Pride flag in Urbana in June 2021.

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The 21st Show - October 06, 2021

LGTBQ Spaces are Disappearing

Spaces for LGBTQ+ people are disappearing, with nearly 40 percent of gay bars closing around the U.S. in recent decades — including many here in Illinois. The 21st spoke with guests about what is lost and where younger generations are finding support and community. This segment originally aired on June 8, 2021. 

Illini track and field Paralympian Isaiah Rigo

University of Illinois College of Applied Health Sciences

The 21st Show - October 05, 2021

Illinois Athlete Isaiah Rigo Is Tokyo Bound

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games were this August — like so many things, delayed a year by the pandemic. The 21st was joined by first-time Paralympian and University of Illinois student Isaiah Rigo. This segment originally aired on August 19, 2021.

Anna Rhee was sexually abused by another attendee of CFC. She went to the head pastor for help, but he encouraged her to stay quiet about what happened.


The 21st Show - October 05, 2021

A Reckoning At Covenant Fellowship Church

A church on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is now in crisis following an investigation by WBEZ radio in Chicago, showing a long history of sexual and spiritual abuse amongst congregants, and subsequent cover-ups by church leadership. This segment originally aired on August 19, 2021. 

The 21st Show - October 04, 2021

Back To School Mental Health Check-In

We’ve heard the mental health struggles of parents, educators and after-school providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but how are our children and teens doing? This segment originally aired on August 31, 2021. 

AP Photo/Matt York

The 21st Show - October 04, 2021

Sex Ed in Illinois schools

Illinois will have an updated sex education curriculum — one that propenents say is more inclusive, culturally relevant, and based on national standards, but some lawmakers say the law goes too far by introducing sensitive topics too early. This segment originally aired August 31, 2021. 

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 - September 30, 2021

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. 

White-tailed deer on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, near one of the hunting areas in Springfield.

Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Media

The 21st Show - September 29, 2021

Deer Hunting in Springfield

Springfield is allowing bow hunters to help reduce the population within city limits in an effort to cull a population officials say has grown too large. We talked to three people about the potential consequences. 

Champaign police investigate a shooting in August 2021.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - September 29, 2021

Murder Cases Rise Outside Chicago

The FBI came out with annual crime statistics. Looking at 2020, most crimes dropped, but murders were up. We talked about the numbers here with one of Illinois’ leading criminologists.

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