The 21st Show - July 20, 2020

PBS Short Film Fest 2020

The PBS short film festival is currently underway online. One film deals with young students undergoing an active shooter training. Another film is about a dragon boat racing team brought together by their experiences with breast cancer. Both filmmakers joined us on The 21st.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

The 21st Show - July 20, 2020

Speaker Madigan And The Federal Investigation

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been referenced — though not charged — in a federal corruption case involving electric utility ComEd. The 21st is joined by reporters following the story to break down the case and speak to what it could mean for one of the most powerful men in Illinois.

The 21st Show - July 16, 2020

BLM And Colorism In Asian-American Communities

In recent news, Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor came under fire after speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement when many South Asians called them out for perpetuating skin-tone based standards of beauty themselves for having skin-care lines of whitening products and starring in ads for lightening creams. The 21st is joined by experts on colorism to talk more about prejudice or discrimination due to the darkness of one's skin tone. 

Yuri Samoilov

The 21st Show - July 16, 2020

Illinois Adjusts Its Approach to COVID-19

Illinois announced new metrics, regions and tiers of mitigation for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The 21st is joined by WBEZ's Kristen Schorsch to get the latest on the changes. 

Stephen Douglas statue in Springfield, Illinois.

Katherine Johnson

The 21st Show - July 15, 2020

Stephen Douglas, Slavery And Statues

Among the many Confederate statues being taken down amidst the protests for racial justice, one controversial figure of Illinois whose plaque is being taken down is Stephen Douglas. The 21st spoke to a professor from Auburn University and a Ph.D. student from the University of Chicago about whether the removal of Douglas' plaque provided any kind of reparation.

Abraham Lincoln Monument, Washington D.C.


The 21st Show - July 15, 2020

Should Lincoln’s Statues Come Down?

In light of the racial justice movements in Illinois, statues honoring Confederate figures like Jefferson Davis, are coming down around the South — either by protestors or local governments. Here in the Midwest, some student groups at the University of Wisconsin in Madison are also calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue.

Upper left square: Peoria, upper right square: Danville, lower left square: Champaign, lower right square: State Capitol in Springfield

Peoria Public Radio and Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - July 15, 2020

Will The Pandemic Start A Downstate Renaissance?

Business Insider ranked the “30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic” based on nine economic, educational and demographic measures; number one on the list is Springfield, Illinois. The 21st speaks to an author, professor and an urbanologist to talk about the potential for a Downstate population boom later this year.

In this July 15, 2012 file photo, the sun rises over corn stalks in Pleasant Plains, Ill., during a drought.

Seth Perlman/AP

The 21st Show - July 14, 2020

Chicago Heat Wave Author Sees Parallels To COVID-19 Response

In 1995, Illinois and the Midwest were in the stifling grip of a heatwave that killed hundreds. The 21st speaks to an NYU sociologist about the government's response and the potential parallels between the heatwave of 1995 and COVID-19 pandemic 25 years later.

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