Joanne Lee Molinaro gained a following by creating videos in which she cooks vegan versions of Korean recipes while sharing personal stories.

The Korean Vegan

The 21st Show - November 10, 2021

The Korean Vegan: Joanne Lee Molinaro talks food and identity

Joanne Lee Molinaro has been sharing her recipes and family stories since 2016, but the Illinois native and graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign never expected her food, and her words, to mean so much to so many people. She joined The 21st to talk about her book "Korean Vegan," as well as the intersection of food and cultural identity. This segment originally aired on September 18, 2021.

Department of Children and Family Services building in Springfield.

Capitol News Illinois file photo

The 21st Show - November 10, 2021

How DCFS is failing Spanish-speaking families

Despite a court order, Illinois’ child-welfare agency continues to fail Spanish-speaking families; that’s the conclusion of an investigation by ProPublica. We talked with one of the reporters behind the story. This segment originally aired on September 16, 2021.

City of Urbana

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The 21st Show - November 09, 2021

Enduring seasonal depression

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, affects an estimated 10 million Americans each year. To talk about it, The 21st was joined by a professor of clinical psychiatry and the clinical director of a counseling center.

Rick Otey and other veterans greet elementary school children after class.

Courtesy of Rick Otey

The 21st Show - November 09, 2021

A cross-generational conversation with Illinois Veterans

There are nearly 800,000 veterans currently living in Illinois, each with a unique story and experience during their service and as transition back into civilian life. Ahead of Veteran’s Day, we spoke with four of those Illinois veterans about why they served, what challenges they face, and misconceptions about veterans and their experiences.

The 21st Show - November 08, 2021

Economist Emily Oster says run your family like a business

Emily Oster is an economist, known for using data to apply rational thinking to everything from COVID risk to family matters, like pregnancy and parenting. She joined The 21st to talk about her latest book, “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.” This segment originally aired on September 20, 2021. 

Northern Public Radio

The 21st Show - November 08, 2021

Reporter roundtable: The Illinois Report Card

The annual report from the Illinois State Board of Education revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic affected student enrollment. Also, many districts are forced to deal with vacancies.

AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

The 21st Show - November 04, 2021

Undoing community violence and trauma

Today, we bring the ideas of gun violence, mental health, and trauma together to talk about the cycle this can create: people witness violence in their community or their home and then contribute to the violence in their community or home.

The 21st Show - November 03, 2021

Public Service Loan Forgiveness overhaul

Graduates have been frustrated and confused by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for years. Last month The Department of Education announced reforms that they hope will make it easier for public sector workers to have their loans forgiven. To talk about the program, The 21st was joined by directors from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Student Borrower Protection Center.

The 21st Show - November 03, 2021

What’s next for Adam Kinzinger?

Last week, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger came out with a video announcing he would not be seeking re-election. There’s been speculation about him possibly running for governor or the US Senate here in Illinois — both of which would be uphill climbs just to win the primary. We talked about what the future might hold for Kinzinger with former leading conservative radio host and current editor-at-large of "The Bulwark."

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