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The 21st

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Join host Niala Boodhoo for an interactive talk show that sets a new standard for conversation in Illinois. The show airs M-F at 11 AM on WILL-AM580 and streams live at 21stShow.org. Follow on Twitter: @21stshow.

Most Recent Episodes

The Cost Of Student Housing; Hepatitis A Outbreak; New EpiPen Law; Selling Beer At College...

Students have been paying more and more for room and board—and that cost often gets left out of conversations about lowering tuition and debt. Plus, what's behind an uptick in Hepatitis A cases in Illinois. We also talk with the lawmaker behind Illinois's new requirement that insurers cover EpiPens, and learn why colleges are turning to alcohol sales as one strategy to boost attendance at sporting events.

The Cost Of Student Housing; Hepatitis A Outbreak; New EpiPen Law; Selling Beer At College...

Teachers Re-Entering the Classroom; Transferring From Community College To A Four-Year Col...

Many students and teachers are headed back to school this month. Today we'll ask a couple of educators who have been away from the classroom how they feel about coming back. Plus, about four in five community college students say they want to earn a bachelor's degree. But the transfer rate has stayed low. We'll learn why. And, the Pentagon is testing surveillance balloons around the Midwest, including parts of central Illinois. These balloons could be used to stop drug trafficking but they're also raising concerns about privacy. Also, the story behind the "Scabby the Rat" inflatables.

Teachers Re-Entering the Classroom; Transferring From Community College To A Four-Year Col...

Why Books Were Removed From A Danville Prison; IL Judicial Elections; Confronting White Na...

We learn why the warden of the Danville Correctional Center ordered the removal of more than 200 books from a prison education program library. And, when you hear 2020 you're probably not thinking about the state Supreme Court. But what happens in that election will have big consequences for Illinois. Plus, educators have been seeing more white nationalist propaganda in their communities, and they've come up with strategies to push back. Also, why advocates and some lawmakers want to make Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois into a national park.

Why Books Were Removed From A Danville Prison; IL Judicial Elections; Confronting White Na...

ENCORE: 'Soil Carbon Cowboys' Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

ENCORE: 'Soil Carbon Cowboys' Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

Cattle are a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. But if you graze them differently, it's possible that all these cows could actually help the environment. Plus, when you think about Midwest food, there's cheese, corn, soy... but what about shrimp? Scientists and farmers have been exploring raising saltwater fish in states like Illinois. And, recipes can be a way to remember our family, our friends and even our roots. We talk to food writer Niki Davis about sweets that may not be trendy, but taste like classics.

ENCORE: 'Soil Carbon Cowboys' Documentary; Seafood From The Midwest; Forgotten Desserts

ENCORE: Cooking With Cannabis; Midwest Food Road Trips; Writing About Black Food in Chicago

Recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois on January 1st. But there's already a whole world of edibles that includes chefs, writers, and manufacturers. Plus, have you gone on that summer road trip yet? Because there are great food destinations that aren't too far from Illinois. And, during the month of June, the Chicago Tribune put the spotlight on Black food and culture on the city's South Side.

ENCORE: Cooking With Cannabis; Midwest Food Road Trips; Writing About Black Food in Chicago

ENCORE: Urvashi Pitre And The Instant Pot; Which Pizza Ranks Supreme?

If pressure cookers scare you, good news - cookbook author Urvashi Pitre says they're nothing to fear. We revisit our conversation with her about cooking her famous butter chicken and more. Plus, whether it's pan pizza, Detroit style or Chicago deep dish, everyone has a favorite pizza place in their town. Steve Dolinsky joins us with some of his favorite places.

ENCORE: Chinese-American Food In Chicago; The Changing CSA Market

This week, we're re-airing some of our favorite conversations about food. Today: Monica Eng and Louisa Chu join us to talk about the history of Chinese-American food in Chicago. Plus, why the market for Community Shared Agriculture (or CSA) farmers has gotten increasingly difficult in recent years.

Making A Butter Cow; History of State Fair Politics; George Will On Conservatism And Illin...

If you go to the Illinois State Fair every year, there's no way you've missed the butter cow. Today we'll talk to its sculptor about how it's created. And speaking of the state fair, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing up there next week, but she's not the first politician to make an appearance. Plus, George Will is a conservative writer who's been in the national spotlight for decades. He's also a native of Champaign. We'll talk with him about Illinois politics and his latest book, The Conservative Sensibility. Also, do you use an app like Slack or Trello in your office? It turns out some families have co-opted office apps to help them organize things in their personal lives too.

Making A Butter Cow; History of State Fair Politics; George Will On Conservatism And Illin...

The Tragedy At Clinton Lake Revisited; Beardstown Braces For The Census

The Tragedy At Clinton Lake Revisited; Beardstown Braces For The Census

Almost 16 years ago, three young children died after they were trapped in a car that went into Clinton Lake. Edith Brady-Lunny has been covering the story since that first night. We'll speak with her about her new book, The Unforgiven. Also, local communities play a big part in the census. But this time, there's a lot of fear about being counted. Today, we'll focus on what this looks like in the central Illinois community of Beardstown.

Local Governments Opt Out Of Cannabis Sales; Campaigning With Childcare; A Social Media Fe...

Recreational cannabis will be legal in Illinois on January 1st. But it won't be legal to sell everywhere, because some cities have voted to ban marijuana businesses in their communities. Plus, candidates running for federal office are now allowed to spend campaign money on childcare. We'll look at how the culture around running for office and taking care of kids is changing. And Instagram is testing a feed that hides the number of likes on the posts you see. It's an idea that Illinois artist Ben Grosser has worked on for years. We'll speak to him about quality over quantity on social media.

Local Governments Opt Out Of Cannabis Sales; Campaigning With Childcare; A Social Media Fe...

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