Stories by Paul Caine

Ministers and Community Activists Respond to Decision to Charge CPD Officer with Murder

| Kristen Thometz

With news that Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald, we talk with activists and faith leaders about the charge and what reactions they expect from their communities.

Dominic Pacyga Shares History of Chicago's Stockyards in 'Slaughterhouse'

They closed some 44 years ago, but Chicago's Union Stockyards profoundly shaped the development of the city and the modern world. Dominic Pacyga, a local historian and former stockyard worker, tells the story in his new book "Slaughterhouse.” Pacyga joins us tonight.

Laquan McDonald Police Video Release Stirs Mixed Reactions

| Sean Keenehan

We speak with two members of the black community as a Cook County judge orders the release of dashboard video footage of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Examining the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Response Following Paris Attacks

| Kristen Thometz
Police and emergency crews respond to terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday.

In the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris, many Republican governors are saying they are unwilling to allow Syrian refugees to be settled in their states, among them Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Our panel discusses the refugee crisis and response.

Cleaning Up the Garden

| Kristen Thometz

Winter is coming, which means it’s time to clean up the WTTW organic garden. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan helps us prepare the garden for winter and plant one last crop.

Physicist Lisa Randall Connects Dark Matter to Dinosaur Extinction

| Sean Keenehan
Lisa Randall

Dark matter: we can't see it, but it's believed to make up 85 percent of all matter in the universe and without it we almost certainly wouldn't be here. Particle physicist and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Randall joins us to discuss her new book "Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe."

Feds: Transgender Student Should Have Access to Locker Room

The U.S. Department of Education ruled that Palatine Township High School District 211 violated a transgender student's right not to be discriminated against when it refused the student unfettered access to the girls' locker room. District 211 Superintendent Daniel Cates accuses the department of "overreach" and so far is refusing to back down. Cates joins us to discuss the issues raised.

Historian Antony Beevor on 'Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge'

| Kristen Thometz
US Infantry advancing through a hole blasted in the Siegfried Line, or Westall, in October 1944. (Viking Penguin)

In December 1944 Hitler and the German army were desperate. Losing the war on two fronts, they launched a last great offensive in a desperate gamble to split the Western Allies. The fighting was ferocious, with atrocities on both sides, and the outcome shaped history. It's a story told in acclaimed author Antony Beevor's latest book "Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge."

New Rideshare Rules Allow Airport Pickups

| Kristen Thometz

New rules that will allow rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to start making pickups from O'Hare and Midway airports could be in place as early as Nov. 18. How will these changes impact taxi drivers and others who drive for a living? We speak with Peter Ali Enger of the United Taxi Drivers’ Community Council.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Begins

| Kristen Thometz

Open enrollment has just begun for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act. As President Obama's signature health care reform enters its third year, we assess the impact of the ACA on health care provision in Illinois.

Jessa Crispin on New Memoir 'The Dead Ladies Project'

Jessa Crispin

International literary critic Jessa Crispin–once a frequent reviewer of books on "Chicago Tonight" as the author of the online magazine Bookslut–has written her first book, a memoir. She joins us on Monday for a discussion of the book, her favorite European cities and her take on Harper Lee's latest.

New Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening

| Kristen Thometz

The American Cancer Society has issued new guidelines for women at "average risk" of developing breast cancer, raising the age it says they should start regular mammogram screening from 40 to 45. We discuss the changes and how women should go about determining their own levels of risk with Dr. Carolyn Bruzdzinski and Dr. Kent Hoskins.

Chicago Cubs Swept in NLCS Amid Memorable Season

| Kristen Thometz

Getting swept by the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series is something the Chicago Cubs team and fans will soon want to forget. But the loss came during a memorable season for the Cubs. We reflect on the team’s 2015 season and look at what moves they will want to make in the off-season to keep them in contention next year.

Scientific Chicago with Neil Shubin

| Sean Keenehan
(Courtesy of Science@NASA)

What can a mutant fruit fly can tell us about sleep? Why might forests in Alaska be contributing to climate change? And is Jupiter's Great Red Spot shrinking? University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin is back to discuss these stories and more.

Lucas Museum Appears a Done Deal, But Legal Battle Continues

| Sean Keenehan

Plans to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art along the Chicago lakefront seem like a done deal, but not everyone is on board. Friends of the Parks, a Chicago nonprofit that advocates for the protection of public parks and spaces, has renewed its efforts to halt the development.

New Brain Initiative Aims to Fully Map the Human Brain

An ambitious new government-led research initiative aims to fully map the human brain. The goal is to advance understanding of how the brain works and develop treatments for crippling neurological diseases. But for researchers, the Holy Grail is to understand the origins of human consciousness. Two leading neuroscientists join us to talk about this potentially groundbreaking project.

George Archibald on His Work Saving Cranes from Extinction

Conservationist George Archibald and a crane named Tex. (Photo courtesy of the International Crane Foundation)

Conservationist George Archibald has spent his life working to bring cranes back from the brink of extinction. He joins “Chicago Tonight” to talk about his groundbreaking work which has been recognized around the world.

Steppenwolf's Terry Kinney, Jonathan Berry on 'East of Eden'

'East of Eden' rehearsal photo

Steppenwolf Theatre Company celebrated 40 years Sunday night with the world premiere of Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden." Here to discuss the play are director Terry Kinney and Steppenwolf's new artistic producer Jonathan Berry.

A Potential Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia

| Kristen Thometz

A promising new treatment for sickle cell anemia, developed by the National Institutes for Health and validated by a new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago, holds out the prospect of a cure for this chronic disease. Dr. Santosh Saraf, one of the co-authors of the UIC study, joins us to discuss these groundbreaking developments.

Summer Crops Still Thriving

Approach of Fall Does Little to Deter Garden’s Growth

With fall right around the corner, The Organic Gardener founder Jeanne Nolan visits the WTTW organic garden to check on our summer crops.

Dyett High School Hunger Strike Continues, Despite CPS Announcement

| Sean Keenehan

It's day 31 of the Dyett High School hunger strike and there's still no sign of a deal that could end the standoff. Two activists participating in the strike explain what triggered their actions and why the arts-themed school that CPS has in mind for their neighborhood falls short of their demands.

Pension Payments for Some Government Workers Continued After Death

An investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association finds that pension funds for government workers are continuing to pay benefits to some retirees long after the retiree and their spouse have died. One of the lead investigators on the story breaks it down for us.

Debating the Iran Nuclear Deal

| Kristen Thometz

The Iran Nuclear Deal: To its proponents it's a comprehensive agreement that will keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, to its detractors it's a naive and flawed deal that undermines the United States' closest ally in the region. Tonight, Israeli Consul General Roey Gilad and Loyola University professor of political science and national security specialist John Allen Williams debate the merits of the deal.

From Weird Science to Strange Brews, Emily Graslie Has the Scoop

| Sean Keenehan
Emily Graslie

Emily Graslie may just have the coolest job in the world. She's the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum and the driving force behind the popular YouTube channel The Brain Scoop. Graslie joins Chicago Tonight to discuss her work popularizing science.

Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

Amanda Vinicky

Illinois House lawmakers will soon consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner that could send negotiations with state employee unions to binding arbitration. And with no state budget in place, just how do lawmakers plan on maintaining critical state services? Amanda Vinicky joins Chicago Tonight with a preview of the week ahead in Springfield.