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Why Do So Many Kids Learn To Play The Recorder?

The recorder often inflicts squeaky torture on parents. Music teacher Valerie DePriest explains why it became a staple in music education.
November 19, 2017
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How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Van Dyke Trial

Marco Proano was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting into a car of black teens. His lawyer is also representing Jason Van Dyke.
November 20, 2017
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How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond

With a new city budget for 2018 comes higher taxes and fees on everything from phone lines to concert tickets to Lyft and Uber rides.
November 20, 2017
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Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box

Riffing on little free libraries, Black Lives Matter Chicago is trying a simple approach to fighting hunger.
November 20, 2017
Hari Kondabolu is the writer and star of the new documentary "The Problem With Apu."

Code Switch

A New Documentary Calls Into Question The Simpson's 'Apu'

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new documentary unearths an essential truth about Hollywood: "Success justifies everything." Even racism.
November 20, 2017
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How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female

Want more women in positions of power? Raise more money, say the leaders of three new political action committees.
November 15, 2017
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Daveed Diggs Does All The Things

The former ‘Hamilton’ star talks about his new film, ‘Wonder,’ and also his TV show, his rap group, and why he can text Busta Rhymes.
November 17, 2017
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Curious City

Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago?

Names like Marquette and Joliet are cited in history books. But it was Native Americans who first set Chicago on a path to develop into a...
November 12, 2017
Seven deputies escort Charles Manson from the courtroom after he and three followers were found guilty of seven murders in the Tate-LaBianca slayings.


Charles Manson, Cult Leader Of Brutal 1969 Murders, Dies At 83

The murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others over two nights gave Manson an infamous position in the American cultural imagination.
November 20, 2017
Eric Elder, an Army reservist who came to Puerto Rico in early October to do power line work, says the work is challenging. "Every pole is different, every pole has to be looked at and dressed differently."


When Will Power Come Back To Puerto Rico? Depends Who You Ask

Getting the lights back on in Puerto Rico is a far more a intensive task compared with the mainland.
November 18, 2017
Homes in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, where the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program was established in the 1980s. (Flickr/artistmac)


Northwest Side Homeowners Can’t Make Use Of $9M Of Their Money

A fund that started growing in the 1980s could be helping owners make home improvements.
November 10, 2017
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The Fading Extravagance Of The Johnson Publishing Building

The iconic building, formerly home to ‘Jet’ and ‘Ebony,’ could receive landmark status, but its once grandiose interior is vanishing.
November 6, 2017

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