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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.

The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.
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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.




Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis: Nick Kanehl And Marty Cook

The “avalanche” started a few years ago, says Marty Cook. Officials in Maine Township, which includes a bunch of northwest suburbs like Des Plaines and Park Ridge, began seeing a trend: A lot of young people were seeking drug recovery services, he says.


Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis: Drew Migdal

Drew Migdal started experimenting with drugs and alcohol when he was young — at the cusp of his teenage years. Now, he is 17 years sober. Living at a halfway house helped him on his path to sobriety. He loved his experience there so much that it influences the work he does today. Migdal is the co-founder of Bridges Sober Living, a halfway home near the Logan Square and Avondale neighborhoods of Chicago. Bridges Sober Living sees Chicago’s growing opioid crisis first hand. According to...


Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis: Dr. Thomas Huggett And William Davis

William Davis, 54, said he used heroin for about half of his life and overdosed twice. He credits one type of treatment for saving his life: Suboxone. “It’s saving my life. It’s actually saving my life,” Davis said of the treatment. In 2013, The New York Times called Suboxone a “blockbuster drug” while noting its potential pitfalls — mainly that Suboxone’s primary ingredient, buprenorphine, is also an opioid “that can produce euphoria and cause dependency.” Dr. Thomas Huggett treats heroin...


Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis: Laura Fry And Alex Mathieson

Laura Fry says her colleagues told her for months that something wasn’t right with her son. She worked at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois as a medical technologist. Even though she saw patients grappling with overdoses and addictions every day at work, she says she couldn’t see it in her own child. “I had blinders on,” Fry told Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia. “He was using drugs, and I continued to utter the three words that have been my biggest parental mistake: ‘Not my...


How A Former Heroin Addict Helps Others Avoid Overdosing

This week, Morning Shift is talking to people who are on the frontlines of the opioid crisis on a daily basis. One of those people is Steve Kamenicky, known on the streets as “Ponytail Steve.” He is fully aware of the harsh truths about the opioid epidemic and overdoses having been a heroin addict for four decades.


Songs For Mom: WBEZ Listeners Dedicate Songs To Their Mothers

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so Morning Shift is taking some time to listen to the songs that remind you of your mom. We open the phones to take listeners’ song requests for Mom, and are joined by radio veteran Richard Steele.


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: May 11, 2018

Lori Lightfoot resigns as the head of the Chicago Police Board to jump into the mayor’s race. Violence ticks up in Chicago as the weather warms up. And the rapper and actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino releases a provocative music video for his song “This Is America.” Those are just a few of the big stories we’re tackling in this week’s Friday News Roundup. As always, we’ve put together a great panel of journalists to help us review and analyze the news. Morning Shift talks with...


Everything You Need To Know About Renting In Chicagoland

With Chicago’s big construction boom of condos and apartments, the options of where to rent seem endless. But maybe you’re already moved in and your dealing with noisy neighbors or your landlord is taking forever to repair that leaky sink. Whether you're curious of the new hot spots to rent in the Chicagoland area or have a renter horror story, we want to hear from you. We take your calls.


What Should A School Psychologist’s Role Be In Student Life?

The high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. became a megaphone in society’s ears that, enough was enough. People of all walks of life came together to brainstorm the question, “What can we do so this doesn’t happen again?” There have been debates on bringing in law enforcement in schools, arming teachers, and having more mental health resources. Since then a bill to provide money to hire more psychologists at Illinois public schools has been working its way through the House. We’ll talk with...


Downstate County Declares Itself A Sanctuary For Gun Owners

A handful of Illinois counties have said they are “sanctuaries” for people concerned about their rights to own guns. Recently, Effington County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler suggested that a new resolution in the downstate county adopted the sanctuary languages used by places seeking to shield undocumented immigrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Morning Shift host Tony Sarabia talked to Kibler about the goal of the ordinance, the gun culture in Effingham County, and...


How To Buy (Or Sell) A Home In Chicagoland

April showers bring May flowers. Also big in May: Moving. For those considering purchasing a home or selling their home, Morning Shift turns to Ilyce Glink, columnist and blogger, founder and CEO of Best Money Moves, a financial wellness app designed to reduce financial stress for employees, and the author of more than a dozen books on money and real estate, including Buy, Close, Move In! and 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, which is currently out in its fourth edition.


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: May 4, 2018

We break down developments in the race for Chicago’s mayor to the latest controversies of a couple of famed Chicago rappers.


Chicago Summer Music: Jazz Singer Does Sinatra His Way

It was a meeting of two 20th-century musical giants: Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. The collaboration, along with Basie’s orchestra, produced Sinatra at the Sands — an album many fans and critics call one of the best concert albums of all time. While performing at the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino, Sinatra swings and croons his way through many of the songs he’s best known for, and the Basie band is absolutely cookin’ under the direction of 33-year-old Chicago native Quincy...


Doctors Issue New Postpartum Guidelines For Women And Infants

Most women delivering babies in U.S. hospitals are sent home in a day or two, and make an appointment to see their doctor 6 weeks down the road. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released new recommendations that include more follow-ups, more frequent follow-ups, and more individually-tailored care. They’re calling it the "4th Trimester." Dr. Whitney You of Prentice Women’s Hospital joins us to give her take on the new guidelines. We also take questions and...


Black Youth Project 100 Leader To Step Down

Five years ago Charlene Carruthers helped form the Black Youth Project 100 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the Chicago-based organization has grown into a national operation focused on everything from police accountability to universal child care to the decriminalization of marijuana. Last week Carruthers announced she will step down as the national director of BYP 100 at the end of the year. Morning Shift talks with Carruthers about the...


Inclusive Movies Centered Around Deaf Characters On The Rise

In the near future, any sound above a whisper can kill. At least that’s the premise of the new film A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt and the film’s director John Krasinski. The film follows the Abbott family in a post-apocalyptic future, where blind aliens with incredibly sensitive hearing track their prey — in this case, the human race — by hearing even the smallest sound. The Abbotts manage to avoid attracting the aliens’ attentions because with a deaf daughter, played by Millicent...


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: April 27, 2018

The Waffle House shooting suspect’s Illinois roots. Developments in the race for Chicago mayor. A prisoner languishing in the Cook County Jail. Those are just a few of the big local and state stories we’re tackling in our this week’s Friday News Roundup. As always, we’ve put together a great panel of journalists to help us review and analyze the news. Morning Shift talks with WGN-TV anchor and investigative reporter Lourdes Duarte and veteran journalist Charlie Meyerson, publisher of...


Chicago Band The Claudettes' New Album Fueled By New Vocalist

When Johnny Iguana was 22 years old, he met one of his musical heroes, the great Chicago bluesman Junior Wells. Wells was so impressed with the kid’s keyboard chops, he took him on the road with him for the next 3 years. Since then, Iguana has been playing and recording nearly non-stop with blues legends, and for the last 5 years with his own band The Claudettes. The Claudettes have a new album out--Dance Scandal At The Gymnasium!--and Johnny Iguana joins us to talk about the latest release...


A Flexible Schedule Is The Wellness Benefit Workers Want

In corporate speak they’re called "wellness benefits." Maybe it’s tools to help you stop smoking. Maybe it’s a yoga class in the office. These physical, mental, and spiritual programs are a way to reduce employees' stress, boost performance, and show potential hires a company cares about its employees. Global consulting firm Deloitte recently surveyed thousands of people to see what wellness benefits folks valued the most, and compared benefits most often provided. What benefits does your...


Illinois Pushes For State Net Neutrality Rules After Federal Rules Expire

The Obama-era net neutrality rules meant to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally officially expired Monday.


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