The 21st Show - October 20, 2021

Fiona’s Guardians: Turning a novel into a podcast

Fiona’s Guardians tells the story of Fiona, a 250-year old vampire who uses human guardians to procure her nightly requirement of 10 pints of human blood. The book is now also being turned into a podcast called “Mysterious Journey: Fiona’s Guardians” produced by Artists’ Ensemble Theater in Rockford. We were joined by the novel's author and the playwright who adapted the book into a podcast script.

Midewin Prairie in Wilmington, Illinois

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

The 21st Show - October 20, 2021

Prairie preservation vs airport expansion

As part of a 280 acre expansion of the Chicago Rockford International Airport, the prairie, which has gone undeveloped for thousands of years, could be bulldozed, despite concerns that only .01% of Illinois' natural prairie remains.

AP Photo/Jim Cole

The 21st Show - October 20, 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.  This segment originally aired on August 9, 2021.

 Former Motorola manufacturing and distribution facility in Harvard, Illinois.

Harvard Economic Development Corporation

The 21st Show - October 19, 2021

How a Ukrainian oligarch hid money in an empty small town factory

Leaked documents revealed how the world’s ultra-wealthy and well-connected avoid taxes, hide their wealth, and in some cases launder money. Reporting from one of our guests revealed that an oligarch hid his money in a small Illinois town through an elaborate real-estate scheme.

On the left is the newest proposed map of legislative districts in Illinois compared to the current map, on the right.

The 21st Show - October 19, 2021

Lawmakers back to decide on abortion and redistricting

From the state’s COVID-19 response to expanding abortion rights to drawing new legislative maps for members of Congress — lawmakers have a full agenda during the fall veto session. The 21st was joined by two veteran Statehouse reporters.

The 21st Show - October 18, 2021

John Deere employees on strike

John Deere workers are striking at all 14 of their manufacturing plants across the country, four of which are in Illinois — including their headquarters in Moline. This follows the trend of many labor strikes across the country. 

Joanne Lee Molinaro

The Korean Vegan

The 21st Show - October 18, 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.

Homer Lake in Champaign County in October 2020

Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

The 21st Show - October 14, 2021

Illinois autumns impacted by climate change

Fall is in full swing in Illinois and depending on where you are in the state, we’re coming upon peak foliage season. However, there are warnings that climate change could delay and dull that signature fall color.

This Oct. 13, 2015 file photo shows abandoned buildings which dominate downtown in Cairo, Ill. Alexander County, Illinois' southernmost county

AP Photo/Seth Perlman File

The 21st Show - October 14, 2021

Census shows white flight from Illinois

Even though Illinois' population loss wasn’t as bad as predicted, it still wasn't great — Illinois did lose population, while most states gained. And precisely who is leaving Illinois is also an interesting story: it’s mostly white people saying goodbye. 

Carmen Bolden-Day with her son Jelani Day

Justice for Jelani Day Facebook page

The 21st Show - October 13, 2021

Carmen Bolden Day talks about her son Jelani, his life and disappearance

Jelani Day was a church-goer, athlete and had dreams of being a speech pathology doctor. On August 24, the Illinois State University grad student went missing. Nearly a month later, his body was identified after being found in the Illinois River. Today, we talked with his mother.

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