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Video: Elizabeth Brackett’s Extraordinary Life and Career

(Courtesy Sharone Aharon)

As part of our celebration of Elizabeth Brackett’s life and legacy, we look back at some of the work that made her such an important journalist to audiences in Chicago and around the country.

How to Address Rising Suicide Rates in the US

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With the high-profile deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain last week, suicide awareness and prevention is front and center. We discuss what can be done to reduce the numbers and help those in crisis.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Term Limits for Mayor Emanuel?

Paris Schutz and guests discuss former Gov. Pat Quinn’s binding referendum for a two-term limit for Chicago mayors.

The Week in Review: Is #MeToo Movement Catching Up With Madigan?

The #MeToo movement hits Springfield hard. A massive sex abuse scandal rocks CPS. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is front and center this election season. And could term limits be coming to the Chicago mayor’s office?

Legislative Leaders on Springfield’s Spring Session

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State Senate President John Cullerton and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on a major bipartisan agreement and lingering pieces of unfinished business.

Cook County Clerk David Orr: Illinois Needs to Overhaul Its Elections

The outgoing Cook County clerk has some ideas to boost democracy and to avoid a repeat of the March primary debacle that surrounded the Cook County assessor’s race. David Orr joins us in discussion.

US Supreme Court: A Look at Today’s Most Controversial Cases

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Supreme Court justices on Tuesday refused to rule on an Arkansas law regulating abortions. We discuss that and other hot-button cases.

What to Make of the NFL’s New Kneeling Policy

Strong words from the president about kneeling in the NFL as a new policy is unveiled. We get local reaction to the rules.

Obama Presidential Center Passes Plan Commission Despite Lack of Details

Obama Presidential Center rendering (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

The Obama Presidential Center keeps getting green lights even though important architectural details are missing. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin weighs in.

Roundtable: Spring Legislative Session and Chicago Politics

Gov. Bruce Rauner (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to bring back the death penalty, but will lawmakers cut a deal for gun control measures?

Studs Terkel Archive Officially Launches

For 45 year, Studs Terkel took WFMT radio listeners along for an amazing and crazy ride. Now, thousands of hours of his radio show are being digitized and posted online for free.

Spring Gardening Tips: Thrill, Fill and Spill

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Whether you’ve got a generous backyard garden or a container collection on your apartment patio, it’s time to put your green thumb to work. We get spring planting tips from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier.

More Allegations of Sexual Misconduct and Abuse Against R. Kelly

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Two women bring new accusations against R&B superstar R. Kelly. Veteran music journalist Jim DeRogatis joins us with the latest.

Blair Kamin on the Northerly Island Engineering Fiasco

Why parts of Northerly Island are still blocked off years after erosion damaged the walking and biking path.

Reports: Promised Cops Not Hitting Chicago Streets

The number of beat cops in Chicago is down despite a promised hiring surge, according to two new reports. We speak with two local journalists and the head of the police union.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Bring Out the ‘Big Boy Pants’

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Paris Schutz and guests discuss the feud between the Daley family and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The Week in Review: Paul Vallas Comes Out Swinging

In his mayoral campaign kickoff, Paul Vallas calls Mayor Rahm Emanuel a “bully.” Is the #MeToo movement finally catching up to R&B star R. Kelly? And can the Bears draft picks save the team?

Medical Marijuana in Spotlight in Illinois

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The medical marijuana industry’s biggest bank in Illinois pulls out of the business. The implications of that move and more issues facing growers, dispensaries and patients.

Chicago Launches CityKey, a New Municipal ID Program

Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia tells us about the new ID card that pulls triple duty as a library and Ventra card. But it’s not without controversy.

Countering Racism, Racial Profiling: Is Racial Bias Training Enough?

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Starbucks’ CEO apologizes after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia store and pledges a nationwide racial bias training. Is it enough?

State Sen. Sam McCann Challenging Primary Winners in Governor’s Race

There’s a new candidate in the race for governor. A conversation with state Sen. Sam McCann.

Hanna Holborn Gray on ‘An Academic Life: A Memoir’

Hanna and Charles Gray, June 1993. (Courtesy of Hanna Gray)

The first woman to be president of the University of Chicago, who is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, talks about her extraordinary life.

FBI Raids of Trump’s Personal Attorney Cohen Raise Questions

President Donald Trump: “It’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt.”

Search warrants for Monday’s raid were reportedly obtained to collect evidence, in part, for Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. What it all might mean.

How the Cubs Changed Baseball – and America’s Relationship to the Sport

From left: Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance.

That storied and unstoppable Cubs double-play combination of “Tinker to Evers to Chance” is chronicled in a new book. We talk Cubs history with author David Rapp.

The Week in Review: Remembering MLK’s Legacy

Remembering the legacy of a civil rights giant. Chicago’s mayoral race heats up. Sinclair Broadcasting’s “must-run” conservative commentaries rattle WGN. And Hawks Coach Q is coming back despite a dismal season.