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  • Unraveling Bolero

    Unraveling BoleroThis week, we're throwing it back to an old favorite: a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.Anne Adams was a brilliant biologist. B… 3 days ago, 22 May 18, 10:45pm

  • More or Less Human

    More or Less HumanSeven years ago chatbots - those robotic texting machines - were a mere curiosity. They were noticeably robotic and at their most malicious seemed only capable of scamming men looking for love online. Today, the chatbot landscape is wildly different.… 8 days ago, 18 May 18, 2:39am

  • Dark Side of the Earth

    Dark Side of the EarthAstronauts at the International Space Station can make one request to talk to an earthling of their choice. For some reason, Astronaut Mark Vande Hei chose us. A couple weeks ago, we were able to video chat with Mark and peer over his shoulder throu… 29 days ago, 26 Apr 18, 10:00pm

  • Border Trilogy Part 3: What Remains

    Border Trilogy Part 3: What RemainsBorder TrilogyWhile scouring the Sonoran Desert for objects left behind by migrants crossing into the United States, anthropologist Jason De León happened upon something he didn't expect to get left behind: a human arm, stripped of flesh.This maca… 35 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:05am

  • Border Trilogy Part 2: Hold the Line

    Border Trilogy Part 2: Hold the LineBorder Trilogy While scouring the Sonoran Desert for objects left behind by migrants crossing into the United States, anthropologist Jason De León happened upon something he didn't expect to get left behind: a human arm, stripped of flesh.This ma… 50 days ago, 6 Apr 18, 5:31am

Sound Opinions

  • NW Indiana Cop Has A History Of Confrontations At Bar

    NW Indiana Cop Has A History Of Confrontations At BarAn off-duty East Chicago Police officer shot over the weekend at a Northwest Indiana bar was involved in another fight at that same bar in September during which he pulled his gun on a patron, WBEZ has learned.In the most recent incident, officer Dav… 2 days ago, 23 May 18, 9:45pm

  • Inspector General: End Public School Perk For Chicago’s Wealthiest

    Inspector General: End Public School Perk For Chicago’s WealthiestChicago Public Schools’ inspector general is calling on the school district to stop offering a free full-day Montessori preschool to students from the richest neighborhood in the school district.Preschool in Chicago is typically only free for low-i… 3 days ago, 23 May 18, 5:05am

  • Study: 2013 Chicago School Closings Failed To Help Students

    Study: 2013 Chicago School Closings Failed To Help StudentsDespite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promise that mass school closings in 2013 would lead to a “brighter future,” Chicago students didn’t benefit academically and on average their performance suffered, particularly in math, according to a University… 4 days ago, 22 May 18, 5:05am

  • Downtown Expedition Helps Teens Make Chicago Their Own

    Downtown Expedition Helps Teens Make Chicago Their OwnA group of public high school students from Chicago’s Northwest Side headed downtown for an adventure on a recent May morning. They call this city home, yet they don’t venture outside their neighborhood very often.  Once downtown, the students f… 4 days ago, 21 May 18, 9:15pm

  • Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Compromise On Guns, Death Penalty

    Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Compromise On Guns, Death PenaltyThe Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature on Monday will begin weighing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones legislators approved. Rauner used… 4 days ago, 21 May 18, 5:40pm