As political candidates spar over health care, a local journalist gathers startling personal stories about medical costs. We speak with Dan Weissmann, host of a podcast about the high cost of health care.
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‘An Arm and a Leg’ Podcast Tells Alarming Stories of Health Care Costs
Aug 5, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
Chicago on Fast Track to Vehicle Ticket Collection Reform
Jul 30, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
Vehicle fines are driving thousands into debt each year. City Clerk Anna Valencia gives us the road map to changes in parking fees and fines.
In 3 Wards, Chicago Voters Oust Incumbents, Opt for Newcomers
Feb 27, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
We meet three political newcomers who upset longtime aldermen – plus a fourth candidate who won an open seat in Tuesday’s election.
Head of Chicago Police Union Sounds Alarm on Consent Decree
Feb 7, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
Are Chicago police officers ready for the reforms ordered by a new consent decree? We hear from Kevin Graham, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.
New Illinois Program Offers Medical Marijuana as Alternative to Opioids
Jan 17, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
In the wake of a new study showing Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car crash, Illinois is trying a new approach to curb opioid addiction: medical marijuana.
Chicago Teachers Union Weighs in on Race for Mayor
Jan 10, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
A conversation with Stacy Davis Gates, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union, on the mayor’s race, charter schools and upcoming contract negotiations.
Reporters Without Borders Documents Threats to Journalists Worldwide
Jan 9, 2019 | Andrea Guthmann
2018 was a deadly year for journalists, with more than 50 killed worldwide. We hear from the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders about threats to journalists at home and abroad.
It’s the Season of Giving. How to Choose Charities Wisely
Dec 18, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
The Trump Foundation announces it’s shutting down. A Northwestern University economist shares his strategies for smart charitable giving.
AARP Illinois Survey Shows Voter Anger Over State Fiscal Crisis
Oct 11, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Nearly three-quarters of registered voters lack confidence that Illinois’ recent budget deal will reduce the state’s long-term fiscal problems, a new poll shows.
What Global Warming Could Mean for Lake Michigan
Oct 10, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
A United Nations report warns catastrophic consequences from global warming could come as early as 2040. Local scientists share their perspectives.
Prize-Winning Journalist Rukmini Callimachi Risks Her Life Reporting on Islamic State
Oct 1, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
We speak with the prize-winning journalist who began her career in the Chicago area and now risks her life reporting on Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.
Making College Work: A Conversation with New NEIU President Gloria Gibson
Sep 27, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Northeastern Illinois University has a new president, its first African-American woman. Gloria Gibson shares her plans for the Northwest Side campus.
New Book Dishes on Chicago’s Best Pizza
Sep 26, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Local food reporter Steve Dolinksy serves up a slice from his new book, “Pizza City, USA.”
‘Schoolhouse Gate’ Highlights Supreme Court’s Power Over Schools
Sep 20, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
As the makeup of the Supreme Court shifts, a timely new book examines how the court has influenced America’s public schools.
Illinois Taking Steps to Secure Upcoming Elections
Sep 19, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
In 2016, Illinois was targeted by Russian hackers who obtained private information from some 76,000 voters. How local election boards hope to ensure every vote is safe this November.
Pediatricians Group Releases New Guidelines for Treating Transgender Youth
Sep 18, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Research shows transgender children benefit from early intervention, but just how young is too young?
Third Coast Festival, a ‘Sundance of Radio,’ Returns for 17th Year
Sep 13, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Podcasters and radio producers descend on Chicago for the annual Third Coast International Audio Festival. We get a preview with founder and executive director Johanna Zorn.
Critics of O’Hare Express Train Say Emanuel on Wrong Track
Feb 15, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants everyone to get on board with an ambitious plan for an express train between downtown and O’Hare, but would taxpayers be the ones taken for a ride?
Retiring Hedge Funds: Pension Plan Investing Strategies
Feb 7, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Illinois’ state employee pension plan, one of the largest in the nation, has retired from hedge funds. Find out why.
Could Climate Change Lead to a Global Water Crisis?
Feb 6, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Cape Town, South Africa, could soon be the first major city to run out of water. What lessons can Chicago share – and learn?
‘White Like Her’ Memoir Details Hidden Heritage
Jan 31, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Local mystery writer Gail Lukasik unveils her own startling family mystery in her new memoir.
The Amazon Race: What HQ2 Win Would Mean for Chicago
Jan 30, 2018 | Andrea Guthmann
Chicago may be on Amazon’s top 20 list, but what will it take to win it all – and at what cost?
Words and Wisdom About ‘Aging Thoughtfully’ in New Book
Nov 21, 2017 | Andrea Guthmann
In a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, aging can be an ugly topic. The co-authors of a new book discuss retirement, romance, wrinkles and more.
New Chicago Community Trust CEO ‘Excited About Making Huge Impact’
Oct 26, 2017 | Andrea Guthmann
Meet Dr. Helene Gayle, the new CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, and find out what the future holds for this 102-year-old philanthropic organization.
Suburban High School Football in Downward Spiral, Analysis Shows
Oct 26, 2017 | Andrea Guthmann
Youth football seems to be taking a hit. We speak with a Daily Herald investigative reporter about steep declines in high school football participation.
New Guidebook Highlights 111 Unique Chicago Attractions
Oct 24, 2017 | Andrea Guthmann
Meet Amy Bizzarri, the author of a new guidebook highlighting the unusual, unknown and often hidden side of Chicago.