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The 21st Show - November 29, 2021

The connection between corporate money and university ag schools

Large donors can put universities in potentially awkward positions when faculty conclusions conflict with the interests of those benefactors. Data collected by Harvest Public Media and Investigate Midwest show corporations have given at least $170 million to ag colleges in the past decade.

The In & Out Store in Peoria houses the wares of many local small businesses.

Photos courtesy of In & Out Store.

The 21st Show - November 24, 2021

Where to find small business crafts and markets

Long pandemic lockdowns and lasting quarantines afforded some people free time to start new hobbies and creative pursuits, leading them to start small businesses of their own. We talked about running a small business during the pandemic with three central Illinois small business owners.

Christine Haley was named the State Homelessness Chief for the Illinois Department of Human Services in early November.

The 21st Show - November 24, 2021

Christine Haley on homelessness in Illinois

An executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker's office created a task force and an advisory council to be shepherded by a new position in state government. Earlier this month, the administration announced the new state homelessness chief would be Christine Haley. She joined us today on The 21st to talk about the position and housing issues in Illinois.

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The 21st Show - November 23, 2021

Navigating holiday conversations with family

The holiday season is beginning to kick into gear with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and the beginning of Hanukkah starting early next week. We received expert advice on having difficult conversations with family. 

People protest outside the Netflix at Vine building in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, with

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The 21st Show - November 23, 2021

Rising violence against the trans community

2021 has been the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender-variant people.  This year there have been at least 46 transgender people killed in the United States, and they are disproportionately people of color. 

Kyle Rittenhouse sits with his attorneys after a lunch break and waits for proceedings to start at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.

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The 21st Show - November 22, 2021

Reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict

On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. The 18-year-old from Antioch, Illinois crossed state lines the night of the shooting.

The 21st Show - November 18, 2021

Photographer Lynsey Addario on Afghanistan

Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist whose striking images from nearly every theater of war in the 21st century tell the story of the people living in these conflict zones. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," Addario was also named one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years for changing the way we see world conflict by American Photo Magazine. She is also the bestselling author of the memoir "It's What I Do." 

Up Beet Jams provides plant-based meals, including Thanksgiving dinners, to people in central Illinois.

Up Beet Jams

The 21st Show - November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving foodways

The rich and complicated history of Thanksgiving is just one of a few things to consider when many of us sit down to dinner one week from now. On today’s show, we discussed the history of Thanksgiving foodways, or culinary traditions, and how to host a potential Thanksgiving meal that honors your own family’s heritage with the holiday’s rich history. We also delved into the history of plant-based eating and adapting your favorite recipes to suit varying dietary habits.

People protest outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department's office, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The education department proposed changes to the social studies curriculum that critics describe as a veiled attempt to teach critical race theory. Supporters say the new curriculum, which includes ethnic studies, is

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The 21st Show - November 17, 2021

Critical Race Theory: What is it? Where is it taught? How is it weaponized?

Today we spent our show understanding what Critical Race Theory is, why it’s become so weaponized and what examining systemic racism in a classroom setting looks like. To talk about it, we were joined by a professor of information sciences, a professor of education who teaches Critical Race Theory, a professor from NIU's Center for Black Studies, and a public policy reporter.

Certified nurse midwife Danielle Kraessig meets with patient Yakini Branch at the PCC South Family Health Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Berwyn, Ill. The clinic may receive a permit to operate the first birth center in Illinois as soon as Feb. 5, 2013. Midwives and other supporters of birth alternatives for Illinois women with low-risk pregnancies have been working for years to provide such centers, which are already available in 37 other states.

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The 21st Show - November 16, 2021

Midwifery returns to Illinois

In 2022, the certified professional midwife profession will become an officially licensed occupation in Illinois. We talked with two women who are glad for the legislative change but say it needs to go further.

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