Why Do Animals (Including Humans) Play? A Chicago Researcher Explores

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(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

From siblings pelting each other with snowballs to chimpanzees wrestling over a banana, playful behavior is usually easy to spot. But the question of why we play – and whether we all play for the same reasons – is less apparent.

New Museum Showcases Massive Collection of Stained Glass, Rare Clocks

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Historic clocks from around the world and brilliant stained glass windows fill a new museum in Evanston. We go for a look.

Chicago Takes the Reins of Bitcoin Futures Trading

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On Sunday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange became the first major U.S. exchange to start trading bitcoin futures, allowing traders to place bet on the commodity’s future value.

Outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen Hikes Interest Rates One Last Time

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While Fed Chair Janet Yellen ends her tenure on an upbeat note, are there storm clouds ahead for the economy?

Veteran Journalist Robert Jordan on ‘Murder in the News’

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The longtime Chicago journalist talks about his new book “Murder in the News: An Inside Look at How Television Covers Crime.”

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Goodman Theatre Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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The cast of “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

The Goodman Theatre marks its 40th year of presenting the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” with some new actors, some new interpretations and new ways to bring in audiences.  

Duck Hunting in Chicago? Yep, at City’s Only State Park

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For 70 years, hunters have been shooting waterfowl at Wolf Lake on the city’s Far South Side. It is the only state park within city limits, and one of the only places to hunt in Chicago. We go for a visit.

100 Nativity Scenes Highlight Variety of Interpretations

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From ostrich eggs to walnut shells: We explore a collection of unusual and traditional Nativity sets from around the world.

Roy Moore Proves Too Much for Alabama Voters

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Doug Jones celebrates his victory over Roy Moore on Dec. 12.

Does Doug Jones’ upset signal a building blue tsunami that could help Democrats retake the House – and maybe even the Senate – in 2018?

Tenor Stefano La Colla Makes American Debut in Lyric’s ‘Turandot’

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Stefano La Colla in “Turandot” (Courtesy of Lyric Opera Chicago)

The up-and-coming Italian tenor is already being compared to the legendary Luciano Pavarotti. Stefano La Colla joins us in conversation and performance.

Does This Amish Family Have an Internal ‘Fountain of Youth’?

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A gene found in an Amish family in Indiana may hold the secret to living longer and healthier. We speak with the lead author of a new study.

Fracking Harms Health of Infants Born Nearby, UChicago Study Finds

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Babies born within 2 miles of a fracking site are more likely to suffer negative health effects, according to a new study co-authored by a professor at the University of Chicago. 

Reporter in Laquan McDonald Case Won’t be Forced to Testify

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Jamie Kalven appears in court Dec. 6. (Courtesy of WGN)

Jamie Kalven, the Chicago journalist who broke the story of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death, will not be compelled to turn over his sources or testify in open court, a judge has ruled. “To have it resolved, and definitive resolved, was a big relief,” Kalven said.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to Andy Frain Ushers?

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For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. Geoffrey Baer has the story of the man behind the house of ushers.

Janice Jackson: What Does CPS’ Newest Leader Bring to the Table?

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Janice Jackson speaks on July 16, 2015 after being named new chief education officer for Chicago Public Schools.

A former educator and principal, the Chicago native will attempt to bring stability to Chicago Public Schools’ tumultuous CEO position.

List of Top 200 Pension Earners Shows Potential for Big Payouts

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

A taxpayer watchdog group releases a list of the top 200 pension earners in Chicago, and all of them make more than six figures annually. But are high benefits the only reason Chicago taxpayers are drowning in red ink?