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The Washington Post published its first issue on December 6, 1877

Defining Moments of The Washington Post's 140-Year History

The Washington Post published its first issue 140 years ago on December 6. Over its long history, it has given us a memorable gaffe and a popular march, inspired a classic toy, and led huge investigations. Look back on some of its defining moments.
Marshall Field's Christmas Windows with Uncle Mistletoe

From the Archive: Marshall Field's Christmas Windows

They have been a tradition in Chicago for over one hundred years, and seemingly everyone has fond memories of going to see them. See some of your favorite Christmas windows and learn how they're put together in this episode of Chicago Stories from 2000.
The Chicago River at Wolf Point. Photo: Kristan Lieb

Only a true Chicagoan can ace this quiz about the Chicago River

How much do you know about the river and its history? The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer premieres November 27 at 7:30 pm.
The 8th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard

The Forgotten Story of Illinois's Black World War I Regiment

The 370th Infantry Regiment is one of only a handful of African American regiments that served in World War I and the only one commanded solely by black officers. Having fought for their country abroad, they returned home to fight for their rights.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. Photo: Yoichi Okamoto/LBJ Library

The Stories Behind PBS Shows

50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson created a federally funded public broadcasting system to "enrich man's spirit." PBS has produced a wide range of programs since then. Learn a little bit about the history of some of your favorites.
Chicago

How 16 Chicago Streets Got Their Names

From a Swedish immigrant who planted the majority of trees in Chicago after the Fire to two separate brewers, a lucky friend to a developer who rebuilt his home three times, the people who gave their names to Chicago streets have some fascinating stories.
Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold. Photo: Courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS

The (Im)Perfect Crime

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were brilliant students from affluent, respected families who had everything going for them – so much so that they felt they had to prove their superiority by murdering a fourteen-year-old boy in the "crime of the century."
Vladimir Putin. Photo: REUTERS/ Sergei Karpukhin

Putin's Revenge

Michael Kirk discusses his new Frontline investigation, Putin's Revenge, which looks at Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and what drove Putin to order it. "The ideology of Putin right now is survival of Putin," Kirk says.
Larry David and Bernie Sanders

Watch Bernie Sanders and Larry David Find Out They're Related

Larry David and Bernie Sanders have a lot in common, enough that David has played the senator and former presidential candidate on Saturday Night Live. But on Finding Your Roots, they discovered they're closer than they knew. Watch their reactions. 
Carmelo Anthony and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

How Genealogists Find Your Roots

Genealogy is now a multi-billion dollar business centered in Salt Lake City. Why has it grown so rapidly? What does tracking down ancestors involve? How has it changed in the past decades? And why Salt Lake City? A genealogist from Finding Your Roots answers.
IBM Tower and the Wrigley Building in 1986

From the Archive: The Chicago River

The upcoming The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer explores the river today. But what was the waterway like thirty years ago, back when the city center was only just beginning to be revitalized? Watch a tour from a 1986 episode of Chicago Tonight.
Our Lady of Guadalupe in Chicago

Chicago's First Mexican Church

A century ago, Mexicans first began settling in Chicago as laborers in the steel mills, packinghouses, and on the railroads. One South Chicago community eventually opened the first Mexican church in the city, first in an old army barracks right before the Depression.
"Above and Beyond" at the Harold Washington Library

Commemorating the Vietnam War Around Chicago

More than three million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians and more than 58,000 American soldiers died in the Vietnam War. Nearly 3,000 American soldiers were from Illinois. What memorials, in various forms, exist near Chicago to honor them?
Mary Ann Vecchio kneels over the body of fellow student Jeffrey Miller, who was killed by Ohio National Guard troops during an antiwar demonstration at Kent State University. May 4, 1970. Photo: John Filo/Getty Images

From the Archive: A Vietnam Veteran Turned Protester

Hear excerpts from a 1977 Studs Terkel interview with Ron Kovic, the author of the best-selling memoir Born on the Fourth of July, which became an Oliver Stone film. "I know that the people of this country want to face up to the truth of that war," Kovic says.
Frontline: Abacus - Small Enough to Jail. Photo: Sean Lyness

The Only Bank Prosecuted for the 2008 Financial Crisis

In 2015, Abacus Federal Savings Bank was the 2,651st largest bank in the United States. It's also the only U.S. bank prosecuted for the 2008 financial crisis. Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams, discusses his Frontline documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.
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