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Politics and Prog Rock with Dave Weigel of the Washington Post

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Politics and progressive rock may not sound like a natural pairing. But for most of 2016, they dominated Dave Weigel’s life.

Why ‘Dirt is Good’ For a Child’s Developing Immune System

For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. A new book argues that a fixation on cleanliness won’t lead to healthier children.

The Week in Review: Belleville Gunman Killed After Shooting Congressman

Police kill the Belleville gunman who fired on GOP congressmen. A lawsuit aims to force federal oversight of Chicago Police reform. And Dwyane Wade could make a deal to return to the Bulls. 

Fed Expected to Hike Interest Rate Again

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate again. What that means about the U.S. economy.

The Week in Review: Comey Feared Trump Would Lie

Comey says Trump lied about his firing. More candidates jump into the governor’s race. And the MLB investigates an abuse claim against the Cubs’ Addison Russell. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Eyes on Security at Wrigley Field, Other Potential Chicago Targets

Recent terror attacks in Manchester and London have cities with high-profile public targets eyeing their security for potential vulnerabilities.

Community Garden Flourishes in North Lawndale

A dramatic transformation in the Lawndale Triangle, after two years of hard work. “When you sit here, you feel a sense of peace,” said one community organizer.

Author Laura Kipnis Takes Aim at Campus Sexual Mores

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Author Laura Kipnis joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”

$100M Gift to UChicago to Study the ‘New Science of Wellness’

Harnessing the power of the human body to prevent illness – that’s the goal behind a $100 million gift to the University of Chicago Medicine.

New Projects, Safety Concerns for Chicago Cyclists

As many Chicago cyclists are starting to shake off the winter cobwebs and get back on their bikes, we take a look at what they can expect this summer. 

‘#AiWeiwei’ Exhibition Explores Art, Activism and Selfies

Though best known for his multimedia contemporary art, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is also a prolific photographer. We visit an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography showcasing his work.

Amid Turmoil Over Russia Probe, Trump Prepares For First Trip Abroad

The two-state solution, relations with the Saudis, and U.S. involvement in NATO are all on the table as the president embarks on his first trip abroad.

Obama Biography Paints Complicated Picture of a ‘Rising Star’

Former President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

In his new book, historian and author David Garrow traces how Barack Obama’s life led him to the presidency – and paints a complicated, sometimes critical portrait of a polarizing and iconic figure.

A Prefab Frank Lloyd Wright Home Opens to the Public This Weekend

Get a glimpse inside a rare prefab Frank Lloyd Wright house on the Southwest Side.

The Week in Review: Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

President Trump fires the FBI director investigating his connections to Russia. Lawmakers put Gov. Rauner in a bind on the “abortion bill.” And the Cubs early season struggles continue.

The Changing Face of Television

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New ways of producing, distributing and consuming TV shows means consumers no longer have to rush home to catch a scheduled broadcast.

How Do Cook County Judges Stack Up?

After two high-profile stories about troubling judicial conduct, a look at judges’ ethical responsibilities and the quality of the county judiciary.

The Week in Review: Former CPS CEO Heading to Prison

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO is sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan finally meet. And the Bears make a surprise draft move. 

Chicago Aldermen Consider ‘Textalyzer’ to Curb Distracted Driving

New technology lets police investigate whether drivers were using their cell phones moments before an accident. Could it curb texting while driving?

Trump Executive Order Sparks Questions Over Future of H-1B Visa Program

The debate over President Trump’s executive order on skilled foreign workers.

Groups Push For Community Benefits Agreement with Obama Library

A coalition of community organizers are trying to get the Obama Foundation, the city, and the University of Chicago to commit to creating jobs and not displacing area residents.

Cleaning Up Messy Municipal Finances in Chicago and Beyond

Can the city and Chicago Public Schools get on the road to fiscal health without bankruptcy? Lessons from other cities.

Celebrating The Joy of Painting (and Drinking) With Bob Ross

An Albany Park bar toasts the late painter each week at a colorful event. We went to check out the “happy little trees” at Nighthawk.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

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From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

2018 Race for Governor Heats Up, But Still No Budget from Springfield

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle weigh in on the latest developments in Springfield.