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Tom Wolfe

Era-Defining Journalist and Novelist Tom Wolfe Has Died

Daniel Hautzinger

Tom Wolfe, who wrote The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities and gave us the terms "'Me' decade" and "radical chic," died yesterday at the age of 88. Watch him discuss his trademark white suit and the similarities between counterculture and evangelicalism in this archival interview.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet Alice Walker

From the Archive: Alice Walker

Daniel Hautzinger

The Great American Read's list of America's 100 most-loved books has been revealed, and it includes Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 The Color Purple. Revisit a 2013 interview with Walker on Chicago Tonight. "I go where my heart says I need to be," she says. 
Carl Kasell on Chicago Tonight

NPR Icon Carl Kasell Dies

Daniel Hautzinger

Carl Kasell, the beloved NPR newscaster and judge and scorekeeper of the news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! died yesterday at age 84. Remember the radio icon with WTTW archival videos: an extended interview, and a behind the scenes look at Wait Wait.
Cesar Chavez on Chicago Tonight with John Callaway

From the Archive: Cesar Chavez

Daniel Hautzinger

Before watching Independent Lens: Dolores, take a look back at this 1985 interview with Dolores Huerta's compatriot and fellow labor organizer Cesar Chavez, in which he discusses his activism, the decline of labor, and the difficulties facing the movement.
Conservative leader and anti-"women's liberation" activist Phyllis Schlafly in 1977

From the Archive: Phyllis Schlafly

Daniel Hautzinger

Illinois just became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which sought to prohibit discrimination of women, more than 40 years after Congress approved it. Watch a 1977 interview with the woman who led the successful opposition.
Author Toni Morrison on Callaway Interviews

From the Archive: Toni Morrison

Daniel Hautzinger

In 1977, Toni Morrison spoke to WTTW's John Callaway about empathy, the importance of storytelling, and her deep love of writing in an extraordinary interview. Watch the Nobel Prize-winning novelist speak honestly early in her career.
The mural Keith Haring created in Chicago with students in 1989.

The Chicago Mural Created by a Famous Artist and Hundreds of Students

Daniel Hautzinger

In 1989, Keith Haring painted hundreds of his iconic figures on a 488-foot stretch of wall in Grant Park. Hundreds of students then filled them in however they liked. Watch a WTTW documentary about this unique project, now partially on display at the Cultural Center.
James Baldwin on Chicago Tonight with John Callaway in 1985.

From the Archive: James Baldwin in Conversation with John Callaway

Daniel Hautzinger

Watch James Baldwin share his ever-incisive observations late in his life on Chicago Tonight in 1985. "When Americans say progress, they really mean how quickly, and to what extent, and how profoundly, a black person becomes white," Baldwin says.
Billy Graham at one of his crusades in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1970, introducing Richard Nixon

Influential Evangelist Billy Graham Dies

Daniel Hautzinger

The Rev. Billy Graham, America's most famous Christian evangelist who was friend and priest to presidents, died today at the age of 99. Watch him tell how he would like to be remembered, while an associate explains the "Billy Graham rules," in an excerpt from a 1994 WTTW program.
Fred Rogers on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in 1985.

From the Archive: Mister Rogers

Daniel Hautzinger

In 1985, Mister Rogers appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss 30 years on television and offer some wisdom in his characteristic thoughtful manner.
Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. on WTTW

From the Archive: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Widow Coretta Scott King

Daniel Hautzinger

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, listen to the woman who helped make the civil rights leader's birthday a federal holiday, as Coretta Scott King discusses her husband's sense of humor and legacy, as well as the structural problems undergirding racism.
James Baldwin in the crowd. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 28 August 1963, Washington. Photo: Dan Budnik

From the Archive: James Baldwin in Conversation with Studs Terkel

Daniel Hautzinger

"I want to be an honest man, and I want to be a good writer," James Baldwin tells Studs Terkel in this eloquent and incisive conversation from 1961. He achieved both, in his clear-eyed writing and speaking about America and race, as is brilliantly obvious here.
Oprah Winfrey on WTTW's Callaway Magazine in 1984

From the Archive: An Interview with Oprah at the Beginning of Her Fame

Daniel Hautzinger

Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey gave a galvanizing acceptance speech after being granted a lifetime achievement award. See what she was like just as her career was taking off with a morning talk show, in a 1984 interview on WTTW.
Marshall Field's Christmas Windows with Uncle Mistletoe

From the Archive: Marshall Field's Christmas Windows

Daniel Hautzinger

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.
IBM Tower and the Wrigley Building in 1986

From the Archive: The Chicago River

Daniel Hautzinger

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.
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