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TV host Dr. Ian Smith on the pandemic and his latest book. Making health care anti-racist. A mural brings health care providers closer to their patients. And the last word on Black businesses.

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Dr. Ian Smith appears on “Black Voices” via Zoom. (WTTW News)

Dr. Ian Smith has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic from just about every angle. He joins us to discuss the pandemic and the importance of equitable distribution of a vaccine.

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C. Spike Trotman (WTTW News)

As 2020 comes to a close, the events of this unprecedented year have devastated Chicago’s small businesses. Why it’s more important than ever to support neighborhood shops.

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A new mural on the city’s Northwest Side bridges the gap between health care providers and the community they serve.

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(Photo by CDC on Unsplash)

What health care institutions and practitioners can do to unwind the systemic racism that continues to affect health care outcomes in Black and Latino communities.

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What a new presidential administration could mean for communities of color. Making Black and Brown communities the focus of COVID-19 recovery. Extending the Red Line. A new life for Emmett Till’s home.

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President-elect Joe Biden (WTTW News via CNN)

We speak with Audra Wilson, the head of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, on what the new Biden administration could mean for communities of color.

Blacks in Green buys home, plans to create international heritage pilgrim site

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The former home of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave. in Chicago’s Woodlawn community. (WTTW News)

The former Woodlawn home of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, is now in the hands of the nonprofit Blacks in Green. Founder Naomi Davis shares the group’s vision for the historic site.

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A rendering of a planned CTA Red Line station at 103rd Street. (Courtesy of the Chicago Transit Authority)

Plans to extend the heavily used train line south of its current endpoint at 95th Street have been discussed as far back as the 1950s. But the project has been steadily moving from idea to reality in recent years.

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The coronavirus has dealt a blow to the Black community, and the numbers are again on the rise. We discuss the surge with Dr. Doriane Miller, director of the Center for Community Health and Vitality at UChicago Medicine.

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Bronzeville resident Sharifa Wicks-Lot voted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library voting location and said she’s been voting since she turned 18 years old. “I have two children, a 11-year-old and a two-year-old, and I would want the best for their future in the coming years,” Wicks-Lot said. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Local journalists discuss national and local elections results following a dramatic Election Day that stretched into Election Week.

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Hashing out an Election Day that turned into Election Week. The impact of rising COVID-19 case numbers in the Black community. An up-and-coming photojournalist has The Last Word.

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Vashon Jordan Jr. (WTTW News)

The protests that swept across Chicago this summer had plenty of cameras on them, but who was behind the camera?

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A shoe store on the city’s South Side is celebrating 50 years as the only independent Black-owned shoe retailer in the country. We go for a visit.

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Election Day is just two days away — what you need to know. How some lawmakers in Springfield are doubling down on a Black agenda. And making history in the world of science.  

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Tiara Hughes (WTTW News)

Chicago gets a lot of attention for its soaring skyscrapers and ornate downtown buildings, but there’s more to Chicago architecture than what’s in the Loop. 

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