Cicada sitting on a leaf in Vermillion County in May 2021.

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The 21st Show - June 08, 2021

Didn’t Hear The Cicadas In 2021? Wait Until 2024

The cicadas are out again — but only in parts of 4 counties in far eastern Illinois. The 21st spoke about this year’s brood and why you won't be able to escape cicadas in Illinois in 2024.

Pride flag in Urbana in June 2021.

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The 21st Show - June 08, 2021

LGBTQ Spaces Are Disappearing

Spaces for LGBTQ+ people are disappearing, with nearly 40 percent of gay bars closing around the U.S. in recent decades — including many here in Illinois. This pride month, The 21st spoke with guests about what is lost and where younger generations are finding support and community.

The 21st Show - June 07, 2021

Criminal Justice Reform or Abolition?

When it comes to criminal justice, there have been many attempts at “reform” in recent years. Now some are saying the system is beyond repair, and instead should be abolished. We talked with a former jail warden who encourages abolition and the head of the Illinois Justice Project, who wants a different outcome.

A volunteer of Lakeview Pantry listens to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speak at a news conference in front of Wrigley Field in Chicago, Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Chicago Cubs are coordinating with the pantry to utilize the field's concourse as a satellite food packing and distribution center to support COVID-19 relief efforts.

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The 21st Show - June 07, 2021

Is Mutual Aid Now In The Mainstream?

Amidst a summer filled with rising cases of COVID-19 and political unrest, networks across Illinois sprung up to provide resources and services for those in need of them. This voluntary act of solidarity within communities has been coined as “mutual aid,” and the concept has long existed before the pandemic.

The 21st Show - June 03, 2021

The 21st At The Capitol — June 4, 2021 At 7:30 PM

Welcome to The 21st at the Capitol, where we take our weekday show from radio to television to talk about what Illinois lawmakers are doing and how it might affect you. This week, host Brian Mackey is interviewing two proponents of criminal justice reform. Join us at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5.

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The 21st Show - June 03, 2021

Celebrating Black Lives Through Art

The 21st host Brian Mackey visited the Illinois State Museum to see a new, temporary art exhibit meant to celebrate Black lives through art.

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The 21st Show - June 03, 2021

Children and COVID-19: What Precautions Should You Take?

Illinois is on the verge of removing all capacity restrictions and opening up fully as half of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated and cases have decreased, but parents are still navigating what to do when it comes to the safety of their children. The 21st spoke to a pediatrician and a school nurse about how families can enjoy the summer safely.

The 21st Show - June 02, 2021

Lincoln’s Thoughts Documented Through Archived Scraps of Paper

Through fragmented notes left on scraps of paper, Lincoln aimed to document his best thoughts that could later come in handy when he needed to write a speech or lay down his arguments in debates. Over 100 of these notes have been archived and are considered the closest thing to a diary by author Ronald C. White. White joined The 21st to further discuss Lincoln's documented thoughts. 

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News Local/State - June 01, 2021

WATCH LIVE: Pritzker’s June 1 COVID-19 Update

WATCH LIVE:  At 1:30 p.m. today Gov. Pritzker is holding a press briefing in Springfield to provide an update on the state of COVID-19 in Illinois.

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