Willis Tower Loses Tallest Building Debate

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November 12, 2013 - Willis Tower Loses Tall Building Debate

A new ruling says New York's One World Trade Center will be the nation's tallest building when it is opens next year, swiping the title from Chicago's Willis Tower. Geoffrey Baer has the story.

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Not Yet Begun to Fight

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November 11, 2013 - Not Yet Begun to Fight

We take a look at a documentary that follows five war veterans, and their new mission to heal after combat through fly fishing. Not Yet Begun to Fight airs tonight on WTTW World. We speak with the documentary's Executive Producer, Steve Platcow.

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"Big Cat" Williams on Bears vs. Lions

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November 11, 2013 - "Big Cat" Williams on Bears vs. Lions

James “Big Cat” Williams joins Ann Kreiter to discuss the Bears’ loss to the Lions, coach Marc Trestman’s decision to keep an injured Jay Cutler in the game, and how the Bears can regroup in time to face the Ravens. Watch a web extra conversation with Big Cat.

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Native American Sports Mascots

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November 7, 2013 - Native American Sports Mascots

Native American images and mascots have long been used by college and professional teams. But there's a growing push to do away with a practice some find racist. Should the Blackhawks change their name? We discuss the issue.

 

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Chris Jones

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November 7, 2013 - Chris Jones

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones joins us to talk about his new book, Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics. Read excerpts from the book.

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The Singing Astronaut

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Chris Hadfield’s journey from Canadian test pilot to commander of the International Space Station is a story of determination and hard work. He joins us to talk about his new autobiography,  An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Read excerpts from the book, and watch web extra videos.

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Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

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Chicago Sun-Times Theater Critic Hedy Weiss joins us to review shows currently on Chicago area stages. Learn more about the plays, and watch Hedy's web extra video review.

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Food Writers Remember Charlie Trotter

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November 5, 2013 - Food Writers on Charlie Trotter

We look at the contribution Chef Charlie Trotter made to the Chicago fine dining scene with journalist Louisa Chu, food contributor for WBEZ and host of weekly podcast, Chewing the Fat, writer David Tamarkin, media director for Chef Rick Bayless and editor of Middlewest magazine, and Chicago magazine executive editor Jennifer Tanaka.
 

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The Art of the Terrorist

Field Museum Exhibition Looks at Nazi Propaganda

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It’s profane to even call it “art.” Art usually inspires a viewer to think deeply. But this art wasn’t about inspiring -- it was about conspiring.

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Remembering Charlie Trotter

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November 11, 2013 - Remembering Charlie Trotter

Dignitaries and top chefs come together to celebrate Charlie Trotter. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Temple Grandin

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November 11, 2013 - Temple Grandin

A well-known adult with autism and one of the world’s most prominent speakers on the subject visited Chicago to speak at the Chicago Humanities Festival this past weekend. Temple Grandin is a best-selling author, professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and also has an HBO movie based on her life starring Claire Danes which won seven Emmy Awards. She joins us. Watch a web extra video and read an excerpt from her book.

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Weekend Events Around the Town: 11/8 – 11/10

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Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf Theatre, a fiber art event at Chicago Botanic Garden, and The Rascals reunite for a concert; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Joshua DuBois

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For years President Obama would receive daily devotional messages on his Blackberry. They were scriptures, quotes and short stories…all words of encouragement and inspiration which the president himself said “meant the world." Now you can read some of the daily devotionals in a new book called The President’s Devotional.  The book’s author, Joshua DuBois joins us to share some of the President’s favorite scriptures, and the words of reinforcement that got the President through tough times.

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Exuberant “Rascals” Return to the Spotlight

Long Dormant ‘60s Band Erupts On Stage

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You get the distinct feeling that this is a band that a) wants to make up for lost time and b) has something to prove. They accomplish both in the feel-good show of the season.

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Ask Geoffrey: 11/6

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November 6, 2013 - Ask Geoffrey: 11/6

Just how long have the antique-looking Chicago streetlights been burning? Geoffrey Baer reveals the age of these beauties in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Charlie Trotter Dies

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November 5, 2013 - Charlie Trotter Dies

Influential chef Charlie Trotter, whose culinary skills and eponymous Chicago restaurant became world famous, died today at the age of 54. We take a look back at his celebrated career and the impact he had on the world of fine cuisine with three chefs who trained under Trotter. Watch a web extra video from our archives.

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"Big Cat" Williams on Bears vs. Packers

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In what turned out to be a battle of backup quarterbacks, Josh McCown and the Chicago Bears beat the Packers and secured a share of first place in the division. James “Big Cat” Williams joins Ann Kreiter to break down the Bears improbable road win.

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