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Author Rebecca Skloot appears on Chicago Tonight on May 11, 2011.

A new film on HBO starring Oprah Winfrey tells the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks. We revisit our conversation with the Chicago author who tells the story.

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Should Chicago annex the suburbs to save its shrinking population? Why one author thinks that might be a good idea.

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NPR host Scott Simon on his lifelong love for the Chicago Cubs and what that World Series win meant to him.

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Chris Whipple (Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

A behind-the-scenes look at what some think is the second most powerful position in government: White House chief of staff.

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Since her retirement from the ring a couple of years ago, World Wresting Entertainment champion April Jeanette “AJ” Mendez Brooks has been working on another story line – for a new book.

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Juan Rivera (© Northwestern Pritzker School of Law)

A new book tells the stories of people wrongfully convicted of a crime – and how they came to be released.

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Amy Dickinson tells us about her new book “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.” 

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The Emmy Award-winning television host writes about the drastic disparities between black and white Americans in his just-published book. 

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From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

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In his book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” author Dan Egan chronicles the history of the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes as well as the natural and man-made dangers threatening it.

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One of Steven Avery’s defense attorneys from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” discusses his new book “Illusion of Justice.”

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The converted water mill where David, his wife Michele, and daughter Charlotte lived in Plaisance du Gers, Gascony. (Courtesy David McAninch)

A place where ducks outnumber people 20 to 1 might not sound like somewhere you’d want to move with your wife and young daughter. But that’s exactly what Chicago author David McAninch did.

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How as a society should we define responsibility and free will? A new book by Chicago-based journalist Kevin Davis explores these issues.

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Among America’s female artists, Georgia O’Keeffe gets much of the attention. But there are many other worthy – but lesser-known – female artists.

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The late Chicago poet Gwendolyn Brooks made history in 1950 as the first African-American author to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

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A Chicago author’s new book lays out the case that we can all do better.