The 21st Show - December 03, 2020

Happy 202nd Birthday Illinois!

On December 3, 1818 Illinois became the 21st united state of America. From Cairo to Paris, we’ll explore some small Illinois towns with big names to commemorate two centuries and two years of Illinois Statehood

The 21st Show - December 03, 2020

How COVID-19 Hurts Women More

The 21st explores the disproportionate economic toll the pandemic on women a panel of three guests and what policy changes they want to see coming out of this pandemic. 

Northwestern University Alumni Magazine

The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Interview: Poet Laureate Angela Jackson

Illinois poet Gwendolyn Brooks said ‘poetry is life distilled.’ Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson joins Brooks and Carl Sandburg as the state’s fifth poet laureate. We’ll hear some of her work and about the life that inspires her words. 

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The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Increasing Black And Latino Teachers In Chicago

According to Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, Black and Latino children make up nearly 90% of students in CPS, but half of the teachers are white. The 21st explored new initiatives to combat the lack of representation in classrooms.

The 21st Show - December 02, 2020

Interview: State Rep. Mark Batinick (R)

Democrats had a banner year across the Chicago suburbs in this year’s election, with one exception: candidates for the Illinois House of Representatives. We’ll talk to a House Republican lawmaker about what happened, the state’s COVID response, and where his party goes from here.

Robert Couse-Baker

The 21st Show - December 01, 2020

How to Curb COVID Fatigue

Many of us are experiencing what researchers and now calling “COVID-fatigue” this holiday season. The 21st spoke with experts about what is causing this phenomenon, and also hear how to combat it and remain vigilant as the pandemic continues on.

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The 21st Show - November 30, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Access

Testing for COVID-19 can help slow the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks, yet many in the state are frustrated with how difficult accessing a test can be. We’ll talk about disparities to testing access across communities in Illinois. 


The 21st Show - November 25, 2020

ENCORE: DeKalb Disability Activist, Melissa Blake

Writer and disability activist Melissa Blake isn’t letting internet trolls stop her from spreading a message of positivity and acceptance online. We’ll talk to the DeKalb resident about her recent runway debut during New York Fashion Week. 

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