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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, December 8, 2017 4:17pm
    On this encore edition of The 21st: Why it's so tough to keep the world's largest freshwater system clean. Plus, an interview with the mayor of Metropolis, Illinois. [View the story "The Death And Life Of The Great Lakes; Superman's Hometown" on Storify]
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:49pm
    On The 21st: Bus company Suburban Express is facing a civil rights inquiry after circulating an email ad that singled out Chinese students. Plus, what anti-smoking ads look like when tobacco companies are forced to make them as part of a court ruling. But first, some tips on how to make sure you're donating smartly to charities. [View the story "Advice For Donating This Holiday Season; Suburban Express; Anti-Smoking Ads" on Storify]
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:24pm
    On The 21st: How would Republican tax reform plans affect higher education in the United States? Plus, we learn more about sanctuary cities and the story of Francisca Lino, while also hearing about the 1967 voyage of Chicago transplant Francis Brenton.  [View the story "Tax Reform Targets Higher Ed; Sanctuary Cities And Francisca Lino's Story; Francis Brenton's Canoe Expedition" on Storify]
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 3:19pm
    On The 21st: What the Thompson Center means to Chicago and Illinois, and why it might be on its way out. Plus, why soybeans have become the most harvested crop in America. But first, the deadline for filing petitions to run for office was Monday. We'll tell you who's in and who's out. [View the story "Should We Save The Thompson Center?; Soybeans On The Rise; Candidates File Their Petitions" on Storify]
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 5:00pm
    On The 21st: What will the state’s Medicaid overhaul and other health insurance news mean for Illinoisans? Plus, we discuss gender-based price discrimination and wish happy 199th birthday to Illinois.  [View the story "Health Insurance Updates; Gender And Pricing Discrimination; Illinois' 199th Birthday" on Storify]
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A cost-cutting move in Unit 5 schools may be paying off in another way for students.