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Widening the Divide: School Improvements and Racial and Class Inequities

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Why does one crowded CPS school look forward to a multimillion-dollar annex while another, just a few blocks away, fears closure for under-enrollment? WBEZ education reporter Becky Vevea fills us in on a troubling trend.

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School Improvements and Racial and Class Inequities
School Improvements and Racial and Class Inequities

July 7, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the July 7, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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July 7, 2016 - Full Show
July 7, 2016 - Full Show

‘Wild Travels’ Returns, Reveals Stranger Places to Visit

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The award-winning series celebrates some of the stranger destinations you can visit in the U.S. The show's host and executive producer join us to talk about what you can expect from the new season, debuting this weekend.

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‘Wild Travels’ Returns, Reveals Stranger Places to Visit
‘Wild Travels’ Returns, Reveals Stranger Places to Visit

South Side Bank a Bright Spot as Black-Owned Businesses Face Decline

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Words of optimism from the new owners of a black-owned South Side bank that had been in financial trouble. Why they say keeping such businesses alive is crucial.

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South Side Bank a Bright Spot as Black-Owned Businesses Drop
South Side Bank a Bright Spot as Black-Owned Businesses Drop

Weekend Best Bets: Taste of Chicago

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Taste of Chicago (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Eat your way through 200 menu items at the 36th annual mega-fest in Grant Park, where Billy Idol and Sheila E. are among this year's musical guests. Get details on that event and others in this week's roundup.

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Taste of Chicago (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Eliza Fournier Shares Midsummer Gardening Tips

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The Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier shares a bushel of recommendations to keep your garden healthy in the summer heat.

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Eliza Fournier Shares Midsummer Gardening Tips
Eliza Fournier Shares Midsummer Gardening Tips

Public Weighs in on IPRA Replacement

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The mayor and aldermen have made it clear they are going to abolish the Independent Police Review Authority. But what will it be replaced with? 

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Public Weighs in on IPRA Replacement
Public Weighs in on IPRA Replacement

Hidden Treasures of India Documented by Chicago-Based Arts Journalist

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Indian stepwells (Courtesy Victoria Lautman)

Arts journalist Victoria Lautman shares the mystery and beauty of India's stepwells, stunning architectural structures hundreds of years old that can be up to 10 stories deep.

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Indian stepwells (Courtesy Victoria Lautman)
Hidden Treasures of India Documented by Chicago Journalist
Hidden Treasures of India Documented by Chicago Journalist

Environmentalists: Proposal Could Add Invasive Species to Great Lakes

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Proposed legislation could open the door to more invasive species in the Great Lakes, say environmentalists. But shippers say it puts a patchwork quilt of conflicting regulations under one federal agency that allows them to do business while still keeping invasive species out.

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Proposal Could Add Invasive Species to Great Lakes
Proposal Could Add Invasive Species to Great Lakes

July 6, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the July 6, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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July 6, 2016 - Full Show
July 6, 2016 - Full Show

Local Entrepreneurs Aim for Zero Waste with Plant Chicago

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On the South Side of Chicago some local entrepreneurs are repurposing an old meatpacking plant in an effort to create something very unusual – a way of doing business that creates no trash.

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Local Entrepreneurs Aim for Zero Waste with Plant Chicago
Local Entrepreneurs Aim for Zero Waste with Plant Chicago

Pat Quinn Pushing for Mayoral Term Limits, Elected Consumer Advocate

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The former Illinois governor is back in the spotlight and campaigning, but not for a political office – or so he says.

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Pat Quinn Pushing for Mayoral Term Limits
Pat Quinn Pushing for Mayoral Term Limits

Birds Saved from Extinction Living in Chicago Zoos

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A Guam kingfisher at Lincoln Park Zoo. This type of bird now only exists in captivity. (Heather Paul / Flickr)

In the mid-1980s, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo set up critical captive breeding populations of two bird species native to the Pacific Islands. A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity underscores the impact of such programs.

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A Guam kingfisher at Lincoln Park Zoo. This type of bird now only exists in captivity. (Heather Paul / Flickr)

Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story

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Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

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Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story
Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Voyage

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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter's orbit. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Juno is set to uncover what Jupiter has been hiding. After a five-year, 1.75 billion mile voyage, NASA's spacecraft named after a Roman goddess successfully entered into orbit around the largest planet in our solar system Monday night. 

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This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully entering Jupiter's orbit. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Voyage
NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reaches Jupiter After 5-Year Voyage

Opponents of State Stopgap Budget Explain Their Votes

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The state's six-month stopgap budget sailed through the Illinois General Assembly by a huge vote margin last week, just before the fiscal year deadline. Only four lawmakers voted against the plan. They join “Chicago Tonight” to explain their decision.

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Opponents of State Stopgap Budget Explain Their Votes
Opponents of State Stopgap Budget Explain Their Votes

Turbulence of America in 1930s Gives Rise to Distinct Artistic Voices

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Grant Wood, “American Gothic,” 1930. (Friends of American Art Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago)

It has been said that the Great Depression was the best thing that ever happened to American artists. A new exhibition looks at how artists of the 1930s applied their diverse visions to the American dream during this time of immense change.

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Grant Wood, “American Gothic,” 1930. (Friends of American Art Collection. The Art Institute of Chicago)
Turbulence of America in 1930s Gives Rise to Distinct Art
Turbulence of America in 1930s Gives Rise to Distinct Art