Stories by Evan Garcia

Cyber Warfare: How the U.S. Military, Tech Companies Shield Themselves

What will cyber warfare of the future look like? We discuss how the private and public sector is impacted by cyberattacks.

Aasif Mandvi: ‘We’ve Turned Our Government into a Reality Show’

The former “Daily Show” correspondent discusses politics, comedy and culture within the entertainment industry.

Northwestern Professor Asks, ‘What Makes Our Internal Clocks Tick?’

Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, your sleep is regulated by your circadian rhythm. A sleep expert helps unravel the mystery of our internal clock.

Mayor: Police Overtime Abuse, Murder Clearance Rate ‘Unacceptable’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Chicago Police Department’s murder clearance rate is “unacceptable,” as are details out this week describing an “abuse of culture” surrounding police overtime pay. Watch the interview.

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor on Free Tuition Program

How has free college tuition worked out for some students? City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Juan Salgado joins us.

Chicago’s Bike Infrastructure is Evolving, But Inequality Persists

How is the city addressing bike safety as well as concerns relating to inequality and bike infrastructure? Streetsblog Chicago editor John Greenfield joins us.

Illinois Public Health Department Issues Standing Order for Naloxone

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There were nearly 1,900 fatal opioid overdoses in Illinois last year, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. We speak with Nirav Shah, the agency’s director, about the state’s fight against the crisis.

Chicago Police Union Files Labor Dispute over New Use of Force Policy

Chicago police officers are getting new use-of-force training, but the city’s largest police union is objecting.

Michelle Obama’s Former Chief of Staff Returns to Chicago

Tina Tchen, center, speaks with Michelle Obama. (Pete Souza / The White House)

Tina Tchen shares her memories and unique perspective from working in the White House for eight years.

Fermilab Scientist Warns Solar Flares Could Devastate Infrastructure

While recent hurricanes have been devastating parts of the Earth, some major activity has also been taking place at the center of our solar system.

How Chicago ‘Hacktivist’ Derek Eder Uses Public Data for Good

The man behind a weekly gathering of Chicago web developers tells us how they use their tech skills for good.

Obama Foundation Hosts Public Meeting for Presidential Center Plans

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Community members get a chance to address key figures behind the Obama Presidential Center. A live report from the meeting.

Sloane Stephens’ Coach Kamau Murray on ‘Impossible’ US Open Win

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We speak with tennis coach and Chicago native Kamau Murray, who founded XS Tennis in 2005 on Chicago’s South Side.

US Economy Grows, but Uncertainty Clouds Federal Reserve

Median incomes in America are on the rise. What will be the response of a Federal Reserve Board with vacancies?

Lurie Children’s Hospital Receives Anonymous $12 Million Gift

An anonymous donation will be used to treat child abuse, mental health issues and the direct and indirect effects of violence on Chicago’s youth.

Gov. Rauner Will Borrow $6 Billion to Pay off Illinois’ Debt

Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees to refinance the state’s staggering backlog of unpaid bills. Illinois’ comptroller and treasurer weigh in.

Chicago Builds Underground Tunnel to Fight Flooding in Albany Park

After heavy storms, the Chicago River’s North Branch floods hundreds of homes on the Northwest Side. The Chicago Department of Transportation is now constructing a permanent flood-fighting weapon. We take a look.

Emanuel’s Top Lawyer Discusses Lawsuit for Chicago Police Reform

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sues for federal oversight of Chicago police reform—with the city’s blessing. We discuss the lawsuit.

‘Chicago Food Encyclopedia’ Digs into City’s Culinary Quirks

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A new book examines the city’s history and culture through a culinary lens, from Chicago originals to products and companies, restaurants, trends and beyond.

BGA: Public Should Pay Attention to Labor Union Contract Negotiations

After 10 years, the city and labor unions are preparing for a new round of contract negotiations. What you should know about the process.

Traffic Fatalities In Illinois On The Rise in 2017

Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, joins us to discuss her organization’s latest data and how Illinois can make its streets safer.

Bipartisan House Caucus Hopes to Achieve Health Care Reform

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski joins us to discuss ongoing health care negotiations.

Former Neo-Nazi on White Supremacy: ‘It’s Terrorism’

“Until the government starts to call it what it is – and that’s terrorism – I’m not sure the point will fully come across as to how dangerous of a problem this is,” said Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi, of far-right extremism.

Examining Charlottesville and the Culture of Hate

A look at domestic terrorism and hate groups following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Former White House Chief of Staff: Leaks are ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Disloyal’

Then-Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner discusses the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

Can the new chief of staff temper President Trump’s explosive rhetoric? Former White House Chief of Staff Samuel Skinner weighs in.