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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.


  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:00pm
    On The 21st: Teen girls around the country are leading the charge for change in their communities. Now more than ever, publications like Teen Vogue and Rookie Mag are adapting to this new wave of "girls media." Plus, we get the latest on more legionnaires cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Also, we hear from Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips about why he's tired of gun violence in movies. And, we continue our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with Jeanne Ives. 
  • Monday, February 19, 2018 1:43pm
    On The 21st: We talk to Kate Masur about the 1942 President Abraham Lincoln memoir, They Knew Lincoln, that has just been reprinted. We also begin our series of gubernatorial candidate interviews with J.B. Pritzker. 
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 4:15pm
    On The 21st: Longtime political reporter Kerry Lester talks about her book that reveals stories of sexual harassment in state politics. We also speak with two woman lawmakers from both parties about this issue, what their own experiences have been, and what should be done about it. Plus, a preview of a little movie called Black Panther. [View the story "'No, My Place: Reflections On Sexual Harassment In Illinois Government And Politics; Black Panther Preview" on Storify]
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 5:00pm
    On the 21st: Reactions from Senate President John Cullerton, Rep. David Harris, and WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold on Gov. Rauner's budget address. Plus, Dr. Craig Gundersen from the University of Illinois talks about President Trump's plan to convert electronic food benefits to boxes of packaged food. We also conclude our interviews with candidates for attorney general with state representative Scott Drury.  [View the story "Reactions to Gov. Rauner's Budget Address; Trump's 'Harvest Box' Plan; AG Candidate Scott Drury" on Storify]
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 12:00pm
    On The 21st: A special live preview of Gov. Rauner's budget address, broadcasting from the rotunda of the state capitol. We heard from Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza, and a variety of groups who are hoping the governor will address their interests.  [View the story "Live From The State Capitol: A Preview Of The Budget Address" on Storify]

Downstate Debate Canceled After Pritzker Declines

14 hours ago
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

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

Ryan Denham / WGLT

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