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Stories by Erica Gunderson

What Role Should Data Analysis Play in Health Care Policy?

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How evidence-based health care policy can get more value out of the health care system. A discussion with Katherine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

What DNA Testing Kits Can – and Can’t – Tell You About History, Health

The commercials for do-it-yourself DNA testing kits promise a bounty of self-discovery about your history and health. But are you prepared for the results?

West Town Textile Studio Finds Common Threads with Community

On Chicago’s West Side, an artist-run production weaving mill and a social service agency work together to weave adults with intellectual disabilities into the fabric of their community. 

Ask Geoffrey: The History of Houseboats on the Chicago River

Geoffrey Baer floats through a bygone colony of houseboats that once populated our city’s favorite Y-shaped waterway in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Columnist: Getting Older Doesn’t Have to Mean Getting Grumpier

A conversation with Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn, who muses on how to be “a good old man” as he celebrates a milestone birthday.

Inside a Culture of Harassment at Chicago Ford Plants

“It’s a struggle every day,” a current Ford employee says. As Chicago Ford plants once again grapple with accusations of sexual harassment, we speak with two women about what it’s like to work there.

New Book Explores Dorothy Day’s Life as Mother, Grandmother

Author Kate Hennessy discusses her new book about Dorothy Day, her Catholic activist grandmother.

Ask Geoffrey: What Are Those Faces on Michigan Avenue?

Geoffrey Baer gets eye-to-eye with some sky-high building ornament and gets beneath the surface of a towering metal figure in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Fake News, Feminism, #MeToo: The 2017 Words of the Year

Much like 2016’s set, the words of 2017 are a political batch reflective of the tumultuous year we just put behind us. What else made the cut.

Ask Geoffrey: Why Traffic Reports Mention Thorndale

Chicagoans hear about Thorndale Avenue all the time in traffic reports, and a viewer wonders why. Geoffrey Baer speeds by with the story in this week's “Ask Geoffrey.”

Ask Geoffrey: The Early (and Late) Birds of Union Station

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Geoffrey Baer shines a light on a pair of hooded statues at Union Station and some old-fashioned security technology in this week’s edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

New Book Explores Dorothy Day’s Life as Mother, Grandmother

Author Kate Hennessy discusses her new book about Dorothy Day, her Catholic activist grandmother.

Preventing Sexual Harassment: What Companies Can Do

The “me too” campaign has ushered in a flood of allegations against prominent men. But whose job is it to make sure that rank-and-file workers are protected against sexual harassment?

‘The Accidental President’ Traces Early Truman Era

A.J. Baime’s new book makes the case that Harry S. Truman’s first four months as commander-in-chief were the most challenging and consequential ever faced by a U.S. president.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to Andy Frain Ushers?

For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. Geoffrey Baer has the story of the man behind the house of ushers.

Chicago Gets Dressed Up For the Holidays

Audrey Jones of AB Art Window Painting (Chicago Tonight)

Around Chicago, windows decorated for the holidays are a sure sign that Christmas is on its way. Meet a local artist whose festive fancies could be swirling across a storefront in your neighborhood.

WTTW Documentary Takes Fresh Look at Chicago River

Like the city that grew around it, the Chicago River is constantly changing. Get a preview of “The Chicago River Tour with Geoffrey Baer.”

Ask Geoffrey: Neptune’s Follies Make a Splash at Century of Progress

Geoffrey Baer takes a peek at a 1930s burlesque-style show and remembers the Chicago Daily News sporting events of yesteryear in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

WTTW’s ‘Nutcracker’ Documentary Goes Backstage at Joffrey Ballet

Temur Suluashvili and Lucia Connolly in rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.” (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

The new documentary “Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres on WTTW. We speak with the Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director and the film’s producer.

Police, Community Must Have ‘Mutual Respect,’ Says Author

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How can citizens avoid trouble when getting pulled over by the police? We speak with Dwayne Bryant, the author of a manual that explains how to safely handle a traffic stop.

Large-as-Life Dinosaurs Frighten and Fascinate at ‘Jurassic World’

(Courtesy of The Field Museum)

An exhibition at the Field Museum aims to be an immersive experience that brings the 2015 movie and its gigantic reptilian stars to life. 

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Hamilton Statue?

What happened to the Alexander Hamilton statue in Lincoln Park? Geoffrey Baer tells his story in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.” 

Ask Geoffrey: The History of Houseboats on the Chicago River

Geoffrey Baer gets ready for a new voyage along the Chicago River with viewer questions about the history of our city’s favorite Y-shaped waterway.

Ask Geoffrey: What Are Those Faces on Michigan Avenue?

Geoffrey Baer gets eye-to-eye with some sky-high building ornament and gets beneath the surface of a towering metal figure in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Ask Geoffrey: White Castle Inspired by Chicago Water Tower?

Was the design of White Castle restaurants based on a Chicago landmark? Geoffrey Baer has the answers you crave.

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