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The 1968 Chicago Riots—Why the West Side?

The area was at the tail end of the Great Migration, and still under the tight control of white ward bosses, when the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. set off the conflagration.

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The Day WSNS-TV Chicago Got Word a Nuclear Attack Was Imminent

In February 1971, a 23-year-old TV director got an official “Attack Warning.” He checked the authenticator for the correct password: “HATEFULNESS.” Then he faced a decision: Should he play a terrifying plea from the North American Air Defense to take cover?

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Are Changing Ward Lines a Source of Chicago’s Violence?

A University of Chicago sociologist is investigating the possibility that small areas, which have been shifted between wards over the years, are more prone to it—perhaps because they fall through the political cracks.

4 months
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Hazim’s Electronic Dreams: Documenting the Yazidi Genocide

Hazim Adval, a self-taught Iraqi programmer, built software to help victims of the ISIS-led genocide of the Yazidi people and track medical histories and prescriptions within a refugee camp. With the help of George and Amal Clooney, he’s now studying at the University of Chicago.

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What Can Be Done About Facebook and Privacy?

Privacy-law expert Lior Strahilevitz talks about why the Cambridge Analytica scandal is the company’s hardest challenge yet, and why the biggest thing it has to worry about is its product making people unhappy.

4 months
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The Stairwell

You know how this story ends: a fierce struggle between two men, a police commander shot dead outside the Thompson Center. But what you don’t know is how it begins.

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