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Few Chicagoans can say they’ve lived through 100 years of change. But historian and civil rights activist Timuel Black can when he marks his 100th birthday on Friday.

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A new novel by the New York Times bestselling author and Hyde Park resident is getting rave reviews. Rosellen Brown joins us in discussion.

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You may know him as the funny and irreverent host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” But did you know Peter Sagal is also an avid runner? We get the rundown on “The Incomplete Book of Running.”

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He is widely considered one of the greatest American novelists. Saul Bellow’s anger, appetites and enormous talent are captured in a newly released biography by Zachary Leader, who joins us in conversation.

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In his new book, Ivo Daalder argues that President Donald Trump has chosen to abandon America’s leadership role in the world just as China is becoming more assertive on the global stage.

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Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy The Goodman Theatre)

In her new book, Imani Perry tells the overlooked story of "A Raisin in the Sun" author and Chicago native Lorraine Hansberry. 

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Are democracies under threat? University of Chicago law professor Tom Ginsburg thinks they are, and has co-authored a new book on saving this country’s constitutional democracy.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 5, 2018.

Presidents who have effectively led the nation out of trying times seem to share some key attributes. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian writes about those qualities in her new book “Leadership in Turbulent Times.”

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Eve Ewing (Photo by Nolis Anderson)

She is a poet, sociologist, podcaster and now comic book writer. Eve Ewing’s list of professional titles keeps growing, but her focus on Chicago Public Schools endures. And her interest is not just academic – it’s personal.

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Presidential historian Michael Beschloss on how U.S. presidents have increasingly usurped the power to go to war.

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Sex, politics and religion are widely considered taboo topics for polite conversation. Yet that's exactly what Camille Paglia tackles in her latest book, “Provocations: Collected Essays.”

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Few American presidents occupy as prominent – and complicated – a place in the collective American psyche as Ronald Reagan. Biographer Bob Spitz tells us about his new book.

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A new book offers a peek at how other people spend their money, and shows how that can you help you control your own finances.

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“Consent on Campus: A Manifesto” looks at how colleges can improve their policies and education on sexual violence and consent. We speak with the book’s author, Donna Freitas.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The evolving and often parallel relationship between scientific and military minds is the focus of a new book from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military.”

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Bradley Tusk appears on “Chicago Tonight”

Bradley Tusk served as deputy governor under Rod Blagojevich. Now he advises tech startups. What it was like working for the now-imprisoned former governor.