Art Spiegelman's graphic novel

The 21st Show - April 14, 2022

Best of: What’s behind a recent wave of censorship in schools?

Around the country, books about race, gender, and sexuality are facing challenges, so to what’s behind it, and how it impacts which lived experiences get shared in classrooms, we were joined by the editor of an independent editorial book site, as well as professors of library science and comparative literature. 

Bottles of wine from Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois.

The 21st Show - April 13, 2022

Best of: Illinois winemakers push to change distribution laws

The Illinois wine industry is pushing to change a prohibition-era law to raise the maximum number of gallons of wine that Illinois wineries could sell themselves directly to restaurants. To talk about it, we were joined by the general manager of an Illinois winery and the executive director of a non-profit for vintners.

In New Mexico, education officials are moving forward with a social studies curriculum that increases focus on identity, race and

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The 21st Show - April 13, 2022

Best of: How much should parents be involved in school curricula?

A trio of bills in Illinois would increase parental access to what’s being taught in Illinois schools by requiring teachers to do things like post their lesson plans online. The 21st was joined by a two journalists who've been following the story and a professor of information science.  

Born Again Labor Museum

The 21st Show - April 12, 2022

Best of: Museum examines workers’ rights through art

The Born Again Labor Museum in Carbondale features art focused on worker’s rights, and it’s also a community event space for local labor rights organizations. To tell us more about the history of labor organizing in Southern Illinois and about the Born Again Labor Museum, we were joined by the museum's co-founders. 

Gerald Berry, 16 in this photo, holding his baby brother Kendrick. Berry is serving life in prison on a felony murder conviction.

Photo courtesy Dorothea Ford

The 21st Show - April 12, 2022

Best of: Despite reforms, some face life for murders they didn’t commit

Because of the "felony murder rule," hundreds of people in Illinois prisons are thought to be serving life sentences for murder even though they didn’t kill anyone. The 21st was joined by someone affected by the rule, as well as two reporters following the story and the co-director of the Center for Wrongful Convictions.

Professor erin Khuê Ninh is the author of the recent book

Photos courtesy Temple University Press and University of California Santa Barbara

The 21st Show - April 07, 2022

The model minority myth and the pressure to be perfect

The 21st was joined by the author of a book exploring the myth of the model minority and the students who take extreme measures to cope, as well as a clinical social worker and a student who shared her own experiences with the pressure often placed on Asian American students.

Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - April 06, 2022

WILL-AM celebrates 100 years on the air

April 6, 2022 marks a century of broadcasting at Illinois Public Media. We looked back at the early years and WILL-AM's state and national impact on public media.

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