Sarah Clemente snuggles with daughter Penelope Clemente, 6, at their home in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Clemente supported a paid family medical leave proposal that was removed from President Joe Biden's social spending plan because of opposition from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

AP Photo/Jay Reeves

The 21st Show - November 16, 2021

The state of paid family leave in Illinois

The United States is currently one of only six counties without a national paid leave policy. To talk about the current state of paid family leave in Illinois, The 21st was joined by a professor of labor and employment relations and someone who's been working to expand access to paid leave in Illinois.

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. Concertgoers described mounting anticipation for the headline rapper that led people to push toward the stage.

Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File

The 21st Show - November 15, 2021

Crowd Control Concerns

Ten people were killed, and 300 were injured at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival when a crowd surge occurred near the stage during the performance. The investigation into exactly what caused the deadly crush of people is still ongoing, but experts are weighing in now about what may have gone wrong, and how to prevent these types of tragedies in the future. The 21st was joined by a venue manager and a crowd safety expert.

A man walks with a child through Fort Bliss' Doña Ana Village where Afghan refugees are being housed, in New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Biden administration provided the first public look inside the U.S. military base where Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan are screened, amid questions about how the government is caring for the refugees and vetting them.

AP Photo/David Goldman

The 21st Show - November 15, 2021

Afghan child refugees in Illinois

Since Afghanistan collapsed into Taliban control in August as the world looked on, some 70,000 Afghans were evacuated into the United States.  Almost 850 of those have come here to Illinois, with that number possibly expanding to 3000. According to a recent ProPublica investigative piece, chaos has erupted in the Chicago shelters housing many of the children who came to Illinois. The children are suffering from the traumas of a hasty evacuation, of war, and of separation from their families. We spoke to the reporter behind that story.

Rochelle Sennet, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of piano, paired suites by J.S. Bach with those by several Black composers for her “Bach to Black” project.

Darrell Hoemann

The 21st Show - November 11, 2021

Bach to Black: Making classical music appreciation more inclusive

Bach to Black is a new project from a University of Illinois professor and pianist that pairs Johann Sebastian Bach's music with works written by Black composers. It's designed to bridge divides in the music community and increase diversity and inclusion in classical music. This segment originally aired on October 21, 2021.

In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, photograph, a bald eagle sits in a tree in the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, N.M.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The 21st Show - November 11, 2021

Bald eagles in Illinois: Rebound and risks

The 21st was joined by a bird expert a conservation educator about America’s most iconic bird. The Bald Eagle population has rebounded in the past two decades and here in Illinois there are now nests in all 102 counties. But there are new threats to America's national bird. We spoke to a bird expert and a Vermilion County Conservation District educator about it. This segment originally aired on August 3, 2021.

Joanne Lee Molinaro gained a following by creating videos in which she cooks vegan versions of Korean recipes while sharing personal stories.

The Korean Vegan

The 21st Show - November 10, 2021

The Korean Vegan: Joanne Lee Molinaro talks food and identity

Joanne Lee Molinaro has been sharing her recipes and family stories since 2016, but the Illinois native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign never expected her food, and her words, to mean so much to so many people. She joined The 21st to talk about her book "Korean Vegan," as well as the intersection of food and cultural identity. This segment originally aired on September 18, 2021.

Department of Children and Family Services building in Springfield.

Capitol News Illinois file photo

The 21st Show - November 10, 2021

How DCFS is failing Spanish-speaking families

Despite a court order, Illinois’ child-welfare agency continues to fail Spanish-speaking families; that’s the conclusion of an investigation by ProPublica. We talked with one of the reporters behind the story. This segment originally aired on September 16, 2021.

City of Urbana

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - November 09, 2021

Enduring seasonal depression

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. To talk about it, The 21st was joined by a professor of clinical psychiatry and the clinical director of a counseling center.

Rick Otey and other veterans greet elementary school children after class.

Courtesy of Rick Otey

The 21st Show - November 09, 2021

A cross-generational conversation with Illinois Veterans

There are nearly 800,000 veterans currently living in Illinois, each with a unique story and experience during their service and as transition back into civilian life. Ahead of Veteran’s Day, we spoke with four of those Illinois veterans about why they served, what challenges they face, and misconceptions about veterans and their experiences.

The 21st Show - November 08, 2021

Economist Emily Oster says run your family like a business

Emily Oster is an economist, known for using data to apply rational thinking to everything from COVID risk to family matters, like pregnancy and parenting. She joined The 21st to talk about her latest book, “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.” This segment originally aired on September 20, 2021. 

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