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WBEZ's global affairs program. Featuring in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Also, foreign film reviews and human rights commentaries. Hosted by Jerome McDonnell. This podcast is free, in mp3, and updated weekdays.
“Clever Apes” is a nano-sized show with a cosmic scope. It tells the stories of the Chicago-area’s rich scientific community, its quirky characters and the fascinating, often mind-bending questions they’re out to answer.
Host Jonathan Groubert and WBEZ have teamed up to bring back the revered program, The State We're In. In Season 1 of this podcast reboot, you'll hear astonishing true and personal stories from all over the globe. The sonically beautiful, and narratively gripping "talkumentary" program brings you guests who will amaze you, break your heart or leave you laughing -- sometimes, all at once. If you're a fan of This American Life, or captivating storytelling in general, you'll want to be sure to s ...
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WBEZ’s way of helping you navigate the fast-changing world of technology and our digital lives (until the robots take over).
The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners. Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of a Chicago bar. The show was created and hosted by writer Christopher Piatt (pronounced like hot apple PIE-it). In June 2011 The Chicago Reader named The Paper Machete “Best Comedy Variety Show of 2011.” The Paper Machete podc ...
On Background is WBEZ Chicago’s weekly political podcast. Each week, our top-notch team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. We’ll take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to explain the story, and why it matters.
An independent expert who has monitored the mental health care was terminated reducing the transparency around an often failing system. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Shannon Heffernan, Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The guidelines call for preserving the façade while including affordable housing, green infrastructure, open space and public art. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Natalie MooreΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The number of teams has more than doubled in the league’s second year. “This isn’t a boys sport. Girls can play too,” one coach said. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Nereida MorenoΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam says his son tested high for lead levels. We talk to him about what needs to be done about this citywide problem. Host: Clare Lane; Producer: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The Chicago Board of Education will likely move forward this week with plans for a new high school on the Near South Side. School district leaders say the 120-million dollar school is needed for Black and Asian students who travel far outside the area for school. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporters: Sarah Karp, Natalie Moore…
Former members say Covenant Fellowship Church has reneged on its vows to investigate allegations of sexual and spiritual abuse. Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Esther Yoon-Ji Kang, Susie AnΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
There’s only one incumbent Republican on the 17-member board running for re-election. Will Democrats take full control? Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Kristen SchorschΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Researchers plan to look at how the climate will evolve in our region, even at the street level. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A new law banning most abortions went into effect yesterday, but it’s unlikely to end the debate over reproductive rights in Indiana. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Michael PuenteΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
COVID-era deaths, journeys and a DIY disco light inspired the Chicago musicians to cut through malaise and make an album that shimmers with joy. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Mary Dixon and Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
It took 11 hours for jurors in the R&B star’s trial to reach their decision, finding Kelly guilty on six of 13 counts. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Shannon Heffernan and Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Teenagers on Chicago’s West Side are getting trained up in the non-violence principles embraced by Martin Luther King. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Sarah KarpΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
“The Color Is” by brothers Nick and Jack Cave is a tribute to the Emerald City Sequence in the 1978 movie version of “The Wiz.” Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Natalie MooreΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A lucrative street business is sparking some of the violence in Chicago's Police Beat 1112. But it’s not hard drugs — it’s loose cigarettes. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Chip MitchellΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Ahead of Election Day, WBEZ checked in with the Illinois Board of Elections. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your voting registration active. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Mawa IqbalΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Some Chicago neighborhood origin stories may surprise you.Από τον Chicago Public Media
The state spent nearly $150,000 in a civil discrimination case involving Democratic state Sen. Michael Hastings, whose wife accused him of domestic violence. Host: Lara Melba; Reporter: Dan MihalopoulosΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
R. Kelly trial closing arguments begin today. Ethnomusicologist Stephanie Shonekan speaks about the legacy of Kelly's music. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
St. Nicholas Cathedral School in Ukrainian Village has become a hub for 75 students and their families, who have fled the war in their home country. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Anna SavchenkoΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A string of grocery store closures in South and West Side neighborhoods have revealed clear disparities in food access across the city, as some researchers and activists begin to apply an alternate lens to this issue. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Melissa Renee PerryΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Marcos Diaz was murdered on June 25 in Chicago. Witnesses are cooperating with police. But his family is still waiting for justice. Host: Mary Dixon, Reporter: Patrick SmithΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
For more than a decade, CHA has transferred land on former public housing sites for a CVS pharmacy, Mariano’s, Target and XS Tennis. Host: Mary Dixon Reporter: Natalie MooreΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
City agencies and nonprofits are providing temporary shelter and other services to about 60 migrants who arrived by bus Wednesday night. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Esther Yoon-Ji KangΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
After a two year search, Latonya Maley is the new executive director of Affinity Community Services. It’s a nonprofit focused on the needs of the Black LGBTQ community in Chicago. Host: Susie An; Reporter: Natalie MooreΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
As a CTU staffer mulls a mayoral run, and hopefuls vie for the union’s nod, questions swirl about the CTU’s ability to unseat Lori Lightfoot. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporter: Sarah Karp, Mariah WoelfelΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
We visit a prison in Illinois offering incarcerated women the chance to earn a bachelor's degree, the first cohort of Northwestern’s Prison Education Program. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Anna SavchenkoΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The potential for a shift in control of the state’s highest court could impact major issues, including abortion and gun rights. Host: Clare Lane Reporters: Dave McKinney and Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Evanston council member Devon Reid says it’s time to remove a ban on the public display of female breasts. Host: Mary Dixon Reporter: Sonal SoniΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The phenomenon known as “corn sweat” and how it contributes to our humidity in Illinois. Host: Clare Lane; Producer: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A Joliet family and those of other medically needy kids have struggled and often had to pay more after Aug. 10 recall. Host: Mary Dixon Reporter: Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Jon Seidel with the Chicago Sun-Times explains the trial's progress and what charges could mean for the singer. Host: Mary Dixon Reporter: Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
WBEZ found low enrollment in many high-poverty schools and stronger rates in North Side areas, where wealthier families live. Host: Araceli Gómez-Aldana Reporter: Nereida MorenoΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The Aux looks to empower Black businesses while providing essential health and wellness services in Evanston. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Melissa Renee PerryΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Last month the International Union for Conservation of Nature designated the butterfly as Endangered. Here's what you can do.Από τον Chicago Public Media
Shawn Childs, an antiviolence worker on the city’s West Side, speaks about keeping the kids of Chicago’s Police beat 11-12 safe.Από τον Chicago Public Media
This weekend movie fans gathered armed with their fedoras and sunglasses to celebrate.Από τον Chicago Public Media
As the pandemic enters a new phase, Chicago public schools are scaling back safety mitigation efforts.Από τον Chicago Public Media
"Imagine Englewood if..." is a Chicago-based nonprofit that's expanding and scaling up its programming and resources offered to families. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore talked to Executive Director Michelle Rashad about the future of Englewood. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
In our weekly climate conversation, we discuss a new poll that shows a change in how many Americans are concerned about climate change affecting them personally. Host: Clare Lane; Producer: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Administrators are preparing for everyone — whether they’re still struggling or seem fine — and paying attention to both students and staff. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporter: Susie AnΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The second federal trial against R&B singer R. Kelly begins today in Chicago. The 55-year-old faces charges of producing child pornography, and obstruction of justice. Host: Lisa Labuz, Mary Dixon; Reporter: Jon SeidelΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Douglass Park in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood is now home to three of the city’s biggest music festivals. Residents have been organizing to evict them from the park because the festivals block access. Host: Clare Lane; Reporter: María Inés ZamudioΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
The Schaumburg Democrat joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the intention of strengthening ties with Taiwan and talking microchip manufacturing. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Mawa IqbalΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Only one in 20 eligible kids under 5 in Illinois have received a first dose. That leaves pediatricians and child care providers trying to troubleshoot. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Lisa PhilipΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
But researchers stress the drop could actually benefit the district’s remaining students by allowing CPS to spend more per student. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporter: Sarah KarpΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
This summer, more kids were able to stay in early intervention programs and get ready for school. Thanks to a new state law, kids who turn 3 over the summer don’t need to be cut from an important early intervention program. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Susie AnΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A federal judge is holding the Illinois Department of Corrections in contempt for its failures to provide healthcare for incarcerated people. Alan Mills, an attorney involved in the lawsuit, explains the significance of the contempt order. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Rob WildeboerΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
You may have heard about the Great Resignation sweeping across the country right now as people reprioritize their lives following the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, the Chicago City Council isn’t immune to the trend. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Mariah WoelfelΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
Historian Shermann “Dilla” Thomas examines the late “Star Trek” actress' local roots. Host: Mary Dixon; Producer: Cianna GreavesΑπό τον Chicago Public Media
A group of teenage interns spent this summer learning about climate change and its sociological impact, as part of the Nature Conservancy’s Youth Environmental Thinkers program. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostΑπό τον Chicago Public Media