Some recent/favorite stories

Reversal of fortune: Saving Chicago from its own poop.

When a river isn’t a river.
For 99 Percent Invisible.


Want to see Chicago’s segregation?
Ride the El.

And: Take a time-lapse.

Corn economics and world hunger.

Our biggest crop? Not a foodstuff. For Marketplace.

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What happens when a sex club tries to call itself a church?

You know, for zoning purposes.
For Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

“Baudelaire in a Box” celebrates the poet of failure

An oddball marathon celebrates the poet of spleen.  For NPR’s
All Things Considered

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How billiards created the modern world

One word: Plastics.
For 99 Percent Invisible.

Where did Chicago’s old-school donut shops go?

And: In search of the city’s best.
For WBEZ’s Curious City.


 How screwed is Chicago, really?

Will it become a second Detroit? For Marketplace

If there’s no state budget, where do tax dollars go?

Strange-but-true answers, from Illinois’ two-year budget impasse.


Why you can’t help paying four bucks for a latte

A neuro-economist explains. For WBEZ.

The MCC: Chicago’s Jailhouse Skyscraper

For 99 Percent Invisible.


Miami condo-buyers aren’t homeowners.

They’re traders. Climate risk? Not remotely their issue. Marketplace

Are Blacks locked out of the legal weed business?

“Big weed” isn’t an equal-opportunity… opportunity. For NPR’s Morning Edition.


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