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The 21st Show - July 13, 2021

The Great Resignation

According to Prudential’s “Pulse of the American Worker Survey," a little over a quarter of all workers planned to look for a different job this year. The 21st spoke to someone who recently shifted careers and a labor economist to hear more about the data behind 'The Great Resignation."

The 21st Show - July 13, 2021

Reporter Roundtable: Delta Variant & Vaccine Rates

Despite the data showing 55% of Illinoisans aged 12 and up are fully vaccinated, concerns about rising infection rates in some parts of the state still remain. We were joined by three Midwest reporters to update us on their reporting areas' vaccine rates and the delta variant. 

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The 21st Show - July 12, 2021

Natural Playgrounds & Navigating Risks

A new playground coming to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois — unlike most playgrounds, there won't be swings or monkey bars. To help kids excercise navigating risks, there will instead be boulders, streams and rocks. The 21st spoke with the international team of designers behind it. 

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The 21st Show - July 12, 2021

How To Raise Confident, Self-Sufficient Kids

We talk with two authors about helping children grow into independent, confident, and self-sufficient adults. Lenore Skenazy is the author of Free-Range Kids: How Parents and Teachers Can Let Go and Let Grow, and Christina Hillsberg is the author of License to Parent: How My Career as a Spy Helped Me Raise Resourceful, Self-Sufficient Kids.

 Illinois Caverns State Natural area

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The 21st Show - July 08, 2021

Illinois Caverns Are Reopening

This summer, the caves in Monroe County reopened to visitors for the first time in a decade! Learn how you can visit the Illinois Caverns State Natural area. 

Crime scene tape is visible at the American Legion post in north Champaign after a shooting during the afternoon of July 2, 2021.

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The 21st Show - July 08, 2021

Should High Crime Lead to More Policing?

Gun violence is on pace to be the highest it’s been since 2016. To hear more about how violence and policing are related, The 21st spoke to an Assistant Public Defender for Cook County.

Police tape marks off a Chicago street as officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the city's South Side on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

The 21st Show - July 08, 2021

Surviving Gun Violence

A recent city health report found that the life expectancy of Black Chicagoans was 9 years less than others due to the epidemic of gun violence. We talked with a reporter of The Trace, which started a series examining grief and perserverance in neighborhoods facing violence.

President Joe Biden speaks during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House, Sunday, July 4, 2021, in Washington.

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The 21st Show - July 07, 2021

President Biden Visits Illinois

Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief with the Chicago Sun-Times joins us to talk about President Joe Biden's visit to Illinois and the future of the state Congressional delegation.

The 21st Show - July 06, 2021

Buying Directly from Home Food Producers

Legislation in Illinois would make it easier for some home chefs and bakers to sell their products. The 21st spoke with two food producers in Illinois who have advocated for this law.

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