Stories by Evan Garcia

Chickens and Goats in the Backyard: Raising Livestock in Chicago

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How feasible is raising livestock in the city? An urban agriculture advocate weighs in.

Social Media Scams: Public Figures Under Fire for Buying Fake Followers

The Chicago Sun-Times suspends Richard Roeper for allegedly buying social media followers. What exactly is a Twitter bot?

Chinese Scientists Cloned Monkeys. Are Humans Next?

(Courtesy Courtesy Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

China’s landmark cloning of primates has some worried it sets a dangerous precedent. We discuss the breakthrough – and what it could mean for the future of cloning.

The Mirage Tavern: Remembering the Undercover Series 40 Years Later

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A phony tavern in 1970s Chicago exposed the city’s widespread corruption. We revisit the groundbreaking Chicago Sun-Times series with two of the journalists behind it.

NYC Considers Pay-to-Drive Plan. Could Chicago Be Next?

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New York City motorists may soon need to pay a fee to drive in the city’s busiest areas during the week. Is congestion pricing a viable option for Chicago?

Pregnant at 40, 50 and Beyond: A Look at Childbirth Later in Life

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is pregnant – at age 49. Are so-called “geriatric pregnancies” the new norm? And what are the risks of having children later in life? A doctor weighs in on later-in-life childbirth.

Aziz Ansari Allegations Stir Questions About Sexual Conduct, Consent

A controversial article about a sexual encounter: some say it was just a bad date. Others describe it as sexual assault. In the era of #MeToo, is there a gray area relating to sexual conduct and consent?

Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It

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Should Chicago follow the lead of New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to enact rent control? We hear from both sides of the debate.

U.S. Steel Says Surfrider Lawsuit ‘Unnecessary’

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

An environmental nonprofit represented by University of Chicago lawyers filed a suit Wednesday against U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution.

Bigger than Bitcoin: The Revolutionary Potential of Blockchain Technology

International speaker Taylor Gerring explains how Bitcoin’s blockchain technology could revolutionize multiple industries.

Former Skinhead Writes of His Descent Into Hatred, and How He Got Out

(Courtesy of Christian Picciolini)

Christian Picciolini talks about his life within the white supremacist movement and his subsequent efforts to combat racism, as told in his new book “White American Youth.”

Surfers Prepare to Sue U.S. Steel Over Lake Michigan Pollution

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

A nonprofit group working with the University of Chicago is poised to sue U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution if a deal is not reached by Sunday between the company and environmental regulators.

A Homebuyer’s Market? Redfin Says Chicago Neighborhoods ‘Have It All’

If you’re looking to buy an affordable home near public transit, highly rated schools and other neighborhood perks – one real estate website says look no further than Chicago.

How Gentrification Takes Shape Across Chicago Neighborhoods

A scorching accusation by a candidate for Illinois governor adds fuel to the gentrification debate in Chicago.

Why the Chicago Police Union is Fighting City Over Body Cameras

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Chicago’s largest police union is fighting the use of body cameras. Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham explains why.

Rep. Quigley on House Russia Investigation, Election Cybersecurity

Republicans and Democrats investigating possible Russian interference in the last presidential election are reportedly at odds. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley joins us with the latest on the the House Russia investigation.

Sitting at Work is Bad, But Not Moving is Worse, UIC Study Finds

Bryan Canady, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center contracting specialist, performs his job while standing at the computer. (Tommie Horton / U.S. Air Force)

You may have been warned that “sitting is the new smoking,” but a new study may have you second-guessing the purchase of a standing desk – and not so worried if you tend to fidget.

Why Are Coyotes Thriving in the Chicago Area?

The coyote population in the area has about doubled since 2005, according to research by Stanley Gehrt, who’s been studying coyotes for nearly 20 years. 

Reports: Most Punishments Appealed by CPD Overturned, Thrown Out

Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois investigative reporters on how some Chicago police officers are able to reduce or overturn their punishments.

Chicago's Top DEA Official Retiring After 30 Years

After a storied career of bringing down drug kingpins such as Mexico’s Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Chicago’s top federal drug enforcement official Dennis Wichern is calling it quits.

Secret UFO Program Funded by Pentagon for Years

It might sound like an episode of “The X-Files,” but a story reported Saturday by the New York Times sheds light on an official Pentagon program that researched and investigated unidentified flying objects.

Chicago Takes the Reins of Bitcoin Futures Trading

On Sunday, the Chicago Board Options Exchange became the first major U.S. exchange to start trading bitcoin futures, allowing traders to place bet on the commodity’s future value.

Duck Hunting in Chicago? Yep, at City’s Only State Park

For 70 years, hunters have been shooting waterfowl at Wolf Lake on the city’s Far South Side. It is the only state park within city limits, and one of the only places to hunt in Chicago. We go for a visit.

UChicago, Surfrider Foundation Team Up Against U.S. Steel

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

Surfer environmentalists and the University of Chicago intend to sue U.S. Steel over toxic Lake Michigan spills after it twice released more than the allowable quantity of a cancer-causing chemical into the waters this year.

How Will GOP Tax Plan Affect the Economy and Americans’ Wallets?

Republicans in Congress have successfully passed tax legislation. Will a corporate-friendly tax overhaul help spur job and wage growth, or merely help the rich get richer?