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Vocalo's Overdrive is the best afternoon call-in talk program around Lake Michigan! Hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison discuss current events and social justice issues, talk with local who's whos, and share stories. Luis and Shantell's 'real talk' and enthusiastic style coupled with a focus on personal narratives lead to engaging and frank conversations with callers and guests.

Vocalo's Overdrive is the best afternoon call-in talk program around Lake Michigan! Hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison discuss current events and social justice issues, talk with local who's whos, and share stories. Luis and Shantell's 'real talk' and enthusiastic style coupled with a focus on personal narratives lead to engaging and frank conversations with callers and guests.
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Chicago, IL

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Vocalo's Overdrive is the best afternoon call-in talk program around Lake Michigan! Hosts Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison discuss current events and social justice issues, talk with local who's whos, and share stories. Luis and Shantell's 'real talk' and enthusiastic style coupled with a focus on personal narratives lead to engaging and frank conversations with callers and guests.

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English

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848 East Grand Ave Navy Pier Chicago, Illinois 60611 (888) 635-1112


Episodes

Feminism, Rape and Comedy - Can Rape Jokes Be Funny?

6/24/2013
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Is it appropriate for comics to have jokes about rape? How does that play into a culture of violence? Alicia Sowisdral, from PopGoesAlicia.com and Phaydra Babinchok, Director of SlutWalk, have a discussion with Luis about "Rape Culture" and its relation to comedy. This passionate discussion explores the many facets of feminism and whether comedy is perpetuating a culture of violence against women. Both Sowisdral and Babinchok are self-labeled feminists who bring their own experiences with...

Duration:00:14:08

Unwritten Rules Chicagoans Should Follow

6/17/2013
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“Never put ketchup on your Chicago-style hot dog.” “Do not talk on your phone or listen to music full-blast while taking public transit. Everyone will hate you.” “Pick a team. You can’t root for the White Sox and the Cubs. You must choose.” These are three things from Leah Pickett’s “Chicago’s Unwritten Rules” list. The blogger, freelancer, and WBEZ on-air correspondent joins Shantell in studio to debate these three rules, as well as other “unwritten rules” that every Chicagoan should follow.

Duration:00:07:50

Exceptions to the Rule - Unprotected by Labor Laws

6/10/2013
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“There is a huge body of workers in the United States who aren’t protected by the labor laws you and I know about.” Shannon Heffernan of WBEZ’s Front and Center shared the first report of her "Exceptions to the Rule" series, which introduces us to people not protected by these laws and how they work without these labor law protections. The first report highlights disabled workers who are paid below minimum wage, including one worker who was barely paid a dollar an hour. Luis, Shantell, and...

Duration:00:09:25

Where are you FROM??

6/3/2013
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"What Are You?" That is a question often asked of anyone who looks or sounds different from the people around them. Reactions can range from ignored, to annoyed, to insulted for people being asked. Luis and guest-host Carly Oishi share thoughts on a video depicting these awkward "what are you?" encounters called "What Kind of Asian Are You?" photo via Carolina Coffe Roasting Color Wheel carolinacoffeeroasting.net/coffee_fun_facts

Duration:00:10:41

JL Kirkwood on relationships with baggage

5/28/2013
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It's relationship talk time on The Overdrive. Author and relationships expert JL Kirkwood joined Luis and Shantell to talk about the "baggage" we have to deal with in our relationships.

Duration:00:09:14

Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America

5/20/2013
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Culinary historian and author of the book “Man Eats Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America” Bruce Kraig joined Shantell & Luis in studio. He, along with photographer and professor Patty Carroll, talk about their book which tells a history of not just the hot dog in Chicago, but in America.

Duration:00:15:10

Wise Woman of the Week: Marisol Vélez

5/13/2013
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"I did some really stupid stuff though and I have to redeem that bad karma and make it good karma. It's one of the reasons why I'm so focused on giving back in community.." Marisol Vélez isn't one to pretend that she's always walked on the right side of the tracks. Her life wasn't always full of great decisions, but she is a woman worth knowing. As this week's wise woman, the writer, mentor, teacher and lyricist lets us into her world of redemption. She talks about where she's been and...

Duration:00:14:23

Digital Textbooks: An Invasion of Privacy?

5/6/2013
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Shantell & Luis have a conversation about a pilot program that is being executed at select universities in the nation. Coursesmart allows professors to keep track of the studying habits, (page views, time spent, notes taken, etc.) of students via their digital textbooks. Photo: classroom-aid.com

Duration:00:10:19

Professor Combines Shakespeare and Solitary Confinement

4/29/2013
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Supermax prison inmates and Shakespeare usually aren't two things that occupy the same sentence. But for Dr. Laura Bates, professor of English at Indiana State University, they go hand in hand. She goes into prisons and teaches Shakespeare to prisoners who are in solitary confinement. She found that introducing Shakespeare actually helps these prisoners understand their own character and why they may have committed crimes in the first place. Luis and Shantell talk with Bates about her...

Duration:00:11:33

Kermit Gosnell's House of Horrors

4/22/2013
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The grisly details from Kermit Gosnell's media-dubbed "house of horrors" abortion clinic have come to light recently, but despite reports of cruel, unsanitary and illegal practices, it hasn't been widely covered. So why hasn't the media been paying attention? Luis and Shantell discuss the case and what it means for media today. Image provided by M C Morgan. www.flickr.com/photos/mcmorgan/

Duration:00:12:55

Changes In Emergency Contraception Laws

4/16/2013
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A federal judge in New York has instructed the FDA to lift the age restriction on emergency contraception, to allow over the counter sale to minors below the age of 17. Luis and Shantell have a discussion about what this could mean, both realistically and morally. Many people will argue that allowing emergency contraception to minors effectively permits teen sex. Others however, argue that contraception should be provided as an effort to reduce teen pregnancy.

Duration:00:09:12

Feminist Housewives

4/8/2013
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New York Magazine recently wrote a story chronicling a new breed of stay-at-home moms. They call them "feminist housewives". But some aren't so sure that the two roles can really coincide without one affecting the other. Shantell and guest host Anthony Martinez discuss these two arguments and pose a few questions of their own. Image provided by WikiMedia. commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apron_ties.jpg Song clip at the end - "Feminist Housewives," by Bitch & Animal

Duration:00:09:38

Why Black Dolls Are Important

4/1/2013
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Luis and Shantell discuss the importance of skin-tone in dolls. Girls typically choose their dolls based on their own appearance. While it is normal for kids to prefer familiarity, there can be a case made for the importance of introducing children to various physical features at an early age. Luis and Shantell are also joined by Theo over the phone. image by Salvidor LA: www.flickr.com/photos/salvadordeluniverso/

Duration:00:11:11

Coercive Sterilization

3/26/2013
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The Center for New Community is a racial justice, civil rights non-profit based in Chicago that works to counter racism and bigotry. A recent study by the CNC unveils some shocking discoveries about the links between coercive sterilization and the anti-immigrant movement. The Communications Associate of the Center for New Community, April, joins Shantell in the studio to talk about the study and its implications.

Duration:00:08:38

Why should women take their husbands' last names?

3/18/2013
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"I'm pretty proud of my last name, and I don't think I would take hers... At the same time, I don't mind if she keeps her name." Luis and Shantell discuss the gender norms that revolve around last names in marriages. In a new age and society where each person's family backgrounds and histories are valued more than ever, should it be acceptable to take on two last names, or perhaps a combination of both last names to create a new one? image by maryhodder: www.flickr.com/photos/maryhodder

Duration:00:07:57

Claudette Colvin - Unknown Civil Rights Hero

3/12/2013
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Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

Duration:00:08:09

Sweet Brown has time for Vocalo

3/4/2013
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By now you've seen the hilarious account of how Oklahoma resident Sweet Brown escaped an apartment building fire. Since going viral last year, Sweet Brown has not just become an internet sensation, but has appeared on various television outlets and celebrity endorsements. Hear Shantell's hilarious conversation with Sweet Brown.

Duration:00:09:18