Lights surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, placed as a memorial to COVID-19 victims Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington, after President-elect Joe Biden spoke, with the U.S. Capitol in the background.

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

The 21st Show - January 26, 2021

Mourning in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has killed nearly 20,000 Illinoisans. And for the family left behind, rituals of mourning have been curtailed or prevented. We talk about saying goodbye in a pandemic with the Rev. Marshall Hatch, pastor of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago's West Garfield neighborhood; he and his community have been hard-hit by COVID. We also spoke with SIU-Edwardsville Prof. Jocelyn DeGroot, who studies death and grieving, and is the author of The New York Times op-ed, "What Should You Say When Someone is Grieving?" And Kevin Rafferty, president of Rafferty Funeral Home in Moline.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The 21st Show - January 25, 2021

Who Were the Insurrectionists from IL?

The January 6, 2021 siege on the US Capitol left five people dead and a country reeling in its wake. To talk more about some of the Illinoisans who have been arrested in relation to the Capitol seige, The 21st spoke to a federal courts reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lynn Sweet/Jeremy Hobson

The 21st Show - January 21, 2021

Illinoisans’ Hopes for the Biden Administration

We were joined by listeners of The 21st as well as Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and Jeremy Hobson, former host of NPR's Here & Now to talk about what's ahead and the feelings about President Joe Biden's adminstration.

Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

News National/International - January 20, 2021

Joe Biden Sworn In As Nation’s 46th President

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States. Biden took the oath of office just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The presidential oath was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

The 21st Show - January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Survival Guide

It’s been one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the U.S. The 21st spoke with the author of “The COVID-19 Survival Guide" about what you should think about if you are diagnosed with this virus. 

The 21st Show - January 18, 2021

Fighting for Civil Rights: Then and Now

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021... we held a multigenerational conversation with Illinoisians active in the Civil Rights Movement. They reflected on that legacy and the fight for racial justice today. 

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