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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.




New Book Shows How Chicago Pizza Is More Than Just Deep Dish

When most people think of Chicago-style pizza, they mean deep dish. Food critic Steve Dolinsky is out to change that. He joins the Morning Shift to talk about his new book, Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago Is America’s Greatest Pizza Town, and gives recommendations on where to find the best pizza in town. GUEST: Steve Dolinsky, blogger, podcaster, and food critic for ABC 7 Chicago LEARN MORE: Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago Is America’s Greatest Pizza Town


The Rise of Racism, Anti-Semitism In Chicago Schools

A 14-year-old student at Oak Park and River Forest High School faces criminal charges after allegedly “air dropping” an image of a swastika to classmates’ iPhones last week. The incident was just the latest in a slew of anti-semitic and racist incidents to crop up in schools in Chicago. Morning Shift talks to Anthony Clark, a community activist and special education teacher at OPRF, about how the school plans to respond to this trend. Lonnie Nasatir, Midwest regional director of the...


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: November 9, 2018

Illinois has a new governor: Democrat J.B. Pritzker. His win was part of a blue wave that swept over Illinois this week. Democrats won every statewide seat, locked in a supermajority in the General Assembly, and picked up seats on both the Cook County Board, and in Congress—including in the 14th District, where political novice Lauren Underwood upset sitting Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren. The 32-year-old Underwood is one of the winners making the next Congress younger, more...


Cook County State's Attorney marks Two Years in Office

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx talks about the changes she's made in the office since being elected two years ago today.


Morning Shift Hits The Road for 2-Hour Post-Election Special

Morning Shift moved out of the friendly confines of WBEZ's Navy Pier studios this morning, and did our post-election special live in front of an audience at Robert Morris University in Chicago's Loop. We were joined by a wide array of guests, from Illinois' senior senator Dick Durbin to former chair of the Illinois Republican Party Pat Brady. Plus WBEZ political reporters Tony Arnold and Dave McKinney were on hand to add questions and offer analysis.


Head of Chicago Film Office Calls It Quits

Morning Shift talks with Rich Moskal, the outgoing Director of the Chicago Film Office, the government agency that helps to bring Hollywood to the streets of Chicago.


Morning Shift Voting Guide Part Two

We answer questions from listeners about voting in Illinois.


The Biggest Local and Regional Stories of the Week: The Friday News Roundup for Nov 2nd, 2010

Target closures on the South Side. Moves to make ticketing in Chicago more equitable. A recycling investigation. The early vote in’s way up ahead of Election Day. Those are the stories we cover in today's edition of the Friday News Roundup Joining us this week was ProPublica Illinois reporter Melissa Sanchez, Better Government Association CEO David Greising, and Block Club Chicago reporter Lee Daniels who covers Englewood, Chatham and Auburn Gresham for the site.


State Senator Kwame Raoul Wants To Be Your Next Illinois Attorney General

State Senator Kwame Raoul is the Democrat seeking your vote in the Illinois Attorney General’s race Yesterday on the show, we checked in with his opponent, Republican Erika Harold, a lawyer from Champaign. So, what are Senator Raoul’s plans for the Attorney General’s office? We asked questions, and so did listeners.


Illinois AG candidate Erika Harold Answers Our Questions, Takes Your Calls

Erika Harold is a former Miss America, a Harvard Law graduate, and a downstate lawyer. She's also the Republican party's nominee for Illinois Attorney General. She's taking on Democrat Kwame Raoul in next week's election. We sat down with Ms. Harold to ask her questions about her views and her platform, and we took calls, texts, and Facebook posts from listeners


Chicago Sociologist Eve Ewing Talks ‘Ghosts In The Schoolyard’

In 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a massive wave of school closings, mostly on the city’s South Side, citing poor performance, under-enrollment or both. Parents protested, concerned for the safety of their children, many of whom would now have to deal with the threat of gang violence on their way to and from their new schools. They were also dismayed that the most important and visible anchors of their neighborhoods were being shuttered. In her new book Ghosts In The...


Toni Preckwinkle On Mayoral Run, #NoCopAcademy, Violence As A Public Health Crisis

The November midterm elections are just one week away, and Toni Preckwinkle has her eye on both Nov. 6 and Feb. 26. The powerful Cook County Board president is up for re-election next week, but she’s also emerged as one of the top contenders to take the Chicago mayor’s office in a few months. Morning Shift guest host Kyra Kyles checks in with Preckwinkle about her mayoral run, Cook County politics and why she’s not supporting a judge who is up for retention on the Nov. 6 ballot.


Local Rabbis And Callers React To Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

There was an interfaith vigil last night in Chicago’s Federal Plaza to mourn the 11 people who were murdered inside a Pittsburgh synagogue during services Saturday morning. It’s believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history. And it was a targeted attack. According to witnesses, when the gunman - Robert Bowers- entered the synagogue he yelled, “All Jews must die”. Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis of Makom Shalom on Chicago’s North Side and Rabbi Evan Moffic of...


Chicago Area Rabbis React to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Two Chicago area Rabbis share their thoughts on the tragedy Saturday, when a man entered a Pittsburgh synagogue, shouting, "all Jews must die", then began shooting at worshipers. Eleven people died in what's been described as the worst incident of anti-Jewish violence in American history,


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: October 26, 2018

It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time for Morning Shift’s Friday News Round-up. There was a ton of news this week, from Kanye’s support of mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, to the city’s response to a federal lawsuit involving the Obama Presidential Center. We’ll talk about those stories and much more, with our first all-WBEZ panel for the roundup. Morning Shift sits down with WBEZ state politics reporter Dave McKinney, WBEZ Race, Class and Communities reporter Natalie Moore and...


What's That Building? The Couch Tomb In Chicago's Lincoln Park

The building we're talking about isn't haunted by ghosts — that we know of — but it is haunted by unanswered questions. Why is there a barely marked tomb in a busy park? Is anyone buried there? And if there is … how many other human remains might be lurking beneath pretty Lincoln Park? This small stone building nestled in the curve of LaSalle Drive behind the Chicago History Museum is the Couch Tomb, one of the only hints to visitors that the southern tip of Lincoln Park was once the...


Why Is Chicago’s Murder Clearance Rate So Low?

A Hermosa man charged in the shooting death of a two-year-old boy was arrested Friday after community members identified him to police. Alexander Varela, 27, allegedly ordered the shooting that left Julien Gonzalez dead and an 18-year-old man wounded. Verela was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the Oct. 6 shooting. The gunman is still at-large, which it turns out, is more common than you might think. The Chicago Police Department...


Morning Shift’s Guide to Voting In Illinois

Do you have a case of pre-election procrastination? It’s a common ailment where voters wait until the last minute to research the candidates and figure out what else is going to be on their ballots come Election Day. If you’re feeling a bit uninformed ahead of the November midterm, don’t worry. Morning Shift has you covered on the basics like how to register to vote and find your polling place as well as other voting-related questions. GUESTS: Matt Dietrich, Public Information Officer for...


JB Pritzker's $161M Campaign

JB Pritzker, a billionaire heir to the Hyatt hotel chain and a venture capitalist, reported over the weekend that he’s giving another $15 million of his own money to his campaign for Illinois governor. That contribution brings to $161.5 million what the Democrat has given his own campaign. That tops Republican Meg Whitman’s $144 million that she put into her own losing campaign for California governor in 2010.


WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: October 19, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered his final budget address Wednesday, where he focused more on his legacy than on dollars and cents. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper put his clout with millennials behind Amara Enyia, a relative unknown in the 2019 race. And Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit from current and former campaign workers. Morning Shift breaks down those stories and more on the Friday News Roundup with guest host and WBEZ reporter...