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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.


  • Friday, June 15, 2018 12:01pm
    On the 21st: Earlier this week, we hosted a conversation in front of a live audience at Riggs Brewery in Urbana. We focused on the issue of trauma—what it is, how it's affecting kids, and what all members of the community should do about it. Today, we're bringing you that conversation in a special hourlong broadcast. On today’s show, you’ll hear a special hour of a community event we recorded in Urbana earlier this week. We focused on one important issue that affects kids, families, and educators all over the state from every socioeconomic background: helping children deal with trauma. When we say trauma, we’re talking about everything from violence in their communities to problems at home. Or maybe even having a medical condition that causes trauma. Whatever the cause, children who experience trauma can experience long-lasting effects. And where does this play out? Well, for children—in school. Educators spend a lot of time with children. And students affected by trauma have those problems show up in the classroom. So we convened an audience of parents, teachers, activists - and children - to talk about how schools in Illinois are dealing with this. Lee Gaines has been reporting on how Illinois schools are stepping in to help these children. She reported on this for the Illinois Newsroom, a new statewide reporting project based at Illinois Public Media. We were also joined by Karen Simms, founder of Meridian K Consulting. She works with families, teachers and kids to better cope with trauma. Regina Crider is the director of the Youth Family Peer Support Alliance and advocates on behalf of youth and families affected by mental illness. She is also the Pastor at Crossroad of Life Community Church. And Elizabeth Degruy is the director of special education for Champaign Unit 4 Schools. Niala spoke with Lee, Karen, Regina and Elizabeth in front of a live audience at Riggs Brewery in Urbana on Tuesday night.
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:45pm
    On the 21st: How two Muslim-American food bloggers are planning for Eid. Also, the Field Museum's newest addition: the world's largest dinosaur. And, we talk with G. Riley Mills about how to use communication for success. Muslims around North America and right here in Illinois - celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan with Eid beginning tonight at sundown. There’s usually lots of food involved - and what you serve is really up to you: We talked Eid - and food - with Yvonne Maffei. She’s the author and blogger of My Halal Kitchen. Chicago based food blogger Abeer Najjar was also on the line with us.  "Even though we've been fasting all month, and we want to make these great big buffets, I think we just take joy sometimes in the simple things—like most of the adults are just waiting for that morning cup of coffee." —@TheAbeerNajjar, on celebrating Eid al-Fitr — The 21st (@21stShow) June 14, 2018 Plus- Visitors to the Chicago Field Museum might remember SUE- the T-Rex who called Stanley Field Hall home for more than a decade. Well - if you thought Sue was big - today’s guests might be surprised to see a new goliath greet them as they walk into the massive atrium at the museum. Maximo is his name and at 122 feet, he’s the world’s largest known dinosaur. Originally from, Argentina, this titanosaur would have weighed a daunting 70 tons back when he roamed the Earth 100-million years ago. Now, his 8 foot high femur reminds visitors just how powerful this plant-eater once was. Last week, I had a chance to meet Maximo at the Field Museum. Bill Simpson is the collections manager of fossil vertebrae for the museum and is also the head of geological collections there, and we got a chance to talk about Maximo with him today. Bill Simpson says comparing T-Rex SUE to Maximo is a little like comparing “A lion to African elephants. A big plant eater is always going to be bigger than these carnivores.” Either way one thing is clear- Maximo’s 122 ft frame beats out everyone else. — The 21st (@21stShow) June 14, 2018 And- Here’s a speech you don’t want to give: "My name is Phil Davison and I am seeking our party’s nomination." This example of communication gone awry - which led to this unfortunate local official’s viral Web video a few years ago - is used by my next guest when he’s teaching people how to better communicate. Gary Mills is the co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Company, a global communication skills firm based in Chicago. He’s speaking at the annual Society for Human Resource Management conference in Chicago next week about his new book. It’s called "THE BULLSEYE PRINCIPLE: Mastering Intention-Based Communication to Collaborate, Execute, and Succeed." And he was with us at our studios at Northwestern University in Evanston. You don't want to be the result of a google search for "Worst Speaker of All Time." Luckily he got help from Chicagoan @grileymills #BullseyePrinciple — The 21st (@21stShow) June 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018 1:30pm
    On the 21st: How the Trump Administration could slow down the visa process for foreign doctors. Plus, we speak with the Consul General of Guatemala regarding the latest on a volcano eruption in his home country. And, we'll hear from hear from some of Illinois’ most passionate soccer fans about which World Cup bandwagon to jump on. But first, the current state of Illinois' waterways -- and how their health can affect ours. Did you know there are 120,000 miles of rivers across Illinois. It’s not just an important source of our drinking water, but especially now that it’s summer, rivers and lakes are a great way to spend time outdoors. So we thought we should check in the health of our waterways. Carol Hays, Executive Director of the Prairie Rivers Network - was in studio with us in Urbana. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s Josh Mogerman spoke with us on line today. "Know before you go," says @JoshatNRDC when it comes to e.coli at the beach. The last thing you want is for your kids to end up with an upset stomach. 2/3 of the waterways are "impaired" in someway adds @carolhays from @PrairieRivers. — The 21st (@21stShow) June 13, 2018 Plus-  After a temporary delay, The Trump administration will now begin processing stalled or denied visa applications for international medical graduates trying to enter U.S. residency programs. These highly-skilled, foreign born doctors-in-training are applying for H-1B visas. Long wait times and the delays I mentioned above have U.S. doctors worried about possible shortages, especially for rural and underserved populations.   Illinois is one of the top three U.S. states that brings in doctors on H-1B visa programs. Nationally - we’re talking about 10,000 or so doctors. Dr. John Cullen, President-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Kristen Harris, an immigration attorney at Harris Immigration Law in Chicago joined us to talk about this matter. Dr. John Cullen from @aafp explains that July 1st is that when new residency classes start, and many foreign medical school grads don't have their #H1B. Without their #visas, there just won't be enough workforce, he says, especially in underserved areas. — The 21st (@21stShow) June 13, 2018 And-  On June 3rd the Volcan de Fuego - or ‘Volcano of Fire’ erupted near Guatemala’s capital. Two days later, it erupted again. More than a hundred people have died - and as many as 200 people are still missing. This disaster has affected the lives of not just the entire nation of Guatemala, but Guatemalans around the world. Illinois is home to about 50,000 Guatemalans, mainly in the Chicago area. And community members have been trying to find ways to support those who need help more than 2000 miles away. We were joined by Billy Muñoz, the Consul General of the Guatemalan Consulate in Chicago.  Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupted Sunday, leaving dozens dead and nearly 200 hurt. Organizers in IL are trying to help. Tune in to learn more: #Guatemala #guatemalavolcano — The 21st (@21stShow) June 13, 2018 Also- If you’re a fan of men’s soccer, you probably remember that moment from last October when the US men's national team lost to Trinidad and Tobago. That shocking upset meant that the US men’s team failed to make the World Cup for the first time in 31 years. But even though the U-S won’t be there, the World Cup is still the largest sporting event in the world. It starts this week - and soccer fans all over Illinois are getting ready. Cooper Kennard, Vice President of American Outlaws Bloomington joined us to talk about the World Cup. World Cup fever is here! And boy do the @AmericanOutlaws have it. Find places to watch in IL: #WorldCup #WorldCup2018 — The 21st (@21stShow) June 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:38pm
    On the 21st: The impact of the budget crisis on Illinois health care providers. Plus, we discussed how to recognize tornadoes and what to do in the event of one. But first, we talked with Dr. Kathy Albain and two women with breast cancer about a breakthrough chemotherapy study. We all know how scary cancer can be. Those of you who are regular listeners know about my breast cancer diagnosis last year. So I can say - from personal experience - I was thrilled to see new groundbreaking research about breast cancer that was presented in Chicago at this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting. Some patients who are diagnosed early with breast cancer will be able to avoid having to undergo chemotherapy completely thanks to this new study, just published New England Journal of Medicine. One of the co-authors of the national team, Dr. Kathy Albain, and two women who worked closely with her, spoke with us today about the breakthrough. "Did I do the right thing, did I do the right thing," wondered one of the study participants Jennifer Mall of Downers Grove. She now knows she did. She decided not to have chemotherapy during her #breastcancer treatment before this landmark research concluded.@LoyolaMed — The 21st (@21stShow) June 12, 2018 Plus-  Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law a $38.5 billion spending plan for the state of Illinois. It’s first time he approved a full yearlong budget since taking office in 2015. Just a reminder - last time around, we had a two-year budget impasse that was only resolved after members of Gov. Rauner’s own party voted to override his budget vetoes. And for the past three years, the healthcare industry has been feeling the effects of that impasse - and the reduced amount of state resources and funding, especially for addiction treatment providers. What impact did the budget crisis have on Illinois health care providers and what does it mean to finally have a new state budget?  Tim Stumm, Editor of Health News Illinois joined us for the first half of this segment, while the CEO of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, Sara Howe, talked with us during the latter half. "We've heard about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. But you don't need to be a high profile person to be suffering."@SaraMHowe from @IABH_1967 #mentalhealth #twill #healthcare — The 21st (@21stShow) June 12, 2018 And-  If you were in the central Illinois area on Sunday, then you know that we were hit with major storms - storms that have now been confirmed as tornadoes. The National Weather Service confirmed two weak tornadoes touched down after 2 p.m. that afternoon. No one was injured, but the tornadoes did damage several homes in the area and many more lost power. We thought it was a good time to all of us throughout the state listening now to get a reminder about different types of tornadoes and what to do when they hit. Jeff Frame from the U of I’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Lyn Hruska, CEO of the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region joined us to talk about Tornado safety. "Sirens are old technology dating back to the cold war. They're only meant to be heard outdoors," says @VORTEXJeff. "In 2018 we should not be relying on outdoor sirens." Download an app from @fema for your region: @RedCrossCSIL — The 21st (@21stShow) June 12, 2018  
  • Monday, June 11, 2018 1:20pm
    On the 21st: We're speaking with two Illinois senators about the higher education brain drain in Illinois. Plus, Korean Americans here in Illinois weigh in on the upcoming summit. Finally, two Illinois natives are trying to be the first to finish the 320-mile Rock River Trail. Many seniors across the state have been celebrating their graduation and are spending their summer preparing to leave for college. But, more and more they’ll be leaving for somewhere out of state. Since 2000, the number of Illinois residents enrolled as freshman at colleges outside the state has increased by 73 percent. That means that almost half of high school grads choose an out-of-state option, leaving our 12 public universities with shrinking enrollment.  This is an issue we’ve talked about before on the 21st. But, it’s one that’s now receiving bipartisan attention in Springfield thanks to Senator Chapin Rose and Senator Pat McGuire, both on call with us during the show. "Our biggest competitor is nowhere." That's what a number of college administrators told @PatMcGuire43 about students who aren't coming to their schools in Illinois.#HigherEducation #twill @SenChapinRose — The 21st (@21stShow) June 11, 2018 Plus-  If you’ve been following the news this weekend - or this morning - you’ve been hearing analysis about President Trump’s lack of diplomacy following the G-7 Summit in Quebec - and what that means for his next trip - and historic meeting that starts this evening in Singapore. We wanted to check in with Korean Americans living in Illinois to hear how they’re feeling about tomorrow’s big summit, but first we wanted to make sure we were up to speed with what’s on the agenda. We were joined by Karl Friedhoff from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Albert Lee, a Korean American living in Champaign, Rev. Nayoung Ha and Sik Son from KA Voice. "People ask me, 'Where are you from? Are you Korean?' and they follow up with 'North or South?' And that's a really hard question to ask me." - Albert Lee, Champaign Urbana area resident and Korean American — The 21st (@21stShow) June 11, 2018 And-  The Rock River Trail stretches through 11 counties in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Although a handful of Illinoisans have completed the trail by foot, car or paddle, two northern Illinois natives are hoping to become the first to complete the 320-mile Rock River Trail by bike. Carl Nelson is a host and producer at WNIJ and Dan Libman is a writer and English instructor at Northern Illinois University. The pair set out yesterday at the intersection of the Rock River and the Mississippi in Wisconsin and they’re working their way down as part of the five day trek. They were on line with us from Southern Wisconsin to talk about how they might see themselves completing the trail. .@TeamFurBandit really wants to hear what the river has meant to people and talk to folks along the way. Go out and say hello! Follow along at — The 21st (@21stShow) June 11, 2018

Downstate Debate Canceled After Pritzker Declines

Feb 20, 2018
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The only debate on live television planned for outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for Illinois governor has been canceled.

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A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.