Stories by Andrea Guthmann

Mary Zimmerman’s 'Treasure Island' Adaptation Sets Sail at Lookingglass

| Sean Keenehan

Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel "Treasure Island" became a children's classic almost from the moment it was published in 1881. Scores of adaptations followed. But a new stage production at Lookingglass Theatre, adapted and directed by Tony award-winner Mary Zimmerman, is being praised for its original take on the story. Zimmerman joins us tonight.

Playboy's No-Nudes Policy Highlights Power of Social Media

| Kristen Thometz

Playboy magazine has decided that sex no longer sells. This February's issue will be the last  one containing naked pictures of women. Is Playboy's new no-nudity media strategy leaving their business model exposed?

Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

| Sean Keenehan

A new baseball statistic that could help the Chicago Cubs win, a new tool that could revolutionize the surgical removal of cancerous tumors and new images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Museum of Science and Industry director of science and integrated strategies Rabiah Mayas joins us with these stories and more.

Smart Thermostat Initiative Aims to Cut Energy Bills in Northern Illinois

| Sean Keenehan

A new energy initiative is encouraging area residents to get smart—by purchasing so-called smart thermostats–under a new rebate program that aims to cut heating costs. Will homeowners warm up to what is planned to be the country's largest smart energy initiative? We'll discuss the ambitious program with our panel of guests.

Chicago Wildlife Watch Wants Residents to Explore, Identify City Animals

| Rebecca Palmore

When we think wildlife, most of us think national parks and far-off forests. But an interactive science project called Chicago Wildlife Watch wants to show us that wildlife is, quite literally, right in our own backyards and outside our high-rise balconies. Seth Magle, director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo, tells us about Chicago Wildlife Watch and how we can all answer the call of the wild. 

Chicago Cubs Prepare for Wild-Card Showdown Against Pittsburgh Pirates

The road to the World Series begins tomorrow as the Cubs face the Pirates in a do-or-die wild-card game in Pittsburgh. We have a preview of what's at stake, both on and off the field.

Elder Abuse Warning Signs and Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe from Fraud

| Kristen Thometz

With the over-65 population in the U.S. expected to grow significantly in the coming decades, financial exploitation of senior citizens will increase dramatically, according to a new book.

'In My Father’s House’ Documents Rhymefest’s Quest to Find Father, Self

| Sean Keenehan

The number of single-parent households has tripled since 1960. Grammy and Academy award-winning hip-hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith, a native of Chicago's South Side, embraces this subject in a new documentary titled "In My Father's House," which chronicles his reconciliation with the father who abandoned him as a child. Rhymefest joins us tonight to discuss his new film.

Array of Things Awarded Federal Funds to Deploy 500 Sensors in Chicago

| Sean Keenehan

After a year of delays, the Array of Things urban data sensor project is back on track and prepping to collect all sorts of information on Chicago's streets by early next year. Joining us to discuss the initiative are the project’s lead scientist Charlie Catlett and author Lori Andrews.

Richard Nisbett's ‘Mindware’ Places Mind Over Matter

| Sean Keenehan

How do we make decisions? Can we learn better reasoning skills? Those are questions University of Michigan psychologist Richard Nisbett has spent his life studying. He joins us tonight to discuss his new book, "Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking.”

US Fed Rate Hike: Will It Come in September?

The Federal Reserve’s two-day September meeting begins on Wednesday. During that meeting, officials will decide whether or not to increase interest rates for the first time in years. We discuss the possibility of a quarter of a percentage interest rate hike with experts.  

'Jimmie Lee and James' Examines Civil Rights and the Voting Rights Act

| Sean Keenehan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which ended discriminatory tactics that made it difficult for African-Americans to vote. The new book Jimmie Lee and James tells the story of two of the unsung civil rights heroes who were pivotal in the passage of this landmark legislation. Joining us tonight are the authors of the book, Steve Fiffer and Adar Cohen.

Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help Build a Child's Brain

| Rebecca Palmore

Using your words may be the secret to bridging the achievement gap for kids from different economic backgrounds. Find out about the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

Low Gas Prices to Fuel Congested Labor Day Roadways: AAA Report

| Sean Keenehan

The lowest gas prices in a decade combined with an improved economy are fueling traffic. So says a new AAA report predicting we'll see the worst Labor Day holiday traffic in seven years. In another traffic study, Chicago is reported to have five of the nation's most congested roadways. What's driving the traffic and what are the solutions?

Another Slam Dunk for Michael Jordan Brand?

| Sean Keenehan
(Photo by Jason H. Smith / Flickr)

A jury last week thought Michael Jordan's lawsuit against the now defunct Dominick's grocery chain was a slam dunk. But did his multimillion-dollar brand score points with the public? We’ll discuss the situation with Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, and attorney Eldon Ham, who’s represented numerous athletes in endorsement contracts.

Rare Plants Take Root, Bloom in Chicago This Summer

| Rebecca Palmore
A corpse flower at the Chicago Botanic Garden is set to bloom in August.

It's an exciting time for nature lovers. The world's largest flower – along with its notoriously horrible odor – is about to bloom for the first time ever in the Chicago area. Over at Montrose Beach, a rare carnivorous plant has taken root. Chicago Tonight digs deeper into these mysteries of Mother Nature.

U. of I. in Spotlight After Chancellor's Resignation, Email Violations

University also named 'top party school' by Princeton Review

The University of Illinois was the focus of two front-page stories in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, concerning their ranking as the nation's No. 1 party school, a judge's decision last week to allow an academic freedom lawsuit against the university, and failure to turn over private emails about university business. We'll discuss those stories and Chancellor Phyllis Wise's resignation last Thursday with our panel.

How to Interact with Police if You're Pulled Over or Detained

| Sean Keenehan

The family of Illinois motorist Sandra Bland files a lawsuit against law enforcement officials in Texas. On Chicago Tonight, we'll take a closer look at motorists' rights, as well as the right way to act when getting stopped by police.

Tracking Big-Game Tourism: A Travel Writer's Perspective

Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

There's been a roar of outrage over a Minnesota dentist's killing of a lion named Cecil. Joining us to discuss the big-game tourism trade and changing attitudes about it, is Terri Colby, who was with the Chicago Tribune from 1995-2009, including time as an editor for the Tribune's Travel section.

Judge: State to Pay Medicaid in Cook County

| Kristen Thometz

Many of Illinois' most vulnerable residents could be the hardest hit by the budget stalemate in Springfield. But last Thursday, a U.S. District Judge ensured that Cook County Medicaid recipients will not become victims of the political impasse. 

On 25th Anniversary, City Official Addresses Chicago’s ADA Advancements

| Steffie Drucker

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here to discuss the landmark legislation is Karen Tamley, commissioner of the Chicago Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilities.