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Civil War monuments are everywhere

Aug 23, 2017

Evidence that the Civil War is more than a fleeting memory in the American psyche is everywhere, such as this small historical monument located at a park in the sleepy Chicago outer-suburb of Saint Charles.

Nestled by the lake and surrounded by leafy streets and well-manicured lawns, this little 1840s cottage is the...

Aug 19, 2017

We consider the history and artistic merit of Confederate monuments. Are they painful symbols of oppression or important cultural relics?

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Aug 14, 2017

We discuss some of the best contemporary books out in print right now, especially an award-winner that is a true "masterpiece," according to CultureCasts's book editor Loretta Williams.  

Some of the best new books out right now

Aug 14, 2017

CultureCast book editor Loretta Williams discussed several books in our latest episode, including the finalists of the prestigious National Book Awards. 

Here is a list of the finalists, and a bonus book -- hard to find in print -- that Loretta recommends. 


"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead


Aug 7, 2017

Those who practice the Kon Mari method of organization swear by its life-changing power. We take a look at the ideas behind it, Marie Kondo -- the woman who created it, and the people who practice it. 

Police officers in Chicago are creating art work to help deal with the incomprehensible tragedies and unique pressures...