Social Justice Learning: LGBTQ+, Pride, and Allyship

In honor of Pride Month, our digital Social Justice Learning space is revisiting the experiences of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning in America. Begin exploring this topic today.

The LGBTQ community faces unique problems that can lead to higher rates of mental illness.

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The 217 Today Podcast - June 11, 2021

217 Today: Friday May 11, 2021

In today's deep dive, an independent Illinois watchdog group released a report detailing neglect and abuse at a residential school for students with disabilities in Aurora.

Classic Mornings - June 10, 2021

8–0 de Waart

What a great birthday billboard that would make! 

Photo courtesy of Aisha Praught Leer

The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

Illinois Olympian Aisha Praught Leer

Aisha Praught Leer was raised in Moline, ran track at Illinois State and now runs as part of the Jamaican National Team. She joined The 21st to talk about what training with a group and what that was like during the pandemic as well as running for Jamaica.  

The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

The History And Harm of Illinois’ Criminal HIV Law

The Illinois General Assembly passed a law that made it a crime to not disclose one’s HIV status in certain situations in 1989. The law has disproportiantely affected Black and brown people, and now an overwhelming majority of Illinois lawmakers have voted to repeal that law. 

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The 21st Show - June 10, 2021

Concerns About Rented Farmland

Illinois has the highest rate of rented farmland in the country. This could have environmental and economic consequences for the next generation of prospective farmers. The 21st spoke to an agriculture reporter and a farmland owner about the issue and its implications. 

A screen shot of Harley Hand (lower left) playing Farming Simulator. He has more than 40,000 followers on his Facebook gaming page.


The 217 Today Podcast - June 10, 2021

217 Today: Thursday June 10, 2021

In today's deep dive, even though only 3% of Americans are currently farmers, a lot of people still identify as part of the agricultural lifestyle. That community has found a home in a video game.

Ride Across Illinois website

The 21st Show - June 09, 2021

One Day Bike Ride Across Illinois

A group of cyclists are undertaking the One Day Bike Ride Across Illinois, a 150 mile trip from the banks of the Mississippi River in Thompson Illinois to the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. The 21st spoke with one od those cyckists to hear more about the distance, endurance and what they’ve seen on the ride across our state.

The 21st Show - June 09, 2021

Rebroadcast: No Such Thing As Dream Job

The 21st spoke with writer Rainesford Stafford about her book "An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional," a collection of stories from young people who have rejected the pressure to be perfect. 

 Manuel Rene Del Carmen organizes bags of recyclables and throws them into their allotted storage spaces at the Sure We Can recycling depot, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in the Bushwick neighborhood of New York.

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The 21st Show - June 09, 2021

Rebroadcast: Rethinking Recycling

Even if we’re careful about sorting paper from plastic, and washing that plastic, too, what really happens to our recycling? An Illinois expert says all that paper and plastic you carefully sort from the trash might very well end up in a landfill. 

The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System in Danville is currently experiencing a staff shortage of over 200 positions.

Farrah Anderson/Illinois Newsroom

The 217 Today Podcast - June 09, 2021

217 Today: Wednesday June 9, 2021

In today's deep dive, a Vermilion County health official explains why COVID-19 vaccination rates are lagging in Vermillion County.

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