Articles by Mike Thomas

The Future of Robots

The Risks of AI

The Future of AI


Simulation Theory

Social Engineering

Ethical Hacking

Vanity Fair


Vanity Fair interview with comedian Patton Oswalt


Chicago Magazine

BackRoom Archive

BackRoom with 100-year-old MLK friend and Barack Obama mentor Timuel Black

BackRoom with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy

BackRoom with Loyola University legend Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

BackRoom with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis

BackRoom with "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!" host Peter Sagal

BackRoom with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn


An oral history of the day former Chicago mayor Harold Washington died

An oral history of Medusa's nightclub


An oral history of Oprah Winfrey's first year in national syndication


An oral history of Chicago's tragic 1995 heat wave in which 739 perished


Chicago Sun-Times


A profile of playwright and "Six Feet Under" TV scribe Craig Wright


Standing in Shadow of an Idol (PDF)

Mr. Bowersox waits for his big break


Chicago's Next Hub of Hilarity?  (PDF)

The Laugh Factory braves a city where many clubs fell

Jenny From The Block: After a South Side childhood, Jennifer Beals is back on the hometown beat in a new Chicago cop drama


A profile of "The Whole Beast" chef Fergus Henderson


Profiles of author James McManus, author Robert Kurson, opera star Sherrill Milnes, and a Chicago karaoke star nicknamed "the Dragon.”

National Parks Magazine


A profile of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady


A profile of former National Parks chief George Hartzog


A profile of the late American photographer George Masa



The Sodfather: Major-league teams are turning to third-generation groundskeeper Roger Bossard to give them a winning edge (Smithsonian Magazine)

A profile of the late Saturday Night Live comedienne Jan Hooks (Grantland)


An account of "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert's formative years in Chicago (Chicago Reader)

WBEZ radio feature on famous Chicago hat shop Optimo Hats

WBEZ radio feature on Chicago's Race to Mackinac