Kyle Rittenhouse sits with his attorneys after a lunch break and waits for proceedings to start at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.

Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

The 21st Show - November 22, 2021

Reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict

On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. The 18-year-old from Antioch, Illinois crossed state lines the night of the shooting.

The 21st Show - November 18, 2021

Photographer Lynsey Addario on Afghanistan

Lynsey Addario is a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist whose striking images from nearly every theater of war in the 21st century tell the story of the people living in these conflict zones. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," Addario was also named one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years for changing the way we see world conflict by American Photo Magazine. She is also the bestselling author of the memoir "It's What I Do." 

Up Beet Jams provides plant-based meals, including Thanksgiving dinners, to people in central Illinois.

Up Beet Jams

The 21st Show - November 18, 2021

Thanksgiving foodways

The rich and complicated history of Thanksgiving is just one of a few things to consider when many of us sit down to dinner one week from now. On today’s show, we discussed the history of Thanksgiving foodways, or culinary traditions, and how to host a potential Thanksgiving meal that honors your own family’s heritage with the holiday’s rich history. We also delved into the history of plant-based eating and adapting your favorite recipes to suit varying dietary habits.

People protest outside the offices of the New Mexico Public Education Department's office, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The education department proposed changes to the social studies curriculum that critics describe as a veiled attempt to teach critical race theory. Supporters say the new curriculum, which includes ethnic studies, is

AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio

The 21st Show - November 17, 2021

Critical Race Theory: What is it? Where is it taught? How is it weaponized?

Today we spent our show understanding what Critical Race Theory is, why it’s become so weaponized and what examining systemic racism in a classroom setting looks like. To talk about it, we were joined by a professor of information sciences, a professor of education who teaches Critical Race Theory, a professor from NIU's Center for Black Studies, and a public policy reporter.

Certified nurse midwife Danielle Kraessig meets with patient Yakini Branch at the PCC South Family Health Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Berwyn, Ill. The clinic may receive a permit to operate the first birth center in Illinois as soon as Feb. 5, 2013. Midwives and other supporters of birth alternatives for Illinois women with low-risk pregnancies have been working for years to provide such centers, which are already available in 37 other states.

AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

The 21st Show - November 16, 2021

Midwifery returns to Illinois

In 2022, the certified professional midwife profession will become an officially licensed occupation in Illinois. We talked with two women who are glad for the legislative change but say it needs to go further.

Sarah Clemente snuggles with daughter Penelope Clemente, 6, at their home in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Clemente supported a paid family medical leave proposal that was removed from President Joe Biden's social spending plan because of opposition from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

AP Photo/Jay Reeves

The 21st Show - November 16, 2021

The state of paid family leave in Illinois

The United States is currently one of only six counties without a national paid leave policy. To talk about the current state of paid family leave in Illinois, The 21st was joined by a professor of labor and employment relations and someone who's been working to expand access to paid leave in Illinois.

Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. Concertgoers described mounting anticipation for the headline rapper that led people to push toward the stage.

Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File

The 21st Show - November 15, 2021

Crowd Control Concerns

Ten people were killed, and 300 were injured at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival when a crowd surge occurred near the stage during the performance. The investigation into exactly what caused the deadly crush of people is still ongoing, but experts are weighing in now about what may have gone wrong, and how to prevent these types of tragedies in the future. The 21st was joined by a venue manager and a crowd safety expert.

A man walks with a child through Fort Bliss' Doña Ana Village where Afghan refugees are being housed, in New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The Biden administration provided the first public look inside the U.S. military base where Afghans airlifted out of Afghanistan are screened, amid questions about how the government is caring for the refugees and vetting them.

AP Photo/David Goldman

The 21st Show - November 15, 2021

Afghan child refugees in Illinois

Since Afghanistan collapsed into Taliban control in August as the world looked on, some 70,000 Afghans were evacuated into the United States.  Almost 850 of those have come here to Illinois, with that number possibly expanding to 3000. According to a recent ProPublica investigative piece, chaos has erupted in the Chicago shelters housing many of the children who came to Illinois. The children are suffering from the traumas of a hasty evacuation, of war, and of separation from their families. We spoke to the reporter behind that story.

Rochelle Sennet, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of piano, paired suites by J.S. Bach with those by several Black composers for her “Bach to Black” project.

Darrell Hoemann

The 21st Show - November 11, 2021

Bach to Black: Making classical music appreciation more inclusive

Bach to Black is a new project from a University of Illinois professor and pianist that pairs Johann Sebastian Bach's music with works written by Black composers. It's designed to bridge divides in the music community and increase diversity and inclusion in classical music. This segment originally aired on October 21, 2021.

In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, photograph, a bald eagle sits in a tree in the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near San Antonio, N.M.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The 21st Show - November 11, 2021

Bald eagles in Illinois: Rebound and risks

The 21st was joined by a bird expert a conservation educator about America’s most iconic bird. The Bald Eagle population has rebounded in the past two decades and here in Illinois there are now nests in all 102 counties. But there are new threats to America's national bird. We spoke to a bird expert and a Vermilion County Conservation District educator about it. This segment originally aired on August 3, 2021.

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