The 21st Show - August 10, 2021

Rebroadcast: Author Interview: Shankar Vedantam, “Useful Delusions”

"Hidden Brain" podcast host and author Shankar Vedantam wants us to reconsider the impulse to make truth the be-all, end-all — and instead think about the value of falsehood. He joined The 21st to discuss this and more about his new book, Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain.

Photo courtesy of Darryl Sullivan 

The 21st Show - August 10, 2021

Rebroadcast: Illinois Olympian: Darryl Sullivan

Illinois native Darryl Sullivan was headed to the Tokyo Olympics for the high jump. He’s ranked third in the world this year. We spoke to him about COVID-19 procedures, marijuana usage among Olympic sports athletes and how he's feeling leading up to the competition.

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The 21st Show - August 09, 2021

“Forever Chemicals” Found in Illinois Drinking Water

"Forever chemicals" have been found at dangerous levels in Illinois drinking water — posing potential long-term health risks for some communities. To hear more, The 21st spoke to Brett Chase, a reporter who covers the environment and public health for the Chicago Sun-Times.  

The 21st Show - August 09, 2021

Reactions to Mask Mandates in K-12 Schools

The 21st discussed the recent school mask mandate, and the latest updates on COVID-19 and its variants with. We were also joined by the executive director for the Illinois High School Association about what school sports will look like this upcoming academic year.

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The 21st Show - August 05, 2021

World Debut: “Illini Anthem”

The 21st was joined by the University of Illinois' School of Music to discuss a potential new fight song that celebrates diversity and inclusion by incorporating hip-hop into its sound. 

Rapper Kendrick Lamar accepts the award for best rap album for

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The 21st Show - August 05, 2021

Hip-Hop In Academia

Hip hop has long been a part of popular American culture, yet when it comes to being perceived as legitimate by prestigious institutions, it is often left behind. The 21st spoke with two music educators from universities in Illinois about the push to legitimize hip hop in academia.

Photo Courtesy of Girls Like Me Project

The 21st Show - August 04, 2021

The Girls Like Me Project

The 21st spoke to the Girls Like Me Project founder La’ Keisha Gray-Sewell about the organization and how it helps young Black girls take a critical look at the media and culture, and find a voice of their own. 

State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign)

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The 21st Show - August 04, 2021

Interview: State Sen. Scott Bennett on Race, Police And Cannabis

State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined The 21st to discuss cannabis policy, gun violence and improving community relations with law enforcement with guest host Lamont Holden. Bennett reached out to Holden after reading his essay about being Black in America.

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