Esther Cepeda / Politics

Pity the Vanishing Bobolink

CHICAGO -- "Bobolink bobolink spink spank spink; call is a metallic pink." This is how my "Birds of Illinois" guide describes the bubbly, musical "voice" of Dolichonyx oryzivorus, known to the ornithologically minded as the bobolink....

The NFL's Female Fan Base

CHICAGO -- What do pedicures and sparkly flip-flops have to do with Ray Rice's unceremonious ouster from football?


Most observers credit the latest leaked video of Rice punching out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer for his new ...

The Myth of Low-Fat Diets

CHICAGO -- As a chubby and impressionable teen in the 1990s, desperate to lower my weight as Type 2 diabetes started afflicting my family, I was especially vulnerable to the Snackwell's-ification of American food.

Fat was the enemy. It would not ...

On Immigration, Fooled Again

CHICAGO -- No one likes political expediency when it doesn't go their way.

When President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012 -- which allowed young illegal immigrants to obtain temporary legal ...

Demographic Role Reversals

CHICAGO -- In my fantasy world, public relations professionals send me pitches extolling the virtues of the "white Robert Rodriguez."

But no, I get come-ons about (shudder) "the next Latina Mark Cuban."

Leaving aside the fact that aspiring to be...

One Sleeper of An Issue

CHICAGO -- Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind. Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults.

For years the scientific community has made ...