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Exposing violence and cover ups, the new season of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried.
The latest Chicago Bears news and analysis from the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ. Listen as we evaluate games, make predictions, provide insights and analyze the day’s big stories. Stay informed this football season with Chicago Sun-Times reporters and columnists Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser, Mark Potash, Rick Morrissey and Rick Telander.
Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.
WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.
A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, the trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the troubled relationship between African-Americans and the Chicago Police Department. Brought to you by WBEZ Chicago and The Chicago Tribune
WBEZ's critically-acclaimed bio-podcast series explores how an icon is made.
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.
Trouble — we've all been in it. Some more than others. Some worse than others. Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason has faced a few problems of his own. Now he talks with others about getting in, and out, of trouble of all stripes.
Peter Sagal of 'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' joins Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda to scrutinize ... well, pretty much anything.
Last year in Chicago, there was a person shot about every other hour. So who picks up a gun, and why? Stories from a yearlong WBEZ project.
Cockroaches. Clean freaks. Cardboard pianos. Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell.
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.
Tony Sarabia and Jerome McDonnell explore music from around the world in this segment from WBEZ's Worldview program.
'South Side Stories' is a celebration of the real-life people and places that inspired Comedy Central’s hit new comedy series, 'South Side.' With lots of laughs, love and plenty of real talk, 'South Side Stories' proves that what you see on the news is only a small slice of a big city. btb.
Dueling theater critics Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel discuss the latest stage productions and dissect the best — and the worst — of Chicago's theater scene.
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 ...
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 ...
'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more.
Coming to you live from Carter's Barbershop in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, The Barber Shop Show brings you a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor. No punches are pulled and no topic is considered off-topic. Produced in partnership with the Chicago Reporter, and hosted by WBEZ’s Richard Steele. Airs every Sunday at 9am CST on Vocalo 91.1FM, 89.5 FM, and streams live on Vocalo.org. The show also airs on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ, 91.5FM, and streams live on WBEZ.org.
WBEZ’s way of helping you navigate the fast-changing world of technology and our digital lives (until the robots take over).
“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.
Each Thursday we podcast video of one song from a live music performance filmed in WBEZ's studios. Subscribe on iTunes.
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Each week Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik of Chicago's Facets Multi-media reviews films and talks with actors, writers and producers of global cinema.
Homemade Stories is short stories and commentary for writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason. Homemade Stories is a podcast hosted by Shannon Cason, a powerful voice on the national storytelling front. Cason lays out his life for the listener, blessings and blemishes. Homemade Stories began several years ago with, as the name implies, some home recordings. In the corner of a closet, a coffee can for a "mic stand," Cason lays out vivid stories — many of them insightful and true, and others imaginat ...
PleasureTown is a story-based podcast told in serial form that details the history of a little-known, failed Oklahoma utopian society. The town’s history is crowdsourced, piece by piece, by the producers, collaborators and audience members. PleasureTown is created and produced by Keith Ecker and Erin Kahoa, along with the assistance of WBEZ in Chicago.
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The Morning Shift is a live talk show from Chicago's WBEZ offering a dynamic mix of news, culture and music.
Excepts from Vocalo's afternoon show hosted by Luis Antonio Perez & Shantell Jamison
A four minute weekly radio comic strip. ...It's what Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne might be hotly debating as they walk into the studio -- just before they get on mic. This short radiostrip plays out in the kitchen of 11 Central Ave, the home of an extended family where a hodgepodge of other characters regularly drops in.As they rush around in the morning drinking coffee, reading the paper, looking for their shoes, they're talking about everything from the most compelling topics of our ti ...
A beer podcast from WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. Hosted by Andrew Gill and Alison Cuddy, episodes are recorded where ever good beer is found and include interviews with brewers, artists and craft beer lovers.
The Weekender is a weekend guide from WBEZ & Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy.
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chicago born and raised, roy kinsey is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to tradition in his respective industries. where being a black, queer-identified, rapper, and librarian may be an intimidating choice for some, roy kinsey’s non-conformist ideology has informed his 4th album, and self proclaimed, “best work yet,” blackie: a story by roy kinsey. featured in and on major local, national, and international publications like Billboard, NPR, WBEZ’s Vocalo, the Chicago Tribune, WGCI and the R ...
The guidelines call for preserving the façade while including affordable housing, green infrastructure, open space and public art. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Natalie MooreBy Chicago Public Media
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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 FrostBy Chicago Public Media
To reduce their carbon footprints, New York and Los Angeles have banned gas-powered stoves and heating in new construction. Chicago is taking a different approach. A new ordinance requires new homes to be “electric ready.” The city isn’t banning gas appliances in homes, but wants residents to more easily be able to switch to electric ones if they c…
Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash break down what they need to see from Justin Fields and pick who will the Bears' game against the Giants.
The nearly dozen suits, filed in Lake County, claims the shooting was “predictable and preventable.” They add to the over 100 charges the shooter already faces, which include first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.Reset get the details and learns how the suit could impact the alleged shooter’s pending criminal c…
For a long time, Chicagoans were scared of Dunning. The very name “Dunning” gave them chills. People were afraid they would end up in that place. Today, the Chicago neighborhood, out on the city’s Far Northwest Side, looks like a middle-class suburb. You’d never know there was once an asylum there. On this episode we revisit the history of the Cook…
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In this bonus episode, Jim pays tribute to drummer Anton Fier by adding a song to the Desert Island Jukebox and sharing two life lessons he learned from interacting with Fier. Send us a Voice Memo: Desktop: bit.ly/2RyD5Ah Mobile: sayhi.chat/soundops Join our Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3sivr9T Become a member on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3slWZvc S…
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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 MorenoBy Chicago Public Media
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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 FrostBy 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…
The Bears won, but why does it feel like they didn’t? Patrick Finley and Jason Lieser break down the 23-20 win Sunday and why the quarterback struggled.
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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in the news and Her Majesty Viola Davis currently on screens in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s THE WOMAN KING, Adam and Josh devote this week’s Top 5 to a consideration of movie monarchs. Making the cut: film royalty like Bette Davis and Katherine Hepburn and a certain teen queen who wants us all to eat cake. That To…
Author Marissa Moss's new book "Her Country" details the challenges the country music industry puts before female artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Moss about three artists who've succeeded in spite of the obstacles. Plus, they review new albums from Santigold and Sudan Archives and hear feedback from listeners. Join our Facebook …
Have your airport experiences in Chicago been sub-par? You’re not alone. A recent survey of the country’s airports found that travelers are increasingly frustrated with O’Hare and Midway airports. Reset hears more about how those airports are ranked.
The warming planet is causing more intense storms and extreme weather, which is forcing millions of people to flee their homes around the world. Some experts say this problem will only get worse as conditions become more unbearable. Reset talks with Juan Declet-Barreto with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Gaia Vince, author Nomad Century: How…
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 AnBy Chicago Public Media
Patrick Finley, Jason Lieser and Mark Potash make their picks for the Bears-Texans game and debate why the offense can't afford to run only 11 times on Sunday.
You’ve likely seen these signs hanging outside bars in Chicago. Pale yellow, almost white with the red-white-and-blue Old Style logo in thebig top square with a bottom partition that reads “Bottles and Cans,” “Cold Beer,” “Cerveza Fria” or even “Package Liquor”. Well there’s a reason so many of those signs still light up Chicago bars. Reporter John…
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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 SchorschBy Chicago Public Media
In this bonus episode, Jim shares a song from a forgotten Canadian act that he recently heard in the German TV show, Kleo. Send us a Voice Memo: Desktop: bit.ly/2RyD5Ah Mobile: sayhi.chat/soundops Join our Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3sivr9T Become a member on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3slWZvc Sign up for our newsletter: https://bit.ly/3eEvRnG Mak…
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Researchers plan to look at how the climate will evolve in our region, even at the street level. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren FrostBy Chicago Public Media
Patrick Finley and Jason Lieser debate what Aaron Rodgers' continued dominance of the Bears — and Justin Fields' struggles — mean for the rivalry and the Bears' season.
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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 PuenteBy 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 GreavesBy Chicago Public Media
Andrew Dominik's long-in-the-works Marilyn Monroe tale BLONDE (based on the 1999 novel by Joyce Carol-Oates), offers a nightmarish portrayal of the actress and icon that avoids some of the pitfalls of celebrity biopics (thanks in part to its impressive formal approach) while running headlong into others. Mostly in agreement on the film, Adam and Jo…
Over 20 years later, Common’s album Like Water for Chocolate remains a socially conscious, hip hop masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit an interview they did with Common during this time, plus they talk about the music, production history and lasting impact. Join our Facebook Group: https://bit.ly/3sivr9T Become a member on Patreon…