Democratic presidential hopefuls (from left): Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., on stage before the July debate.

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September 12, 2019 - News Local/State

Your Guide To The 3rd Democratic Debate

There are now less than five months to go before the first votes are cast in the Democratic presidential nominating contest. So the spotlight is going to be even hotter on the 10 candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate in Houston.


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September 11, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Life-Threatening Food Allergies; Young Evangelicals And Climate Change; Discoveries On Black Holes

Continuing our science and technology encore week, we spoke with Illinois scientists and doctors about their research on working to prevent life-threatening food allergies. Also, a new generation of evangelical Christians is hoping to move the needle on climate change action within their congregations, including at Wheaton College. Plus, we spoke with researchers about gravitational waves detections that helped shed light on entire populations of black holes.


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September 10, 2019 - News Local/State

Assaults, Bullying, Rape: A Lawsuit Against One Professor Claims The University Of Illinois Didn’t Stop Him

Two former students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor at another college filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a former UIUC professor, claiming he assaulted, bullied and raped multiple students. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Urbana against Gary Gang Xu, seeks damages for distress from emotional, physical and sexual abuse.


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September 10, 2019 - The 21st Show

ENCORE: Seniors And Misinformation; How Poverty Affects Our Genes; Unplugging From Technology To Fully Experience Nature

We're continuing this week with some of our favorite past segments related to science and technology. Nature versus nurture is one of the oldest debates there is. But the answer might actually be neither. That’s because researchers at Northwestern have found experiencing poverty actually has an effect on your DNA. Plus, figuring out what’s true or false online can be tricky for everyone, but it turns out, older Americans are especially vulnerable to misinformation on social media. Also, in a world of never ending buzzing and alerts, research suggests that in order to get the full benefits of nature, you have to leave your devices at home.


social group for adults with autism

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September 10, 2019 - News Local/State

How One Group Builds Friendships Among Adults With Autism

There’s an endless stream of advice online about how to make friends as an adult. The listicles and blog posts often mention that it’s harder for twentysomethings to form meaningful friendships. Making friends can be even harder if you’re on the autism spectrum, especially if you don’t live in a major city. But one group is trying to build those connections in rural America.


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