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New Season of ‘10 That Changed’ Highlights Streets, Monuments and Modern Marvels

Ping Tom Memorial Park at the Chicago River (Courtesy Metropolitan Planning Council)

From Civil War memorials to reversing the Chicago River, Geoffrey Baer tells us about the new season of the WTTW documentary series, “10 That Changed America.”

The Week in Review: Hate Crime Charges Follow Forest Preserve Rant

A man faces charges after confronting a woman at a Cook County forest preserve. The mayor and governor feud on Twitter over a controversial anti-violence march. And Groupon’s biggest offer ever: the company itself.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: What Viral Videos Tell Us

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss a recent spate of racially charged incidents caught on video.

Tickets on Sale Next Week for Museum Bringing Kusama ‘Infinity Room’ to Chicago

The pop-up is scheduled to open in August and offer Chicago art aficionados and selfie enthusiasts a chance to see one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s reality-bending “infinity rooms.”

Bring Your Appetite: Taste of Chicago Gets Underway This Week

Taste of Chicago (Credit: City of Chicago, DCASE)

The city’s mega-food fest returns to Grant Park. We get a preview of the Taste of Chicago.

‘Lives of the Constitution’ Looks at Minds Behind ‘America’s Supreme Law’

Author Joseph Tartakovsky

From Supreme Court justices to crusading journalists, the stories of the people who made the U.S. Constitution what it is today.

Meet Dorothy Leavell, the Chicago Reader’s New Publisher

Chicago Reader cover dated June 28, 2018. (Chicago Reader / Facebook)

Local alt weekly the Chicago Reader has a history dating back nearly 50 years. We speak with the paper’s new publisher.

New Exhibition Examines ‘Americans and the Holocaust’

“Americans and the Holocaust” special exhibition (2018-2021), U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

We speak with Daniel Greene, an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University who is the curator of a new exhibition at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Towering Trolls Keep a Watchful Eye on Morton Arboretum

We take you on a visit to the west suburban forest under the watchful eye of six suspicious – and sizable – trolls.

US Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

(Joe Ravi / Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an order restricting travel to the United States from several majority-Muslim nations. 

When Does Taking a Moral Stand Cross the Line Into Incivility?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders touched off a fiery public debate this weekend after tweeting that a Virginia restaurant refused to serve her because she works for the president. 

Trump Reverses Course on Family Separations After Outcry

“We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order ending the policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Will the move spur immigration reform in Congress?

No Arrest in 74 Percent of Chicago Homicides, Analysis Finds

Chicago has one of the worst homicide arrest rates in the nation, according to a Washington Post analysis. What the effect of that low rate is – and how it can be improved.

AMA Members Want Further Review of Policy Against Assisted Suicide

Could the American Medical Association’s official position on physician-assisted suicide be changing?

Author Explores How the Unconventional ‘Third Door’ Can Lead to Success

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, and author Alex Banayan. (Courtesy Alex Banayan)

From Steve Wozniak to Larry King and Lady Gaga, a new book offers insights into how to start a career and forge a unique path.

Trump Ponders Commutation for Blagojevich, Pardon for Himself

President Donald Trump has issued a string of unusual commutations and pardons, including one championed by reality star Kim Kardashian West. Will Rod Blagojevich be next? 

Look Down! Snapping Turtles, Turtle Hatchlings on the Move in Chicago

(Seney Natural History Association / Flickr)

Why the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wants you to keep your eye out for baby turtles on the move.

American Cancer Society Calls for Earlier Colorectal Cancer Screening

(valelopardo / Pixabay)

A disturbing upward trend in incidents of colorectal cancer brings about new guidelines for screenings.

Aldermen on Obama Center, Police Academy and FOP Contract

Rendering of a new police and fire academy slated for Chicago’s West Side. (Courtesy Chicago Infrastructure Trust)

To call last week in Chicago City Council “eventful” might be an understatement. We discuss the latest with a panel of Chicago aldermen.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: NFL Policy a Fumble?

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the NFL’s new policy on kneeling during the national anthem.

The Week in Review: Madigan Faces Retaliation Claims

A state lawmaker goes up against the powerful Illinois House Speaker. Mayor Rahm Emanuel goes ballistic over an alderman’s parliamentary procedure. And is the NFL’s new national anthem policy a fumble?

Chicago-Based MB Financial Bought By Fifth Third Bank

A major acquisition of a homegrown Chicago bank: Is the buyer taking a big risk? And what does the deal mean for customers?

After Homeowners Complain, Cook County Assessor Defends Higher Property Assessments

Some North Side homeowners say the Cook County Assessor over-valued their property. Will other Chicago homes see a hike in their assessments?

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Biss Endorses Pritzker

Paris Schutz and guests discuss former gubernatorial hopeful Daniel Biss finally endorsing Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker.

The Week in Review: Obama Presidential Center Gets City’s Approval

A presidential plan for Jackson Park moves a step closer to construction. Gov. Bruce Rauner backs reinstating the death penalty. CPS hands over control of its special education program. And an up-and-down week in Chicago baseball.