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Diana Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. The Lake Forest native completed the journey in about 53 hours. Watch a 1978 interview with Nyad from WTTW's archives.

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Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina and Chicagoan, has died at 88. We take a look back at her 1978 conversation with John Callaway, and Callaway’s 2007 “Chicago Stories” profile of Tallchief.