Stories by Evan Garcia

Gender Identity: Understanding and Empowering

Those who identify themselves with the opposite gender still face discrimination within many subsets of society. However, portrayals of transgender people in media and culture have helped acclimate American audiences to their experience. What have been the advancements of the transgender cause and what obstacles still lie ahead?

Creature Courtship

The Unusual Mating Rituals of the Animal Kingdom

Credit: Christopher Drake

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.

Early Voting Begins

Early voting has begun for the Chicago mayoral and aldermanic races. The Board of Elections opened up 51 locations today.

Doomsday Clock Moves 3 Minutes 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.

Grateful Dead Ticket Requests Soar Past Soldier Field Capacity

Credit: Chris Stone

Tickets for the Grateful Dead's July 3-5 reunion shows at Soldier Field are in high demand. The band received more than 60,000 envelopes of mail-in ticket requests.

Pedal at Your Own Peril

Chicago had its first cyclist fatality of 2015 just a few hours into the new year when 30-year-old Aimer Robledo was the victim of a hit-and-run on West Division Street.

Negotiating with Yourself

Author William Ury discusses his new book, Getting to Yes with Yourself (and Other Worthy Opponents), which challenges readers to understand and influence themselves.

The Village Movement: How Elders are Aging in Place

Folks over age 60 are opting to stay in their homes and communities well into their golden years. A collection of "virtual villages" are popping up all over the country, providing engagement, services, and a new way of looking at how we age.

Scrutinizing the State of the Union

Jason DeSanto, senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, picks apart President Barack Obama's sixth State of the Union address. What were the areas of focus? What are the implications for the year ahead?

The Problem with Paying Later: Illinois' Budget Deficit

The state of Illinois' finances are in dire straits with a $9 billion deficit that continues to grow. Richard Dye, co-director of University of Illinois' Fiscal Futures Project, discusses how we got into this hole and how we can find our way out.

Scholarly Subversion or Innocuous Instruction?

The Confucius Institute Debate

Confucius Institutes are academic and cultural programs financially backed by the Chinese government. These institutions affiliate themselves with colleges throughout the world, but have drawn backlash due to concerns of propaganda pushing.

Rethinking Retirement and the Golden Years

Some may characterize the years following retirement as relaxing and blissfully uneventful. Author Chris Farrell challenges that interpretation with his book Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. He joins us.

Founding Editor of “The Onion” on Paris Terror Attacks

The shooting massacre at the Paris office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has shaken the tenets of not only parody, but freedom of expression. Scott Dikkers is the founding editor of The Onion and served as editor-in-chief of the popular satirical news organization for 14 years. He joins us to discuss his experiences working in news satire, and how the deadliest attack France has seen since 1961 may affect the genre’s landscape.