Stories by Paul Caine

Environmental Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns Seen from Space

Side-by-side comparisons show a decrease in nitrogen dioxide over France. (Credit: European Space Agency)

It’s estimated that roughly two billion people around the globe are now under some form of stay-at-home order. This significant slowdown in economic activity has also led to an environmental impact, particularly in the air.

An Infectious Disease Expert Answers Your COVID-19 Questions

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The spread of COVID-19 has sparked fear and apprehension — and misinformation can elevate those emotions. To help answer your questions about the new coronavirus, we turned to infectious disease specialist Dr. Susan Bleasdale of UI Health.

What the Federal Stimulus and Relief Bill Means for You and the Economy

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The U.S. House is expected to pass a $2 trillion stimulus and relief package — the largest bailout in American history. But will it be enough to save workers and businesses ravaged by the virus?

Grocery Stores Battling to Keep Shelves Stocked Amid Panic-Buying

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Panic-buying is taking hold of shoppers across the country. Already, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are flying off store shelves. How are grocery stores maintaining their supplies? And will their supply chains hold up under the strain of the crisis?

How Will Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home Order Be Enforced in Communities of Color?

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order for the entire state just a few days ago, but there are already concerns over how it will be enforced – particularly in communities of color.

COVID-19 Pandemic a Massive Challenge to American Economy

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Facing what could be the biggest challenge to the American economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Congress is now urgently trying put together a relief package to keep U.S. households afloat.

Humans and Viruses: A Long and Complicated Relationship

We discuss viruses and the role they’ve played in shaping who we are with University of Chicago paleontologist and author Neil Shubin.

Stocks in Free Fall Amid Coronavirus Panic Selling

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U.S. stocks plunged nearly 13% Monday. As bars and restaurants in Illinois close to dine-in customers, we analyze the economic impact of the coronavirus.

US Stocks Plunge as Coronavirus Uncertainty Ravages Market

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U.S. stocks on Thursday recorded their biggest single-day fall since the notorious Black Monday crash of 1987 as coronavirus fears accelerated.

Candidate Forum: GOP Candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney Face Off

Republican candidates for Cook County state’s attorney Patrick O’Brien, left, and Christopher Pfannkuche appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)

With violent crime in Chicago of huge concern to voters, we hear from the two GOP candidates aiming to be the next Cook County state’s attorney.

National Geographic Live Comes to Chicago to Highlight Plight of Orangutans

(Photo by Tim Laman)

For the past 25 years, Cheryl Knott and her husband Tim Laman have dedicated their lives to the orangutans that live in Borneo’s Gunung Palung National Park. On Tuesday, they’ll highlight the great ape’s plight with a talk.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Louisiana Abortion Law

Abortion rights activists rally in Chicago on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

Abortion rights activists rally downtown as the Supreme Court considers a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana.

Fired Leaders of Lincoln Park High School Speak Out

Former Lincoln Park High School interim Principal John Thuet and the former assistant Principal Michelle Brumfield appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Former school administrators John Thuet and Michelle Brumfield were ousted amid “multiple allegations of serious misconduct.” But in an exclusive interview with “Chicago Tonight,” they say CPS has told them nothing about those allegations.

Search for ET Gets Boost From a Very Special Telescope

The Very Large Array (VLA) is a collection of 27 radio antennas located at the NRAO site in Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna in the array measures 82 feet in diameter and weighs about 230 tons. (Photo: Luke Jones / Flickr)

Are we really alone in the universe? A new effort to search for extraterrestrial life is underway.

Salvage Specialist Fights to Save Architectural Treasures from Early Chicago

(Courtesy Jimmy Nuter)

Chicagoans have long taken pride in the city’s history and architecture, but as areas of the city are redeveloped, some of that is lost. Jimmy Nuter is doing all he can to rescue treasures from the city’s earliest days.

Study: ‘No Clear Rationale’ for 45% of Medicaid Antibiotic Prescriptions

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A new report from Northwestern Medicine suggests Medicaid patients are being prescribed too many antibiotics. What that could mean for public health.

New Solar Telescope Reveals Sun’s Surface in More Detail than Ever Before

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (Photo courtesy of NSO / NSF / AURA)

A local scientist talks about his work to help capture the most detailed images ever of the sun’s bubbling surface.

Local Researchers Reveal Secrets of Lunar Dust, Atom by Atom

An image from the 1972 Apollo mission. (Credit: NASA)

Local scientists use a powerful new tool to make fresh discoveries from moon dust first collected nearly 50 years ago.

Joe Walsh: ‘I Would Support Any Democrat’ Over Trump

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Declaring President Donald Trump unbeatable in a Republican Party that has become a “cult,” former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh says he will do everything he can to help a Democrat – any Democrat – defeat Trump in November.

In Chicago, Legal Pot Could be Just the Beginning. Are Mushrooms Next?

Psychedelic mushrooms growing in Veracruz, Mexico. (Alan Rockefeller / Wikimedia Commons)

Chicago could become the largest city in the nation to decriminalize natural psychedelics like mushrooms and peyote.

US Appeals Court Judge Gives America a Civics Lesson

Judge Douglas Ginsburg appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

Meet Judge Douglas Ginsburg, the Chicago native and former Supreme Court nominee who has a new PBS special.

Gamblers Still Waiting for Sports Betting in Illinois

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It’s the biggest sports betting event of the year, but if you want to bet on the Super Bowl legally in Illinois this weekend, you’re out of luck. 

Trump’s Lawyers Resume Defense After Bolton Bombshell

Ken Starr, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during the impeachment trial of Trump on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (WTTW News via CNN)

The president’s lawyers on Monday resumed their impeachment defense that began on Saturday – but there was an elephant in the room.

U of C Paleontologist Explores How an Ancient Fish Came to Walk on Land

An illustration of Tiktaalik by Flick Ford. (Courtesy of the University of Chicago)

Sixteen years after making a key discovery with two colleagues, University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin and others are deepening their understanding of an extraordinary, ancient fish.

5G Could Eventually Transform Our World – But for Now, Think Faster Downloads

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It’s being rolled out across Chicago with much fanfare, but when will the reality of 5G communication live up to the hype?