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The 21st Show - June 16, 2021

Why Are the Ice Cream Machines Always McBroken?

The internet is full of memes poking fun at how often McDonald’s ice cream machines seem to be broken — but there may be some truth to the McBroken stereotype. The 21st spoke to a technology reporter about this cold case of failing ice cream machines and what’s behind it. 

UIS Brookens Library Archives via NPR Illinois

The 21st Show - June 15, 2021

Race Massacres in Illinois

Black soldiers who fought in the World War were hopeful that their efforts fighting for the country would be enough to finally grant them equality, but instead they were greeted with a sweeping of racial violence and riots across the country in 1919, a period known as the Red Summer. 

AP Photo/Jenny Kane

The 21st Show - June 15, 2021

Ransomware Threats in IL

Rasomware attacks have become increasingly common and to discuss the proliferation of ransomware attacks in Illinois, The 21st was joined by the CEO of a cyber reconnaissaince company, a reporter covering cybersecurity and Chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Juneteenth flag

The 21st Show - June 14, 2021

Celebrating Juneteenth In Illinois

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Major Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army, informed enslaved people in Texas that they were free. It happened years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The 21st was joined by three guests to talk about Juneteenth celebrations across Illinois.

The 21st Show - June 14, 2021

Reporter Roundtable: Illinois Legislation

Illinois lawmakers were scheduled to finish this year’s spring session by the end of May, but they returned to Springfield to finish up some final items. The 21st was joined by two reporters who have been following the developments at the capitol to hear more about the items on the to do list that still remain. 

Photo courtesy of Aisha Praught Leer

The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

Illinois Olympian Aisha Praught Leer

Aisha Praught Leer was raised in Moline, ran track at Illinois State and now runs as part of the Jamaican National Team. She joined The 21st to talk about what training with a group and what that was like during the pandemic as well as running for Jamaica.  

The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

The History And Harm of Illinois’ Criminal HIV Law

The Illinois General Assembly passed a law that made it a crime to not disclose one’s HIV status in certain situations in 1989. The law has disproportiantely affected Black and brown people, and now an overwhelming majority of Illinois lawmakers have voted to repeal that law. 

Dana Cronin/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

Concerns About Rented Farmland

Illinois has the highest rate of rented farmland in the country. This could have environmental and economic consequences for the next generation of prospective farmers. The 21st spoke to an agriculture reporter and a farmland owner about the issue and its implications. 

Ride Across Illinois website

The 21st Show - June 09, 2021

One Day Bike Ride Across Illinois

A group of cyclists are undertaking the One Day Bike Ride Across Illinois, a 150 mile trip from the banks of the Mississippi River in Thompson Illinois to the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. The 21st spoke with one od those cyckists to hear more about the distance, endurance and what they’ve seen on the ride across our state.

The 21st Show - June 09, 2021

Rebroadcast: No Such Thing As Dream Job

The 21st spoke with writer Rainesford Stafford about her book "An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional," a collection of stories from young people who have rejected the pressure to be perfect. 

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