Stories by Paul Caine

Brookfield Zoo Orangutan Heidi Gets Her First Physical

Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest cousins. We meet a baby orangutan as she takes a trip to the doctor.

Alzheimer’s Rate for Latinos Expected to Soar

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Latinos are 50 percent more likely to Alzheimer’s disease than their white counterparts. Meet a Chicago researcher trying to find out why.

‘Ripples of Hope’ Pays Tribute to Life, Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, left, and Robert F. Kennedy (Courtesy Kerry Kennedy)

Fifty years after the death of her father Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy is out with a new book that examines his life and legacy.

NASA Discovery Hints at Possibility of Ancient Life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. (Credit: NASA / GSFC)

A tantalizing discovery suggests that life could once have existed on Mars – and may still exist today. We get the latest on the red planet with Adler Planetarium astronomer Mark Hammergren.

President Trump Finds a Leader to Trust in North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

After a whirlwind summit, President Donald Trump declares he trusts the North Korean dictator and cancels joint military exercises with South Korea.

Behind the ‘Betrayed’ Series with Chicago Tribune’s David Jackson

An explosive Chicago Tribune investigation reveals sexual abuse of students and failures to respond at Chicago Public Schools. We speak with one of the lead reporters on the series.

Springfield Lawmakers Pass Bipartisan Budget Deal

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For the first time since 2015 Illinois may actually have a budget in place before the start of the new fiscal year. And the governor says he will sign it.

New European Law Raises the Bar for Data Privacy Protection

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A new European Union data privacy law is causing headaches for many American businesses. How General Data Protection could impact U.S. policies.

NU Professor’s Joke Tweet Goes Viral But Also Sparks Backlash

Lessons learned from a joke that goes viral – and the backlash that follows. We speak with Northwestern University professor Viorica Marian.

US Birth Rate Sinks to 30-Year Low

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Is the country’s declining birth rate a cause for concern, or a sign that more women are taking control of their reproductive choices?

How to Make Your Garden Productive All Year Long

Jeanne Nolan and Phil Ponce head into the garden to talk about “succession planting” and how it can maximize production.

How Simona Rollinson is Transforming Cook County Technology

Meet Cook County’s award-winning chief information officer who is trying to bring 21st century IT solutions to county government.

3 Aldermen Go Against Mayor to Push for New Riverfront Park

The Chicago River at Fullerton Avenue

A trio of aldermen push for the city to develop a riverfront park along the North Branch of the Chicago River – but the mayor has other plans.

As Obama Presidential Center Edges Closer to Final Design, New Lawsuit Filed

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A group called Protect Our Parks says developers of the Obama Presidential Center have pulled a “bait and switch.” Could they slow the project down?

Why Lori Lightfoot Wants to Replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The former police board president, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on why she now wants to replace him.

Former Senior EPA Administrator on Trump’s Environmental Moves

The proposed new Foxconn plant in Wisconsin gets an air quality exemption. We speak with a former senior EPA administrator on the impact of that move and more.

ERA Battle Moves to House, Supporters on Brink of Victory

After a decadeslong battle, Illinois may be on the brink of ratifying the federal Equal Rights Amendment. The pros and cons of passage.

VW Settlement: Draft Plan for Cash Disappoints Activists, Lawmakers

Debate and dissent over how Illinois should spend its share of the Volkswagen diesel emissions payout.

New COPA Chief Sydney Roberts Starts at Revamped Police Oversight Body

Sydney Roberts appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 2, 2018.

The new head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability talks about building trust with skeptical communities.

First Planting of Spring in the Chicago Tonight Garden

Jeanne Nolan and Phil Ponce venture into the WTTW garden for the first round of spring planting – with a little input from viewers.

Spring Planting Starts with Soil Preparation

As any good gardener knows, the key to healthy plants is starting with good soil. The team from the Organic Gardener helps us prepare our garden for spring planting.

As We Live Longer, Can We Also Live Well?

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An expert on aging talks about the possibilities and problems that come with living longer.

Melania Trump and the Role of First Lady

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the 58th presidential inaugural parade in Washington D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Gabriel Silva / Wikimedia Commons)

First lady Melania Trump hosts her first state dinner. A look at the historical role of first lady and how Trump is approaching the job.

Ja’Mal Green: 22-Year-Old Activist Sets Sights on City Hall

The community organizer and entrepreneur is making history as the youngest candidate to run for mayor. A conversation with Ja’Mal Green.

‘Daughter of the Cold War’ on George Kennan, Russia and Remarkable Life

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Grace Kennan Warnecke, the daughter of legendary American diplomat George Kennan, talks about her new memoir.