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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
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

The president said the package doesn't address his immigration priorities, after a massive spending bill passed both chambers of Congress.
March 23, 2018
In Granite City, Ill., 500 laid-off steel workers are being called back to work following 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

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
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
Kofi Ademola of Black Lives Matter Chicago


ACLU, Community Groups Get Voice In Chicago Police Reforms

Their agreement with the city and the Illinois AG's office allows them to offer input into the consent decree currently being negotiated.
March 21, 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
Pictures of interesting buildings in the Chicago area laid out on a grid

Morning Shift

The Ultimate ‘What’s That Building?’

From the apartment where ‘Child’s Play’ was filmed to a motel with a sandwich bed, here’s a tour of 25 Chicago-area places with remarkabl...
January 2, 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
In a previous protest before March 14's National Walkout Day, Oak Park and River Forest High School students stage a walkout in solidarity with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students on Feb. 21, 2018.

Morning Shift

A Chicagoland Student Walkout Leader Speaks Out

'Morning Shift' talks to Max Freeman, a Oak Park And River Forest High School senior who has organized the March 14 walkout at his school.
March 14, 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
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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

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