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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update
With most of New Orleans under water and hundreds confirmed dead in Louisiana and Mississippi, what can authorities can do to deal with the catastrophe? Bob talks with two experts on what needs to be done and how you can help.

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News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Most of Chicago's public schools don't start until next Tuesday, but a few of the district's schools have already opened their doors. They're the first schools to open under the controversial 'Renaissance 2010' program. Rich Samuels takes you to one of the schools, and then Phil Ponce and his panel examine the debate.

Ron Kittle
The White Sox finished a relatively dismal August this afternoon, losing to the Rangers in Texas. Former Sox star Ron Kittle joins us to help assess the Sox prospects. Click here for Kittle's book, Tales from the White Sox Dugout.

The Thrill of Vanilla
It's a different kind of bean-counting. Vanilla beans processed at a suburban plant end up in chef's kitchens around the world. We'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the finest vanilla extracts available, at the Nielsen-Massey headquarters in Waukegan.

One of Chicago's most influential music associations celebrates its 40th anniversary at this weekend's jazz festival. We'll take a look at the history of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and the people who came out of it. For more information: Jazz Institute of Chicago

One More Thing...
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