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The 21st Show - June 02, 2022

Best Of: Illinois moms’ influence on the Beanie Baby craze

The story of Beanie Babies is the subject of a new documentary called “Beanie Mania.” The craze has ties to a group of northern Illinois moms, who helped Beanie Babies become the must-have collectors item of the late 1990s. We were joined by the documentary's director to talk about the craze, its Illinois connection, and more. 

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The 21st Show - June 02, 2022

Best Of: How To Raise Confident, Self-Sufficient Kids

We talk with two authors about helping children grow into independent, confident, and self-sufficient adults. Lenore Skenazy is the author of Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, and Christina Hillsberg is the author of License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids.

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The 21st Show - June 01, 2022

2022 race for Illinois Secretary of State

Secretary of State Jesse White is retiring after a record-breaking six terms in office. Two Republican and four Democratic candidates are campaigning to succeed him.

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The 21st Show - May 31, 2022

Why does the Senate fail to consider gun laws?

While most Americans support background checks and an assault weapons ban, no amount of votes, phone calls to senators, protests, or lives taken have led to meaningful policy changes.

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