Stories by Paul Caine

Better Batteries Hold Promise for a Sustainable Future

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Scientists around the world are working to develop the next generation of batteries. We speak with one who is leading the charge at Argonne National Laboratory.

Mueller Probe Intensifies as Former Trump Campaign Manager Targeted

The pressure rises on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.

Cassini Spacecraft’s Stunning Mission to End With Fiery Saturn Descent

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is shown during its Sept. 15, 2017, plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere in this artist’s depiction. ( Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

The Cassini mission has completely transformed our understanding of Saturn and identified two moons that could potentially harbor life. On Friday morning, the journey will come to a fiery end. 

Debating DACA: Trump Gives Congress 6 Months to Find a Fix

President Donald Trump has said he expects Congress to use the next six months to come up with a way to “legalize DACA.” But given the level of dysfunction in Congress, can that happen?

Nursing Homes Fight to Block Lawsuits From Residents

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A proposed new rule backed by the Trump administration would make it harder for nursing home residents to sue in cases of neglect and abuse. We discuss nursing home residents’ right to sue with the AARP.

Rick Telander Pledges Brain to Concussion Research

The Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist, a former college football player, joins Carol Marin to discuss football safety, concussions and his recent decision to donate his brain to science.

Trump Says Most Media ‘Dishonest People’ Who Don’t Like America

President Donald Trump’s contentious relationship with the media: Where did it all go wrong? Dan Miller and Rex Huppke join us in discussion.

Cash-Strapped Gary Schools Under Emergency Management

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WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joins to discuss the start of the new school year in Gary.

Hanging Out With Jeanne Nolan in Her ‘Happy Place’

The founder of The Organic Gardener says she always felt a strong connection to nature. “My garden is really a big part of where I like to spend my time and to feed my soul,” she said.

WTTW Garden Yields Bumper Harvest

It’s been a bountiful season for Chicago’s urban gardeners. Jeanne Nolan, The Organic Gardener, joins us with an update from our very own organic garden.

Bon Appetit Names Chicago ‘Restaurant City of the Year’

What makes Chicago a go-to destination for food lovers? We talk all things food with Catherine De Orio, host of WTTW’s “Check Please!”

Tullman to Step Down from 1871 Leadership Role at End of Year

“I think three or four years into something it’s important to let new ideas come in. It’s important to turn over the leadership,” 1871 CEO Howard Tullman said. “I want to give other people the opportunity to move up.”

Total Eclipse Brings Rare Spectacle to Illinois Aug. 21

A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. on Aug 21, 2017. (Credit: NASA)

All you need to know to get ready for the coming total eclipse of the sun.

Lightfoot, Emanuel Meet to Discuss Police Board Presidency

After several days of speculation, Lori Lightfoot met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in hopes of getting clarity over whether or not he would reappoint her as president of the Chicago Police Board.

New Guide Helps Identify Native Trees, Shrubs for Your Garden

(Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

Why native trees and plants not only look good but are better for local wildlife and the environment. A discussion with author Charlotte Adelman.

Why NASA is Seeking Origami Designs

Rabiah Mayas returns to explain why NASA needs your origami skills and other stories from the world of science.

Local Republicans React to the Turmoil in Washington

President Donald Trump lashes out at Jeff Sessions, his attorney general and long-time supporter. How are Republicans feeling about the Trump presidency so far?

Kushner Talks to Senate Investigators as Russia Questions Persist

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and special adviser to the president, is questioned by congressional investigators about his Russia contacts.

Giant Iceberg the Size of Delaware Breaks off Antarctica

The trillion-ton iceberg is now drifting. While experts say it poses no immediate threat, is the event itself the precursor of more change to come as the global environment warms?

AT&T Looks Forward to End of Landlines In Illinois, Opponents Cry Foul

After intense lobbying in Springfield, lawmakers this month passed legislation that could ultimately disconnect 1.2 million landline users in Illinois. 

Prosecutor in ‘Crime Of The Century’ Case Dies at 80

William J. Martin appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 5, 2016.

The man who led the prosecution of Richard Speck for the brutal murder of eight Chicago nurses died Friday. We revisit last year’s interview with William Martin.

Duckworth: Trump ‘Missing in Action’ as Commander in Chief

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says President Donald Trump is not behaving as the commander in chief of the United States military should and is ceding too much power to military commanders.

Lawmakers Weigh In As State Budget Deal Edges Closer

After a bruising two-year battle, Illinois may be on the brink of a budget. Lawmakers from either side of the budget divide join us with insights.

Summer Gardening: How to Maximize Your Crops

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan explains how to keep your gardening soil productive and shares tips for succession planting. 

Cook County to Release Findings of Independent Review of Assessment Process

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios says that he will release the findings of an independent review of the county's property tax assessment system.