Chicago http://www.kunc.org en Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes http://www.kunc.org/post/why-those-tiny-microbeads-soap-may-pose-problem-great-lakes From the shoreline at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, the blue water of Lake Michigan stretches as far as the eye can see. Wed, 21 May 2014 12:06:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56793 at http://www.kunc.org Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past http://www.kunc.org/post/inmate-who-killed-another-rethinks-his-own-past Carlos Rocha grew up in Chicago and became a gang member like his brothers. In 1998, he was arrested for weapons possession and sent to prison.<p>Right before he was to be released on bond, Carlos, now 40, got into a fight with another inmate and killed him, resulting in an additional 24 years behind bars.<p>"I didn't look at it ... like I took somebody's life that really mattered," Carlos says during a StoryCorps visit to Danville Correctional Center in Illinois, where he is an inmate. "I looked at it like he was a criminal, just like me. I was defending myself. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:42:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56579 at http://www.kunc.org An Inmate Who Killed Another Rethinks His Own Past Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed http://www.kunc.org/post/across-us-bicycle-commuting-picks-speed As bicycling goes, America is far behind Copenhagen, the promised land where roads look like bicycle highways as people pedal to work. But commuting by bike in the U.S. is catching on — though geographic, income and gender disparities persist.<p>In Chicago, busy Sheridan Road is the start of the Lakefront bike trail on its north side. Thu, 15 May 2014 11:14:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56549 at http://www.kunc.org Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago http://www.kunc.org/post/food-scraps-fuel-vertical-farmings-rise-chicago From <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/21/185758529/vertical-pinkhouses-the-future-of-urban-farming">plant factories</a> fueled by the magenta glow of blue and red LED lights, to the 30-foot tall <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/11/06/164428031/sky-high-vegetables-vertical-farming-sprouts-in-singapore">Ferris wheel for plants</a> in Singapore, we've shown you the design possibilities for growing vegetables up instead of out.<p>But critics ask, what kind of stresses does that put on the plant? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:18:00 +0000 55305 at http://www.kunc.org Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future http://www.kunc.org/post/vertical-farming-towering-vision-uncertain-future <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">in&nbsp;</em>urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Peter Gray & Harvest Public Media 55260 at http://www.kunc.org Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future