Brian Mackey, host of The 21st, talks with IL Dept. of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello II.

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The 21st Show - August 16, 2022

IL State Fair 2022: Ag Director Jerry Costello

At Illinois State Fair, Dept. of Agriculture Director Jerry Costello talked about the impact of inflation, weather, and the COVID-19 pandemic on Illinois agriculture.


A crater from a Russian rocket attack is seen next to damaged homes in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. The strike killed three people and wounded 13 others, according to the mayor. The attack came less than a day after 11 other rockets were fired at the city, one of the two main Ukrainian-held ones in Donetsk province, the focus of an ongoing Russian offensive to capture eastern Ukraine's Donbas region.

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

The 21st Show - August 15, 2022

Maryna Teplova: Firsthand Account of Fleeing Ukraine

As of July 4, the United Nations reports more than 5.2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled across Europe because of Russia's invasion. The 21st spoke to Maryna Teplova, who is originally from the east-central Ukrainian city of Dnipro.

A view of the headquarters of the Mykolaiv Regional Military Administration building destroyed by a Russian attack in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.

(AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The 21st Show - August 15, 2022

Interview: Ambassador Ian Kelly on Ukraine

Early in the war between Russia and Ukraine, The 21st spoke with Ian Kelly who is currently ambassador in residence at Northwestern University. We touched back in with him to hear more about how the conflict has progressed and where we are now. 

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The 21st Show - August 11, 2022

Best Of: The Legacy Of Aunt Jemima

Illinois-based Quaker Oats is ending its Aunt Jemima brand, saying it was based on a racial stereotype. Meanwhile, others are working to preserve the legacy of the real-life Chicago woman on whom the character was based.

BBloomington-Normal drag queen Sharon ShareAlike (left) and Champaign-Urbana drag king Spank Knightly (right) are two of many drag artists who have had to adapt their performances to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos courtesy Sharon ShareAlike and Spank Knightly

The 21st Show - August 10, 2022

Best Of: Adapting drag during the pandemic

Like all live performers, from actors to musicians, people who perform drag have had to adapt and change during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 21st was joined by two central Illinois drag performers to talk about different ways that drag artists have had to adjust to performing in the pandemic.

Electric Time technician Dan LaMoore puts a clock hand onto a 1000-lb., 12-foot diameter clock constructed for a resort in Vietnam, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Medfield, Mass.

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The 21st Show - August 10, 2022

Best Of: Sleeplessness epidemic among teens

From school and work pressures to the distractions and anxiety that come with having access to social media and everything else on their phones, it can be hard to get sleep as a teenager. In a survey a few years back, 58% more teenagers were “severely sleep deprived” than in 1991.The 21st was joined by two psychotherapists who wrote a book on this sleepless generation and what can be done to help.

Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are forecast to have the greatest rise in extreme heat days in the U.S.

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The 21st Show - August 09, 2022

Best Of: Illinois at center of ‘extreme heat days’ forecast

Host Brian Mackey often cites a report from Moody’s Investors Service suggesting central and western Illinois will see the greatest rise in "extreme heat days" in the country. Today he dug into his archives to share, for the first time, an interview with the author of the report.

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