Stories by Linda Qiu

Childhood Obesity

Silhouettes and waist circumferences representing normal, overweight, and obese.

One in 20 U.S. children are severely obese, and the numbers are rising while treatment remains limited. What does this newly defined class risk mean? A panel of medical experts joins us to discuss.

"Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century"

With regimes toppling in the Middle East and new global powers emerging, political transformations are challenging the notion of democracy as the best system of governance. In his new book, Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century, “homeless billionaire” Nicolas Berggruen explores perceptions and practices of both the East and West to find what constitutes good governance. Read an excerpt and an interview.

Lyme Disease

The black-legged or deer tick is the only tick that transmits the bacterium that causes Lyme disease

Lyme disease is on the rise across the nation and state. We talk with a panel of experts about its prevalence in the Chicago area, and how you can prevent infections. Read a fact sheet about symptoms and prevention.

"How To Succeed In College"

It’s the start of fall semester and freshmen are entering the vaulted halls of universities for the first time ever. Professor Jon Gould's new book, How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying), offers advice. Read an excerpt and a tip sheet.

Web Extra: Speed Camera Locations

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new speed cameras could make the city a fast buck. The city debuted its new automated camera system on Monday, with cameras now operational in four neighborhood parks. An additional eight locations will catch speed demons on film next month. View a map of speed camera locations.

Chicago's Protest Culture

Could Chicago be the next Taksim Square? We talk with Rick Perlstein, who wrote about Chicago’s protest culture in The Nation.

The Future of MSI

David Mosena, president of the Museum of Science and Industry, joins us to discuss the renowned museum’s future as it celebrates its 80th birthday. View a slideshow.

Web Extra: Giraffe Born at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is standing tall today after the debut of the 59th baby giraffe born on its grounds. At 5-foot-9 and 173 pounds, the calf was born 11 days ago to first-time mom Jasiri, and dad Hasani. Watch a web extra video of the giraffe's birth.

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