Viewer Feedback: 2/27

Chicago Potholes & Reflecting on Harold Ramis's Life & Career

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February 27, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 2/27

We share what you had to say about our conversation with Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire on the life and legacy of Harold Ramis and the skyrocketing pothole claims in the city when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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PTSD Service Dog

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February 26, 2014 - PTSD Service Dog

Vietnam veteran Lon Hodge struggled for years with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder until he got a PTSD service dog named Gander. Lon says that Gander has saved his life. Now, Lon and Gander help other vets and work to raise awareness about PTSD, veteran suicide and service dogs. Jay Shefsky has a profile. Read an interview with Fran Menley, Service Dog Trainer at Freedom Service Dogs of America, about how they rescue, train and pair dogs with veterans and people with disabilities.

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Reflecting on Harold Ramis's Life & Career

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February 25, 2014 - Reflecting on Harold Ramis's Life & Care

Writer, actor and director Harold Ramis died at the age of 69. Joining us to talk about his life and career are Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire. Watch a 1997 Wild Chicago clip featuring Ramis and host Will Klinger, and watch all of Ramis's appearances from WTTW's archives.

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The Art of Edward Gorey

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February 25, 2014 - The Art of Edward Gorey

Who knew that the king of gothic cartoons came from Chicago? We visit an in-depth exhibit of Edward Gorey -- who influenced everyone from Maurice Sendak to Tim Burton -- at the Loyola University Museum of Art. View a slideshow of artwork.

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Matthew Polenzani

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February 25, 2014 - Matthew Polenzani

From North Shore native to international opera star, tenor Matthew Polenzani joins us to talk about growing up in Chicago and his stellar career. And he shows us why he's one of the most sought-after operatic performers. Watch web extra performances and read an interview with Roger Pines, Dramaturg at Lyric Opera, about Polenzani's role in the production.

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Drill Music

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February 24, 2014 - Drill Music

A new phenomenon in hip hop music, called drill music, is unique to Chicago and gaining in popularity. We talk with one of the genre’s rising stars and examine the criticisms of the music’s lyrics. Read an article and watch a web extra video.

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Weekend Events Around the Town: 2/21 - 2/23

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A musical, a historical exhibit and a dance camp; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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"Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin"

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February 20, 2014 -  Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin

It’s the earth’s largest freshwater resource. But what will happen in the next 100 years to the Great Lakes and the Great Water Basin? We talk with Phil Enquist, an Urban Designer, about sustainability, strategies, and about urban design aimed at eliminating waste and to ensure fresh water for future generations. View a slideshow.

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Writing in Ernest

App Helps Make Your Writing as Clear and Strong as Hemingway’s

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A free new app is a fun and easy way to improve your writing. Brothers Ben and Adam Long created a program that aims to simplify your writing in the style of Ernest Hemingway.

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The Impact of African American Programming on Public Affairs TV

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February 26, 2014 - African American Programming's Impact

Jim Tilmon discusses his career, WTTW’s Our People, and the impact African American programming has had on public affairs television. Watch an episode of Our People and read an interview with Devorah Heitner, author of Black Power TV, a book that chronicles the journey of Black public affairs programming.

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Ask Geoffrey: 2/26

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February 26, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 2/26

A chunk of transportation history rests in the Chicago River. Geoffrey Baer talks trains and technology in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Social Media's Role in Fueling Chicago Gang Wars

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February 25, 2014 - Social Media's Role in Fueling Gang Wars

Is social media fueling Chicago gang wars? We take a closer look at the phenomena with Ben Austen, a journalist who took an in-depth look at how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram -- among many others on the world wide web --- have contributed to escalating tensions and street violence in Chicago. Read an interview with former gang leader and community activist Hal Baskin.

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Gorey Details

13 Thrilling Things You May Not Know About the Mysterious Mr. Gorey

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Edward Gorey was a Chicagoan. It’s amazing how many people are unaware (myself included, until recently) that the great Gorey was born in Chicago in 1925.

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Remembering Harold Ramis

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Chicago actor, writer and director Harold Ramis died at age 69. Watch web extra video interviews with Ramis from WTTW's archives.

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Chicago Architects Lead Chinese Urban Design

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February 24, 2014 - Chicago Architects Lead Chinese Urban

We talk with Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin about the article series, “Designed in Chicago, Made in China” that details the rapid urbanization of China and the role Chicago architects play in the expansion. View a slideshow of China's urbanization efforts.

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The Jokers Are Wild

A Still Life Artist Isn't Clowning About Portraiture

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Clowns are funny. Clowns are scary. Clowns are divisive – people love ‘em or hate ‘em.

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Young Sochi Singer

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February 20, 2014 -  Young Sochi Singer

Maria Nezhdanova is a 13-year-old singer from Sochi, Russia who will join us with a performance in studio. She is currently experiencing American culture as a guest of the Chicago Language Travel Company, and she’ll perform as a special guest for the Old Town School of Folk Music on March 5. Listen to an audio clip of her singing and watch a web extra performance.

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