(from left) Amanda Robles, Heather Velazquez, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, and Crissy Guerrero in American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, running March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe.

Jim Cox

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

American Mariachi Fills Illinois Theater

"American Mariachi" is the story of a woman's quest to start an all-female mariachi band — something that would have been unheard of back in the 1970s. We talked with the play's director, Henry Godinez. 

Sandy, a binturong at Brookfield Zoo, receives a COVID-19 vaccine administered by Dr. Mike Adkesson, vice president of clinical medicine for the Chicago Zoological Society, and assisted by Maggie Chardell and Craig Stevens, lead animal care specialists.

Cathy Bazzoni/CZS-Brookfield Zoo

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

Vaccinating Zoo Animals Against COVID-19

As our communities continue efforts to get more people the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination have recently begun for other species. Zoo animals are now being inoculated using a specialized vaccine at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. 

The 21st Show - September 27, 2021

Roundtable: COVID-19 And Boosters

More than 60 percent of Illinoisans, ages 12 and up, are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but in some parts of the state, like Southern Illinois, that number is much lower, as hospitals in the region have reached capacity in their ICUs. We were joined by reporters from around the state to talk about the latest on the pandemic in Illinois. 

Facebook page from Pawnee HS

The 21st Show - September 23, 2021

Racist High School Mascots Still Exist

Even as professional and university sports teams have changed their names away from racist Native American mascots and logos, dozens of Illinois high schools continue to hold to them. We're talking with people who want to hold on to the imagery and those who want it banned. 

School buses in Springfield, Illinois

AP Photo/Seth Perlman

The 21st Show - September 23, 2021

Student Mental Health Days

In August, Governor J.B Pritzker signed a new bill that will allow students to take off up to five mental health days from school starting in January. We answered your questions about how these days would be implemented.

The 21st Show - September 22, 2021

Relationships In Black And White

A survey done by Pew Research Center showed that people who were Black believed that marrying someone outside of their race was generally a bad thing twice as much as people who were white. We talked with two essayists who recently wrote about interracial relationships. 

The city hall in Quincy, Illinois

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Would You Move To Quincy For $5,000?

Like a lot of places around the country, Quincy, Illinois, is struggling to fill jobs and has experienced population loss in recent years. The city's mayor and a new resident of Quincy joined The 21st today.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, a security guard opens the door to the Whole Women's Health Clinic in Fort Worth, Texas. A Texas law banning most abortions in the state took effect at midnight.

AP Photo/LM Otero, File

The 21st Show - September 21, 2021

Illinois Reacts To Texas Abortion Law

After the most restrictive abortion restrictions in the country were allowed to go into effect in Texas, ripples are already being seen in the rest of the country, including in Illinois. We were joined by representatives from both sides of the issue.

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