspiracy Theories And Politics; Kid-Friendly Podcasts

For the month of June the Chicago Tribune is putting the spotlight on Black food and culture on the city’s South Side. Plus, conspiracy theories have been part of our politics for a long time. These days, belief in those theories are part of why our country is so divided. And, are you a parent traveling with kids over the summer? We’ll hear about two podcasts that are fun for both kids and adults.


Covers of recommended podcasts. Row 1, L-R: An Arm and a Leg; Today, Explained; Self Evident; Man Up. Row 2: Good Christian Fun, Nerdette, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, Brains On!

June 20, 2019 - The 21st Show

The 21st’s Summer Podcast Playlist

We spent a week on the show bringing you all sorts of podcasts you can listen to this summer. Here they are, all in one place!


Joy Harjo

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June 19, 2019 - News Local/State

Former U of I Prof Joy Harjo Becomes First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate

Poet, musician and former University of Illinois faculty member Joy Harjo has been  appointed to serve a one-year term as the next U.S. Poet Laureate. Harjo taught at the University of Illinois from 2013 to 2016, and was connected to the university's American Indian Studies Program.


Dave Bishop drives around PrairiErth Farm on his Gator, often with dog Molly behind or hopping on for a ride.

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June 19, 2019 - The 21st Show

Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Farming; Brendt Christensen Trial; Fun Podcasts For The Summer

Agriculture is the leading cause of methane emissions in the U.S. We’ll speak with one central Illinois farmer who changed the way he farms, in part so he could reduce his emissions. Plus, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang two years ago could face the death penalty. We’ll bring you the latest with his trial now underway in Peoria. And we'll continue talking about the podcasts we’re listening to this summer - today, some recommendations on the fun side!


Entrance to the Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown Peoria.

Tanya Koonce/Illinois Public Media

June 18, 2019 - News Local/State

Jury Gets Physical Evidence In Christensen Trial

Testimony resumes Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Peoria, in the capital murder trial of Brendt Christensen. The former grad student is accused of kidnapping and killing University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang of China in 2017.


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