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Bryan Smith

7 years
ago

Dr. Mercola: Visionary or Quack?

Americans’ growing interest in alternative medicine has helped turn suburban Chicago doctor Joseph Mercola into one of the most popular voices in natural health. So why does he have so many people riled up?

8 years
ago

What Happened Between David Protess and Medill?

LOSS OF INNOCENCE: The star professor dedicated his 29-year career at Northwestern’s journalism school to overturning wrongful convictions and, in doing so, almost single-handedly prompted the end of the death penalty in Illinois. How did he and Medill come to such a bitter and rancorous end—in which no party escaped untarnished?

8 years
ago

Playing For Keeps

Five days a week, a group of widowers and retirees gather around three worn pool tables in a South Shore rec room to shoot some stick and razz one another. The men are old; their bodies are breaking down—but to Baby Ray and the rest, the place is one big, slow gulp from the fountain of youth.

8 years
ago

@MayorEmanuel is Dan Sinker

Rahm Emanuel’s Twitter doppleganger is a Columbia College prof and former editor of the late, great Punk Planet, who gave us a great lesson in digital storytelling…

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