Best wbez podcasts we could find (Updated August 2017)
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WBEZ's Worldview
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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.
 
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Paper Machete WBEZ
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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 ...
 
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WBEZ's Worldview
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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.
 
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WBEZ's Tech Shift
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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).
 
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WBEZ's Live Music Thursday
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Each Thursday we podcast video of one song from a live music performance filmed by WBEZ Music.
 
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WBEZ Presents
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Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.
 
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WBEZ's Afternoon Shift
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The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.
 
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WBEZ's Clever Apes
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WBEZ's Science Experiment
 
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The State We're In (WBEZ)
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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 The Morning Drive
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Top stories and features from WBEZ's award-winning City Room.
 
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WBEZ's Global Notes
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The most interesting music in the world from WBEZ's Worldview program.
 
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Nerdette
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Interviews with your favorite authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.
 
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WBEZ Presents
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Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.
 
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Paper Machete WBEZ
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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 ...
 
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Minor Interruption
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Podcast by Minor Interruption
 
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PleasureTown
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The fictional history of this mysterious Oklahoma town. From WBEZ.
 
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Homemade Stories
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Short stories and commentary shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.
 
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Chewing the Fat
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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.
 
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Re:sound
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The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.
 
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Worldview Global Activism
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In this ongoing collection of interviews, Worldview showcases individuals with Chicago-area ties who work to improve the world through grassroots efforts.
 
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Curious City
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Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.
 
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Filmspotting
Weekly
 
Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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Vocalo's Barber Shop Show
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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.
 
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Long Haul: Public Radio Documentaries to Go!
 
Audio documentaries and stories hand-crafted by award winners Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister.
 
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Strange Brews Beer Podcast
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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.
 
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Making Oprah
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The inside story of a TV revolution. In this new WBEZ podcast, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The three-part series chronicles the show’s scrappy roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.
 
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This American Life Radio Archive
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Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Worldview Global Cinema with Milos Stehlik
 
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.
 
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Morning Shift Podcast
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A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago. Hosted by Tony Sarabia. From WBEZ.
 
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Dueling Critics
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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.
 
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Every Other Hour
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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.
 
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Front And Center
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Front and Center explores the issues that make our region what it is, taking time to investigate hard questions and follow rich stories. Our first series explores the most obvious aspect of the region: water. Front and Center is sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Sallie The Dog 2K12
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My dog Sallie has a bunch of stuff to say. This is it.
 
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Chewing
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New food & health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu & WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Serial Podcast
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Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New epi ...
 
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Vocalo Overdrive Podcast
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Excepts from Vocalo's afternoon show hosted by Luis Antonio Perez & Shantell Jamison
 
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The Morning Shift
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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.
 
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PleasureTown
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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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Weekender
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The Weekender is a weekend guide from WBEZ & Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy.
 
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Sound Opinions
Weekly
 
Sound Opinions is the World's only rock and roll talkshow. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music news and reviews. Plus tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ Chicago and distributed by PRX. Updated weekly.
 
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Filmspotting
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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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Curious City
Weekly
 
What do you wonder about Chicago, the region and its people? Pose your question to Curious City and we’ll get investigate together, with answers online, in a weekly podcast, and on WBEZ 91.5 FM. Our website: http://wbez.org/curiouscity
 
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Making Oprah
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The inside story of a TV revolution. In this new WBEZ podcast, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The three-part series chronicles the show’s scrappy roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.
 
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Every Other Hour
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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.
 
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On today's show: A new investigation from The New Republic suggests that Trump has been dependent on a different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: A new investigation from The New Republic suggests that Trump has been dependent on a different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Monica and Louisa talk lemon cake and street food. Monica takes us on a quest to find the most delicious dumpling in the world in Shanghai. We also talk to food historians Colleen Sen and Bruce Kraig about their new book "Street Food: Everything You Need to Know About the Open-Air Stands, Carts & Food Trucks Across the Globe." Plus, Louisa brin ...…
 
On today's show:Brazil's ex-president was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for corruption on Wednesday. We talk with Ruth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Brazil's ex-president was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for corruption on Wednesday. We talk with Ruth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: We look at why the world seems to be convinced that Canadians are engaged with the environmental issues, even though... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: We look at why the world seems to be convinced that Canadians are engaged with the environmental issues, even though... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: The world saw President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: The world saw President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
itunes pic On a rocking but spooky episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — hosts Joel Sturgis and Greg Bakun — we speak with Austin rockers the Ghost Wolves, whose lead singer and guitarist Carley Wolf is in touch with her inner and outer ghosts and has had a number of paranormal experiences. We speak with Carley and Jonny top ...…
 
On today's show:'Only One Sky' is a global eco-citizenship project encouraging scientists, educators, and young people to act sustainably... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:'Only One Sky' is a global eco-citizenship project encouraging scientists, educators, and young people to act sustainably... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On a rocking but spooky episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — hosts Joel Sturgis and Greg Bakun — we speak with Austin rockers the Ghost Wolves, whose lead singer and guitarist Carley Wolf is in touch with her inner and outer ghosts and has had a number of paranormal experiences. We speak with Carley and Jonny top of Hour 2; ...…
 
Worldview's very own Canadian Amber Fisher takes a look at how Canada has evolved in 150 years — and what the U.S. and Canada learn from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Worldview's very own Canadian Amber Fisher takes a look at how Canada has evolved in 150 years — and what the U.S. and Canada learn from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: China has released political prisoner Liu Xiaobo on medical parole. We discuss Xiaobo's case and other Chinese... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: China has released political prisoner Liu Xiaobo on medical parole. We discuss Xiaobo's case and other Chinese... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Coming up on today's show: Republicans in the House and Senate have been working for months to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to get enough support to confidently bring the Senate’s bill to a vote. We talk to individuals who are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act about wh ...…
 
Coming up on today's show: Republicans in the House and Senate have been working for months to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to get enough support to confidently bring the Senate’s bill to a vote. We talk to individuals who are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act about wh ...…
 
Coming up on today's show: Republicans in the House and Senate have been working for months to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but this week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to get enough support to confidently bring the Senate’s bill to a vote. We talk to individuals who are currently covered under the Affordable Care Act about wh ...…
 
On today's show: As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation, we look at how our neighbor to the north and U.S.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation, we look at how our neighbor to the north and U.S.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
In an attempt to make revenue, and help public health, Cook County is joining other cities in the effort to bump up taxes on sugary drinks. The tax is scheduled to go into effect this Saturday, but the Illinois Retail Merchants Association has filed a lawsuit on behalf of its members to halt the tax. There was a hearing on the lawsuit Wednesday ...…
 
On today's show: We discuss the record fine European Union regulators gave to Google for squeezing out the competition on its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: We discuss the record fine European Union regulators gave to Google for squeezing out the competition on its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
This week, as a part of WBEZ’s Podcast Passport series, we bring to you our live show from Thalia Hall in Chicago! Dr. Eve Ewing, sociologist extraordinaire, schools us on why poetry is not a luxury (shout out to Audre Lorde!), and plays a lil game we like to call Six Degrees of Education Policy. Let it be noted that she plays this game like a ...…
 
On today's show: We discuss what’s behind the Supreme Court’s action permitting part of President Trump's travel ban with Michael... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: We discuss what’s behind the Supreme Court’s action permitting part of President Trump's travel ban with Michael... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
The Life Lab is a bi-monthly radio show that empowers listeners to be the best version of themselves. Through reframing problems into challenges that can be met, co-hosts Jace and Lex examine personal-social connections, give holistic tips and strategies and promote self care and positive change. Each episode features words of wisdom from a spe ...…
 
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