Working With Watson

The computer Watson, best known for winning a $1 million prize on the quiz show "Jeopardy!," is now using the vast power of its artificial intelligence for everything from medical diagnostics to creating new cooking recipes. We talk to Chicagoan Stephen Gold, vice president at IBM's Watson group, about what Watson has in store for us.

Aldermen Vote, Reduce Campaign Finance Oversight

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July 30, 2014-Aldermen Vote,Reduce Campaign Finance Oversigh

Aldermen vote to drastically reduce oversight of their campaign fundraising. Is it a sign that City Council still isn't ready for reform?

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Local Historian Receives National Humanities Medal

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July 30, 2014-Local Historian Receives National Humanities

Historian Darlene Clark Hine of Chicago received the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Hine was honored for her work on understanding the African American experience. We talk with Hine about the award and her work.

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

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July 30, 2014-Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

From invasive species to summer storms, there's a lot going on in the world of science. Museum of Science and Industry's Rabiah Mayas stops by for another Scientific Chicago.

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Bitcoin Banking Rises

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July 29, 2014 - Bitcoin Banking Rises

With the debut of the city's first Bitcoin ATM, and a Bitcoin demo taking place on Capitol Hill today, many are wondering if virtual currency is making its way to becoming mainstream, and does it have the potential to replace paper currency? We'll discuss this and more with our panel of experts.     

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Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

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July 29, 2014 - Ed Paschke Art Center Opens

It was his 75th birthday. Hundreds attended a VIP event featuring music, belly dancers, and speakers honoring his life’s work, and the public opening of the Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park drew thousands from the neighborhood. Ed Paschke was celebrated in style. We revisit our story about the opening of the northwest side art center.

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Illinois Wines

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July 29, 2014-Illinois Wines

Illinois is not typically known for its wines, but for more than a century the state has produced a wide variety with little recognition. Join us as we explore the budding wine culture with certified sommelier Clara Orban, author of “Illinois Wines and Wineries: The Essential Guide.”

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#ChicagoStandUp

Bulls' Noah joins the Fight Against Chicago Violence

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Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah teams up with rapper, actor, and Chicago native Common to unveil a new anti-violence program including a star-studded public service announcement.

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Pension Problems

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July 28, 2014 - Pension Problems

The state continues to struggle financially as a result of many obligations - pensions being one of the most immediate. As constitutionality of Senate Bill 1 becomes more uncertain, some lawmakers are looking to amend the constitution in order to move forward. But how will this affect state workers and who will ultimately pay the price?

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Cook County Sheriff Talks State's Mental Health Problems

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July 30, 2014-CookCounty Sheriff Talks State's Mental Health

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart joins us to talk jail overcrowding, criminal justice setbacks, and what he calls the criminalization of mental illness in the state of Illinois and across the country. 

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Pete Seeger's Letters

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July 30, 2014-Pete Seeger's Letters

Chicago banjo player Michael Miles had a 25-year correspondence with legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year. Miles tells Jay Shefsky how the cards and letters changed his life.

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Ask Geoffrey: 7/30

"L" Cars, & Catalpa Avenue

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July 30, 2014-Ask Geoffrey

Geoffrey Baer tells us what's at the end of the line for old "L" cars and more as we revisit a previous edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Blair Kamin on Maggie Daley Park, Lucas Museum

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July 29, 2014 - Blair Kamin on Maggie Daley Park & More

Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin has the latest on the work at Maggie Daley Park and the architectural team picked to build the Lucas Museum.

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Chicagoan Receives National Medal of Arts

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July 29, 2014-Chicagoan Receives National Medal of Arts

Chicagoan Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron, was honored with the 2013 National Medal of Arts award by President Barack Obama on Monday, July 28. We talk with Harris about the award and the impact she’s had on the arts.

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Argument Against E15 Ordinance

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The City Council’s Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss a proposed ordinance to require self-service gas stations to provide E15 gasoline. While the move is being touted as a way to save consumers cash, an analyst at The Heartland Institute says E15 gasoline won’t save motorists money at the pump.

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PACs Spar in Mayoral Race

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July 28, 2014 - PACs Spar in Mayoral Race

Big money, bare-knuckle, Washington-style politics come to Chicago. Two new Political Action Committees, or PACs, are going head-to-head over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election, as well as the election of aldermanic candidates who support or oppose him. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Retired US General Talks International Crises, Ethanol Gas

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July 28, 2014 - Retired US General

Will Chicago gas stations be required to offer E15 fuel? Gen. Wesley Clark joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the new E15 fuel legislation and more.  

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