The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

The Show Must Go On

Musicians across Illinois, like those around the world, have been finding ways to adapt to life in a pandemic. Whether with masks and distancing or perfecting their virtual performances, the show has gone on.

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The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

What Is Zakat?

Many of the traditions around the holy month of Ramadan had to be modified this year; physical distancing made it impossible for many to gather with family and friends to break fast at the end of each day. However, some aspects remain of Ramadan remained unchanged, including the idea of Zakat. The 21st was joined by a Sheikh from an Illinois mosque to hear more about the meaning of Zakat and how the pandemic affected celebrations this year.

The 21st Show - May 12, 2021

Interview: Rita Ali, Peoria Mayor

History was made in the chambers of the Peoria City Council when Rita Ali was sworn in as the city’s mayor; Mayor Ali is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first African American elected to that job. The 21st was joined by Ali to talk about vaccine hesitancy, racial segregation in Peoria and other issues the community is facing. 

Photo courtesy of Isaac Simmons

The 21st Show - May 11, 2021

Bringing Drag to Spirituality in Bloomington, IL

Isaac Simmons, also known as Ms. Penny Cost, is the first drag queen put forward as a candidate for the ministry in the United Mehtodist Church. The 21st spoke with him about bringing drag to spirituality in Bloomington, Illinois.

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The 21st Show - May 11, 2021

The Legacy of Helmut Jahn

Helmut Jahn designed buildings across the U.S. and around the world — including the technicolor neon tunnel of United Airlines’ Terminal 1 at O’Hare Airport. Jahn passed away this weekend and to talk about his life The 21st was joined by a Dean from Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Paul Sableman

The 21st Show - May 11, 2021

Debate Over Proposed Pipeline in Pembroke Township

The debate to move away from fossil fuels is happening now in the rural community of Pembroke Township in Kankakee County, Illinois. Some city and state leaders are advocating for a pipeline there to connect the town with natural gas from the company Nicor. But some residents worry about the environmental costs in an area that was home to one of the largest communities of Black farmers in the country. 

The 21st Show - May 10, 2021

How the COVID-19 Crisis is Affecting Indian Americans

While the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, almost 35% of Americans are now fully vaccinated, and for many life is returning to normal. However, across the Atlantic in India, where just 2% of the country’s 1.3 billion people are vaccinated, there is a major crisis raging. COVID cases have surged since March, with new cases hovering around 400,000 per day in the past two weeks.

The 21st Show - May 06, 2021

The 21st Reflects On NPR50 Past And Future

In May of 1971, National Public Radio debuted All Things Considered. Since then, NPR programs, member stations and engagement have become an American institution. Three Illinoisans with long ties to NPR member stations joined us today.

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The 21st Show - May 06, 2021

Statewide Tick and Mosquito Surveillance

It’s bug season. Which means in Illinois means ticks, mosquitoes and other insects are looking to attach themselves to people and pets. The 21st spoke with an ecologist and a mosquito expert about how climate change is affecting mosquito populations and diseases ticks can transmit.

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