Barber Shop Show 194: Looking Back... and Forward12/13/14
Host Richard Steele sat down with Dr. Carol Adams who has stepped down from her post as president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History after a long career of community service. She looked back.. and forward. We also heard from a...
Barber Shop Show 193: Money Where Your Mouth Is
On this week's Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele talked to folks who are putting their money where their mouth is… • Gerald Hamilton, a retired police officer who’s working to help turn young men’s lives around. He has been a foster parent to over...
Barber Shop Show 192: Reclaimed Soul
On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele sat down with Ayana Contreras, host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo (and Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show). They talked about the history of Chicago Soul music. They also talked...
Barber Shop Show 191: Celebrating Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday
On November 19th, 2014, a star-studded concert at the Auditorium Theatre celebrated the legendary Mavis Staples and her 75 years on this planet. The concert featured Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allmann, Michael McDonald, Taj Mahal, and many more. We’ll hear...
Barber Shop Show 190: November Mid Month Mash-Up
This week on the Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele checked in with veteran investigative journalist Renee Ferguson and WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo, two of our favorite local journalists. We’ll get their perspectives on the recent local and national...
Barber Shop Show 189: The Johns
Recently, Elaine Hegwood-Bowen joined us here at the shop to talk about the Englewood community as it was back in the 1960s and 1970s. In that conversation, Elaine talked about the racism she dealt with as a black student at nearly all-white Gage Park...
Barber Shop Show 188: Growing Up in Englewood
On this week’s Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele talked with Elaine Hegwood-Bowen about her new memoir “Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago"....
Barber Shop Show 187: Another Look at Gary, Indiana
This week, Gary, Indiana made national headlines. Serial killer suspect Darren Vann was apprehended, and led authorities to seven victims’ bodies in abandoned homes in Gary. This news was especially chilling because Gary has over 10,000 abandoned...
Barber Shop Show 186: October Mid Month Mash-Up
This week's Barber Shop Show was our October Mid-Month Mash-Up (our monthly news roundup featuring some of our favorite journalists and bloggers). Host Richard Steele was joined by: Odette Yousef (WBEZ) Angela Caputo (Chicago Reporter) They discuss...
Barber Shop Show 185: Investing in our Communities
On this week's Barber Shop Show, we revisited a few memorable conversations about investment (or lack of investment) in communities. Host Richard Steele was joined by: - Journalist Whet Moser. He talked about his recent Chicago Magazine article that...
Barber Shop Show 183: Local Actors and Filmmakers of Color
The film and television industry here in Chicago has seen a remarkable uptick in activity. Just like in Hollywood, in some areas, it can be a challenge to avoid closures caused by filming. On this week’s Barber Shop Show, we ask local filmmakers and...
Barber Shop Show 182: September Mid Month Mash Up
This week's Barber Shop Show was our September Mid-Month Mash-Up (our monthly news roundup featuring some of our favorite journalists and bloggers). Host Richard Steele was joined by: Lauren Choolijan (WBEZ) Maudlyne Iherijika (Chicago Sun-Times)...
Barber Shop Show 181: Building Blocks for Children's Success
On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we talk about Steve Bogira’s recent report for The Chicago Reader about the impact of PTSD on Children. According to the article, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was first studied in combat veterans, but in...
Barber Shop Show 180: Tale of the Two-Flat
Most older U.S. cities have a signature kind of building. In Brooklyn it’s the brownstone, one standing shoulder-to-shoulder to the next. In Philadelphia, newcomers and visitors are struck by the distinctive row houses. What about Chicago? Here, it's...
Barber Shop Show 179: Take Me Out to The Ball Game
This week, the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team won the Little League National championships. They are the first all-black Little League team to become US Champions in over 30 years. In fact, the popularity of baseball in African-American...
Barber Shop Show 178: Education Roundtable
It’s back to school time, so we checked in with some our favorite local journalists and bloggers who focus on the topic of education. In this podcast, we hear about the local and national education news headlines that caught their attention. And, they...
Barber Shop Show 177: Leveling the Playing Field
According to Angela Caputo’s recent cover story for the Chicago Reporter, “More than half of the $500 million dollars spent on Chicago Park District improvements since 2011 went to just 10 of the city’s 77 neighborhoods. And seven of those 10...
Barber Shop Show 176: The Marvelous Marvelettes
On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, Host Richard Steele was joined by cast members of The Marvelous Marvelettes. They filled us in on the real life Motown story behind the production, now playing at the Black Ensemble Theater. We were also...
Barber Shop Show 175: A Tale of Two Lawndales
On this week's Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele was joined by: journalist Whet Moser. He talked about his recent Chicago Magazine article that sets up the connection between health, economics, and crime in communities. Then we heard from with...
Barber Shop Show 174: Large Lots and Double Dutch
On this installment of Barber Shop Show, guest host Natalie Moore got an update on the Large Lots program. The program makes city-owned vacant lots available to neighboring homeowners for only a dollar. The second application round is open to...
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