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Guy Raz is a long-time NPR journalist best known as host of the TED Radio Hour.  His latest project is How I Built This, a podcast examining the people behind famous companies and brands. 

WNIJ spoke with Raz about the project and podcasting's role in  public media.

Raz says the idea for How I Built This came from digging into what he considers a renaissance of American creativity. 

Carter Staley/ NPR Illinois

Illinois’ capital city recently hosted its final naturalization ceremony before this year’s election.  Fifty-eight men and women entered Springfield’s old state capitol as citizens of 30 nations.  An hour later, they left as citizens of one. 

WNIJ continues the series, A Nation Engaged, by asking these new citizens two questions:  What does it mean to be an American, and what can the next president do to advance your vision?  

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What does it mean to be an American? We continue our election year series, A Nation Engaged, by looking at American Identity.

Nearly four decades ago, Sunil Puri left Mumbai, India to visit a relative in the U.S. He showed up in Rockford, Illinois, fresh out of high school and with $150 in his pocket. He’s come a long way since 1979.

“I was a rebel who believed in the promise called America,” says Puri. And not with a solid blessing from his parents. But as the youngest of six sons, he knew the opportunities in his family’s business were limited for him.

DeKalb Kite Fest 2016 - Video Slideshow

Sep 12, 2016
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The 11th annual Kite Fest was held from 11am - 4pm on Sunday, September 11, on the NIU North 40, behind Barsema Hall.  The fest is organized by the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kite enthusiasts traveled from surrounding states to take part in the festival.  An estimated 3,500 people were in attendance throughout the day. 

Evan Vucci/AP

The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 35 years ago is now free.

John Hinckley Jr. has arrived "at his mother's Virginia home after being freed for good" from a mental hospital where he's lived for decades, The Associated Press reported. A federal judge granted his request for convalescent leave in July.