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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.


  • Monday, August 21, 2017 1:02pm
    On the 21st: The day has finally arrived; the total solar eclipse is just around the corner. We check in with people all across the country who are getting ready. Plus, we bring you the latest in Illinois politics.
  • Friday, August 18, 2017 2:49pm
    On the 21st: We check in with business owners in Carbondale and Murphysburo to hear about their last minute preparations for the total solar eclipse. Plus, we get a down-to-earth explanation of some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe and speak with Chicago singer-songwriter Dan Durley about his new album, Stone Feet.
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:01pm
    On this encore edition of the 21st: Do you ever wonder if dirt really is good for kids? We explore how bacteria in our gut and all over our bodies affect our health. We also discuss a new book that explores how, before Roe v. Wade, some religious leaders formed a secret network to refer women to doctors for unwanted pregnancies. 
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:00pm
    On the 21st: The weekend events of Charlottesville continue to reverberate with President Trump’s insistence that yesterday that the violence was caused by “both sides.” Today, we talked with different people in Illinois about how they’re processing this. Plus, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs the live auction taking place at the state fair this weekend.
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 4:13pm
    On the 21st: Immigration rights activists in Illinois are waiting for Governor Bruce Rauner to sign a bill that limits the ways local police enforce immigration laws. Plus, despite the rise of co-working spaces across the country, there aren’t a lot of  options for parents with young children. We learn about a new co-working space with flexible childcare that's coming to central Illinois and discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face when it comes to balancing careers and kids.