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On the final episode of “Chicago Stories” podcast, Mayor Emanuel swapped mics with legendary broadcaster Bill Kurtis for a look back on his own life and career, beginning with his first steps in politics as an intern, to the lessons he learned in the White House, his take on Chicago’s larger-than-life political culture, and most of all what it was like serving the greatest people in the greatest city on Earth.

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“One summer I got the bug working on a campaign as the candidate’s driver.”

Mayor Emanuel’s long…


How do you win the speaker’s gavel twice? One vote at a time.

On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories” podcast, Mayor Emanuel had the honor of sitting down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a wide-ranging discussion on politics and power, leadership and public service, and why after over 30 years in public life she’s still going strong.

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“I had no intention of running for any office ever.”

Speaker Pelosi has represented the residents of San Francisco for over three decades, and been active in California politics even longer, but…


Theaster Gates is many things, but he doesn’t see it that way.

On this week’s episode of Chicago Stories, Mayor Emanuel welcomed the world-famous artist to City Hall to talk about connecting art with neighborhood development, discovering the spiritual life of abandoned spaces, and the “aha” moment that brought it all together.

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“We’ve gotten to the point where artists are accidental developers.”

Gates is an artist, a community developer, an urban planner, a curator, a teacher, and a restorer, but it’s been a while since he’s used any of those labels…


Chemi Peres is a man on a mission.

On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories” podcast, Mayor Emanuel was visited by Chemi Peres, Israeli venture capitalist and chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, to talk about impact investing and peace through technology, as well as Israel and its recent elections, and his work in advancing his father’s legacy of visionary leadership.

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“We are entering an age where we can live in a world of winners only. Nobody needs to lose.”

Purpose is the line that runs across Peres’s…


Foreign policy is never what it used to be.

On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories,” Mayor Emanuel joined Council on Foreign Relations president Dr. Richard Haass for a sweeping conversation on America’s evolving role since the Cold War, his advice for 2020 candidates, how to prioritize big problems, and the blurring lines between foreign and domestic policy, along with much more.

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“There’s not a whole lot that is inevitable. People, ideas, it all makes such a difference.”

Dr. Haass’s interest in global affairs grew out of studying religion at his…


Dr. Helene Gayle has made a career out of making a difference.

On this week’s episode of Chicago Stories, Mayor Emanuel invited the president of the Chicago Community Trust to City Hall to hear about her long career in public health, what brought her to Chicago, and the impact she hopes to have on her new home.

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“As a clinician your patient is an individual, when you focus on public health your patient is a nation or a community or even the world.”

Dr. Gayle has spent over 30 years tackling…


Chicago is the best sports town on Earth. Period.

On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories,” Mayor Emanuel and sportswriter and radio host David Haugh dove into the dizzying highs and crushing lows that comes with being a fan in this city, from our greatest coaches, to our unsung teams, what they’d do if they were in the owners box, and much more.

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“There’s a combativeness that defines a Chicago sports fan.”

It’s no easy thing being a Chicago sports fan, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s combative,”…


Eddie Bocanegra’s life is a story of choices, mistakes, leadership, and redemption.

On this week’s episode of Chicago Stories podcast, Mayor Emanuel sat down with Eddie to talk about his transformation from gang member and convicted felon, to trailblazing leader at the Heartland Alliance’s READI Chicago program, the role of faith and family, trauma and violence, healing, opportunity, and hope.

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Listen to the full episode as Eddie and Mayor Emanuel discuss:

0:37 —Growing Up
6:59 — Moral Compass
13:40 — Unlikely Mentorship
17:00 — Outlook vs. Opportunity
35:40 —Day of Atonement

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Think the Supreme Court brings about social change? Think again.

On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories,” Mayor Emanuel sat down with Professor Gerald Rosenberg of the University of Chicago to talk about the true impact of landmark cases, the court’s long history of politicization, the big decisions he’s watching, and much more.

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“I wanted to know what was the best strategy to bring about social change.”

Professor’s Rosenberg’s interest in the Supreme Court stems from growing up in the political and social ferment of 1960s, inspiring him to not only…


On this week’s episode of “Chicago Stories,” Mayor Emanuel was joined by author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz for a discussion about stories of love, redemption, hope and grace that grow out of the trauma of violence in his new book, An American Summer.

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“What I’m really interested in is the personal stories of people who are somehow struggling and somehow emerge from that standing upright”

Kotlowitz burst into the public over 25 years ago with his seminal work There Are No Children Here. Now he’s out with its bookend, An American…

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