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The Trump Impeachment Trial coverage by PBS NewsHour

PBS's Coverage of Donald Trump's Second Impeachment

Find all the ways you can watch the House's impeachment trial, either over-the-air or digitally, here. 
Juliette Kinzie

Unpacking the Complicated Legacy of One of Chicago’s ‘Forgotten Founders’

When it comes to Chicago’s early history, people like William Ogden or Cyrus McCormick and their families are often brought up as the city’s founders. But, according to one expert, one of Chicago’s “forgotten founders" is the writer and historian Juliette Kinzie.
Guy Lombardo promoting Lanzi Candy's Cashew Nut and Rice Crunch. Photo: Courtesy Michael Lahey

Recovering a Beloved Chicago Candy and the Story of the Family Business Behind It

Lanzi Candy's Cashew Nut and Rice Crunch was once sold internationally and on American Airlines, all while made out of a small family-owned factory in Chicago. A documentary follows the business's story and a quest to recreate its most popular treat.
An illustration from the 1909 'Plan of Chicago' of the city from above, looking west. Image: Typ 970U Ref 09.296, Houghton Library, Harvard University/Wikimedia Commons

The Influential Plan That Sought to Make Chicago Beautiful

The 1909 Plan of Chicago recommended the lakefront be public parkland, extensive parks and forest preserves throughout the city, and other proposals that helped make Chicago the city we know today. 
Abner Mikva in a crowd. Photo: Courtesy Mikva Family

How Abner Mikva Inspired People to Believe in Government's Power for Good

Attending college on the G.I. Bill changed Abner Mikva's life. As a congressman, judge, and mentor to Barack Obama, Elena Kagan, and numerous young people, Mikva tried to show that government could be a force for good in people's lives. 
A demonstration in support of Poland's Solidarity in Chicago in December, 1981. Photo: K. Pecak/Polish Museum of America

The 40th Anniversary of the Polish Movement That Toppled Communism - And Chicago's Supporting Role

40 years ago, the Polish trade union Solidarity was formed. It would go on to force the first free elections in Communist Poland and win resoundingly, ending the Communist regime there. Chicago's Polish community played a strong supporting role throughout. 
Sophonisba Breckinridge. Image: Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

‘Forgotten Feminist’ Sophonisba Breckinridge was a Woman of Many Firsts

Sophonisba Breckinridge, a feminist and social reformer, accomplished a lot in her long career, much of which was spent at the University of Chicago. But despite all she achieved, she is what historian Anya Jabour calls a "forgotten feminist."
The Great Chicago Fire, Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum

Revisiting the Great Chicago Fire 149 Years Later

The Great Chicago Fire: A Chicago Stories Special reveals new details with recreations and animation that bring the fire to life. Executive producer Dan Protess and producer and writer Peter Marks talked about their approach to telling the old story in a new way.
Margaret Burroughs

“Chicago, I Love You!” Margaret Burroughs’ Creative Legacy in Chicago

Margaret Burroughs, an influential Chicago artist, poet, and teacher, established two of the city's important cultural institutions: the South Side Community Arts Center and the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Rudy Lozano Elementary School

Rudy Lozano's Multigenerational Legacy and the Growing Power of Chicago's Latino Community

Rudy Lozano sought more political power for Latinos in Chicago, and although his life was cut short, his legacy lives on in his friends and family members who continue his political campaigns and activism. 
The First Battle of the Marne in 1914

Drawing Lessons from the History of War

“It’s tempting to think that military history is just about, ‘Here’s a tank, it does X, Y, and Z.’ But essentially, for good or ill, war is a huge catalyst of change," says the president of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, which has a new series called This Week in Military History.
The steel Puerto Rican flag over Division Street in Humboldt Park. Photo: Richie Diesterheft/Wikimedia Commons

Chicago's 1966 Division Street Riot

While it has been overshadowed by other unrest of the late '60s in Chicago, the Division Street riot was an important point in the history of Chicago's Puerto Rican community, drawing attention to issues faced by the community. 
A postcard of Chicago's Old Main Post Office, from 1941. Image: Curt Teich postcard/Wikimedia Commons

Chicago's Postal History and the Meltdown That Led to Reforms

A huge backlog of mail in Chicago in 1966 caused long delays and led to bipartisan reforms of the postal service. Chicago's role was unsurprising, given that it was an important part of the national postal system, which had also contributed to the city's growth. 
Leontyne Price on WTTW's 'Callaway Interviews' in 1981

From the Archive: Leontyne Price

"It's never been the Black artist's problem, it has been other people's problem," the legendary Leontyne Price told WTTW in 1981 about the lack of Black artists, specifically in opera. "It's so simplistic, it's fairly ridiculous." Watch excerpts of the archival interview. 
The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge in Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Long Legacy of Socialism

Although the Democratic National Convention will be virtual, Milwaukee is still the nominal host. Chicago's neighbor to the north has a long history of elected socialist leaders, an appropriate background in the era of Bernie Sanders and other progressives.
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