On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”
Rae Padulo creates handmade ceramics, like these holiday ornaments, for her Etsy-based company, mudstar ceramics. She's disappointed with the site's new policy to allow outsourced manufacturing. "There's nothing wrong with factory-made," she says, but "that's not what Etsy started out to be."
Reverse commuters, include Kathy LeVeque (in the foreground), wait for an approaching outbound Metra commuter train at the Mayfair neighborhood stop on Chicago's northwest side.
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Kathy LeVeque reads her tablet on her reverse commute from her city home to her job in north suburban Deerfield.
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Commuters board shuttle buses at the Lake-Cook Metra rail stop in Chicago's northern suburbs. This Shuttle Bug program is a collaboration between area employers and the suburban transit agency, PACE, to provide better transit options for workers, especially those who live in the city but work in the Lake-Cook job corridor.
It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.
"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.
Artists often take inspiration from the world around them, and for Andrea Leksen, a local graphic designer and typography professor, inspiration came in the form of five letters. Engraved on a terracotta panel on the side of a building in SODO, the letters B-E-M-I-S with their high-waists and flowery serifs struck Leksen and prompted her to begin a new project.
Marcie Sillman talks with David Yamada, law professor at Suffolk University, about the legal gray area of intern rights, including unpaid internships, in light of Condé Nast ending their internship program.
Izumo, Japan, spent last weekend celebrating its famous traditional soba noodle. It can be difficult to make the noodles here in the US: Good buckwheat is hard to find, even though it was once very popular in America. California-based soba expert Sonoko Sakai called all over the country before finally locating good buckwheat right here in Washington state!
Marcie Sillman talks with Kevin Bovenkamp, assistant secretary for the Health Services Division at Washington's Department of Corrections, about the new challenges prisons are facing with a rapidly aging population including elder care, hospice services and assisted living.
Lou Reed, songwriter and frontman to the band The Velvet Underground, passed away yesterday. Without Reed and The Velvet Underground, music writer Charles R. Cross said, "There would be no Nirvana, Pearl Jam or any edgy rock 'n' roll."
In 1993, reporter Jon Savage recorded this interview with Kurt Cobain in preparation for a story he was writing. After the story was published, the cassette languished in storage. Blank on Blank unearthed it and turned it into a cartoon.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know." Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate.