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Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) gives every Chicagoan a voice on cable television by providing video training, equipment, facilities, and channel time for Chicago residents and nonprofit groups. CAN TV’s five local, non-commercial channels reach one million viewers in the city of Chicago.



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Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 28, 2022
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A conversation with award-winning authors Dolen Perkins-Valdez: author of "Take My Hand" and Natalie Y. Moore author of "The Billboard".
Topic: Black Women and Reproductive Justice
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 25, 2022
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LFTH #107: Elections, Politics, and a Pollard Family Park.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - June 25, 2022
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Join scholars Celso Thomas Castilho, Marcela Echeverri Muñoz, and Chernoh Sesay Jr. as they discuss controversies over the role of Indigenous and African enslaved peoples in the formation of new nations and governments throughout the Western Hemisphere. 
Topic: Slavery and Emancipation in the Age of Revolutions
CPL and Midland Authors welcome UIC Professor Dick Simpson to speak on his latest book, Democracy's Rebirth: The View From Chicago, in conversation with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Topic: Mayor Lori Lightfoot in conversation with Author Dick Simpson: Democracy's Rebirth
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 23, 2022
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Poets ages 8 to 14 read their original, award-winning haiku.
Topic: Haiku Fest 18th Annual Award Ceremony
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 22, 2022
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Virtual event discussing city finances with Patrick Tuohey, co-founder and policy director of the Better Cities Project. Moderated by Sheila Weinberg, CEO and Founder of Truth in Accounting.
Topic: Cities Finances: A Game of Hide-n-Seek
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” two historians, Kathleen Belew and Erika Lee, share their research on the long histories of American identity.
Topic: Who Belongs? A Conversation about the Long History of American Identity
Governor George H. Ryan joins a panel of experts including lawyers Andrea Lyon and Rob Warden, to discuss his book Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty In Illinois.
Topic: Governor George Ryan: Until I Could Be Sure: How I Stopped the Death Penalty in Illinois
The Black Baroque visiting artist lecture series spotlights Black theatre-makers who work with, against, and through Baroque culture in the contemporary historical moment.
Topic: Black Baroque Series: Kajahl Benes in Conversation with Cecilio Cooper
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 21, 2022
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LFTH #106: Current Events, Old Friends, Novels, & Chicago Tax Law.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - June 18, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 17, 2022 CAN TV
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Host Sylvia Snowden sits down with 4 candidates for Illinois Secretary of State; Dan Brady (R), Alexi Giannoulias (D), David Moore (D), and Anna Valencia (D).
Topic: Chicago Elections
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Learn about these 1st Congressional District Candidates: Chris Butler (D), Jahmal Cole (D), Jacqueline Collins (D), Pat Dowell (D), Jonathan Jackson (D), Karin Norington–Reaves (D), Jonathan Swain (D), and Charise Williams (D).
Topic: Chicago Election
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A look at the Illinois Appellate Court Candidates. Political Forum is an original  CAN TV Production.
Topic: Political Forum: Illinois Appellate Court Candidates
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 11, 2022
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LFTH #105: Politics, Sports, and Art with Michael James, Katie Hogan, and Esteemed Guests.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - June 11, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Jun 4, 2022
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LFTH #104: The Assassination of Malcolm X, Epiphany Center for the Arts, and CDCASE.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - June 4, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
May 26, 2022
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Coverage from Chicago Police Board Meeting on May 26th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Police Board Meeting - May 26th, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
May 25, 2022
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Full coverage from the Chicago City Council Meeting on May 25th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago City Council Meeting - May 25th, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
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Full coverage of the Committee on Finance Meeting from May 19th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Committee on Finance Meeting – May 19th, 2022
Coverage from the Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting on May 18th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting - May 18th, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
May 16, 2022 CAN TV
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UIC host Under Secretary James Kvaal to visit and will briefing on how they have raised its graduation rates, working to close equity gaps, & the importance of voting and civic engagement with students.
Topic: Under Secretary of Education James Kvaal
Chicago Access Network Television
May 14, 2022
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Bob Dean the CEO of Center for Neighborhood Technology joins Vegan Politico to discuss the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool map released by the White House and how a more nuanced approach may be better.
Topic: Is the Justice 40 Map Too Binary?
Chicago Access Network Television
May 14, 2022
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LFTH #101: Labor Movements & Hawaii With Michael And Guests Carole Travis & Mike Piranha.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - May 14, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
May 9, 2022
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Are teenagers really the ones behind Chicago's carjacking spike? And if they aren't, then why do we believe they are? Well, to help work through that is Maya Dukmasova from Injustice Watch. Political Forum is an original CAN TV Production.
Topic: Political Forum: Maya Dukmasova
Chicago Access Network Television
May 2, 2022
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A panel of experts discuss how to fighting climate change.
Topic: Money Mondays: Divestments in Fossil Fuels
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 30, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #99 - Week of April 30, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - April 30, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 30, 2022
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A remembrance of legendary columnist Mike Royko on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Topic: Remembering Royko
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 29, 2022
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Are electronic ankle monitors driving crime in Chicago? Cook County Public Defender Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr. believes the answer to that question is a resounding "no." Why does he feel this way and what does thinkwe need to know about the program? Tune into this episode of Political Forum to learn more. Political Forum is an original CAN TV Production.
Topics: Political Forum: Sharone R. Mitchell, Jr.
Chicago Access Network Television
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Full coverage from the Chicago City Council Meeting on April 27th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago City Council Meeting - April 27th, 2022
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Full coverage of the Committee on Finance Meeting from April 25th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Committee on Finance Meeting – April 25th, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 23, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #98 - Week of April 23, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - April 23, 2022
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Coverage from Chicago Police Board Meeting on April 21st, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Police Board Meeting - April 21st, 2022
Coverage from the Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting on April 20th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting - April 20th, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 18, 2022 CAN TV
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Join in on the discussion of the differences of air quality throughout Chicago, how air quality can improve, and how disinvested communities can making electric vehicles more accessible.​
Topics: Chicago, Electric Vehicles, air Quality, environment
Chicago Access Network Television
Apr 2, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #95 - Week of April 2, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - April 2, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
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Through a conversation/panel centering their personal trajectories and their respective roles working on various social issues, the panelists reveal the complexities of existing as a muxer, parent, and leader.
Topic: Muxeres & Mothers in Movements for Social Justice
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Panel from the Women's Leadership Council advisory board that will talk about the roots of their success, the importance of diversity in the business world, and offer advice to future businesswomen.
Topic: Women in Business Panel | Women’s History Month
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The Health & Medicine Forum for Justice in Health Policy presented How COVID-19 Has Affected Our Health Care and Public Health Systems.
Topic: How COVID-19 Has Affected Our Health Care and Public Health Systems
Community storytelling practice led by Reveca Torres, artist and advocate, who uses multiple mediums and forms of expression for advocacy and social justice.
Topics: ARTivism: Leaving Evidence Behind, Storytelling for Disability Justice
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A conversation on rethinking public safety with Alex S. Vitale, author of The End of Policing. He is in conversation with Lab Director, Alice Kim.
Topic: The End of Policing? Rethinking Public Safety in a Time of Crisis
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Conversation with Comic Book Authors and Eight Fold Path featuring: Charles Johnson, Eightfold Path Author, Steven Barnes, Eighthfold Path Author, Bryan Christopher Moss, Eighthfold Path Author, John Jennings, Megascope Curator and Stanford W. Carpenter Chair of Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival. 
Topic: Conversation with Comic Book Authors and Eightfold Path
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 30, 2022
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What will the recently passed Empowering Communities for Public Safety Ordinance mean for Chicago? Adam Gross, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, a civilian commission that will oversee the Chicago Police Department, helps us answer that question.
Topic: Police Reform in Chicago
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Adam Schuster joins the Policy Shop to talk through the line items. From stimulus checks for residents to mandatory signs touting gas tax relief.
Topic: Illinois' big budget fakes tax cuts and kicks the can on pensions
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This panel will bring more focused attention to the nonbinary with discussions of gender relations from the multiple points of view afforded by humanistic inquiry.
Topics: Roundtable Discussion on Research, Activism, and Community
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The City of Chicago South Side Community Safety Town Hall.
Topic: City of Chicago South Side Community Safety Town Hall
Chicago Access Network Television
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Author Lydia Pyne and Newberry Curator of Americana Will Hansen explore postcards as artifacts at the intersection of history, science, technology, art, and culture.
Topic: Postcards: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Social Network
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 30, 2022
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Senator Duckworth works to protect clean air, clean water and the environment. Hear about her vision and environmental priorities in the Senate.
Topic: Discussion with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 30, 2022
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The UIC Institute for the Humanities, in collaboration with the UIC Departments of Black Studies and Global Asian Studies, hosted a timely discussion of Critical Race Theory and its role in public school systems, universities, and national politics.
Topic: Critical Race Theory NOW
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 23, 2022 CAN TV
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  Full coverage from the Chicago City Council Meeting on March 23rd, 2022.
Topic: Chicago Council Meeting Lightfoot
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 22, 2022
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A conversation with Laura Edwards and Margaret Storey, about what dresses, bedlinens, waistcoats, pantaloons, shoes, and kerchiefs can tell us about the legal status of the least powerful members of 19th-century American society.
Topic: Only the Clothes on Her Back
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In this lecture, Claire Bourne illuminates how typographic decision-making—from typefaces to page design—has shaped how we read and engage with Shakespeare.
Topic: Shakespeare in Type: Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 22, 2022
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A presentation of Dorothy A. Brown’s latest book, The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans — and How We Can Fix It, which draws on decades of cross-disciplinary research to show that tax law isn’t as color-blind as she’d once believed.
Topic: The Whiteness of Wealth
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 22, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #93 - Week of March 19, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - March 19, 2022
This program will discuss the real dangers of antisemitism and expose how the distortion of the definition of antisemitism is being used to silence political debate and enact legislation that targets advocates for Palestinian rights.
Topic: Morally Consistent: Standing for Palestinian Rights and Against Anti-Semitism
Coverage from the Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting on March 16th, 2022.
Topics: Chicago Committee on Budget and Government Operations Meeting - March 16th, 2022
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Speakers give us the rundown of what the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District does, what Commissioners of its board do, where water goes and how this impacts our communities and the environment at large.
Topic: Demystifying the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 12, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #92 - Week of March 12, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - March 12, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Mar 5, 2022
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Chicago for Abortion Rights hosted a march for abortion rights on March 5 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Topic: March for Abortion Rights
INVEST South/West Roosevelt & Kostner Development Winning Team Announcement.
Topic: INVEST South/West Roosevelt & Kostner Development Winning Team Announcement
This discussion features artistic expressionist, Renaldo Hudson, whose work you can see in the Truth and Beauty in the Hard Places exhibition, on view at Café Logan in the Logan Center.
Topic: Artists Live with Renaldo Hudson in Conversation with Indigo Madi Wright
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  Chicagoans gathered to denounce escalating war in Ukraine.
Topic: Chicagoans Protest a U.S.-Russia Proxy War in Ukraine
Civil Rights Activist talks to Sylvia Snowden about the economic problems of urban communities, how Black Chicagoans are being repressed by financial institutions and the government and the protest he lead against Chase bank.
Topics: Red Lines & Black Lives: The Policies that created the South and West Sides, Jamal Green
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The signature event of the Lit & Luz Festival is the Live Magazine Show where pairs of artists and writers from Mexico and Chicago debut collaborations on stage.
Topic: 2021 Chicago Lit & Luz Live Magazine Show: Structure
Nedra Sims Fears, CEO of the Greater Chatham Initiative, discusses how redlining impacts the South and West Sides of Chicago and its effect on generational wealth of Black Chicagoans.
Topics: Red Lines & Black Lives: The Policies that created the South and West Sides, Nedra Sims Fears
ProPublica reporter Emily Hopkins talks to Sylvia Snowden about the immediate negative impact redlining has on Black Chicagoans through the city's traffic camera system.
Topics: Red Lines & Black Lives: The Policies that created the South and West Sides, Emily Hopkins
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Virtual event discussing federal bailout for cities, with Liz Farmer, fiscal policy expert, and journalist.
Topic: Federal bailout for cities: helping or hurting?
Chicago Access Network Television
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Coverage from the Chicago City Council Meeting on February 23rd, 2022.
Topics: Chicago City Council Meeting - February 23rd, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 22, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #89 - Week of February 19, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - February 19, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 22, 2022
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This discussion is about the service member's duty to country, career paths, and opportunities afforded by the armed forces.
Topic: Recruiting a Representative Armed Forces
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 15, 2022
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In this virtual program co-organized by El BieSMan’s Franky Piña, authors Amrita Das, Naida Saavedra, and Santiago Vaquera Vásquez discuss the Spanish-language literary boom in the U.S.
Topic: Lit & Luz: #NewLatinoBoom
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 14, 2022
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Heartland at Home with Michael James and Katy Hogan #88 - Week of February 12, 2022.
Topics: Live From the Heartland - February 12, 2022
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 14, 2022
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Financial Author Kathleen Rehl joins Bridge Sullivan Mermel to talk about retirement, leaving a meaningful legacy, talking to loved ones about end-of-life plans, and finding romance after widowhood. The Chicago Money Show is a CAN TV original production.
Topic: The Chicago Money Show: Kathleen Rehl
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 7, 2022 CAN TV
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Discussion on the Black Schoolhouse Manual, which expands on and contributes to the legacy of Black community-built schools and the specific inspiration of the Black Panther Party's Liberation Schools.
Topics: Black Schoolhouse Manual, Black, Chicago, archtecture
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 3, 2022
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The Chinese American Museum of Chicago hosts a virtual 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration.
Topic: 2022 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Chicago Access Network Television
Feb 3, 2022 CAN TV
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Mayor Lightfoot made an executive order to create a return council to meet the needs of formerly incarcerated residents who just got home from prison and are trying to rebuild their lives. Here to talk about it are Ald. Walter Burnett, Minister Willette Benford and Ahmadou Drame. Political Forum is an original CAN TV production.
Topics: Chicago, Lightfoot, Political Forum
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State Senator Sara Feigenholtz hosts a forum on electronic monitoring with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
Topic: Straight Talk on Electronic Monitoring with Sheriff Tom Dart