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Tara Westover enrolled in school for the first time when she was 17.

Fresh Air Weekend

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge; Actor Richard Jenkins

Memoirist Tara Westover talks about growing up in a survivalist household. Critic David Bianculli calls Blue Planet II a "dazzling piece of television." Richard Jenkins discusses The Shape of Water.
February 24, 2018
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Illinois Elections 2018

Another Sick Veteran And Another Fired Aide

A pair of recurring crises hit Gov. Rauner and House Speaker Madigan this week. Our politics desk breaks it down.
February 23, 2018
Negin Farsad


How To Be Aggressively Delightful

If you’re looking for a way to combat the online trolls fomenting unrest in America, comedian Negin Farsad might have a solution for you.
February 23, 2018
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Making Obama

You Don’t Say No To Barack

Former President Barack Obama won his first political seat in 1996. Hear what he had to learn, and the conflicts he faced, to get there.
February 21, 2018

WBEZ Presents

Making Obama

The story of former President Barack Obama's journey from Chicago to the national stage — from advisers, rivals, and Obama himself.
January 19, 2018
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The Primary Race That’s Almost Guaranteed To Hit Your Bottom Line

One of the nastiest campaigns in 2018 is for a bureaucratic office you might not know about. But take heed: it’ll hit your wallet.
February 21, 2018
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The Trouble


To turn around some of Detroit’s most troubled public schools, KC cut legal corners. She ended up in prison. Do the ends justify the means?
February 21, 2018
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Curious City

How 1920s Chicago Public School Design Reflects Changes In Education

More public elementary schools were built in the 1920s than in any other era. Their design reflected new ideas about child development an...
February 21, 2018
John Hope High School at 5515 S. Lowe Ave. in Chicago is one of four Englewood area high schools slated to close over the next three years.


Dashed Hope: How A Once Proud Chicago High School Hollowed Out

Hope High School fell fast and hard. A vote to phase out the former Englewood gem, along with other schools, is expected this month.
February 20, 2018
Students gather on the steps of the old Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., protesting for stricter gun laws on Wednesday. Students at schools across Broward and Miami-Dade counties in South Florida also planned short walkouts in support.

Morning Shift Podcast

Chicago-Area Students Stage Walkouts To Protest Nation's Gun Laws

Students at Chicago-area high schools marched outside their schools for 17 minutes — one for each person killed in last week’s shooting.
February 22, 2018
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Curious City

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved

Why are some pizzas cut into squares? What’s the origin of the Pizza Puff? We dish deep on nine questions you kneaded to know.
February 18, 2018
Illinois Sen. William Haine speaks at a committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at the state Capital in Springfield, Ill. Haine criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday over the Legionnaires' disease crisis at the Quincy veterans home, saying the Republican’s administration has been sitting on viable options for more than a year and officials "need to make a decision and get it done.


Lawmaker Rips Rauner On Legionnaires' Response At Vets' Home

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced late Tuesday that another case has been diagnosed, the fourth in a week.
February 20, 2018
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Tune In To Our Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

We're hosting a forum for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates on March 1. Learn more about where you can tune in.
February 12, 2018

Elections 2018

Your Guide To Illinois’ 2018 Elections

Interviews with candidates and analysis from WBEZ reporters ahead of the March 20 primary.
February 2, 2018

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