Stories by Anne Strother

Syrians Reflect on Revolution, War and Exile in New Book

Author and Northwestern University professor Wendy Pearlman interviewed more than 300 refugees for a new book of oral histories, “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled.” She joins us in discussion.

Hyperloop One Develops High-Speed Pods, Big Plans for Chicago

(Courtesy of Hyperloop One)

Imagine traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh in under an hour. The company Hyperloop One is developing pods that would travel through tubes at speeds of over 600 mph.

Chicago Architecture Biennial ‘Showcases the Newest Thinking’

The Chicago Architecture Biennial returns for a second year to highlight the work of contemporary architects from around the globe. We get a preview.

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Grants First Prison Interviews

(Courtesy NBC 5 News)

Two journalists talk about their recent interviews with the imprisoned former Illinois governor.

Al Gini on ‘The Importance of Being Funny’

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A great joke can make you laugh, but can it also help you face life’s mysteries? A new book makes the case that jokes not only delight us, but help us approach difficult subject matter.

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Chicago Schools Budget, Funding Reform

The Chicago Public Schools chief talks about the challenges facing the school system.

Understanding Court Oversight: New Lawsuit Seeks Police Reforms

More on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit calling for court oversight of the Chicago Police Department.

Gardening in Chicago: How to Maximize the Growing Season

Summer days are drawing to an end, but gardeners looking to maximize the growing season have some options for planting, even as they harvest other crops.

Chicago Booth Review Explores How to Create Middle-Class Jobs

The economy is adding jobs and unemployment is low, yet nearly 15 million Americans are on the hunt for full-time work. We discuss the job market with a Chicago Booth Review editor.

Source to Sea: Paul Meincke Completes His Mississippi River Canoe Trip

(Courtesy of Paul Meincke)

Reflections on a 70-day canoe trip from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the mouth of the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana.

The Chicago Picasso Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

"We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow,” former Mayor Richard J. Daley said at the statue’s unveiling in 1967.

New Gene Editing Study Raises Possibilities, Questions

For the first time in the United States, scientists edit a human embryo and successfully remove a genetic mutation that causes disease.

School Funding Standoff Continues on Day 2 of Special Session

Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Democrats to send him Senate Bill 1, while Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’ll wait till Monday to send the bill to the governor.

Lee Bey on His New Role at DuSable Museum

One of his goals is to create conversations around exhibits and programming that are relevant to historical subject matter, but also to the present.

Center of Attention: Obama Foundation on Presidential Center Progress

Michael Strautmanis

An update from the Obama Foundation’s Michael Strautmanis on plans for the South Side Presidential Center.

Techniques for Harvesting Your Garden

Summer is in full swing, and the WTTW garden is in full bloom. Lots of vegetables are ready to pick and to eat.

Superintendents Face Down School Year Without Funding Agreement

(Courtesy of Stand for Children)

Without an agreement, school superintendents across the state are tasked with figuring out how long their schools can stay open this school year. We speak with superintendents from two suburban districts.

Summer Reading List 2017: Mysteries, Histories and ... Ice Cream

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Summer means sprinklers, ice cream trucks, and reading outside on park benches, lawns and beaches. If you’re looking for a good book to take to the pool, we’ve got you covered. 

WBEZ Examines the Cost of Reducing Violence Through Jobs

How to reduce shootings in Chicago? One possible answer: jobs. But how much would that cost? WBEZ reporter Chip Mitchell crunched the numbers.

Don’t Rock the Boat! New Video Addresses Marine Safety Around Chicago

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As more cruises and kayaks join commercial barges on the river, some tour boat operators are concerned about safety. Learn the “rules of the road” for Chicago waterways.

‘Reinvention Roadmap’ an Entrepreneurial Approach to Work, Career

How can you find work you’ll enjoy—or build a career? A new book by former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Liz Ryan tackles big questions about to today’s transformed job market.