Into the lives of Chicago’s modern magicians

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By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports During the pandemic, magician Jeanette Andrews is casting a few spells through a toll-free, magic telephone line. Shelter-in-place callers hear a voice give instructions and choices on the other line, resulting in what seems like a real trick. “The ongoing faith in me and my work is one of the […]

Parting with Alaska

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By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports During my junior year at the University of Alaska Anchorage, I was walking into an Applebees when my dad called and said, “They found a tumor in my brain.” He said it so nonchalantly that the appropriate response evaded me. In a few days, he would undergo emergency brain surgery […]

Jesse Leinwand: The peaceful simplicity of apes


By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports Strolling into the Park Place Café at noon on a chilly Chicago day in January, Jesse Leinwand dressed the way he does every day, rain or shine: knee-high rubber boots, tall socks and khaki shorts reminiscent of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. The 30-year-old Lincoln Park Zoo research assistant […]

Bitten by an animal? Here’s what you should know


By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports Animals bites account for 1% of all emergency room visits and often happen without warning. Should you put antibiotic ointment on the fresh wound or will that infect it? Should you seek immediate medical attention? Here’s how to decide whether to slap on a bandage — or head to the […]

The craft of draft: A deeper look into one of America’s favorite beverages

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By Mackenzie Evenson Medill Reports In a booth at his Evanston brewpub he runs with his four brothers, Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., owner Mike Smylie talked about lagers, dark-roasted stouts, ales, and aged porters — all while sipping iced tea. A mission for the 42-year-old connoisseur: to make sure young adults know about beer beyond […]