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Thirteen years ago, Chicago native Reginald Robinson was awarded a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He joins us in discussion and performance.

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Two of Chicago’s most celebrated guitar players join us in conversation and performance.

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The internationally acclaimed violinist from the Chicago area and Russian violinist Artem Kolesov join us in conversation and performance.

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Jazz can bring to mind a dark nightclub after hours with a lot of booze, but we recently met a group of Chicago jazz musicians on a sunny summer morning – and they were fueled only by coffee and cake.

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The singer-songwriter talks about writing songs for Barbra Streisand—and the influence of her father, John Callaway.

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(Credit: Amy Grantham)

He is an accomplished photographer, a political activist and a twice-inducted member to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meet the co-founder of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

The award-winning singer-songwriter talks about her late friend Leonard Cohen and an upcoming tour with Stephen Stills launching this week at Ravinia.

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Award-winning musician, writer and producer Brian Culbertson joins us in conversation.  

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What does it take to adapt a classic Disney musical for a live audience? We sit down with the award-winning composer to talk about remaking “Aladdin,” and the “keys” to his success.

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Local H (John Oakes)

In April, veteran Chicago band Local H was announced as the winner of Metallica’s “Hit the Stage” contest. Now they’re adjusting to playing stadium shows. We speak with one of the founders of the band.

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Alan Paul, left, and Claude McKnight (Chicago Tonight)

Alan Paul and Claude McKnight join us in discussion.

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The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter talks about his solo career and his work with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

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She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along” in 1981. Liz Callaway joins us in conversation and performance.

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Sam Lay (Courtesy “Sam Lay in Bluesland”)

Celebrating the life and musical legacy of Chicago blues legend Sam Lay.

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Winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest catapulted musician Gaelynn Lea into the international spotlight. (Courtesy of Gaelynn Lea)

The violinist and songwriter beat more than 6,000 entrants to be the ultimate winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

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Next week, the Jeff Award-winning actress and singer releases her first recording, called “First.” She joins us in performance and discussion.