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.

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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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The 21st Show - April 06, 2022

Why can’t Illinois’ Prisoner Review Board do its job?

We discussed the duties of the Prison Review Board, its current state, and how its inability to function might be resolved with a civil rights attorney and the executive director of an independent criminal justice reform association.

Peoria's Calvin Coolidge Middle School is one of the schools that will be renamed for groundbreaking figures in Peoria history. In this case, the school will be renamed for Harold B. Dawson.

Courtesy Peoria Public Schools

The 21st Show - April 05, 2022

Name changes come to Peoria schools

Last year, the Peoria Board of Education decided to rename a primary school to honor a Peoria-born civil rights leader, and earlier this month, the board voted to rename five more schools in the district. The 21st was joined by the board's president to discuss the change.

Edward Curtis IV is a professor of religious studies and the chair of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and author of the new book

The 21st Show - April 04, 2022

Muslim communities in the Midwest

Religious diversity in the Midwest is the subject of a new book by a professor of religious studies, who is a descendent of Syrian Midwesterners. 

AP Photo/Michael Probst

The 21st Show - April 04, 2022

Healthcare for undocumented seniors

In 2020, Illinois lawmakers extended healthcare coverage to undocumented seniors aged 65 and older, making Illinois the first state in the nation to do so. But should it go further?

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