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Jul 29, 2021

Ron Popeil, Inventor and King of TV Pitchmen, Dies at 86

The quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said.

Jul 29, 2021

Ask Geoffrey: Cicero’s Klas Restaurant

The Old World meets the new at a legendary Cicero restaurant that’s long served as an anchor for Chicago’s expansive Czech community. But now, its legacy is under threat.

Jul 29, 2021

How a Newly Created Advisory Board Could Help Restore Chicago’s Urban Canopy

The City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance to create an Urban Forestry Advisory Board — charged with strategically caring for Chicago's urban tree canopy.

Jul 29, 2021

Lolla Rocks Chicago as COVID-19 Cases Rise, Governor Reimposes Mask Mandate for State Facilities

As thousands of music lovers flocked to Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza, a surge of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chicago and the suburbs prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reimpose a mask mandate in state facilities for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

Jul 29, 2021

July 29, 2021 - Full Show

A look inside Lollapalooza, where the show goes on despite a COVID-19 surge. How the global chip shortage impacts everything from cars to cellphones. A new city board charged with caring for trees.

Jul 29, 2021

Global Shortage of Computer Chips Hits US Manufacturing

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the disruption of supply chains and manufacturing the world over. Manufacturers of computer chips in Asia have been especially hard hit. And that means companies that make products that rely on such chips are feeling the pinch.

Jul 28, 2021

July 28, 2021 - Full Show

Are you eligible for a lead water line replacement? COVID-19 rates tread risky territory. New laws boost Illinois’ LGBTQ rights. Frida Kahlo’s untold stories in a new exhibit, and more.

Jul 28, 2021

New Illinois Laws on Marriage Certificates More Inclusive of LGBTQ Residents

For transgender and gender non-conforming people, the process of changing your name and getting documents to reflect those changes can be a burden. How two new laws in Illinois aim to ease that process.

Jul 28, 2021

Chris Ware Explores the Place ‘Where Comics Came to Life’ in New Exhibit

We check out a new show at the Chicago Cultural Center that makes the case that the comic strip was born and raised in Chicago. Our tour guides? Artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

Jul 28, 2021

City Expands Eligibility for Lead Service Line Program Amid Slow Start

Lead service lines connect approximately 400,000 Chicago homes with water mains buried under city streets, and can leach a brain-damaging chemical into drinking water. 

Jul 28, 2021

Will Mask Mandates Return to Chicago as COVID-19 Cases Surge?

Consider wearing a mask indoors, even if you’re fully vaccinated. That’s the newest recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some experts say they expect mask mandates, not just recommendations, to return in Chicago and elsewhere.

Jul 28, 2021

‘OK Not to Be OK’: Mental Health Takes Top Role at Olympics

By pulling on her white sweatsuit in the middle of Tuesday night’s Olympic gymnastics meet, and by doing it with a gold medal hanging in the balance, Simone Biles might very well have redefined the mental health discussion that’s been coursing through sports for the past year.

Jul 28, 2021

Five Takeaways From Gripping Officer Testimony at the First January 6 Hearing

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol held its first hearing on Tuesday with harrowing testimony from four officers who shared their stories of being attacked by the rioters.

Jul 27, 2021

Local Street Markets Adjust to Pandemic Restrictions

After a challenging year, Chicago’s street markets are adapting to new health and safety standards, and showing signs of recovery.

Jul 27, 2021

UChicago-Led Team Discovers Way to Dramatically Boost Crop Production

In a potentially world-changing discovery, scientists led by a team from the University of Chicago have discovered a way to manipulate RNA to dramatically boost crop production.