The show hits the road and broadcasts live from WBEZ's new Northwest Indiana bureau. We speak with the mayor of Hammond, Tom McDermott and later hear the latest from the Front and Center series. Finally, Rick talks to sports columnist Mike Hutton and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.
WBEZ political reporter Alex Keefe is looking almost as weathered as the congressional candidates he's covering. The Curious City team reveals how Millennium Park's bean is cleaned. And Rick Kogan enters the eye of WGN's storm center to sit down with Tom Skilling.
We chat with WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey about the Chicago landmark that turns 40 next year. Then, we kick off the latest set of stories from the Front & Center series as we examine the American dream. Finally, we hear an interview and live performance from artist Dana Falconberry.
In 1984, Simeon's Benji Wilson was the top basketball prospect in the country--that same year he was also Chicago's 669th murder victim. His story is the subject of a new documentary from ESPN Film's 30 for 30 series. Plus, Rick Kogan sits down with comedian Jim Belushi.
"Chicago-style" has become a euphemism for shady backroom deals and cronyism in the world of politics. But WBEZ's Tony Arnold shares why it's also shorthand for "getting things done." We'll also talk with some of the folks behind The Onion's new book. Plus, Weekend Edition's Scott Simon.
We celebrate a pair of anniversaries--one is silver and the other gold. Lou Diamond Phillips and his "La Bamba" cast mates talk about the impact of the Ritchie Valens biopic 25 years later. And the Giordano Dance Chicago celebrates its 50th year. Plus, new CPS CEO, Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
We look at how and why politics enter the world of science. And after 20 years of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the Chicago Tribune's Monica Eng says concerns over the high-salt snack are burning up. Also, Rick Kogan sits down with the president and CEO of Lincoln Park Zoo, Kevin Bell.
The saga of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is, to borrow a phrase from the man himself, bleeping golden. So it's no surprise Blago books are flying off the presses. We talk to Tribune reporters Jeff Coen and John Chase about their new book.