A BNSF rail terminal worker monitors the departure of a freight train, on June 15, 2021, in Galesburg, Ill. The special board appointed by President Joe Biden to intervene in the stalled railroad contract talks submitted its recommendations to the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, on how to settle the deal that covers 115,000 rail workers and avert a strike, but the details of what those arbitrators suggested weren't immediately available.

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The 21st Show - August 17, 2022

Is a railway strike on the horizon?

Galesburg, IL recently hosted a rally for railroad workers threatening to strike if new labor demands are not met.

Brian Mackey, host of The 21st, talks with IL Dept. of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II.

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The 21st Show - August 16, 2022

IL State Fair 2022: Ag Director Jerry Costello

At Illinois State Fair, Dept. of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello talked about the impact of inflation, weather, and the COVID-19 pandemic on Illinois agriculture.


A crater from a Russian rocket attack is seen next to damaged homes in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. The strike killed three people and wounded 13 others, according to the mayor. The attack came less than a day after 11 other rockets were fired at the city, one of the two main Ukrainian-held ones in Donetsk province, the focus of an ongoing Russian offensive to capture eastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

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The 21st Show - August 15, 2022

Maryna Teplova: Firsthand Account of Fleeing Ukraine

As of July 4, the United Nations reports more than 5.2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled across Europe because of Russia's invasion. The 21st spoke to Maryna Teplova, who is originally from the east-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

A view of the headquarters of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration building destroyed by a Russian attack in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

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The 21st Show - August 15, 2022

Interview: Ambassador Ian Kelly on Ukraine

Early in the war between Russia and Ukraine, The 21st spoke with Ian Kelly who is currently ambassador in residence at Northwestern University. We touched back in with him to hear more about how the conflict has progressed and where we are now. 

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The 21st Show - August 11, 2022

Best Of: The Legacy Of Aunt Jemima

Illinois-based Quaker Oats is ending its Aunt Jemima brand, saying it was based on a racial stereotype. Meanwhile, others are working to preserve the legacy of the real-life Chicago woman on whom the character was based.

BBloomington-Normal drag queen Sharon ShareAlike (left) and Champaign-Urbana drag king Spank Knightly (right) are two of many drag artists who have had to adapt their performances to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos courtesy Sharon ShareAlike and Spank Knightly

The 21st Show - August 10, 2022

Best Of: Adapting drag during the pandemic

Like all live performers, from actors to musicians, people who perform drag have had to adapt and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 21st was joined by two central Illinois drag performers to talk about different ways that drag artists have had to adjust to performing in the pandemic.

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