Stories by Paul Caine

University of Chicago Plays Key Role in Trying to Save Niger’s Heritage

University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno, right, in Niger. (Credit: Mike Hettwer)

What a leading paleontologist in Chicago is doing to help the country of Niger save and display its rich cultural heritage.

‘Jurassic Park’ Generation Gives Rise to Golden Age of Paleontology

Renowned paleontologist and University of Chicago graduate Steve Brusatte tells us about his new book, “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World.”

Task Force Aims to Reduce Number of Women in Illinois Prisons

Members of a task force on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, announce a new initiative to reduce the number of women in Illinois prisons.

One hundred women – including former inmates, corrections officials, judges and prosecutors – are calling for a 50-percent reduction in the number of women behind bars in Illinois. We speak with Deanne Benos, who is leading the initiative.

University of Chicago Philosopher Explores Role of Fear in 2016 Election

In her new book “The Monarchy of Fear,” Martha Nussbaum explores the role that fear may have played in the election of President Donald Trump.

An Early Harvest in the Chicago Tonight Garden

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan at the WTTW vegetable garden. (Chicago Tonight)

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan stops by our organic vegetable garden, where we’ve already begun to harvest some of our early starters.

Brookfield Zoo Helps Bring Mexican Wolves Back From Brink of Extinction

Two wild-born Mexican gray wolf puppies arrive at Brookfield Zoo as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s recovery program for the species. (Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team / Chicago Zoological Society)

Their recovery has been a national concern for decades. What’s happening locally in the effort to save the Mexican wolf.

Youth Activists Hope Dan Ryan March Will Focus Attention on Violence

Youth activists Trevon Bosley and Rie’Onna Holmon appear on “Chicago Tonight” on July 5, 2018.

Two young anti-violence activists aiming to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway on Saturday talk about what they hope their act of civil disobedience will achieve.

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

Obama Presidential Center rendering (Image by DBOX)

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.