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Stressed Out By Politics? You’re Not Alone

Keeping up with the news can feel overwhelming for many people. According to the latest ‘Stress in America’ report from the American Psychological Association, Americans say various issues in the news—like health care, mass shootings and the upcoming election—are significant sources of stress.

n this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, lead grower Dave Wilson cares for marijuana plants at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
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The 21st—Monday, December 9, 2019

Today on The 21st: Research shows roughly 40% of Americans are stressed out by politics. We spoke with the political scientist behind that new study and got tips from a psychologist on how to protect your emotional health as you engage with the news. We’ll also learned how dance classes can help people living with Parkinson’s disease. But first, Illinois is set to become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. We explored how legalization is playing out across the Midwest.

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Keeping The Peace During The Holidays; How Teachers Teach Thanksgiving; Hot Takes On Thanksgiving Food

Millions of people are getting ready for a big get together with loved ones. We’ll hear from two Illinois psychologists on how to keep the peace, and perhaps, even have a good time. Plus, Thanksgiving is one of America’s oldest holidays. But its history is pretty complicated. So how should we be teaching it in 2019? And, we’ll dive into your opinions about Thanksgiving food. Everything from how to make the best turkey, what pie to serve... and yes, whether cranberry sauce is really a good idea.

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