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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 ...
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.
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.
From school closings to shrinking enrollment and finances, the candidates for mayor have a lot to talk about for the future of Chicago’s schools. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporters: Sarah Karp, Mariah WoelfelChicago Public Media による
National Weather Service meteorologist Brett Borchardt gives us this week's forecast, and compares this winter to years past. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporter Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Nearly a thousand people attended a job fair hosted by the CTA. It was one of the largest crowds to attend one of these events to date. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Claudia MorellChicago Public Media による
Despite the freezing temps, hundreds took a plunge into Lake Michigan over the weekend – all in the name of charity. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Michael PuenteChicago Public Media による
Frayed public health leaders left their posts in droves as the pandemic wore on. Not Arwady — she is steeling herself for her next front. Host: Claire Lane; Reporter Courtney Kueppers, Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Neighborhood development, education equity and making Chicago affordable were other top concerns from more than 1,700 responses in our People’s Agenda survey. Host: Lisa Labuz; Reporter: Alex Keefe, Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
Two candidates are vying to replace Burke on the City Council. One of them has some financial support from Burke’s brother. Host: Lisa Labuz, Reporter: Mariah WoelfelChicago Public Media による
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her challengers have focused on how to reduce crime as a way to bolster the city’s economy. Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Dave McKinney, Tessa Weinberg, Indira KheraChicago Public Media による
Illinois State Climatologist Dr. Trent Ford looks at last year’s weather stats. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Vanessa Wellbery, the new Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, reflects on the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the current state of reproductive rights. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Natalie MooreChicago Public Media による
Libraries of all sizes across the Chicago area are taking on fights about the First Amendment in their children’s sections. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Adora NamigaddeChicago Public Media による
On the second day of a strike at the University of Illinois Chicago we’ll hear why faculty have walked out of their classrooms. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lisa PhillipChicago Public Media による
All together, candidates are offering more than 100 public safety promises, from traditional foot patrols to car-chasing drones. Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Chip Mitchell, Mariah WoelfelChicago Public Media による
Craft cannabis growers in Illinois need to be ready to go by March 1, but most of them still can’t even get financing to start building facilities. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Alex DegmanChicago Public Media による
Police turn away people trying to register, leaving them at risk of arrest. Some crime victims say the system fails them too. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Shannon HeffernanChicago Public Media による
The Chicago Bears finished their season on Sunday with a 3-14 record – the most losses in team history. They lost 10 straight games – also a franchise record. Cheryl Raye-Stout joined WBEZ's Mary Dixon for a post-mortem on the season. Producer: Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
The 23-year-old, Muslim rep.-elect once wondered if politics were meant for “people like me.” Now, she’s being sworn into the Illinois General Assembly. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Mawa IqbalChicago Public Media による
The political tilt of Chicago’s City Council hangs in the balance in February’s election, with more than a dozen retirements and departures. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Tessa WeinbergChicago Public Media による
Joanne Fessett, executive director of the Illinois Audubon Society, speaks about where to go winter birding, and how bird patterns change along with our climate. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Alex Degman provides the latest from Springfield, where the Illinois House has passed an assault weapons ban and increased protections for abortion providers. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Alex DegmanChicago Public Media による
A local restaurant owner shares the traditions of fasting and feasting for Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
Ten people are running for Chicago mayor - and we want YOU to weigh in on what the candidates should be talking about. That's why WBEZ is launching "The People's Agenda." WBEZ's Engagement Editor, Al Keefe shares more. Host: Mary Dixon; Producer: Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
Deputy Commissioners Malcolm Whiteside and Chris Sauve, speak about the City of Chicago’s tree recycling program. It starts this Saturday and runs for two weeks. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
After a Springfield scandal, Mike Noonan left the state to fire up a second career — as a certified connoisseur of fine, organic weed. Host: Clare Lane; Reporter: Dan MihalopoulosChicago Public Media による
Winter Storm Elliott is extremely chill - not in a good way. Our intrepid Indi Khera will report on ways to navigate this weather. Host: Claire Lane; Reporter: Indira KheraChicago Public Media による
“Expect a lot of joy”: The Leo High School choir spreads Christmas cheer at their winter concert. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
A mounting body of research shows specific ways students should be taught to read. But many popular lessons aren’t aligned with that science. Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Lauren Frost, Cassie Walker BurkeChicago Public Media による
Cole's time in Chicago would set the foundation for his success, including his cherished holiday tunes. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
Road salt, meant to clear roads and sidewalks of ice and snow, often ends up in our local waterways, where it raises chloride levels and can harm aquatic life. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Indira KheraChicago Public Media による
You may know White because his name is on your driver’s license or you’ve seen his tumblers at parades. But there’s a lot more to White’s legendary political career as it comes to an end. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Dave McKinneyChicago Public Media による
With crime once again a top issue in Chicago, some aldermen running for reelection face challengers who say their way of combating it is outdated. Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Mariah Woelfel, Tessa Weinberg and Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Critics want to know who will pay for security and physical damage to downtown. But the bigger question is: Is anyone clamoring for this? Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Lauren Frost and Mark GuarinoChicago Public Media による
The city of Chicago will present several preliminary plans for the development of a vacant lot in the Pilsen neighborhood. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Indira KheraChicago Public Media による
The veteran detective was demoted for speaking out about a shooting of an unarmed teen by an off-duty officer in 2017. Lambert’s lawyers had sought as much as $2 million. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Chip Mitchel and Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
Chicagos first-ever police district council elections are next February. We hear from one of the candidates. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Anna SavchenkoChicago Public Media による
Since the pandemic began, Chicago Public Schools has spent more than $300-hundred million dollars on classroom technology. But is that money being used effectively? Host: Melba Lara; Reporters: Mila Koumpilova and Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
A new exhibit at the Field Museum highlights areas not often associated with each other, parts of Chicago’s South Side and Northwest Indiana known as the Calumet Region. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Michael PuenteChicago Public Media による
Chicago Public Schools lacks a cohesive plan for using computers in the classroom or a reliable way to track them, WBEZ and Chalkbeat found. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Sarah KarpChicago Public Media による
New research led by University of Chicago professor Tiffany Shaw explains weather patterns in hemispheres and their growing asymmetry. Host: Melba Laura; Reporter: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Have you heard about the Danish expression of hygge? We talk to an expert who will tell us how to incorporate its principles into our our lives this winter. Host: Araceli Gomez-Aldana; Reporter: Araceli Gomez-AldanaChicago Public Media による
The day United Flight 553 crashed in Chicago “was just like someone dropped a big, huge anvil on the ground.” Host: Mary Dixon: Reporter: Cianna GreavesChicago Public Media による
The city of Chicago is asking for ideas on ‘the other Michigan Avenue’ in the Roseland neighborhood. Planning officials will put together development teams to pitch housing and retail on the commercial strip. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Natalie MooreChicago Public Media による
But a rise in flu and respiratory illness among kids and a potential spike in COVID this winter worries doctors, students and school leaders. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Nereida MorenoChicago Public Media による
Wondering how to switch to solar power? A climate reporter walks us through the steps. Host: Melba Lara; Reporter: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
Despite approved revisions around the SAFE-T Act – a sweeping criminal justice reform bill – there was still plenty of opposition in the General Assembly. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporters: Alex Degman and Mawa Iqbal.Chicago Public Media による
As Lightfoot faces a crowded field for reelection, previous supporters are questioning whether they’ll vote for her again. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Mariah WoelfelChicago Public Media による
Chicago winters are getting warmer, which has positive and negative consequences. Illinois State Climatologist, Doctor Trent Ford shares more. Host: Melba Lara; Producer: Lauren FrostChicago Public Media による
In Chicago, it’s easy to find watch parties for fans of many different teams competing for soccer’s world championship. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Dan MihalopoulosChicago Public Media による
We sat down with one researcher that has been trying to to cut through the heated rhetoric and misinformation around cash bail. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Shannon Heffernan.Chicago Public Media による