Sustainable is fashionable

By Karleigh Stone Medill Reports By contributing 10 percent of global carbon emissions, 20 percent of industrial water pollution, and almost 35 percent of microplastics in the oceans, the fashion industry has become the third most polluting industry in the world. On this episode of Medill Newsmakers local designers, Jamie Hayes of Production Mode, and […]

College athletes tackle mental health

By Max Goodman Medill Reports Take a moment and think about the amount of responsibilities that are on any college varsity athlete’s plate… These student athletes have a full slate of practices, games, classes, assignments and meetings on a daily basis. Not to mention seeking out sleep, a social life, relationships, family matters and time […]

Aaron Rabkin just wants to perform

By Trina Ryan Medill Reports Aaron Rabkin can’t stop moving. The Chicago’s Boystown magician has less than an hour to prepare for his show—a one-man act he performs four nights a week at his small, storefront theater called Trickery. Bustling from room to room, he takes mental inventory of what needs to get done. He […]

Artificial intelligence; its business usage, current landscape, road ahead


By Jessica Xieyang Qiao Medill Reports Artificial intelligence is coming into the mainstream. Still, a host of challenges remain. On this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we talk to Chicago-based machine learning engineers and chief technology officers to explore key challenges and opportunities facing AI. Photo at top: Machine learning-based techniques can be used to solve […]

Queer fashion makes its way into the mainstream fashion market

Stevie Boi and Alexandra Merino (Photo by Michael Antonio)

By Thomas Ilalaole Medill Reports On this episode of Medill Newsmakers we take a closer look at the phenomenon that is queer fashion. Queer Fashion is fashion that exists outside the binary of fashion – it is simply fluid. Throughout history queer fashion has always had a narrative and perspective that challenges gender norms and […]

Student activism around gun violence wanes in Chicago

By Shannon Longworth Medill Reports On this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we look at the state of youth activism in Chicago. A little over a year after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the activism among young people has decreased in Chicago. Photo at top: Good Kids Mad City open mic […]

Darting Ahead: Windy City Darters hopes to help grow the game in the USA

By Tim Hackett Medill Newsmakers The game of darts is changing. It’s grown into a worldwide spectator sport attracting thousands of fans, and the popularity of the sport is surging in Europe and in other parts of the world. But that surge has yet to really take hold here in the United States, where professional […]