Dr. Manjul Shukla transfers Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at a mobile vaccination clinic in Worcester, Mass. As the U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant, doctors across the country are experiencing a more imminent crisis with a delta variant that is sending record numbers of people to the hospital in New England and the Midwest.

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The 21st Show - December 06, 2021

The virology of the omicron variant

As we are now in the colder months as well as the holiday season, where gatherings become more frequent, COVID cases and hospitalizations are surging. And while the omicron variant has yet to be detected in Illinois, health officials have a degree of certainty that it has already arrived and is just a matter of time before we find it. The 21st was joined by a professor of microbiology to discuss the new variant and the state of the pandemic. 

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

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The 21st Show - December 06, 2021

Holiday performances are back in person

As the holiday season approaches, so too does the time for holiday concerts. We were joined by music directors from two Illinois orchestras to talk about programming this year's holiday concerst, approaching concerts during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to keep these concerts interesting for performers year after year. 

Kenzie Sheridan, Creator of the InsideIllinois TikTok account

Kenzie Sheridan

The 21st Show - December 02, 2021

“InsideIllinois” TikToker on Illinois’ hidden gems

Illinois has lots of places to see, things to do, and history to explore, but it also has a lot of strange attractions and obscure history. The 21st was joined by an Illinois native who's has taken to Tik Tok to share her far reaching explorations of the Prairie State.

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The 21st Show - December 02, 2021

Why are Black residents leaving Chicago?

After a massive influx to Chicago during the Great Migration, many Black residents are leaving the city. To talk more about the out-migration of Chicago’s black residents, we were joined by the CEO of an resident association, a professor of Urban Planning, a Chicago bakery owner and former professor, and a former Chicago resident who left the city a few years ago.

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - December 01, 2021

Do Illinois’ transportation plans match its climate promises?

Illinois leaders have congratulated themselves on the passage of climate legislation and committed to upholding the promises in the Paris Climate Agreement. However, some are pointing out that Illinois has plans to widen and expand roads, which could encourage more vehicular traffic and increase emissions.

From upper left: Brian Mackey, Anna Casey, Brielle Scullark, Reginald Hardwick, Ryan Andrew Wilde and Erica Scalise

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

A look back at our favorite moments of 2021

Today we pulled back the curtain here at The 21st and let you hear from the team that puts the show together day in and day out. Our team of producers shared some of our favorite segments from this past year.

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

Preserving Illinois Country French

There's a cultural heritage of "Illinois Country French," also known as "Missouri French," in our state. This Illinois Creole culture is fading, but today we were joined by one of the few speakers left in Illinois, who's been working to keep the heritage alive.

The 21st Show - November 30, 2021

Dr. Ngozi Ezike updates the state of COVID-19 in Illinois

Despite "pandemic fatigue" and a rising sentiment that people just want to be done with the COVID-19 pandemic, it's clear that the pandemic isn't done with us. A new variant of concern has emerged, and case counts are on the rise again as we head into the holiday season. The 21st was joined by the Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

(From left) Dr. Dawn Beichner and Dr. Erin Mikulec - From dress code double-standards to sexual violence policies, a new volume from Dr. Erin Mikulec and Dr. Dawn Beichner explores the relegation of school-aged girls to simply a “distraction.”

Illinois State University

The 21st Show - November 29, 2021

“Distraction”: Dress code double standards and the regulation of school-age girls

In their new book "Distraction: Girls, School, and Sexuality," two Illinois State University professors explore the way regulation and school practices sexualize school-age girls from pre-school through adulthood. They joined The 21st to talk about the value placed on the education of kids of different genders, as well as the burdens forced on young women in schools and the effect of labeling girls as a "distraction." 

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