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How the Chicago Defender Shaped American History

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Ethan Michaeli (Jason Reblando)

Founded in 1905, the Chicago Defender gave a voice to black Americans during the Jim Crow era and helped along the careers of politicians from JFK to Richard J. Daley. Former Defender editor and reporter Ethan Michaeli spent years conducting research and interviews for his extensive new history book.

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Ethan Michaeli (Jason Reblando)
How the Chicago Defender Shaped American History
How the Chicago Defender Shaped American History

'Topless Cellist' Charlotte Moorman Focus of Major Exhibition at Northwestern

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Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams’s Ice Music for Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1976. Photographer unknown. (Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects)

A show dedicated to the life of the barrier-breaking performance artist opens Saturday at Northwestern’s Block Museum. 

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Charlotte Moorman performs Jim McWilliams’s Ice Music for Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1976. Photographer unknown. (Courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects)

The Week in Review: Videos of 2013 Fatal Police Shooting Released

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Paris Schutz and his panel discuss the newly released video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman, the powerful Chicago aldermen who delayed a vote on oversight reform and Gov. Bruce Rauner's first year in office.

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The Week in Review: Videos of 2013 Fatal Police Shooting
The Week in Review: Videos of 2013 Fatal Police Shooting

January 14, 2016 - Full Show

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January 14, 2016 - Full Show
January 14, 2016 - Full Show

Dangers Facing Albinos Exposed in New Film

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The new documentary "Equal Under God" follows one man's crusade for the protection of albinos in Uganda. One of the filmmakers – who has another connection to "Chicago Tonight" – joins us to discuss the film.

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Dangers Facing Albinos Exposed in New Film
Dangers Facing Albinos Exposed in New Film

Celebrating Newton Minow's 90th Birthday

10 Things You Might Not Know About the Former FCC Chairman

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Former FCC chairman and WTTW trustee emeritus Newton Minow turns 90 on Sunday. While you may remember that he once famously called TV a “vast wasteland,” you might not know that he’s actually a big “Downton Abbey” fan. In honor of his upcoming birthday, we share 10 things about him that might just surprise you.

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Celebrating Newton Minow's 90th Birthday
Celebrating Newton Minow's 90th Birthday

City Releases Cedrick Chatman Fatal Shooting Videos

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Cedrick Chatman (Courtesy of Chatman family)

A federal judge on Thursday ruled to release surveillance video that was originally held under protective order by the city depicting the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager—17-year-old Cedrick Chatman—by a white Chicago police officer in January 2013. We talk with Brian Coffman, an attorney representing the boy's family.

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Cedrick Chatman (Courtesy of Chatman family)
City Releases Cedrick Chatman Fatal Shooting Videos
City Releases Cedrick Chatman Fatal Shooting Videos

Cook County Democrats Endorse Kimberly Foxx

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Kimberly Foxx

The race to be Cook County's top prosecutor is getting even more interesting. Today, Cook County Democrats changed their minds about endorsing a candidate for state's attorney – in August, the party chose not to endorse anybody – and officially backed a challenger to incumbent Anita Alvarez.

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Kimberly Foxx
Cook County Democrats Endorse Kimberly Foxx
Cook County Democrats Endorse Kimberly Foxx

Winter Gardening with Eliza Fournier

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Despite the cold, there's plenty to do with your green thumb – even though it may be a little blue right now. Joining us with some winter gardening ideas and tips is Eliza Fournier of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Winter Gardening with Eliza Fournier
Winter Gardening with Eliza Fournier

Bob Saget, Boats and Logan Square Gala Benefit

It's the Weekend Agenda: Jan. 15-17

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See all the boats, hang with Danny Tanner and hipster it up with the best of them. 

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Carole King Story a 'Beautiful' Role for Local Actor

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Abby Mueller as Carole King. (Joan Marcus photo

Eight times a week, Chicago actor Abby Mueller portrays the great songwriter Carole King in the national touring production of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." Mueller joins us to speak about the real Carole King and the very musical Mueller family of Evanston. She'll also perform a classic Carole King song live in our studio.

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Abby Mueller as Carole King. (Joan Marcus photo
Carole King Story a 'Beautiful' Role for Local Actor
Carole King Story a 'Beautiful' Role for Local Actor

Viewer Feedback: Chicago's Waste, Recycling Programs a 'Complete Failure'

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We read viewer feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Viewer Feedback: Chicago's Waste, Recycling Programs
Viewer Feedback: Chicago's Waste, Recycling Programs

Lois Weisberg, Longtime Daley Commissioner who Shaped Chicago’s Arts Scene, Dies at 90

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Lois Weisberg on Chicago Stories in 2000.

The former commissioner of Cultural Affairs died Wednesday night.  

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Lois Weisberg on Chicago Stories in 2000.

January 13, 2016 - Full Show

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January 13, 2016 - Full Show
January 13, 2016 - Full Show

Alice the Corpse Flower is Fruiting

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Alice, the famous smelly flower of the Chicago Botanic Garden, is bearing fruit – hundreds of them.

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Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent Spike in Violence

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Less than two weeks into the new year, Chicago has already had a dramatic spike in violence. This morning, Chicago's interim police superintendent said he is frustrated at the city's ongoing violent crime, calling it a daunting issue for his beleaguered police force. Eddie Arruza has the story.

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Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent
Interim Superintendent Escalante Addresses Chicago’s Recent

Curbing Gun Violence in Chicago and Beyond

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When President Obama announced last week a series of executive actions to reduce gun violence, he was joined by the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, who was murdered in Chicago three years ago this month. The Pendletons join us to talk about curbing violence in Chicago.

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Curbing Gun Violence in Chicago and Beyond
Curbing Gun Violence in Chicago and Beyond