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The 2013 Oscar nominations are officially public. We talk with two film critics about the crowded field of contenders for Hollywood’s top prize.

We talk with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, two of the creators of the musical: The Book of Mormon.

An excerpt of The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond

Would we all be better off if we let our children play with fire? Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond joins us to discuss lessons we can learn from traditional societies.

New rules from the federal government aim to protect consumers from loans they can't afford. Do they offer enough safeguards or will they make it too hard to get a loan? An expert weighs in.

Keeping all Chicago Public high schools open is just one recommendation from an interim report guiding CPS closures. We hear from the head of the school closure commission.

Is a Chicago casino close to reality? Paris Schutz has the latest on that, and how the mayor and police superintendent plan to enact gun control in the absence of action from Springfield or Washington.