The Sound Issue

Browse the full May 12, 2022 issue. Download a free PDF of the print issue.


Northwestern audiologist Jasleen Singh uses a prestigious new grant to research how self-fitted over-the-counter hearing aids might connect more people with care.

How to tell by listening whether your steam radiator is healthy, out of alignment, or harboring a dire malefic presence

Chicago has quietly expanded the surveillance technology’s footprint—but it’s still disproportionately listening to Black and Brown communities.

Films that omit music and sound can be transformative, instructive, and all the more beautiful.


Chicago’s silent film accompanists deliver the music.


The maddening repetition of Philip Glass’s “Music Box” in 1992’s Candyman and its 2021 sequel

Not interested in Rosetta Stone or Duolingo? Try subtitles.


The Chicago foley artist explains the history and practice of the craft that gave us slapsticks and thunder sheets.

What does a neighborhood sound like? And what does that mean?


Englewood rapper Heavy Crownz blends art and community organizing.

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