IL State Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park)

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The 21st Show - January 26, 2022

Interview: Illinois Senate President Don Harmon

Today on The 21st, we began with a conversation about Illinois state government. The president of the Illinois state Senate, Don Harmon, joined us to talk about criminal justice, education, taxes, spending, and so much more that affects all of our lives.

The 21st Show - January 25, 2022

Mental health check-in: 2 years after Illinois’ first COVID case

Many are asking when this pandemic will really end, when we'll get back to normal, and what would “normal” even look like in a post-pandemic world. No one has answers to those questions, and for many, that uncertainty can take a toll on our mental health, which has already taken hits from the onset of the pandemic. The 21st was joined by a psychiatric professor to talk about ways the pandemic has been affecting our mental health and what we can do about it. 

Project developers plan to build carbon capture pipelines connecting dozens of Midwestern ethanol refineries. Poet, the country's largest producer of biofuels, operates this refinery in Chancellor, South Dakota, shown on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The company has not indicated whether it will connect its ethanol refineries to the carbon capture pipelines.

AP Photo/Stephen Groves

The 21st Show - January 25, 2022

Carbon pipeline proposal in Illinois

In order to curb carbon emissions, some are proposing that we capture carbon from ethanol plants in the Midwest and ship the gas via pipelines into the sandstone in Illinois, but not everyone is on board. The 21st was joined by a reporter covering this issue and a geologist to talk about how these pipelines would work and the possible concerns.

21st Host Brian Mackey (left) and travel author Rick Steves talk during Illinois Public Media's virtual event.

The 21st Show - January 24, 2022

Rick Steves on travel during the pandemic

For longtime fans and friends of public broadcasting, Rick Steves needs very little introduction. Brian Mackey recently talked with Steves about traveling in the pandemic, where in Europe to go with children, and much more.

In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, landscaping is maintained at the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, Ill.

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The 21st Show - January 24, 2022

Big money behind the Illinois governor’s race

The Illinois governor’s race is heating up.  We’re now five months away from the primaries which take place June 28th, and 10 months until the election on November 8th, and over the past week, money has begun to pour in. Today, The 21st was joined by two statehouse reporters from central Illinois to bring us up to speed on the latest developments.

Kevin Bickner soars through the air during the men's ski jumping competition at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, N.Y., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. Bickner won the U.S. trials last month, helping him earn a trip to the Olympics for the second time. The 25-year-old Bickner, who learned how to jump in suburban Chicago at the Norge Ski Club, finished 18th on the normal hill and 20th on the large hill at the Pyeongchang Games.

AP Photo/Hans Pennink

The 21st Show - January 20, 2022

How does an Illinoisan become one of America’s best ski jumpers?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games are two weeks and a day away, and there are several olympians from Illinois who will be competing in the games, including ski jumper Kevin Bickner from Wauconda, Illinois.  He joined The 21st to talk about preparing for the games, how he got his start, and more.

AIDS quilt panel on display at Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

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The 21st Show - January 20, 2022

Quilt exhibit showcases men who lived with AIDS

Now until July, the Spurlock Museum in Urbana is exhibiting of local AIDS quilt panels made during the midst of the AIDS pandemic. University of Illinois journalism students teamed up with Illinois Public Media to create short videos about the panels and the men the memorialize.

A player finished a Rubik's Magic Cube at the international game fair 'SPIEL' in Essen, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Around 1100 exhibitors from around 50 nations attend the annual four-day game fair.

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

The 21st Show - January 19, 2022

Growing Up Gen X

Generation X sometimes known as the "Forgotten Generation," but the Illinois State Musuem is planning to give Gen X their day in the sun with an exhibit that opens this fall. The 21st was joined by the museum's curator of history to talk about growing up in the '70s, '80s and '90s, designing the exhibit, and more.

A child arrives with her parent to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11-years-old at London Middle School in Wheeling, Ill., Nov. 17, 2021. As of Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, just over 17% of children in the U.S. ages 5 to 11 were fully vaccinated, more than two months after shots for them became available.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File

The 21st Show - January 19, 2022

Answering your COVID questions

Though the coronavirus, like many other infectious diseases, will never be truly gone, it could one day be considered endemic like rhinovirus or other upper respiratory infections. Where do we go from here? We invited back two virologists to update us on what scientists now know and help answer more of your COVID-19 questions.

Kathleen Springer and Jeff Pigati, researchers with the United States Geological Survey, who are analyzing footprints that indicate humans inhabited North America much earlier than scientists thought.

Kathleen Springer

The 21st Show - January 18, 2022

When did humans actually arrive in the Americas?

For decades, archeologists have debated when humans first set foot in North America. Now, ancient footprints discovered in New Mexico are offering some clues to when people first inhabited the continent we call home, which could alter the widely accepted timeline for when humans first lived in North America by thousands of years. This segment originally aired September 30, 2021.

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