Stories by Andrea Guthmann

Chicago Journalist’s ‘Algren: A Life’ Reveals New Details About Writer

Nelson Algren sitting beneath a viaduct in Chicago. (Library of Congress)

He was a literary giant who chronicled the seedy side of the city. We talk with the author of a new biography about Chicago writer Nelson Algren.

Neil Steinberg Shares Advice, Sobering Quotes on Addiction in New Book

Neil Steinberg (Chicago Tonight)

The Chicago Sun-Times columnist muses on weathering the holidays without alcohol and his anthology on addiction, “Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery.”

Taking Stock of the Economy: 2017 Outlook

Janet Yellen (Courtesy of CNN)

Unemployment is down, the stock market is up and the Federal Reserve raises interest rates. Just how strong is the American economy? Two Chicago economists take stock of what’s in store for 2017. 

Major Concerns at Columbia? College Addresses Declining Enrollment

The president of Columbia College Chicago on why there’s been a big drop in enrollment at the school and challenges to its identity in the world of creativity.

Fact vs. Fiction: The Increasingly Real Problem of Fake News

(Jason Howie / Flickr)

The pope endorses Donald Trump. Michelle Obama unfollows Hillary Clinton on Twitter. These days fake news is making real news. Could you be spreading lies on your Facebook feed?

Tips for Getting Along with Family, Friends Post-Election

Worried that politics might spoil your Thanksgiving meal? Two local psychologists serve up recipes for a peaceful post-election family gathering. 

Tensions High After Fatal Weekend Shooting in Mount Greenwood

WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan joins us with the latest on the fatal police-involved shooting of 25-year-old Joshua Beal.

New Documentary ‘Count Me In’ Highlights Participatory Budgeting

Skeptical about how the government spends your money? We preview a documentary about a movement that gives citizens their 2 cents in how tax dollars are spent.

Author Examines Parental Involvement in College Women’s Success

When is less more? A new book highlights the pros and cons of parents who hover, even into college.

Town Hall Debate Could Be Challenging Format for Both Clinton, Trump

Election Day is just a little more than four weeks away. “PBS NewsHour” correspondent John Yang joins us to talk about Sunday's presidential debate and how the campaign is shaping up.

Chicago Journalist’s ‘Algren: A Life’ Reveals New Details About Writer

Nelson Algren sitting beneath a viaduct in Chicago. (Library of Congress)

He was a literary giant who chronicled the seedy side of the city. We talk with the author of a new biography about Chicago writer Nelson Algren.

Discussing the Future of Autonomous Automobiles

The arrival of driverless cars is shifting into high gear. They've already pulled into Pittsburgh–should Chicago give them the green light? A transportation engineer tells us about the future of autonomous automobiles.   

‘Screenwise’ Book Offers Practical Advice for Digital Age of Parenting

The new book “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World” by Devorah Heitner.

Technology is creating challenges for today's parents. A local author has advice for how parents can plug into the changing world of social media, apps and the online world.

How to Make Sense of ‘The Five Life Decisions’

What career path to choose, who to marry, whether to have children. A University of Chicago economist tells us how basic economic principles can help you figure out life's biggest decisions.  

Making Sense of Illinois’ Changing Health Care Landscape

A growing number of health insurance companies are pulling out of Obamacare. Checking out the latest on the Affordable Care Act.  

Chicago Maritime Museum Opens in Bridgeport

The new permanent location for the museum opens on Saturday. Chicago Tonight got a preview of the new space located on the Bubbly Creek branch of the Chicago River. 

Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Chronicled in New Book Series

The political life of America’s 16th president is being told in a new multi-volume series by Chicago native Sidney Blumenthal.

Rauner Pushes for Compromise as Spring Session Draws to a Close

Eight days left in the General Assembly's spring session. Is there any end in sight to the budget impasse? We have a live report from the state capital. 

Great Migration Centennial Commemorates Historic Event

Between 1916 and 1970, a little more than 500,000 African-Americans settled in Chicago as part of the Great Migration. Learn about a yearlong, statewide celebration marking this historic event.

Does CPS’ Water-Testing Method Adhere to Best Practices?

A new report by WBEZ reporter Monica Eng takes a closer look at how the district is testing for lead in the water at 28 schools and whether this method follows best practices.

Arianna Huffington’s Wake-Up Call Prompted ‘The Sleep Revolution’

She's the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and a syndicated columnist. Arianna Huffington talks about the wake-up call that led her to write her 15th book, "The Sleep Revolution."

Documenting ‘the Dead Zone’: Story of Chernobyl from Those Who Returned

| Kristen Thometz
A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside of a café in Pripyat, which is near the Chernobyl Power Plant. (Diana Markosian  / Wikimedia)

Palatine native Holly Morris talks about her new documentary "The Babushkas of Chernobyl," which profiles three grandmothers who chose to ignore government orders and return home to live out their lives near the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

‘Sisters in Law’ Profiles Justices Day O’Connor, Bader Ginsburg

A new book spotlights the lives and careers of the first two women to serve on the United States Supreme Court—Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Irvine Welsh Talks ‘Trainspotting’ Sequel and New Book ‘A Decent Ride’

(Author photo by Jeffrey Delannoy)

Best known for his 1993 novel "Trainspotting," author Irvine Welsh has been called the best storyteller in Britain. But for about 10 years now, he's lived in Chicago. We hear about his latest book, “A Decent Ride.”

New Report Finds Illinois Municipalities Pushing for ‘Home Rule’

| Meredith Francis

A movement is underway to have the Illinois legislature expand what's called "home rule authority." Bob Reed of the Better Government Association explains what that could mean for towns and villages throughout the state.