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The 21st

Monday-Friday 11 a.m.
  • Hosted by Niala Boodhoo

A 21st century radio show for the 21st state, this hourlong live news and information program brings people together and sparks conversations on-air and online around the issues and ideas that affect people’s everyday lives across the state. Hosted by veteran journalist Niala Boodhoo.


  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:04pm
    On the 21st: Chicago wants to be the place where Amazon builds its second headquarters. Plus, Illinois Public Media is releasing a new hourlong radio documentary about the Vietnam War featuring Illinois voices. And, some essential dos and don'ts as flu season makes a return. [View the story "Will Amazon Build Their Second HQ In Chicago?; WILL's Vietnam War Documentary; Flu Season Advice" on Storify]
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:15pm
    On the 21st: Why East St. Louis' public housing complexes create difficult living conditions, even after 32 years of federal management. Plus, how researchers at the University of Illinois are bringing "The Internet Of Things" to the battlefield, and a quick update with Cheryl Raye Stout on whether the Cubs can rally after falling behind two games to none against the L.A. Dodgers [View the story "Public Housing In East St. Louis; The Internet Of (Battlefield) Things; Cubs Down 0-2 In NLCS" on Storify] .
  • Monday, October 16, 2017 3:27pm
    On the 21st: How Illinoisans might be affected by the Trump administration’s move to end Affordable Care Act subsidies. Plus, we learn about a major migrant labor housing camp in Rantoul and an oral history program by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library that archives high school sports stories.  [View the story "Ending ACA Subsidies; Migrant Housing In Illinois; High School Sports Stories; State Politics" on Storify]
  • Friday, October 13, 2017 3:54pm
    On the 21st: How economist Richard Thaler's unconventional style helped him win the Nobel Prize this week. Plus, we revisit our conversation with Chicago author Marcus Sakey on his novel 'Afterlife,' and rebroadcast our interview with two creators of the 'Hate Has No Home Here' campaign. [View the story "Richard Thaler Wins Nobel Prize; Marcus Sakey On 'Afterlife'; 'Hate Has No Home' Campaign" on Storify]
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:16pm
    On the 21st: Illinois' tuition and fees at public colleges are the fifth highest in the nation. How did we get here? Plus, how the once-endangered bobcat is now a part of hunting season. But first, the challenges seniors - especially in rural areas - face with getting the food they need for a healthy lifestyle. [View the story "Illinois Lags Behind In College Affordability; Bobcat Hunting Permits Double; Seniors Facing Hunger" on Storify]
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A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.