5 Articles: Finished #MakingAMurderer… Now What?

Ever since I finished watching Netflix’s Making a Murderer last month, I’ve been devouring everything that offers more information, theories and facts on this horrible crime and the figures at the heart of it all: Steven Avery, his nephew Brendan Dassey and murder victim Teresa Halbach. Like Serial Podcast Season 1 and The Jinx (See our blogs…
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Guest Blog: Karen Chan on Giving and Donating: Be Smart with Your Support

Karen Chan is a financial educator and speaker. She partners with Illinois libraries to provide programs that help patrons make wiser decisions with their money. Her workshops cover high-stakes decisions such as investing in a 401(k), deciding when to take Social Security benefits and choosing a financial adviser.  Karen has been educating the public about…
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That’s Not My Western

America loves a simple western. Maybe we'll cheer for a hero, or maybe we'll be gutsy revisionists and cheer for an antihero. Whatever the case, we get to have a grand old time watching strangers shoot each other. There are books out there, however, which take the American West and make it the mystery that called…
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The Black National Anthem and the Multitalented Men Who Wrote It

James Weldon Johnson is often called the Renaissance Man of the Harlem Renaissance—with good reason. The author of the novel The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, he was also a respected poet, newspaper columnist, diplomat and the first black leader of the NAACP. But he is perhaps best known for writing the lyrics to the stirring…
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An Honest Tale Speeds Best: Shakespeare’s Influence in Recent Media

Shakespeare’s timeless stories are a frequent inspiration, even centuries after they were first written. (or borrowed or adapted, depending on who you ask!) For example, the slogan for Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”, is similar to the first line in Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent”. As we prepare for our discussion and…
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