Apr 25, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 25, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago journalists break down the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict. A new life for the old Michael Reese Hospital site. A throwback to WTTW’s show “Our People.” And a history-making Oscar nominee. 

Apr 25, 2021

‘Our People’ Clips Spark Son’s Memory of Father on TV

Our trip down memory lane with the WTTW program “Our People” from the late 1960s and early ‘70s brought back memories for one former Chicagoan. Here is his story.

Apr 25, 2021

Covering the Chauvin Trial: The Verdict, Reaction and What Comes Next

After a three-week trial, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, a conviction President Joe Biden called “a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America.” We discuss the verdict, the reaction and what comes next with local journalists.

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Apr 18, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 18, 2021 - Full Show

Local activists share their reactions to fatal police shootings. Calls to reopen the city’s mental health clinics. Remembering Harold Washington. Efforts to diversify television.

Apr 18, 2021

Communities Affected by Police Violence Also Deal with Anger, Grief

As the country awaits an outcome in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, the manner in which police operate in Black and Latino communities – in particular, how they use deadly force — remains very much in the spotlight. 

Apr 11, 2021

Diversity in Development: How Black and Latino Developers Can Change the Map

When city leaders and developers discuss new plans for major real estate projects, some groups are often left out of the discussion. What’s being done to bring more Black and Latino developers into the industry. 

Apr 11, 2021

The Last Word: Shermann Thomas

Urban historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas gives us the last word on how knowing the city’s past can change the energy of its future.

Apr 11, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 11, 2021 - Full Show

What’s being done to bring more Black and Latino developers into the real estate industry. Cook County’s new public defender. A call for more big brothers and sisters. Bringing energy to history. 

Apr 4, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 4, 2021 - Full Show

New arts leaders weigh in on the comeback of Chicago’s art scene. We remember Loyola’s 1963 championship team and the adversity they faced. Rare color photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Elmhurst.

Apr 4, 2021

Chicago’s Arts Community Sees Wave of New Black Leaders

Chicago’s most storied arts institutions have elevated Black leaders to the helm in the last year. We talk with some of them about how the Chicago arts scene is planning its 2021 comeback.

Mar 28, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 28, 2021 - Full Show

Evanston makes history by passing a reparations ordinance for Black residents. A “professional troublemaker” joins us for this week’s Black Voices Book Club. Remembering broadcaster Bill Campbell.

Mar 28, 2021

Remembering Longtime Chicago Broadcaster Bill Campbell

In this 1981 clip from “The Week in Review,” Bill Campbell, who was then in his third year as editorial director at WLS, talks with host Joel Weisman about his signature on-location editorials and deriving meaning from his work.

Mar 28, 2021

Luvvie Ajayi Jones Wants You to Become a ‘Professional Troublemaker’

From jumping out of airplanes to zip-lining through the jungle, Luvvie Ajayi Jones has become an expert at challenging fear — but not all of her daring adventures involve leaving the ground. She tells us about her new book, “Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual.”

Mar 28, 2021

Reparations Blueprint: What Evanston’s Move Means for Rest of US

Evanston has become the first city in the country to offer reparations for Black residents. Last week, aldermen voted to distribute $10 million over the next 10 years, using tax money from the sale of recreational marijuana. We discuss the local and national outlook.

Mar 21, 2021

The Last Word: Rachel Allison Hall

The Chicago-based comedian and actor talks about making the most of a year spent at home.