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The Field Museum Campaigns to Save the (Taxidermied) Hyenas

Four striped hyena specimens, preserved by the legendary taxidermist Carl Akeley, were exiled to a bland, bleak corner of the Reptile Hall for decades. If the museum’s Indiegogo campaign goes well, they’ll get a new home—and a new story.

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How Integration Worked—and Failed—in Evanston

Mary Barr, author of Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston, talks about growing up in a progressive suburb that seemed to get integration right—until lunch happened.

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Do You Remember the Measles Outbreak of 1989?

The deadly, highly contagious virus infected thousands of people in Illinois, hitting poor neighborhoods in Chicago the hardest, leading to new initiatives and laws that technically eliminated the disease.

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