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Before Sabella Nitti was sentenced to hang in 1923 for the murder of her husband, no other woman in Chicago had received such a fate. But Nitti’s case was different in more ways than one.

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(Courtesy of Peggy Macnamara)

‘The Peregrine Returns’ is not just a story of recovery, but adaptability, exploring how the cliff-dwelling bird has made a home in an urban environment.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Field Museum, and the role and influence of the curators that put the Field's incredible collection together.

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Kansas (Courtesy of David Weigel)

Politics and progressive rock may not sound like a natural pairing. But for most of 2016, they dominated Dave Weigel’s life.

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For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. A new book argues that a fixation on cleanliness won’t lead to healthier children.

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It was arguably the biggest political upset in American history. Political journalist Jonathan Allen joins us with his insight and to discuss the book he co-authored, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, during a U.S.-ASEAN Summit held in Brunei on Oct. 9, 2013. (U.S. Department of State)

An alliance of Southeast Asian countries turns 50. What the Western World can learn from it.

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Jeffrey Gettleman was born and raised in Evanston, but a trip to Kenya when he was 18 years old changed the trajectory of his life.

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The Lincoln biographer and Clinton family adviser discusses his newest book, “Westling With His Angel.”

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Author Laura Kipnis joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”

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Centennial Fountain (© Jeremy Atherton, 2007)

“Chicago’s Fabulous Fountains” details the history and curiosities behind some of the city’s aquatic art, from politically induced mischief to true crime stories.

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Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” helped launch a new, healthier food movement a decade ago. We speak with the author about the recent “One Book, One Chicago” selection.

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Former President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

In his new book, historian and author David Garrow traces how Barack Obama’s life led him to the presidency – and paints a complicated, sometimes critical portrait of a polarizing and iconic figure.

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Pulitzer Prize-winner David McCullough has been called the “elder statesman of American history” and the “rememberer-in-chief.” He joins us to discuss his new book.

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The Ottawa “Radium Girls” with Attorney Leonard Grossman. (Chicago Daily Times, courtesy of Sun-Times Media)

The author of a new book explores the lives of young factory workers exposed to radium in the 1920s.

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H.H. Holmes

Adam Selzer, author of the new book “H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil,” joins us to discuss the latest chapter in a story that's already more than a century old.