Stories by Paul Caine

Field Museum Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Encyclopedic’ Collections

(Courtesy of the Field Museum)

More than 30 million objects are stored behind the scenes at the Field Museum. A new exhibition addresses how scientists from all over the world are using the vast collections to make new discoveries.

Cook County Population Shrinks for 3rd Consecutive Year

WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Making Science Fun, Understandable

Neil deGrasse Tyson joins Chicago Tonight’s Eddie Arruza for an extended conversation about science and our place in the cosmos. 

New Book Explores Murder Case that Brought Neuroscience to Court

How as a society should we define responsibility and free will? A new book by Chicago-based journalist Kevin Davis explores these issues.

The Science and Ethics of Editing Human Embryos

Earlier this month, an influential group backs editing the genes in human embryos to eliminate disease. Chicago Tonight guests discuss human gene editing and some of the ethical issues it raises.

Trump’s Russia Policy Sends Mixed Messages as Investigations Mount

As a House committee chair says no special prosecutor is needed to investigate Trump- Russia ties, a look at the evolving U.S.-Russia relationship.

Civil Rights Seminar at New Trier High School Sparks Intense Debate

Debate over how an elite North Shore high school should present a seminar on civil rights and racism.

NASA Discovers 7 Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Dwarf Star

An artist’s interpretation of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f could look like. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

NASA said earlier this week it had a major announcement coming Wednesday. What an announcement it turned out to be.

History of Complaints Raise Questions for West Side Police Commander

A West Side police commander has an unusually high number of complaints filed against him. We talk to the reporter who broke the story.

CTU President Karen Lewis on CPS Funding, ‘Fake Fight’ of Lawsuit

The leader of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union joins us to talk lawsuits and funding for schools.

Fossil Hunt Leads University of Chicago Professor to Antarctica

Neil Shubin has traveled the world in search of fossils to help better understand evolutionary origins. He tells us about his latest research on Earth’s southernmost continent.

For Caregivers, Dealing with Dementia Can Be Tough Reality

(Ann / Flickr)

More than 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. We discuss some of the issues that family and caregivers face.

Anniversary of 1812 Illinois Earthquake Ushers in Preparedness Month

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns Southern Illinoisans to be prepared for earthquakes. Just how great is the risk?

Tim Knowles Calls for New Community College, Vigilance on Charters

The urban education specialist tells us what he’s learned about fixing Chicago’s schools after 13 years as leader of the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute.

Israeli Consul General Talks Trump, Iran and Settlements

As Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Britain and calls for more sanctions on Iran, the new Israeli Consul General to Chicago is here to talk about the future of U.S.-Israeli relations.

City’s Goals for O’Hare Expansion Include More Gates, Competition

O'Hare Airport (N i c o l a / Flickr)

Negotiations are underway between the city and United and American Airlines over a new gate lease agreement that could determine O’Hare’s future development for a generation.

Does Trump’s Travel Ban Make Americans Less Safe?

The White House pushes back against criticism of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Is the executive order a big setback for counterterrorism efforts?

New Book Seeks to Answer the ‘Why’ Behind the Holocaust

Peter Hayes

For 36 years, professor Peter Hayes sought to understand and explain the Holocaust to students at Northwestern University. He joins us to discuss his new book. 

Study Finds Large-Scale Tornado Outbreaks Increasing

(Justin Hobson / Wikimedia Commons)

The increasing frequency of tornadoes, and a new study on gun violence. Those stories more from the world of science with Rabiah Mayas.

Critics Say CPS Cutting Special Ed Services to Save Money

Is CPS denying support services for children with special needs in order to save money? We speak with the author of a new report from the Better Government Association.

‘World in Disarray’ Author Sees Post-WWII World Order Unraveling

From Ukraine to Syria, a former foreign policy adviser to President George H. W. Bush sees a “World in Disarray.”

Chief of New South Side Trauma Center Has Big Plans

Meet the doctor picked to lead a long-awaited new trauma center on the South Side.

Head of Chicago Police Union Responds to DOJ’s Blistering Report

Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, gives us his take on the U.S. Department of Justice report on the Chicago Police Department.

Will DOJ Report Finally Force Reform at the Chicago Police Department?

In a damning report, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed what many in minority communities had been saying for years. We discuss the findings with Lori Lightfoot, Craig Futterman and Shari Runner.

As City Prepares to Borrow $1.2B, Mayor Asks Moody’s to Withdraw Ratings

WBEZ reporter Dan Weissmann

The city plans to go to the debt markets for almost $1.2 billion, including more so-called “scoop and toss” borrowing.