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Best of 'BEZ Talk

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A podcast cut from the best conversations and interviews from WBEZ’s live talk shows. Hosted and produced by Jason Marck and WBEZ’s talk staff.

A podcast cut from the best conversations and interviews from WBEZ’s live talk shows. Hosted and produced by Jason Marck and WBEZ’s talk staff.
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A podcast cut from the best conversations and interviews from WBEZ’s live talk shows. Hosted and produced by Jason Marck and WBEZ’s talk staff.






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After the Zimmerman verdict it's about dialogue

There's only one way that one community could understand how another community could feel after something like the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. Start talking. Honestly. And keep talking. That's at least what some members of the clergy are saying. We hooked up with 2: one white and suburban and one black and ministering in the city. The conversation between the two-and listeners-took place on the Afternoon Shift.


Can you separate R. Kelly's music from his controversial life?

Pitchfork Music Fest returns to Chicago’s Union Park this weekend for an eighth year. And this year, controversial R & B star R. Kelly is one of the headliners. Kelly was accused and then acquitted of making child pornography, but allegations about relationships with underaged girls have dogged him for years. WBEZ’s music blogger and Sound Opinions host Jim DeRogatis wanted to know: Can you separate the art from the artist? Jim talked to a series of colleagues in the music world to get...


Kinshasa dandies dress to impress

Who’s that elegantly-dressed man sauntering down the street? If he’s in Congo’s capital city, he could well be a sapeur -- a dandy who considers himself a member of La S.A.P.E. (pronounced, “la sap"), “The Society of Ambiance and Elegance.” Worldview’s global fashion correspondent Renata Sago explains how this regional trend is becoming an international phenomenon.


The state of LGBT rights in the Arab world

Gay and straight people alike cheered the Supreme Court's decision to strike down certain parts of DOMA. Nearly a million folks of all ages and sexual preferences lined the streets of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood last week for the Pride parade. But if you're gay, Muslim, and live in the Middle East...things aren't so easy, or so open. Check out this conversation with Shereen El Feki, the author of Sex in the Citadel from WBEZ's Worldview


Are they taking our privacy, or are we just giving it up?

Between the Supreme Court ruling on DNA swabs and the revelations about the NSA and our phone records, it was quite a week for privacy issues in the US. But between Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest...and all the rest...are we willingly giving away our privacy by sharing it on line?


Ludovico Einaudi makes beautiful music while defying genres

The son of a prominent publisher and the grandson of an Italian president, Ludovico Einaudi grew up surrounded by art and culture. He's become a globally-recognized pianist and composer who has recorded top-selling albums, wrfor the silver screen, and even for commercials. He stopped by Worldview to chat about his art and play a few pieces from his latest release "In A Time Lapse"


Witnessing violence at home can lead to creating violence on the streets

Until recently, the effects on children who witness domestic violence hasn't been thoroughly studied. Some are going so far as saying that part of Chicago's gang problem can be traced to kids who've grown up watching their mothers being victims of abuse. WBEZ Prizker Fellow Adriana Cardona starts things off with an in-depth story, followed by a conversation between Adriana, the woman who put her on the track to reporting the piece, and the Afternoon Shift's Niala Boodhoo


The life of a hockey enforcer

2 years ago, NHL player Derek Boogaard died of an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers. Boogaard took all of those painkillers to numb the injuries he sustained as an enforcer for his team-his job was to protect other players and get into brawls. This week, his parents filed a wrongful death suit against the NHL. Boogaard's story was brilliantly documented in the New York Times by reporter John Branch. The Morning Shift crew wanted to dig even deeper and understand the mindset...


The on-again-off-again-on-again genocide trial of a Guatemalan dictator

Former military strongman Efram Rios Montt has been accused of overseeing some of the worst atrocities in Latin America in modern times. 17 months ago, his own people put him on trial-the first time a former head of state has ever been tried for such crimes in a domestic court in the country where the alleged crimes took place. Just days from a verdict, the trial was halted. Days later, it started again, and word is that people in high places don't want to see a verdict come down. Famed...


Are you worse off owning a home if you're Black?

Dorothy Brown, Law Professor at Atlanta's Emory University wrote an article looking into questions of weather the fall of home values has hurt Black folks more than their white counterparts. Ms. Brown, our panelists, and our listeners talk about the idea of home ownership and wealth accumulation through the prism of race.


I bet you didn't know this about my country

As information about the Boston bombings and the suspects, the media began jumping on hints and allegations about the suspects' religion and skin color. Our country is rife with history of fear of "the other", and accusations that one group or another is "Un-American". So in order to bring folks together, the Afternoon Shift invited guests and opened the phone lines to have a conversation around the question, "What's something about your home country that you'd want people to know about?"


UNESCO preserves global culture through World Heritage sites

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has deemed over 950 historical sites around the world as having “outstanding universal value.” Designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site brings great prestige, but in some cases, it can actually make preservation efforts more challenging. Michael Di Giovine is the author of The Heritage-scape: UNESCO, World Heritage, and Tourism. He joined Jerome McDonnell on Worldview to explain why.