Nature, and our relationship to it, is a common theme in literature. There are stories of how important the land and animals are to the ecosystem, but what about when humans threaten the future health of our world? Environmental scientist Liam Heneghan has turned to the classic children’s canon to tap into lessons of nature’s importance, and how climate change and other dangers could shift our ecological future. Heneghan joins us to explain how to get young readers tapped into this message. Also, music from Slow Planes.
From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Illinois Department of Transportation photographed the roads, bridges and other infrastructure built by the agency. The images, now archived and placed online, provide a snapshot early and mid-20th century Chicago.
Not one, but four of you curious citizens asked us for the story behind the signs on the highway that show the current number of traffic deaths in Illinois. We get into the history of these signs and the nuances behind how they work.
The governors of Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin have turned down federal funding for high-speed rail service. But in Illinois, the sentiment is “All aboard.” The proposal for improvements along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor aims to connect arterial regions.