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The 21st Show - April 28, 2021

The Future of Renewable Energy

In 2021, renewable energy like the wind turbines generate about 10 percent of power in Illinois. Environmentalists and some lawmakers want that number to be 100 percent by 2050. We talked with people behind three renewable energy plans and how their plans would affect jobs and consumers.

City of Chicago

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The 21st Show - April 27, 2021

Pandemic Reentry Anxiety

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, many are both eagerly anticipating and some are dreading a return to pre-pandemic activities. Two psychologists explained how we might cope with that anxiety.

The 21st Show - April 27, 2021

Should Police Officers Have Qualified Immunity?

Illinois lawmakers are considering making it easier for residents to sue police officers for violations of statutory or constitutional rights by removing their qualified immunity. The 21st spoke with a lawmaker and a legal advisor and head of an Illinois police organization to hear more about what this could mean for Illinois.

City of Alton

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The 21st Show - April 26, 2021

Mysterious Alton Tunnel

In Alton, Illinois — along the Mississippi River near St. Louis — a homeowner made an unusual discovery — a mysterious tunnel, made of bricks, that experts have dated to the 1840's. We’ll talk with the homeowner and hear some of the hypotheses for why the tunnel was built.

Rivian pickup truck


The 21st Show - April 26, 2021

Reporter Roundtable: Electric Trucks Built In Normal

In Illinois, there’s a lot riding on a car company called Rivian. The first of Rivian’s electric trucks is expected to roll off the lot at a new plant in Normal. Learn what the company's plant means for our state and its connection to Amazon.

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The 21st Show - April 22, 2021

Zen and The Transition to Spring

Spring is here and can mark an internal shift; we leave our long, reflective winter hibernation and emerge with an opportunity for transformation. The director of the Japan House at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign joined us to talk about zen and the art of transitioning to spring.

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The 21st Show - April 22, 2021

Tips For A Zero-Waste Lifestyle

To speak more about reducing the amount of waste we produce on a daily basis, The 21st was joined by a waste and sustainability consultant. 

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

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The 21st Show - April 21, 2021

Reactions to Derek Chauvin’s Trial Verdict

The 21st heard from listeners who have been reacting to the guilty verdict for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of second degree murder for killing George Floyd last year.

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