Stories by Siobhan Neela-Stock

ProPublica Illinois Investigates ‘Stuck Kids’ in Psychiatric Hospitals

Illustration by Lydia Fu for ProPublica Illinois

An investigation published this month outlines a disturbing pattern when it comes to the care of children in Illinois psychiatric hospitals. Reporter Duaa Eldeib joins us with details.

Polsky Center Gives a Leg Up to Young Entrepreneurs in Chicago

Scenes from the New Venture Challenge held Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Courtesy of Matt Marton)

The “Shark Tank” of the University of Chicago awards some big money to young entrepreneurs. Meet two of the newly minted Polsky prize winners.

South Side Native John Kozlar, 29, Running for Chicago Mayor

(John Kozlar for Mayor of Chicago / Facebook photo)

There are at least 10 candidates eyeing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s job. One of them is Bridgeport native John Kozlar, who ran for alderman of the 11th Ward in 2011 and 2015. Why he now says he wants to be mayor.

Alpana Singh to Return as ‘Check, Please!’ Host

After a five-year break, the master sommelier and restaurateur is set to return as host of the Emmy Award-winning WTTW series. 

Archdiocese and Students Team Up on Solutions to Chicago Violence

Phil Andrew and Chicago-area students discuss gun violence Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (Courtesy Phil Andrew)

A shooting last week at Santa Fe High School in Texas is the latest in a string of school shootings this year. The Archdiocese of Chicago and local students are now teaming up to address the problem.

Local Author Says Religion Might be the Best Therapeutic Drug Around

(Myriams-Fotos / Pixabay)

The new book “Why We Need Religion” argues that people need religion, but not for spiritual reasons. We discuss the power and purpose can religion can have with author Stephen T. Asma.

Yanny vs. Laurel: Exploring the Science of Sound

(StockSnap / Pixabay)

It’s a debate that’s consumed the internet: Do you hear Yanny or Laurel? We explore just what’s going on behind this audio illusion.

Northwestern Alumna Gives Rise to Royal Wedding Fever in Chicago

Meghan Markle will become royalty this weekend when she weds Prince Harry. What you should pay attention to while you watch the festivities Saturday morning.

Northwestern’s Tissue Bank Breaking Ground on Digestive Diseases

(Credit: Northwestern Medicine)

There’s a new tool in the fight against gastrointestinal diseases – and it’s housed at Northwestern University.

Libertarian Kash Jackson Joins Race for Illinois Governor

(Photo courtesy

Meet the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor who says he’ll end corruption and restore financial stability in Springfield.

Prominent UIC Child Psychiatrist Accused of Putting Children at Risk

Dr. Mani Pavuluri (Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago)

A star researcher is accused of violating research rules and putting children at risk, while UIC is accused of being compliant. We speak with Jodi Cohen, the ProPublica Illinois reporter who broke the story.

Radio Host Delilah Returns to Chicago Airwaves


After a recent break from radio, the self-described “Queen of Sappy Love Songs” is back. Delilah joins us in discussion.

Northwestern Project to Study What Local News Readers Want

(Rdsmith4 / Wikimedia Commons)

With local news facing staff cuts and shrinking content, can a new project at Northwestern University be the lifeline it needs?

How and When to Talk With Kids About Finances

(Steven Depolo / Flickr)

Money Smart Week 2018 is coming to Chicago. What should parents tell their children about money? A discussion with Beth Kobliner.

New Report Reveals Presence of Lead in Many Chicago Homes

(Steve Johnson / Flickr)

Why so many Chicago homes are testing high for lead in their water – and what you can do about it.

Evangelical Church Leader Bill Hybels Steps Down

Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

What’s behind the resignation of Willow Creek mega-church leader Bill Hybels? A discussion with Chicago Tribune reporter Manya Brachear Pashman.

Meet Chicago’s New Greek Orthodox Church Leader

Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides

The Greek Orthodox faithful of Chicago have a new leader. Metropolitan Nathanael Symeonides was enthroned on March 24 and is only the second in this region.

Emily Graslie’s New Podcast Explores Science Through Storytelling

She has held the unique job title of Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum since 2013. Now, Emily Graslie tells us about her new podcast “ExploreAStory.”