The number of H-2A visa workers have increased, but they still make up 9 percent of the U.S. agriculture workforce.

Esther Honig/Harvest Public Media

The 21st Show - July 14, 2020

Pandemic Puts Farm Workers At Greater Risk

A report from the National Center for Farmworker Health found that more than 3,000 seasonal workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The 21st speaks to a health reporter for WILL’s Illinois Newsroom and Side Effects Public Media who's been following the story and two individuals from the Community Health Partnerships of Illinois organization.

The 21st Show - July 13, 2020

Text ‘TALK’ To 217-803-0730 To Help Shape The 21st’s COVID-19 Coverage

Our team at The 21st and Illinois Public Media continues to work hard to bring you stories about how people across the state are being affected by coronavirus. We're making it easier for Illinoisans to connect with us and share their experiences and thoughts with our new initiative "Text The 21st."

Chris Taylor

The 21st Show - July 13, 2020

United Layoffs: Union Perspective

Many industries are taking a hit due to the coronavirus, this is especially true for the airline companies. The 21st speaks to the President and Directing General Chair of IAM District 141, the union representing machinists and aerospace workers at nearly a dozen airlines.

Photo courtesy of Lenora Cazavala

The 21st Show - July 09, 2020

How The Pandemic Is Hurting Illinois Rodeos

Big Hat Rodeo, a company based in the northern Illinois town of Harvard, would have been celebrating its 100-year-anniversary putting on rodeos in and around the midwest this year. The 21st speaks to members of the rodeo community to talk about the atmosphere of a rodeo and why it is so compelling and meaningful to many parts of Illinois.

Kiichiro Sato/AP

The 21st Show - July 09, 2020

ENCORE: This Entire Workplace Could Have Been an Email

You know that saying, “This entire meeting could have been an email”? Many of us lucky enough to do our jobs from home during the pandemic have learned most of our offices could have been an email, and some of us are not excited about going back.

Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

The 21st Show - July 09, 2020

Mental Health Help For Farmers

The 21st explores rural mental health in Illinois, particularly as it relates to farmers and how the pandemic has put additional strain on farming communities.

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.

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