First day at Oak Park River Forest High School08/19/14
It’s the first day of school at Oak Park River Forest High School. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea reports from an increasingly popular elective class.
Prison overcrowding causing problems for Illinois prisons
WBEZ's Tony Arnold joins us to talk about prison overcrowding in Illinois and discusses what happened at today's city council meeting.
Chicago shuttering public mental health clinics
The city of Chicago is holding hearings this hour to discuss the impact of closing half of its public mental health clinics. The hearings are the first time the topic will be discussed in a public hearing since Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed six clinics...
New law helps convicts prove innocence with DNA testing
A new state law signed by Governor Pat Quinn last Friday will allow convicted persons who plead guilty to a crime to petition a judge for DNA tests. The judge, however, will have to find the petitioner has a high chance of being exonerated. The law,...
July incidents prompt changes to Naperville's liquor laws
Naperville’s City Council is expected to consider new laws governing liquor sales at tonight’s city council meeting. The proposed changes come after a series of incidents in July caught the concern of local residents and government officials say they...
Block 2 Block: Hemmingbird's Yoo Soo Kim talks about Lincolnwood
Vocalo’s Block 2 Block series looks at various Chicago neighborhoods through the eyes of the musicians who are living and creating music in them. This week, we’re talking about Lincolnwood with Yoo Soo Kim. Yoo Soo Kim is with the band Hemmingbirds...
Science fiction and the dystopian tomorrow
Our book club section is sci fi thriller Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey, and today we’re talking about the major themes of the genre. Much of modern science fiction seems to focus on a not so great future. Dystopian, as it is often called. Why is that?...
Community programs helping Chicago-area youths
Almost a dozen people were shot and a 16-year-old girl was gunned down during a drive-by; she was not the intended target and police have made no arrests in the shooting. But Chicago is rich with programs designed to provide resources, stabilization...
Unrest continues in Ferguson
The reverberations surrounding the killing of Michael Brown continued in Ferguson Missouri overnight, with protesters defying the curfew imposed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Authorities also fired tear gas at demonstrators after claiming that some...
Jackie Robinson West seeks to stave off elimination at LLWS
Tonight is a do-or-die game for Jackie Robinson West in the Little League World Series. WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us with the latest about the glory of the South Side playing for it all in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: ESPN
Best Game in Town: Most blame Daley for Chicago's fiscal disorder
Who do you blame for Chicago's financial problems? There’s certainly plenty of blame to go around with the city’s pension, public schools and even pothole repairs not getting enough money. A new Chicago Tribune poll suggests far more Chicago voters...
Summer gardening with Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier
Eliza Fournier, the Afternoon Shift's resident garden expert, answers caller's questions about gardening. Interested in started a bonsai tree? Curious about how to get rid of pests? She dispenses her sage advice on your gardening conundrums. Photo...
Journalists harassed in Ferguson, Missouri
A few days ago two journalists were arrested in Ferguson while covering the Mike Brown death. NPR’s Midwest Correspondent David Schaper was in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week and talks about his coverage and how his press freedom was almost...
Mayor Emanuel blames poll numbers on economy
A new Chicago Tribune poll revealed the numbers haven’t improved for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Emanuel said it’s because of the sluggish economy. City Hall reporter for the Tribune Bill Ruthhart breaks down the poll and the mayor’s remarks.
Jackie Robinson West All-Stars win series opener
WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout has an update on the The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who won yesterday in a landslide victory in the series opener against the Pacific Little League of Lynnwood, Washington.
Is Shark Week good for sharks?
The Discovery Channel’s 27th annual Shark Week is coming a close. This year’s Shark Week has had its highest ratings in history, but many feel the content is declining. Their most popular program this year was “Shark of Darkness,” a program about a...
Rooftop businesses file lawsuit against Wrigley Field
Some of the rooftop businesses next to Wrigley Field have filed a lawsuit to overturn the city’s approval of the Chicago Cubs multi-million dollar plan to renovate the ballpark. WBEZ business reporter Susie An has the latest on the lawsuit. Photo...
Vocalo's Friday House Mix
We have a hot, summer house mix from Vocalo DJ Collective member, DJ Charlie. It features some Latin music, Boogie, 80’s R&B and of course, some Chicago House classics. Photo Courtesy of Flickr/ INCASE.
Week in Review: Ferguson, Chicago's mayoral race and unemployment rates
The Chicago Tribune's Kristin McQueary and Eric Zorn wrap up the week with a look at the aftermath of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and police accountability. Other topics include a recent poll that shows Chicago favoring the teachers union over...
Chicago police commander's actions raise questions of accountability...
West Side police commander Glenn Evans has had dozens of excessive-force complaints against him in his 28-year career and he’s been accused of assaulting an arrested man last year. A complaint about that incident led a city agency to recommend that...
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