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Forum: 8th Congressional District Candidates

Candidates Peter ‘Pete’ DiCianni, left, and Raja Krishnamoorthi.

The two candidates looking to replace Democrat Tammy Duckworth make their case for why they should be elected to represent the 8th Congressional District.

From Elite Soldier to Anti-Poaching Crusader

Damien Mander (Courtesy of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation)

Meet a former elite soldier from Australia who is now using his special set of skills to combat poaching in Africa.

Forum: Cook County State’s Attorney Candidates

The two candidates aiming to replace Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez make their case in our latest candidate forum.

Final Debate a Contentious, Ill-Tempered Affair

Donald Trump refuses to say he whether he will accept the results of the election. PBS “NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins us with the latest news from a contentious campaign.

Civil Rights Icon on America’s Racial Divide, Then and Now

Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon at the age of 6, when she became the first African-American child to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us in discussion.

Last of Summer Crops Come Out, Winter Planting Begins

It's time to harvest the last of the summer crops in the WTTW garden before the first frost.

Times Are Changing: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(Alberto Cabello / Flickr)

Iconic singer-songerwriter Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in literature. We get reaction to the surprise choice.

‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Launches New Cooking Venture

The new “Cook’s Science” book includes more than 300 recipes that claim to be “engineered for success.” (Courtesy Cook’s Science)

The folks from “America’s Test Kitchen” are branching out and focusing their attention on the science behind good food. We hear from two of the key people behind the project.

Corporate Space Race to Colonize Mars: Feasible or Fantasy?

SpaceX's Falcon 9, left, and Blue Origin's New Shepard. (SpaceX / Flickr, Franke360 / Wikimedia)

Tech billionaire Elon Musk wants to create a colony on Mars. Assessing the challenges–and his chances of success.

Court Fees Preventing Some Low-Level Offenders From Moving Ahead

How an array of fines and fees are preventing many poor, low-level offenders in Illinois courts from moving beyond a life of crime.

Christopher Kimball Dishes on New Milk Street Kitchen Project

The founder and former host of “America’s Test Kitchen” is back with a new project and a broader vision.

Business Leaders on Get In Chicago’s Efforts to Stem Violence

We hear from three business leaders on their efforts to help Chicago reduce violent crime.

Emily Graslie Launches ‘Natural News’ Series

Emily Graslie appears on “Chicago Tonight” in September 2015.

The Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent has a new show and she's here to tell us all about it.

Debating the Ruling on Election Day Registration

A federal judge blocks Election Day voter registration in Illinois, but Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will appeal the ruling. We hear arguments on both sides of the case.

Chicago’s At-Risk Youth: Are Mentoring Programs the Answer?

The mayor makes mentoring programs a centerpiece of his anti-violence strategy. How much impact could they have?

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged, Janet Yellen Responds to Trump

The Eccles Building in Washington D.C. serves as the headquarters of the Federal Reserve. (AgnosticPreachersKid / Wikimedia Commons)

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen rejects the notion that the Fed plays politics when deciding interest rate policy.

London Mayor talks Trump, Clinton and the Politics of Inclusion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in conversation with Phil Ponce on Sept. 16. (Chicago Tonight)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on being elected the first Muslim to lead a major Western capital, and what he makes of U.S. presidential politics.

Head of Mayo Clinic Addresses ‘Epidemic of Burnout’ Among Physicians

The head of the Mayo Clinic sheds light on what he has called “an epidemic of burnout” impacting doctors and undermining patient care.

Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Fight Against Cancer

| Kristen Thometz

The Cancer Moonshot initiative being led by Vice President Joe Biden aims to accelerate the pace of cancer research and the development of new treatments. We talk to the University of Chicago professor who is a key player in that effort.

Tribune Tower Redevelopment and the Rise of Vista Tower

Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Architecture critic Blair Kamin on the future redevelopment of the Tribune Tower and the rise of a new Jeanne Gang-designed addition to the Chicago skyline.

STEM Summer Camp Opens Minds, Broadens Opportunities for Young Girls

With girls and women seriously underrepresented in fields involving computer science, we visit a computer camp that is aiming to change that at the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

Harvesting the WTTW Organic Garden

It's been a spectacular growing season in the WTTW garden. Jeanne Nolan, the Organic Gardener, joins us with tips for harvesting and preparing some of our crops, including corn, tomatoes, Mexican sour gherkins, red noodle beans and neon eggplant.

Lori Lightfoot Weighs in on Police Accountability, State Redistricting

The head of the Chicago Police Board on what it will take to change the culture of the department and restore public confidence.

Study: Childhood Concussions Can Have Profound Long-Term Impacts

A new study finds that just one childhood concussion can have profound long-term impacts on health and educational attainment. That story and more from the world of science.

Despite Lead in Polls, Maintaining Unity Still an Issue for Democrats

Hillary Clinton (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Hillary Clinton may be riding high in the polls but tensions between her and the progressive left of her party remain. What do Democrats need to do to maintain party unity?