Author and Northwestern University professor Wendy Pearlman interviewed more than 300 refugees for a new book of oral histories, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled.” She joins us in discussion.
Stories by Anne Strother
Syrians Reflect on Revolution, War and Exile in New Book
Oct 3, 2017 | Anne Strother
Hyperloop One Develops High-Speed Pods, Big Plans for Chicago
Sep 20, 2017 | Anne Strother
Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.
Chicago Architecture Biennial ‘Showcases the Newest Thinking’
Sep 14, 2017 | Anne Strother
The Chicago Architecture Biennial returns for a second year to highlight the work of contemporary architects from around the globe. We get a preview.
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Grants First Prison Interviews
Sep 13, 2017 | Anne Strother
Two journalists talk about their recent interviews with the imprisoned former Illinois governor.
Al Gini on ‘The Importance of Being Funny’
Sep 11, 2017 | Anne Strother
A great joke can make you laugh, but can it also help you face life’s mysteries? A new book makes the case that jokes not only delight us, but help us approach difficult subject matter.
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Chicago Schools Budget, Funding Reform
Sep 7, 2017 | Anne Strother
The Chicago Public Schools chief talks about the challenges facing the school system.
Understanding Court Oversight: New Lawsuit Seeks Police Reforms
Sep 5, 2017 | Anne Strother
More on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit calling for court oversight of the Chicago Police Department.
Gardening in Chicago: How to Maximize the Growing Season
Aug 31, 2017 | Anne Strother
Summer days are drawing to an end, but gardeners looking to maximize the growing season have some options for planting, even as they harvest other crops.
Chicago Booth Review Explores How to Create Middle-Class Jobs
Aug 30, 2017 | Anne Strother
The economy is adding jobs and unemployment is low, yet nearly 15 million Americans are on the hunt for full-time work. We discuss the job market with a Chicago Booth Review editor.
Source to Sea: Paul Meincke Completes His Mississippi River Canoe Trip
Aug 23, 2017 | Anne Strother
Reflections on a 70-day canoe trip from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the mouth of the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana.
The Chicago Picasso Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Aug 8, 2017 | Anne Strother
Aug. 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Picasso’s debut, and Tuesday, the city celebrated the iconic sculpture with a public ceremony.
New Gene Editing Study Raises Possibilities, Questions
Aug 7, 2017 | Anne Strother
For the first time in the United States, scientists edit a human embryo and successfully remove a genetic mutation that causes disease.
School Funding Standoff Continues on Day 2 of Special Session
Jul 27, 2017 | Anne Strother
Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Democrats to send him Senate Bill 1, while Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’ll wait till Monday to send the bill to the governor.
Lee Bey on His New Role at DuSable Museum
Jul 25, 2017 | Anne Strother
One of his goals is to create conversations around exhibits and programming that are relevant to historical subject matter, but also to the present.
Center of Attention: Obama Foundation on Presidential Center Progress
Jul 24, 2017 | Anne Strother
An update from the Obama Foundation’s Michael Strautmanis on plans for the South Side Presidential Center.
Techniques for Harvesting Your Garden
Jul 18, 2017 | Anne Strother
Summer is in full swing, and the WTTW garden is in full bloom. Lots of vegetables are ready to pick and to eat.
Superintendents Face Down School Year Without Funding Agreement
Jul 17, 2017 | Anne Strother
Without an agreement, school superintendents across the state are tasked with figuring out how long their schools can stay open this school year. We speak with superintendents from two suburban districts.
Summer Reading List 2017: Mysteries, Histories and ... Ice Cream
Jul 13, 2017 | Anne Strother
Summer means sprinklers, ice cream trucks, and reading outside on park benches, lawns and beaches. If you’re looking for a good book to take to the pool, we’ve got you covered.
WBEZ Examines the Cost of Reducing Violence Through Jobs
Jul 11, 2017 | Anne Strother
How to reduce shootings in Chicago? One possible answer: jobs. But how much would that cost? WBEZ reporter Chip Mitchell crunched the numbers.
Don’t Rock the Boat! New Video Addresses Marine Safety Around Chicago
Jul 6, 2017 | Anne Strother
As more cruises and kayaks join commercial barges on the river, some tour boat operators are concerned about safety. Learn the “rules of the road” for Chicago waterways.
‘Reinvention Roadmap’ an Entrepreneurial Approach to Work, Career
Jun 27, 2017 | Anne Strother
How can you find work you’ll enjoy—or build a career? A new book by former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Liz Ryan tackles big questions about to today’s transformed job market.