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The 21st is Illinois's statewide news talk show. Produced by Illinois Public Media and airing on five NPR member stations in central and northern Illinois.

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The 21st is Illinois's statewide news talk show. Produced by Illinois Public Media and airing on five NPR member stations in central and northern Illinois.

    ENCORE: Fall Foliage Trips In Illinois And Beyond

    ENCORE: Fall Foliage Trips In Illinois And Beyond

    Fall in Illinois and the Midwest has plenty to offer: apple picking, brewing up warm apple cider, fall foliage and pumpkin patches. Maybe even the occasional corn-maze to get lost in. These are just some of the fall activities you may be looking forward to. You also may be looking to get up and out for a fall road trip before colder weather sets in.

    Do Presidential Debates Even Matter?

    Do Presidential Debates Even Matter?

    Tonight is the final presidential debate before the 2020 Election — but with all the cross-talk and one-liners from the candidates on stage — is there value to the presidential debate? Especially when many voters have already cast their ballots? The 21st spoke with an Illinois debate coach and a media historian. 

    Theater Produces Play Focused On First Ladies

    Theater Produces Play Focused On First Ladies

    With an eye on the presidential election, the Chicago-based theater group known as The Neo-Futurists began its fall season with “45 Plays for America’s First Ladies.” The 21st speaks to the play's director and a Chicago-based performer about the production. 

    Interview: Jonathan Alter, Author Of “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life”

    Interview: Jonathan Alter, Author Of “His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life”

    In the more than 40 years since he’s left The White House, many have assessed Jimmy Carter’s presidency as a failure while calling him the country’s best ex-president. The 21st talks with the author of the first full-length independent biography of the 39th president.

    Why Voting for Down-Ballot Elected Positions Matter

    Why Voting for Down-Ballot Elected Positions Matter

    The 21st spoke to a panel of guests comprised by down-ballot politicians around the state of Illinois to provide some context and understanding of the less-covered elected offices. 

    Voting Down-Ballot/Local Elections 101

    Voting Down-Ballot/Local Elections 101

    In just two weeks from today, millions of Americans will be heading to the polls to vote in the 2020 elections. Because it can be challenging to be informed and engaged about down-ballot and local elections, The 21st spoke to two individuals committed to informing voters about political candidates.  

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