Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - December 16, 2020

The History and Traditions of Kwanzaa

December 26 will be the first night of the African-American cultural holiday known as Kwanzaa. The 21st is joined by a professional storyteller, arts educator and author of several children's books including The Story of Kwanzaa and L’il Rabbit's Kwanzaa.

Hannah Meisel, NPR Illinois

The 21st Show - December 16, 2020

COVID Vaccine: Answering Your Questions

December 15, 2020 was historic. The first Illinoisans received an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, made by drug company Pfizer, in Peoria and Chicago. The 21st was joined by one of the first health care workers in Illinois to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and other medical professionals.

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The 21st Show - December 15, 2020

The Great Conjunction

Next week marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. “The darkest evening of the year” is going to be a little brighter in 2020 thanks to a rare astronomical sight called a Great Conjunction. 

Josh Telles

The 21st Show - December 15, 2020

Interview: Mary Holland, Writer, Actor and Comedian 

If you’re a fan of the HBO series ‘Veep’ or follow sketch comedy from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, you may be familiar with this 21st guest — actor and writer Mary Holland. She joins us to talk about a new Christmas rom-com, "Happiest Season," which she co-wrote with Clea Duvall.

The 21st Show - December 15, 2020

Immigrant Teen Factory Workers

The 21st took a look inside the lives of Illinois immigrant teenagers who go to high school by day, and then work night shifts in dangerous conditions in suburban factories with a reporter for ProPublica Illinois and an E.L. teacher at York Community High School in Elmhurst.

Daniel X. O'Neil/Flickr

The 21st Show - December 14, 2020

The Great Lakes’ Eroding Beaches

The total U.S. coastline of the Great Lakes is more in miles than both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Scientists say that climate change is eroding beaches along the Third Coast. 

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - December 14, 2020

Reporter Roundtable: Illinois University COVID Update

For our Monday Morning reporter roundtable we’ll see how the U of I and Illinois State did with their respective COVID-19 testing programs and responses as Illinois universities wrap up the Fall 2020 semester.

This Oct. 26, 2015 photo shows latkes with chipotle sour cream in Concord, NH. These crispy little potato pancakes make a wonderful appetizer or a great side dish all year long.

AP Photo/Matthew Mead

The 21st Show - December 10, 2020

What Makes the Perfect Latke?

Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, and for many people of the Jewish faith that also marks the beginning of latke season. To speak more about the latke, The 21st was joined by a psychology professor executive chef at Split Rail in Chicago.

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