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An image from the film 'Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens'

A new documentary explores the path of one Chicago native that led to his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn about the movie "Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens" with co-director Greg Jacobs.

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Newton Minow may be mostly remembered for his gutsy assessment of the television industry, calling the medium a “vast wasteland” as the fresh-faced, 34-year-old chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. But in the new documentary, Newton Minow: An American Story, veteran journalist Mike Leonard and local producer Mary Kay Wall examine how Minow’s life has had a far-reaching impact that still reverberates today.

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A local filmmaker was honored with an Academy Award nomination for the documentary, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. Though the film buzz has ended, its creator is on a mission to bring more inmate-operated hospice care to prisons all over the country. We talk with him about his efforts and the prison hospice system in Illinois.

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Filmmaker Michael Caplan discusses the first completed documentary on National Book Award winning Chicago author, Nelson Algren.

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The newest film by PBS documentarian Ken Burns chronicles one of America's most influential families.

Film Documents Extinction of Passenger Pigeon

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A century ago, the last known passenger pigeon in existence died. For decades, billions of passenger pigeons filled the sky. A new documentary addresses what happened to the passenger pigeon.

Documentary Shines Light on Revival of Church

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A new documentary tells how a struggling Chicago church reinvented itself and revitalized a declining neighborhood. 

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Chaz Ebert and Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") join us to talk about "Life Itself," the new documentary on the life of film critic Roger Ebert.

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We talk with coproducer Carey Lundin about her new film documenting the life and work of conservationist and renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen known for his passion in preserving parks and green spaces throughout Chicago and the Midwest.

'Chicagoland' Gets Dissected

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We share what you had to say about the ethical practices behind CNN's Chicagoland series when we read some of our viewer feedback.

Ethics in Documentaries

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"Chicagoland" aired its final segment. Local documentary makers join us to discuss the cutting-edge project, review the ethical components of journalistic filmmaking. 

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The life and influence of movie critic Roger Ebert are celebrated in a documentary by the makers of Hoop Dreams. We get a preview.

Meet the Graphic Artist Who Paid the Price for Being Too “Graphic”

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The Three Robbers is a children’s book to cherish. The story revolves around fierce bandits who threaten violence and kidnap a little girl. But that’s OK with her – she doesn’t want to live with her wicked aunt anyway.

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The director and star of an adventurous documentary join us to recount the five-year trip that traversed six continents and 37 countries. Athlete Serge Roetheli and filmmaker John Davies discuss The 25,000 Mile Love Story, a film that details the impossible journey of one endurance athlete’s desire to help children throughout the world. Watch video footage from their journey and read an interview with a producer and editor of the film.

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Fifty years ago today, 200,000 Chicagoans boycotted segregationist policies by Chicago Public Schools. Watch a video clip from a new documentary that chronicles the protest and read an article.

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The Reagan Presidency is a new documentary focusing on President Reagan’s domestic and foreign policy decisions during his two terms in office. It premieres on WTTW11 at 8:00 pm Thursday. Watch a trailer and read more about Reaganomics.