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Technically Healthy with Annie Krall – Episode 1

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

Technically Healthy with Annie Krall takes the viewer into the world’s most advanced technologies being used in a variety of industries. Especially when it comes to artificial intelligence. Travel with us to baseball’s spring training in Goodyear, AZ to see how the Cincinnati Reds are staying healthy for the season…whenever it eventually starts. Then, check out the latest four legged friends helping some get fit and step into the experience of “goat yoga.”

Photo at top: Annie Krall cradles a one week old goat before starting her workout at Lady Strong Fitness and their goat yoga session. (Annie Krall/MEDILL)

The Riviera’s Dangerous and Deceptive 10th Hole

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Next to the infamous 10th hole tee box of the Riviera Country Club during the Genesis Invitational stands a man who is no stranger to the spot. Dana Crocker has been a marshal on this exact hole for the past eight years and has seen so much transpire on its rolling greenery he might as well be its defacto grandfather. While it may be beautiful with rose bushes and a 70-degree sun overhead making the air feel crisp and full of possibility, it is also a place of potential danger.

Crocker has seen four spectators get hit on this hole in his time as a marshal. He said the most recent bloody incident was actually captured on his smartphone. It inspired a short trip down memory lane as the first round of the 2020 tournament passed by over his left shoulder.

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The hidden moments of the 2020 Genesis Invitational

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

Some of golf’s finest players handle the pressure in different ways when the camera isn’t pointed their way. It is these tiny, quiet, and almost personal moments that help give the sport its elegance.

Medill Reports had boots on the ground to capture some scenes you may not have caught while watching the Genesis Invitational on television. From logging precious time on the driving range to remembering the basketball legend Kobe Bryant in their own way,  the best on the PGA are a lot more than birdie making machines.

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Why L.A. is still covered in purple and gold

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

I don’t watch basketball. I don’t follow basketball. I don’t know the rules of basketball. All I know is outside the arc means you get one more point than usual, and Kobe Bryant was a legend.

I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one who saw Bryant as more than a sports figure and his Lakers as more than a team once I touched down in Los Angeles two weeks after his tragic death.

Everywhere I turned, from the streets of L.A. Live to the Riviera Country Club, the numbers “8” and “24” stood proud as if arithmetic required no other numbers.

It was magnificent.

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Compulsive loyalty at Starbucks and clues to it from a neurology lab

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

Starbucks has learned how to make customers keep coming back for more thanks to their rewards program.

And they’re not alone.

Thousands and thousands of businesses use rewards programs to draw customers in and keep them loyal. But why is potentially getting the next stamp or another level up so enjoyable to us?

Talia Lerner, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and her team of researchers are trying to answer that question and many more. Using mice as test subjects they are analyzing the neurological pathways that make compulsive behaviors so difficult to stop, especially when it comes to alcoholism or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Helping to Close Science’s Gender Gap at 2019 Automation Fair

By Annie Krall

Even in 2019, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. That’s a startling statistic. It’s downright shameful. Yet, walking around the 2019 Automation Fair in Chicago from November 18-19, I’m optimistic. Watching a group of 7th grade girls play with robotics equipment in McCormick Place was eye-opening. Granted, they were playing hooky to come and hang out with their robotics team friends, but when you miss school to go have fun with NXT Mindstorm sets, I can assume you’re probably doing alright in the classroom.

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Must See Macy’s Holiday Windows on State Street!

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

The holiday season is just around the corner and most of us are probably not ready here in Chicago. Yet, one man has been planning for this winter all year, and it is finally his “time to shine”. Take a look at a day in the life of Brian Peluso, the Macy’s Holiday Windows Visual Manager.

Step into this winter wonderland he has created on State Street for both locals and visitors.

Photo at top: The child in all of us can enjoy the magic of the Macy’s Holiday Windows now on display. (Annie Krall/MEDILL)

Recent vaping perceptions are more than just smoke and mirrors

By Annie Krall
Medill Reports

llinois now holds the title for the highest number of patients with vaping related illnesses in the country, according to a recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Over 900 cases of vaping induced lung disease have been reported in the United States as of Sept. 20. Illinois was home to 82 of those cases—mostly among teenagers.

The use of e-cigarettes to smoke nicotine or THC inspired conversation in Chicago, and recent research released may reveal what people really think about vaping and the danger it can cause.

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