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    Explore the First Events of 2019

    When confronted with a constant flow of headlines that spark fear, division, worry and doubt, is it possible to move forward with optimism? We'll sit down with thought leaders—like Steven Pinker and Howard Schultz—to imagine what might happen when we see the glass half full.

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    After the Idea: A Podcast by Chicago Ideas

    After the Idea is a podcast produced to explore the most important part of an idea—what comes after. We'll sit down with solution-makers in Chicago and beyond to learn how they turned their big ideas into action.

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