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State Representative candidate Julie Cho votes on election day. Photo: Hillary Bachelder

What Women Face When They Run for Local Office

Daniel Hautzinger

The documentary Represent follows three women candidates in the Midwest as they run for local office, including a Korean American Republican running on Chicago's North Shore. "A woman called me a white nationalist," she says. "And I thought, 'Me?' "
Abner Mikva in a crowd. Photo: Courtesy Mikva Family

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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. 
Rudy Lozano Elementary School

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

Daniel Hautzinger

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. 
Frontline's The Choice 2020 examines the lives of Donald Trump and Joe Biden as they seek the White House

Frontline's Michael Kirk on 'The Choice 2020'

Daniel Hautzinger

"There has never been a better time for political biography," says the veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk. "You want to look closely at the character of the two men who are asking to be President of the United States at this perilous time."
The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge in Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Long Legacy of Socialism

Daniel Hautzinger

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.
The Illinois State Capitol building. Photo: Erica Gunderson

A Short History of Corruption in Illinois

Daniel Hautzinger

Stories of corruption amongst politicians in Illinois and Chicago could fill a book—and they have. As federal investigations close in on some of the state's most powerful people, revisit the last half century or so of corruption in the city and state. 
Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Photo: Courtesy of left to right: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images; BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

'America's Great Divide' and the 2020 Election

Daniel Hautzinger

"This is really the most important political year coming that I have ever experienced," says Michael Kirk, the producer of Frontline's new, two-part documentary America's Great Divide. "I thought these films could be a kind of overture as the curtain goes up on the political year."
PBS NewsHour/Politico Democratic Debate

How to Watch the Final Democratic Presidential Debate of the Year

Daniel Hautzinger

Tonight at 7:00 pm CT, PBS NewsHour and POLITICO host the final Democratic presidential debate of the year, featuring Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Alderman Leon Despres in the Chicago City Council chamber

The Only Alderman Who Stood Up to Richard J. Daley

Daniel Hautzinger

“[Leon] Despres has been told to shut up – in one form or another – more than any grown man in Chicago," Mike Royko once wrote. "Throughout his career, he has been in the forefront of just about every decent, worthwhile effort to improve life in this city."
Raney Aronson-Rath of 'Frontline.' Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson

The Executive Producer of 'Frontline' on Journalism's Challenges Today

Daniel Hautzinger

Raney Aronson-Rath believes that, for all its difficulties, the current period is "a golden age for serious journalism." The newest FrontlineThe Fish on My Plate, airs Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 pm.
Sara Just, executive producer of PBS NewsHour.

The Executive Producer of 'PBS NewsHour' on Media in the Age of Trump

Daniel Hautzinger

"It's our job to hold power accountable. We did that before this White House, and we'll continue to do it." Sara Just discusses the role of long-form journalism in an era of fake news and antagonism towards traditional media. 
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