Revisiting the Unique Poetry of Simon & Garfunkel’s Soundtrack

Ben Cooley (left) and Taylor Bloom perform in “The Simon & Garfunkel Story.” (Photo by Lane Peters)

Listening to the richly faithful performances by Taylor Bloom and Ben Cooley was in many ways like stepping into a time machine. As I left the theater awash in memories, I wondered whether Simon and Garfunkel have seen the show in which they are so winningly captured.

The Trump Impeachment Hearings Highlight Immigrants’ Stories

Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Several witnesses who testified in the House impeachment inquiry this week chose to highlight their immigrant backgrounds, sharing their families’ stories in highly personal opening statements. 

‘Slave for Sale’ Craigslist Post Leads to Hate Crime Charges

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A suburban Chicago 14-year-old faces hate crime and other charges for allegedly posting on Craigslist a picture of an African American classmate with the caption, “Slave for sale.”

Will Illinois’ Marijuana Law Meet its Social Equity Aims?

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When he signed a law that will make it legal for adults to use marijuana starting in 2020, Gov. J.B. Pritzker proclaimed it to be the most equity-centric in the nation. But is it? And what exactly does that mean?

The Shifting Political Messaging of Impeachment

 Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill returns from a break to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

How has the impeachment testimony of former National Security Council adviser Fiona Hill and other witnesses impacted political messaging on both sides of the aisle? Jason DeSanto, a senior lecturer at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, weighs in.

Too Young to Prosecute? 9-Year-Old Boy Facing Murder Charges

This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff / Journal Star via AP)

A 9-year-old boy returns to court Friday to face five counts of first-degree murder after an April fire killed five people in central Illinois. Joining us to discuss the highly unusual case are a reporter covering the story and a juvenile justice advocate.

Bears Hope to Rebound Against 2-Win Giants


Is there still hope for the Chicago Bears? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview their matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday.

Blues Prodigy Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram Hits Chicago

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (WTTW News)

Buddy Guy called him “the next explosion of the blues” when he was still a teenager. The debut album by Christone “Kingfish” Ingram arrived this summer on Chicago’s Alligator Records – and this week earned a Grammy nomination.

New Book Critiques the ‘Myth of Journalistic Objectivity’

Author Lewis Raven Wallace appears on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

For decades, the concept of journalistic objectivity has been a central value of the mainstream news media. But does objectivity actually exist? And if so, who and what does its pursuit serve? Author Lewis Raven Wallace joins us to discuss “The View from Somewhere.” 

Crain’s Headlines: PepsiCo Signs 8-Year Lease for Old Post Office

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Soft drink giant PepsiCo has officially joined the party at the Old Post Office. The company signed an eight-year lease to move its Chicago office and 1,300 employees late next year to the redeveloped building.

Chicago Opera Theater Captures Extreme Passions in Pair of Life-and-Death One-Acts

Michelle Johnson and Andrew Bidlack in Chicago Opera Theater’s productions of “Aleko” and “Everest.” (Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

As Robert Frost famously wrote: “Some say the world will end in fire, / Some in ice.” And in a very real sense it was those two opposing endgame scenarios that Chicago Opera Theater conjured this past weekend as it opened its 2019-2020 season.

Family of Mercy Hospital Shooting Victim Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Dayna Less, center, with her father Brian and mother Teena. (Provided photo)

The father of slain pharmacist Dayna Less is suing Mercy Hospital and its security firm, claiming their “systemic failures” allowed a domestic violence incident “escalate into a triple homicide.”

Federal Prosecutors to Participate in ‘Project Guardian’ to Target Chicago Gun Crime

U.S. Attorney John Lausch appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 13, 2019. (WTTW News)

Federal prosecutors in Chicago say their office is entering into a new Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing gun violence through coordinated prosecutions and new or improved background check enforcements.

‘Labor of Love’ Drives Meticulous Stivers Coffee Operation in Pilsen

Donnie Hunt, the roastmaster of Stivers Coffee, checks the color of coffee beans as they roast in the company’s gas-driven roaster. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

For more than 30 years, Stivers Coffee has used a large, gas-driven machine to roast coffee beans from all over the world for Chicago’s restaurants, offices, farmers markets and more. We go for a look.

‘On Whose Authority?’: What to Watch in Impeachment Hearings

In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, former White House adviser on Russia, Fiona Hill arrives for a closed door meeting as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

Former National Security Council adviser Fiona Hill and U.S. diplomat David Holmes are the eighth and ninth witnesses to testify publicly before the House impeachment hearings against the 45th president. Watch live.

Trump Directed Ukraine Quid Pro Quo, Key Witness Says

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland listens as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats.

Police: Chicago Teen Hurt in Gunfire Likely Shot by Officer

Chicago Police investigate the scene where an officer was shot by a suspected bank robber in Chicago, Tuesday night, Nov. 19, 2019. A 15-year-old boy was also wounded in the shooting, while the suspect was shot and killed. (Sam Charles / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A 15-year-old Chicago high school student who was wounded during a gun fight between a bank robbery suspect and investigators was likely shot by a suburban police officer, Chicago police said Wednesday.

Spotlight Politics: Will Smollett Saga Sway State’s Attorney’s Race?


“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is back in the headlines as the state’s attorney whose office cleared him of charges announces she’s running for re-election. Our politics team digs into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

Mayor: Progressive Pushback to City Budget ‘Untethered’ from Reality

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responds to criticism from progressive groups on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (WTTW News)

By this time next week, Chicago alderman will have voted on the city’s next budget. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is optimistic that her budget will pass, even as progressive groups say she’s breaking campaign promises. 

Tetsuya Ishida’s First US Show Features Moody Portraits of 20th Century Life

“Contact,” 1998 © Tetsuya Ishida, 2019 Photograph Takemi Art Photos, courtesy Kyuryudo Art Publishing Co., Ltd.

An artist with a cult following in Japan and Europe has his first show in the United States, and it is in Chicago. We visit the exhibition “Self-Portrait of Other” for a strong dose of surrealism and satire.

Ask Geoffrey: The Oliver Typewriter Company


Geoffrey Baer shares the story behind a unique Chicago-made typewriter and the ornate 1907 building that served as its headquarters. 

Women Forced to Choose Between Food and Menstrual Products


Nearly 25 million American women living below the poverty line are faced with a terrible choice every month: whether to spend money on menstrual hygiene products or other necessities. We explore what’s called period poverty – and the movement to end it.

‘Silver, Sword and Stone’: Author Writes Sweeping History of Latin America


Peruvian American journalist Marie Arana talks about her new book, “Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story.”

Crain’s Headlines: Tribune Stock Soars After Alden Global Purchase

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Tribune Publishing stock soared as much as 15% Wednesday after Alden Global, a hedge fund known for making deep cuts to newsrooms, bought out Tribune’s largest stockholder.

World Record Attempt: 31 Hours In, Hula-Hooper is Sore But Optimistic

Wicker Park resident Jenny Doan hula-hoops at District Brew Yards. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

Jenny Doan is planning to hula-hoop for 100 hours straight in order to break the Guinness World Record. We check in with her 31 hours into the challenge. “It’s been tiring,” said the 29-year-old Wicker Park resident.

State Board of Education Calls for End to Student Isolation Following Investigation

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An emergency action from the state board of education comes a day after a Tribune-ProPublica investigation revealed thousands of cases in which schools put students into seclusion. We speak with two of the reporters behind that story.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 21-24

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Holiday lights, art fairs, new toys and hot rods usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Smollett Says He Was Maliciously Prosecuted in Counterclaim Against City

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Former “Empire” star Jussie Smollett has filed a federal counterclaim against the city of Chicago claiming he owes the city no more money and was maliciously prosecuted for the alleged hoax attack police say he orchestrated on himself.

AMA Calls for Total Ban on All E-Cigarette, Vaping Products

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak, File)

The group adopted the sweeping stance at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for state and federal laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

Sondland Faces Tough Questions About Trump and Ukraine

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, will confront questions Wednesday about his evolving accounts of the Trump administration’s dealings with Ukraine. Watch live.

Chicago Dance Companies Unite for Black Dance Legacy Project

Dancers Tracey Hodgkin-Valcy and Merrick Mitchell rehearse a duet for “Lineage: The Black Dance Legacy Project.” (WTTW News)

Eight of the city’s most prominent dance companies are coming together for a one-night-only concert this week with a single mission: to celebrate the legacy of black dance in Chicago.

NYT Reporters Reveal New Details in ‘The Education of Brett Kavanaugh’

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

A new book from reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly offers a detailed look at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a year after his tumultuous Senate testimony.