The 21st Show - July 08, 2020

Remembering John Prine

Acclaimed singer-songwriter John Prine was actually from Maywood, Illinois and worked as a mailman, which inspired his songwriting. The 21st speaks to the author of the biography, “John Prine: In Spite of Himself.” to talk more about how Prine's Illinois roots inspired his music. 

The 21st Show - July 08, 2020

How To Think About COVID-19 Risk With Emily Oster

It can be hard to make an informed decision and navigate the questions that living in the COVID-19 era brings up. The 21st speaks to Borwn University economics professor Emily Oster on developing a framework for evaluating risk, and making the best decision for you and your loved ones.

Illinois based Coree Woltering recently set a new record for the 1,147 mile Ice Age Trail.

Coree Woltering

The 21st Show - July 07, 2020

Meet the Illinois Ultramarathon Record Runner

The 21st speaks to Coree Woltering, an Illinois-based ultra-marathoner, who recently set a new record for the 1,147 mile Ice Age Trail, completing it in 21 days, 13 hours and 35 minutes.

The 21st Show - July 07, 2020

‘The Great Indoors’ Explores How Our Buildings Shape Us

For many of us during the pandemic, we’ve gotten to know the four walls of the various rooms in our home better than ever before. The 21st speaks to an author and journalist who explores the many indoor environments, both private and public spaces — from operating rooms to prisons.

Kathy Richland

The 21st Show - July 02, 2020

ENCORE: ‘An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago’; The Last Video Stores In Illinois

Alex Kotlowitz has been writing about violence in Chicago for decades - in film, in print, and for This American Life. His latest book is called “An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago,” and it follows people for whom gun violence has become a part of daily life. Plus, Oregon may have America’s last Blockbuster store, but there are still thriving video stores here in Illinois.

The 21st Show - July 01, 2020

The 21st—Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On today's 21st, we talk about how gun permit applications are up 500 percent this year, we have a conversation with teachers and nurses about starting the school year, and we talk about food insecurity during the pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture

The 21st Show - July 01, 2020

Pandemic Nutrition And Food Insecurity

COVID-19 has changed where we’re able to eat, what we eat, and even how we grow our food. The 21st speaks to an expert on the effect the pandemic has had on young people’s relationship with food. 

Marco Verch

The 21st Show - July 01, 2020

Will Your Child’s School Be Ready This Fall?

Illinois students will be going back to the classroom this fall, but like everything else during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s going to look a lot different. We talked wth an educator and nurses about preparing schools to welcome back millions of students.

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