Lieutenant Governor Stratton at Inauguration

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January 24, 2019

Lt. Gov. Stratton And Criminal Justice; Male Preschool Teachers; World’s Fair Vase Found

On the 21st: We speak with Juliana Stratton, our new lieutenant governor. She’s tasked with leading the state’s efforts to change our criminal justice syste - and, we'll hear from the community organization First Followers on how to best help people who have been incarcerated. Plus, just 2% of Illinois preschool teachers are men. What's behind that? And, you might be surprised to hear that the 8-foot tall “lost vase” from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair has been found...in a California seafood restaurant.


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November 20, 2018

New Anthology Explores Recovering from Trauma; Holiday Mental Health; Podcasts for the Holidays

On the 21st: Today we talked about the new anthology, Survivor, and how stories of science fiction or magic can help us recover from traumatic or challenging events. Plus, whether you're going to visit family or headed away on vacation, it’s the time of year when a lot of us will be on the road or on a plane. We talked about some of our favorite podcasts to help you pass the time. But first, the holiday’s can be a wonderful time to get together with family and friends. Although it can also be stressful. We spoke with two therapists about how to maintain good mental health this holiday season.


Rebecca Makkai

November 14, 2018

Author Rebecca Makkai; Lasting Impact of 2001: A Space Odyssey; Muslims In Amazon Series ‘Jack Ryan’

On the 21st: Chicago author Rebecca Makkai talks about her latest novel, The Great Believers, which has been nominated for a National Book Award. And, it's been 50 years since 2001: A Space Odyssey hit screens in 1968. We examine it's impact and legacy. Plus, we speak with Loyola's Omer Mozaffar about his consulting on the Amazon Prime series 'Jack Ryan.'


J.B. Pritzker speaks with campaign supporters in Springfield in this 2017 file photo.

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October 25, 2018

Gubernatorial Candidate J.B. Pritzker; Halloween Movies; Getting Rid Of Extra Pills; Spotting A Scam

On the 21st: Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who is hoping to unseat incumbent Bruce Rauner in Election Day. And, we're talking Halloween movies with A.V. Club editor Katie Rife. Plus, Northwestern Medicine, Lurie Children's Hospital and the Drug Enforcement Agency are providing safe and convenient option for disposal of unused prescription drugs. Also, Ameren recently brought back its anti-scam public education program to Illinois. We give you more information about how to avoid being a victim to utility scams.


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October 18, 2018

Gov. Rauner Apologizes To Quincy Veterans; Benedictine Wisdom For Today; Standing Rock Gallery

On the 21st: Last week during a gubernatorial debate in Quincy, Governor Rauner made his first apology to the families who lost loved ones to Legionnaires’ Disease at the Quincy veterans’ home. We’ll hear more about that debate and the state Attorney General’s criminal investigation into the the way the governor’s administration handled this outbreak. Plus, revisit our conversation with Bloomington writer Judy Valente about how wisdom from the sixth century can apply to today. And, we preview a photography exhibit at the American Indian Center of Chicago about the protests at Standing Rock. 


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