DeKalb & Ogle Counties Declared Disaster Areas

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Gov. Bruce Rauner declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore through the area Thursday. At least two people were reported dead in DeKalb County and dozens were injured.

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Energy Use in the Developing World

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April 9, 2015 - Energy Use in the Developing World

In advance of airing Power to the People tonight, we speak with Johan Norberg, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, about supplying energy to developing nations.

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Is E.T. Phoning Earth?

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April 6, 2015 - Is E.T. Phoning Earth?

An Adler Planetarium astronomer tells us whether earthlings may, at long last, be hearing from other intelligent life in the universe.

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"Galileo's Middle Finger" On Fights Between Science and Activism

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March 19, 2015-"Galileo's Middle Finger"

Historian Alice Dreger's new book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, is a funny, surprising story of Dreger's career as an activist, researcher, and advocate for evidence-based activism. She joins us.

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The International Race to Build a Breakthrough Battery

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February 26, 2015 - Breakthrough Battery

Author Steve Levine had fly-on-the-wall access for two years to "the battery guys" at Argonne National Laboratory -- America's team in an international competition to build a battery that will change the world. Levine joins us to talk about his new book, The Powerhouse.

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Bison are Back

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There are bison once again roaming Illinois prairies. It's been more than 175 years since the last wild bison died in this state, but as of October they are back, thanks to The Nature Conservancy project in western Illinois called Nachusa Grasslands. Chicago Tribune photographer Anthony Souffle has been covering the new Illinois bison and the restoration of the prairie on which they graze. When he returned recently to see their progress, Jay Shefsky tagged along.

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Creature Courtship

The Unusual Mating Rituals of the Animal Kingdom

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February 12, 2015 - Creature Courtship

The Lincoln Park Zoo is putting on a Valetine's Day-themed after hours event that delves into the unusual mating habits and reproductive traits of the animal kingdom. Jay Shefsky spoke with the zoo's general curator, Dave Bernier, about some of their animals' perplexing courtship rituals.

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South Pole Discovery

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February 10, 2015 - South Pole Discovery

It has been thought that almost nothing can survive in the watery depths near the South Pole. But a group of researchers sent a robot armed with a camera a half-mile below Antarctic ice and discovered an entire ecosystem. It is the farthest south that fish have ever been found. 

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Discussing Drones

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January 27, 2015 - Discussing Drones

Drones have been a hot topic in the media nationwide with the FAA working to catch up with the technology and a drone landing on White House property this week. What are the current regulations in Chicago and Illinois? We discuss drones with our panel.

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Battling Great Lakes' Invasive Species

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April 6, 2015 - Battling Great Lakes' Invasive Species

The EPA has awarded more than $8 million in grants to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes. We talk with the Shedd Aquarium's Phil Willink about the $100 million a year invasive species problem.

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Chicago's Urban Coyotes

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March 26, 2015 - Chicago's Urban Coyotes

Ohio State University biologist Stanley Gehrt has followed more than 800 coyotes in Chicago over the past 15 years using GPS tracker collars. Where they turn up might just surprise you. Gehrt joins us to discuss Chicago's thriving urban coyotes.

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Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorseful

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March 4, 2015 - Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorse

Caltech Astrophysicist Mike Brown was one of the scientists who, in 2006, led the successful crusade to get the former planet Pluto downgraded to the status of dwarf planet. He joins us to discuss what he's found far, far away in our solar system.

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Coldest February Ever?

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February 24, 2015 - Coldest February Ever?

It's cold. Really cold. WGN's Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling tells us if we are heading towards record-breaking weather.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Dogs, Mini-Mammals, Crowd-Sourcing & the Planet's Inner Core

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February 17, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

What can ancient dogs tell us about early human migration to the Americas? And how are scientists using earthquakes to scan our planet's inner core? University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin joins us with a roundup of local science news.

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Water: Chicago in the 21st Century and Beyond

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February 11, 2015 - Water: Chicago in the 21st Century

As water is increasingly recognised as a precious resource, we look at Chicago's water future.

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Doomsday Clock Moves 3 Minutes to Midnight

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February 3, 2015 - Doomsday Clock Moves Closer to Midnight

The hands of the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic indicator of how close we are to a global catastrophe, have been moved to the 11:57 position. Kennette Benedict, executive director of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, explains her publication's decision to move us closer to midnight.

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Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Ocean Extinction, Conception Sparks, Brain Generosity & Epilepsy

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January 20, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

Our science guy, Neil Shubin, talks about the latest science stories, including a study on the health of the world's oceans, why sparks really do fly at the moment of conception, and a new study finding that generosity can be "written" in the brain.

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