Stories by Nick Blumberg

Author Thomas Dyja on 'The Third Coast'

Thomas Dyja

The award-winning author discusses his latest book–also the newest One Book, One Chicago selection–a sweeping history of his hometown, subtitled "When Chicago Built the American Dream."

Archbishop Cupich on Pope Francis and the Synod on the Family

Archbishop Cupich

Last month, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich took part in Pope Francis' synod on the family. Cupich joins "Chicago Tonight" to discuss the synod, as well as his private meeting with Pope Francis earlier this year and other issues facing the modern church.

Rubio, Cruz, Christie Score, CNBC Stumbles in 3rd GOP Presidential Debate

Marco Rubio, left, Ted Cruz, center, and Chris Christie

In the third prime-time meeting of Republican presidential aspirants, the biggest loser of the evening appeared to be cable financial news network CNBC, which was roundly criticized by participants and observers for getting started late and for the way moderators handled the proceedings. Political communications expert Jason DeSanto joins "Chicago Tonight" to analyze the debate.

Inside 'House of Cards' with Screenwriter Laura Eason

Laura Eason

The hit Netflix show "House of Cards" has a devoted following, but did you know that one of the people responsible for it is an Evanston native and Northwestern alum? Laura Eason, executive story editor of "House of Cards," takes us behind the scenes of the popular drama.

Mayor Emanuel on Taxes, Fees and Whether His Budget Will Pass

"I'm not going to allow Springfield's dysfunction to become Chicago's dysfunction," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during an extended interview before Wednesday's City Council vote on his proposed budget that includes a nearly $600 million property tax hike.

Archbishop Cupich on Communion for Divorced, Gay Catholics

Archbishop Blase Cupich

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is one of eight American delegates at Pope Francis' synod on the family. He joins us from Rome to discuss what conversations with his fellow bishops have been like, and what we can expect to come out of the synod.

America's Test Kitchen's Jack Bishop on the Essential Recipes

America's Test Kitchen recipes (Carl Tremblay)

Jack Bishop from America's Test Kitchen gives us a look at their new book that aims to help you cut through the recipe clutter. Also, learn how to make Perfect Poached Chicken Breasts and other dishes from ATK.

General Assembly Back at Work After Long Break

The Illinois General Assembly was in session in Springfield on Tuesday for the first time in weeks as the budget impasse drags on. "Chicago Tonight" Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky joins us to talk about what happened today at the capitol.

'Breakfast Queen' Ina Pinkney Shares Favorite Recipes, Stories

She's been feeding Chicagoans her signature brand of breakfast since opening her first restaurant in 1991. And despite closing up shop two years ago, Ina Pinkney wanted to share some of her favorite recipes in a book, along with stories from her life. Pinkney joins "Chicago Tonight" to talk about "Ina's Kitchen."

Chicago Cubs Looking Ahead to NLCS Opponent

Thursday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets face off to determine which team will meet the Chicago Cubs in this year's National League Championship Series. ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers and WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout join "Chicago Tonight" with a look ahead.

Clinton, Sanders Dominate First Democratic Presidential Debate

| Sean Keenehan

The political heavyweight and her populist upstart challenger grabbed the spotlight Tuesday night, joined by candidates Jim Webb, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O'Malley. We take a deeper look at the debate and its potential impact on the race with Jason DeSanto, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University law school.

David Gregory Details His ‘Unlikely Spiritual Journey’

The former "Meet the Press" moderator and White House correspondent was raised in a two-faith household but without much in the way of belief. His marriage to a Christian woman and their decision to raise their children as Jewish sparked a spiritual journey.

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Thinking Differently About 'Work-Life Balance'

Anne-Marie Slaughter (Greg Martin)

Anne-Marie Slaughter's article in The Atlantic, Why Women Still Can't Have It All, is now the most-read piece in the magazine's history. Her new book "Unfinished Business" expands upon the ideas in the article, and calls for a new valuation of caregiving and a change in the structure of the workplace. Slaughter joins us to discuss her new book.

The Subversive Copy Editor Takes on Grammar’s Zombie Rules

Carol Fisher Saller

Split infinitives, over versus more than, and passive voice—fewer things have a tendency to launch otherwise reasonable people into a lengthy professorial lecture than real or perceived violations of immutable grammar and style rules.

Why Robert Reich Wants to Save Capitalism

Robert B. Reich (Perian Flaherty)

There's no such thing as a true free market: That's the bold proposition former Labor Secretary Robert Reich makes in his newly released book, "Saving Capitalism." He joins “Chicago Tonight” to talk about how he hopes to change the conversation and save capitalism.

Retirement Advisers Could Face Tighter Rules

A proposal from the Department of Labor would hold retirement advisers to what's called a "fiduciary" standard. The goal is to protect investors from advisers with a conflict of interest, but financial companies say the change will be costly and could keep many people from getting retirement advice at all. We'll take a closer look at the proposal.

David Adjaye on Challenging Assumptions Through Architecture

An architect with a global portfolio but a laser-like focus on context. Works deeply embedded in culture but devoted to breaking stereotypes. And a talented eye with more of an approach than a style. "Chicago Tonight" takes a look inside David Adjaye's new solo architecture exhibition at the Art Institute’s modern wing.

Pope Francis Visits US, Plans Historic Address to Congress

Pope Francis

The arrival of Pope Francis on Tuesday marks the fourth time a pope has visited the U.S., and the first time a pope addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Pilgrims are flocking to the East Coast for a chance to see Francis, but what some see as his progressive stances are drawing criticism from other corners of American Catholicism.

Generating Bipartisan Votes to Solve Illinois' Budget Impasse

Illinois is coming up on almost three months with no state budget, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders don't appear to be any closer to a solution. Two lawmakers known for sometimes bucking their party leaders discuss whether there's a bipartisan path out of the state's current mess.

Chicago's John Paul Stevens, the 'Unexpected Justice'

An image from the film 'Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens'

A new documentary explores the path of one Chicago native that led to his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn about the movie Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens with co-director Greg Jacobs.

GOP Debate: What to Expect in Round 2

Trump, Carson and Fiorina Among 11 Candidates in Wednesday Debate

Photos by Gage Skidmore

Eleven GOP presidential hopefuls will meet for a second prime-time cable news debate Wednesday. Donald Trump still leads the polling but retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s numbers have surged as has the profile of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. We discuss what to expect from tomorrow night’s debate.

Chicago Bears: A 'Decade-by-Decade History' Book

Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton. (Photo © Chicago Tribune)

After spending months combing through nearly 100 years of archival photographs and newspaper articles, the Chicago Tribune is releasing a comprehensive look at the Windy City's football team. Joe Knowles, associate managing editor for sports at the Tribune, joins Chicago Tonight to talk about what fans can expect from the book.

'Cook County ICU' on the Human Side of a Famous Hospital

'Cook County ICU' by Dr. Cory Franklin

Dr. Cory Franklin spent 25 years leading Cook County Hospital's intensive care unit – more than enough for a lifetime of stories. The ICU's former chief joins Chicago Tonight to discuss his new book, Cook County ICU, his most memorable patients, and what they taught him.

Examining the Issues Before Congress

Congressmen Foster, Roskam on Iran Nuclear Deal, Planned Parenthood Funding, More

| Kristen Thometz
Congressmen Bill Foster, left, and Peter Roskam

Congress reconvenes next Tuesday after a five-week recess, and there are some weighty and urgent matters to attend to, including yet another debt ceiling fiscal cliff. Joining us to share their thoughts on these and other issues are Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th); and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-6th).

Why Allstate Wants to Monitor Your Driving, and Your Data

| Kristen Thometz

Patents recently issued to Northbrook-based insurance giant Allstate could allow the company to monitor your car for sources of distraction, collect health data on drivers, and even monitor what's going on around your vehicle. The company says any new technology will improve driver safety, but some are worried it could violate the privacy of drivers, passengers and passers-by.