Jun 26, 2012 — The term "Chicago politics" gets bandied about whenever people complain about what they see as corruption and abuse of power. But what does it actually mean? These four books examine the city's hardball approach to politics through various lenses.
Nov 15, 2011 — Lee Myung-bak was so poor as a child that he wore his school uniform every day because he had no other clothes. He became a student activist and helped Hyundai become the massive conglomerate it is today. In many ways, Lee's life story — and ultimate success — mirrors that of South Korea.
Nov 15, 2011 — In an exclusive interview with NPR, South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak speaks about opposition to a free trade agreement with the United States. Facing declining popularity, he also addresses criticism that his policy on North Korea is too hardline.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Windy City: A Novel of Politics by Scott Simon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 13, 2008 — Among the charges presented against Illinois Gov. Blagojevich is that he tried to rescind an $8 million contribution the state made to Children's Memorial Hospital, because the hospital's CEO would not make a campaign donation to the governor.
Apr 17, 2008 — Lincoln Chafee, former U.S. senator from Rhode Island, was often called the most liberal Republican in the Senate. In office, he bucked his party on a number of hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage and the war in Iraq. His book Against the Tide challenges the Republican Party on its rightward drift.
Mar 11, 2008 — Scott Simon, author of the new political novel Windy City, calls politics "a local specialty" in Chicago, in the tradition of blues and improvisational comedy. His new book chronicles the chaos that ensues after the city's mayor is poisoned while eating pizza.