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From left, Jared Leto in a 1995 photo taken for a celebration of the ABC series 'My So-Called Life' (Mmhnto/Wikipedia Commons), Monica Potter, seen here in 2014, starred in the NBC series 'Parenthood,' which ended in 2015 (Amy Sussman/Invision/AP), Kyle Chandler starred as football coach Eric Taylor in the NBC series 'Friday Night Lights' (Phil Hawksworth/Flickr), and Rosie Perez seen here as Tracey Wolfe in a scene from 'Rise,' which premiered March 13 on NBC (Peter Kramer/NBC via AP).


Class Is In Session: The TV That Makes You Cry

Jason Katims, the brains behind ‘Friday Night Lights’ and other high school TV dramas, explains why adolescence makes such good TV.
March 23, 2018
Rauner, Pritzker, and a slate of other primary winners are already moving on to the November midterm elections. (Photos: AP/ Illustration: Paula Friedrich/WBEZ)

Illinois Elections 2018

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

A look at what Tuesday’s primary results tell us about November’s elections. And, oh yeah — we’re already talking about 2019. Buckle up.
March 23, 2018
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What 'Black Panther' Says (Or Doesn't Say) About African Identity

Does vibranium empower people? 'Worldview' looks at what Marvel's latest movie says about neocolonialism.
March 22, 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
Anthony Lewellen, Sandra Antongiorgi, and Eddie Alvarado worked with famed artist Keith Haring on a student mural project in 1989, organized by former high school teach Irving Zucker (right).


Mural Highlights Acclaimed Artist Keith Haring's Effect On Aspiring Artists

Less than a year before he died in 1990, famed artist Keith Haring came to Chicago to paint a mural with hundreds of students.
March 23, 2018
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Curious City

Is It Actually Harder To Predict Weather In Chicago?

Beach weather one day and freezing rain the next: Chicago weather can be unpredictable, but how do we compare to other cities?
March 17, 2018
Nestor Gomez and Dalila Sagastume fled a civil war in Guatemala and came to Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: 'You Didn’t Let Anything Stop You'

Dalila Sagastume and her son, Nestor Gomez, reflect on how their lives have changed since they left Guatemala 30 years ago.
March 23, 2018
President Trump decided to throw a wrench into the process of avoiding a government shutdown with a veto threat against a compromise spending bill that passed Congress.


Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Averting A Government Shutdown

Hours earlier, the president had hinted at vetoing the legislation but relented, citing "national security."
March 23, 2018
Garry McCarthy

Morning Shift

Ex-Top Cop Garry McCarthy Says He's Running For Mayor

McCarthy talked about the controversial police shooting of Laquan McDonald and why he thinks Amazon won’t come to Chicago.
March 22, 2018
Pritzker Primary Election Night


Takeaways From Illinois Primary: Big Money, Party Splits

This week's primary election showed huge enthusiasm from Democratic voters ... but it also showed major divisions within the party.
March 21, 2018
The Trouble Compulsion

The Trouble


Jamie obsesses over everything. And it is taking over her life. This week, what it’s like to live with OCD.
March 14, 2018
In Granite City, Ill., 500 laid-off steelworkers are being called back to work, a result of President Trump's steep tariffs that go into effect Friday on imported steel.


Illinois Town Tries Hard To Wean Off Of Steel

Residents of Granite City are celebrating the new tariffs on imported steel but also worry about being too dependent on that steel mill.
March 23, 2018
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Curious City

What Historical Treasures Are Housed In Chicago Public Libraries?

These seven “treasures” bear witness to Chicago history, from the Civil War to the election of the first African-American mayor of Chicago.
March 11, 2018

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