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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.


  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 6:30pm
    On the 21st: We're live from the Illinois State Fair! Whether it's agriculture, food, entertainment, and family fun, we've got you covered. 
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:56pm
    On The 21st: We speak with teachers from around the state about what they want parents to know. Plus, more than 100 publications around the country are coordinating editorials that defend the right of a free press. And, we talk to members of a central Illinois team in the FIRST LEGO League. But first, a new law in Illinois requires all schools to have systems in place to identify and advance or accommodate academically gifted children of all ages. 
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:53am
    On The 21st: We talk to the members of the Anti-Harassment, Equity and Access Panel about what they're doing to level the playing field for women in politics. Also, what's behind the "solar boom" in Southern Illinois? But first, a new statewide study is measuring something called kindergarten readiness - that is, whether kindergarten students are ready for the school year when they first enter.
  • Monday, August 13, 2018 3:36pm
    On the 21st: Parents who can’t afford the price tag of mental health treatment may consider a workaround as a last resort: giving up custody of your child to the state. Plus, we revisit some of our beloved classic dessert recipes before the advent of the refrigerator.
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018 12:33pm
    On the 21st: How do we overcome fear? We talked with Martha Nussbaum about how fear is affecting our politics and political discourse -- and what to do about it. Plus, We discussed the graphic novel adaptation of "Kindred," the difficulties of adapting a work into a comic or graphic novel and the difference between the two.

Downstate Debate Canceled After Pritzker Declines

Feb 20, 2018
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.