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The 21st Show - July 27, 2021

The Impending Climate Crisis Facing Chicago & Lake Michigan

Chicago seems relatively well positioned: far from the oceans, relatively northern, and built on a massive fresh water source. However, below the surface, the climate crisis is threatening—literally and figuratively—the very foundations that the city was built on.  And it’s a battle being fought between the Great Lake, and the Great City.

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The 21st Show - July 27, 2021

Longtime Tribune Columnists Say Goodbye

The institution of the general-interest newspaper column is changing, and arguably disappearing. The 21st was joined by two former Chicago tribune columnists to hear more about the role journalism plays in communities and the changing news landscape. 

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's appointment to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. He will join Wyoming's Liz Cheney as the only two Republicans on the panel.

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The 21st Show - July 26, 2021

Rep. Adam Kinzinger On Capitol Insurrection Investigation

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL16) has been appointed to a select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Three political reporters talk about Illinois' role in this historic committee.

Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Conservatory and Garden

The 21st Show - July 26, 2021

Grimace: Rockford’s Corpse Flower Blooms

What would something named a “corpse flower” smell like? It smells like meat, gone bad or, more pointedly, a rotting corpse. The plant species is pretty rare across the globe and one of them is right here in Illinois, at the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford.

The 21st Show - July 26, 2021

Abortion Medication Debate on College Campuses

A group of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL15), are calling for legislation that would cut funding to universities that stock abortion medications in campus health centers. The 21st spoke to a women’s health expert to cut through some of the politicized terms in the ongoing abortion debate.

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The 21st Show - July 22, 2021

Rebroadcast: Illinois Storm Chasers

While most people take shelter during a tornado warning, professional storm chasers are on the road trying to study and capture them with pictures or videos. A meteorologist and severe weather enthusiast joined us to talk about how they storm chase safely.

The 21st Show - July 22, 2021

Rebroadcast: ‘An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago’ Book; The Last Video Stores In Illinois

Alex Kotlowitz has been writing about violence in Chicago for decades — in film, in print and for This American Life. His latest book is called “An American Summer," and it follows people for whom gun violence has become a part of daily life. Plus, Oregon has America’s last Blockbuster store. But there are still video stores here in Illinois. Do you make the trip to rent a movie, or is it all streaming these days? 

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The 21st Show - July 21, 2021

Rebroadcast: Were You Productive During The Pandemic?

Many have felt the need to grow or tackle passion projects during the pandemic and are now pushing back against this notion. To discuss the ways the pandemic has affected our perception of productivity, The 21st was joined by two journalists and a psychology professor. 

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