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. 

Northern Public Radio

The 21st Show - November 08, 2021

Reporter roundtable: The Illinois Report Card

The annual report from the Illinois State Board of Education revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic affected student enrollment. Also, many districts are forced to deal with vacancies.

AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

The 21st Show - November 04, 2021

Undoing community violence and trauma

Today, we bring the ideas of gun violence, mental health, and trauma together to talk about the cycle this can create: people witness violence in their community or their home and then contribute to the violence in their community or home.

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