World of Weird Words

Erin McKean founded the world's biggest online dictionary, Wordnik. A graduate of The University of Chicago, she has also written books on weird words and given TED Talks about the subject. She joins us to talk about the latest word trends and linguistic gymnastics.

Neighborhood Issues May Fuel Uptown Race

46th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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Ald. James Cappleman was elected in 2011 as a candidate for change. The former social worker, who is one of the Chicago City Council's openly gay members, has been heavily supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's PAC in his re-election bid. He's facing an April runoff against lawyer Amy Crawford, who is also openly gay.

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World of Weird Words

A Self-Described "Dictionary Evangelist" Looks at the Latest in Linguistics

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Erin McKean founded the world's biggest online dictionary, Wordnik. A graduate of The University of Chicago, she has also written books on weird words and given TED Talks about the subject. She joins us to talk about the latest word trends and linguistic gymnastics.

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Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Runoff Forum

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March 31, 2015 - Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesús "Chuy" García went head-to-head in a live forum hosted by Phil Ponce and live streamed at wttw.com.

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Indiana's Religious Freedom Law

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March 30, 2015 - Indiana's Religious Freedom Law

Indiana's passage of a so-called religious freedom law has sparked an angry backlash from those who assert that it gives license to businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds. Already there has been a massive backlash against the law, with leaders of business—including Apple's CEO Tim Cook—decrying the law.

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"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

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March 30, 2015 - "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Tracking the history and treatment of cancer from ancient Egypt through today: we talk with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, about a new three-part documentary produced by Ken Burns that begins airing Monday, March 30 on WTTW11.

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The School Project: Testing Season

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March 30, 2015 - The School Project: Testing Season

The School Project is a Chicago-based documentary series that is tracking the past and present status of the city's public school system. The fourth episode  focuses on the battle over standardized testing.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 3/27

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March 27, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 3/27

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman, two Aurora men are arrested for allegedly plotting to attack an Illinois military base, mayoral candidates face off in a televised debate, and the CTU issues a list of demands.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 3/27-3/29

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Watch a mariachi opera set in 1910 Mexico; enjoy a musical set in 1950s Las Vegas; and kick off the running season in present day Grant Park. Chicago Tonight ​has your weekend picks.

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Nuclear Sub Cooks Get High-End Chef Tips

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Two U.S. Navy Culinary Specialists have spent their military careers cooking for hungry shipmates. But recently, they spent time in the relatively open kitchen space at the Union League Club of Chicago working with its Executive Chef, Michael Garbin. We follow them during a cooking session.

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Mayoral Runoff Candidate Post-Forum News Conference

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Chicago mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García gave a brief news conference following the forum.

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Duckworth Announces 2016 Senate Run

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced she will run for Senate in 2016 against incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk. 

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Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

45th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 30, 2015 - Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

First-term Ald. John Arena, a member of the City Council's Progressive Caucus and a frequent thorn in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's side, faces a runoff rematch with Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido in the race to represent the northwest side's 45th Ward.

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The First Lady of the Black Press

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March 30, 2015 - The First Lady of the Black Press

Chicago's own Ethel Payne was the third African-American to ever receive White House press credentials -- and she was only the second black woman to do so. We talk with the author of a biography about the importance of her legacy.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/30

Jesse Jackson Jr., CPS and CTU, Urban Coyotes

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March 30, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 3/30

We share what you had to say about Jesse Jackson Jr.'s release from prison, contract negotiations between CPS and CTU, and Chicago's urban coyotes in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/27

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March 27, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/27

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue their conversation online with a discussion of journalists appearing in political advertising.  

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2 Local Men Arrested for Allegedly Aiding ISIS

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Two local men were arrested on charges of aiding the ISIS terror group.

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