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Penny Pritzker

The billionaire former U.S. secretary of commerce, 60, on the duty of the rich and why she avoids caffeine

1 month
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Rick Bayless

The celebrity chef, 65, on his extreme yoga, brutal childhood, and strong aversion to criticism

2 months
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Veronica Roth

The YA novelist, 30, on the perils of early success, coping with anxiety, and the brutal honesty of teenagers

4 months
ago

Lisa Madigan

The former state attorney general, 52, on her famous father, ego’s role in politics, and dance as de-stresser

5 months
ago

Jackie Taylor

The Black Ensemble Theater founder, 67, on growing up in Cabrini and why she snubbed New York.

7 months
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David Axelrod

The political consultant, 64, on why he’s done with presidential campaigns and what law made him cry

8 months
ago

Sandra Cisneros

The novelist and poet, 64, on the power of art, the impact of depression, and the splendor of a Chicago dog

9 months
ago

Timuel Black

The activist and historian, 100, on lessons from his grandmother, marching with King, and marrying younger

10 months
ago

David Orr

The recently retired Cook County clerk, 74, on Eddie Vrdolyak, machine politics, and screaming at the TV

11 months
ago

Jeff Tweedy

The Wilco frontman, 51, on parenting, addiction, and the one thing he still keeps private

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