The 21st Show - May 04, 2022

“Punks in Peoria”: The city’s history with musical rebellion

A new book explores another side of Peoria’s history that's less well known: It’s music culture from the mid-90s — brimming with anger at authority, celebrating a do-it-yourself ethos, and embracing the strange. One of the books co-authors joined us to talk about it.

Michele Nepras and her son Nathan, 16, talk with McHenry city prosecutor Michael Fioretti, center, and adjudication hearing officer Harry H. Semrow Jr. in March. Nathan had received a ticket for disorderly conduct related to a fight on a school bus.

Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune

The 21st Show - May 04, 2022

Students rack up fines and fees for minor infractions

For a discussion of a costly ticketing practice in schools, the fallout from the investigation, and the effect this has on students, The 21st was joined by the journalists who spearheaded this investigation and a staff attorney for Loyola University Chicago School of Law's Civitas ChildLaw Clinic.

Ashley Llorens serves as Vice President, Distinguished Scientist & Managing Director at Microsoft Research Outreach. He was also nominated by the White House to serve on the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence.

Photo courtesy the Center for a New American Security

The 21st Show - May 03, 2022

Best of: Creating and using AI responsibly

From studying engineering at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, to a music career that had him touring the U.S., Japan, and Europe to now being a vice president at Microsoft — Ashley Llorens contains multitudes. He joined The 21st to talk about his expertise in AI, as well as the benefits and risks of a future with smarter machines.

This photo of the Great River Road by Walter Blackledge of Alton has been chosen for inclusion in a set of 10 stamps to be issued in 2022 by the U.S. Postal Service.

Photo courtesy Walter Blackledge

The 21st Show - May 02, 2022

Best of: What does it take to get your photo on a stamp?

Can anyone get their photo or design on an official US Postal Service stamp? We were joined by the director of Stamp Services at USPS Headquarters and an Illinois resident who took a picture that will be featured on the upcoming "Mighty Mississippi" USPS stamp series.

AIDS quilt panel on display at Spurlock Museum in Urbana.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - May 02, 2022

Best of: 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 they memorialize.

In this Oct. 21, 2015, file photo, cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture at an organic farm near Waukon, Iowa. Some farmers are wondering if it's OK that eggs sold as free-range come from chickens being kept inside. It's a question that arises lately as farmers try to be open about their product while also protecting chickens from a highly infectious bird flu that has killed roughly 28 million poultry across the country.

AP Photo/Charles Neibergall, File

The 21st Show - April 28, 2022

Avian Flu outbreaks in Illinois

We were joined by the State Veterinarian and the director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors to talk about the outbreak of Avian Flu and its impact on Illinois. 

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