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Stories by Evan Garcia

Controversial Reader Cover Raises Questions About Newsroom Diversity

A controversial political cartoon sparks a leadership change – and questions. Can cartoons go too far? And what is the state of diversity in newsrooms? We speak with journalist Adeshina Emmanuel and editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis. 

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ Got His Start in the Chicago Area

President Barack Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons reached audiences around the world, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 99 years old. We discuss Graham’s legacy and his Chicago-area roots.

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Box Office Records, Racial Barriers

Still image from “Black Panther” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

The superhero film received critical praise and smashed box office records, but for some, the most notable impact is the emergence of an African-American superhero and lead characters.

Chinese New Year is Here: What’s in Store for the Year of the Dog?

Chinese New Year celebrations take place around the globe each year, including London. (Paul / Flickr)

Friday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and ushers in the Year of the Dog. We discuss the history and traditions of the vibrant holiday and festival.

What Does Illinois’ Fiscal Watchdog Think of Rauner’s Budget Plan?

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, shares his thoughts on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s $37.6 billion spending plan.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Visits Chicago on First Stop of US Tour

The Canadian prime minister spoke candidly at the University of Chicago on Wednesday, addressing trade tensions between both countries, as well as his vision of gender equality.

A Very Volatile Stock Market: Should Investors Worry?

The Trump administration is playing down the historic stock market downturn. We discuss the seesawing financial markets and what they may foretell.

Chickens and Goats in the Backyard: Raising Livestock in Chicago

(Pixabay)

How feasible is raising livestock in the city? An urban agriculture advocate weighs in.

Social Media Scams: Public Figures Under Fire for Buying Fake Followers

The Chicago Sun-Times suspends Richard Roeper for allegedly buying social media followers. What exactly is a Twitter bot?

Chinese Scientists Cloned Monkeys. Are Humans Next?

(Courtesy Courtesy Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

China’s landmark cloning of primates has some worried it sets a dangerous precedent. We discuss the breakthrough – and what it could mean for the future of cloning.

The Mirage Tavern: Remembering the Undercover Series 40 Years Later

(Courtesy Chicago Sun-Times)

A phony tavern in 1970s Chicago exposed the city’s widespread corruption. We revisit the groundbreaking Chicago Sun-Times series with two of the journalists behind it.

NYC Considers Pay-to-Drive Plan. Could Chicago Be Next?

(Jason Mrachina / Flickr)

New York City motorists may soon need to pay a fee to drive in the city’s busiest areas during the week. Is congestion pricing a viable option for Chicago?

Pregnant at 40, 50 and Beyond: A Look at Childbirth Later in Life

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is pregnant – at age 49. Are so-called “geriatric pregnancies” the new norm? And what are the risks of having children later in life? A doctor weighs in on later-in-life childbirth.

Aziz Ansari Allegations Stir Questions About Sexual Conduct, Consent

A controversial article about a sexual encounter: some say it was just a bad date. Others describe it as sexual assault. In the era of #MeToo, is there a gray area relating to sexual conduct and consent?

Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It

(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Should Chicago follow the lead of New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to enact rent control? We hear from both sides of the debate.

U.S. Steel Says Surfrider Lawsuit ‘Unnecessary’

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

An environmental nonprofit represented by University of Chicago lawyers filed a suit Wednesday against U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution.

Bigger than Bitcoin: The Revolutionary Potential of Blockchain Technology

International speaker Taylor Gerring explains how Bitcoin’s blockchain technology could revolutionize multiple industries.

Former Skinhead Writes of His Descent Into Hatred, and How He Got Out

(Courtesy of Christian Picciolini)

Christian Picciolini talks about his life within the white supremacist movement and his subsequent efforts to combat racism, as told in his new book “White American Youth.”

Surfers Prepare to Sue U.S. Steel Over Lake Michigan Pollution

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

A nonprofit group working with the University of Chicago is poised to sue U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution if a deal is not reached by Sunday between the company and environmental regulators.

A Homebuyer’s Market? Redfin Says Chicago Neighborhoods ‘Have It All’

If you’re looking to buy an affordable home near public transit, highly rated schools and other neighborhood perks – one real estate website says look no further than Chicago.

How Gentrification Takes Shape Across Chicago Neighborhoods

A scorching accusation by a candidate for Illinois governor adds fuel to the gentrification debate in Chicago.

Why the Chicago Police Union is Fighting City Over Body Cameras

(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s largest police union is fighting the use of body cameras. Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham explains why.

Rep. Quigley on House Russia Investigation, Election Cybersecurity

Republicans and Democrats investigating possible Russian interference in the last presidential election are reportedly at odds. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley joins us with the latest on the the House Russia investigation.

Sitting at Work is Bad, But Not Moving is Worse, UIC Study Finds

Bryan Canady, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center contracting specialist, performs his job while standing at the computer. (Tommie Horton / U.S. Air Force)

You may have been warned that “sitting is the new smoking,” but a new study may have you second-guessing the purchase of a standing desk – and not so worried if you tend to fidget.

Why Are Coyotes Thriving in the Chicago Area?

The coyote population in the area has about doubled since 2005, according to research by Stanley Gehrt, who’s been studying coyotes for nearly 20 years. 

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