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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.




Our Representatives: Congressman Bill Foster

In a new series called “Our Representatives,” Morning Shift is reaching out to all 26 House members and senators in Washington that represent the people in the WBEZ listening area. In this first installment, host Jenn White talks with Illinois Democratic Congressman Bill Foster. The southwest suburban representative discussed Iran decertification and how the uncertainty surrounding DACA recipients is impacting his district, which includes areas like Aurora, Joliet, and Bolingbrook.

Duration: 00:18:55

More Personal Stories Of Harassment Prompt Calls To Ensure Safe Workplaces

The hashtag #metoo was used by men and women to share personal experiences of harassment at work, and in other parts of their worlds. All of this comes, of course, after a flood of headlines of sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who was expelled Saturday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You don’t have to be in Hollywood, or a traditional office to have moments of feeling disrespected because of gender. Morning Shift talks with Maya Raghu,...

Duration: 00:34:26

‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah On Following Jon Stewart And Satire In The Trump Era

Daily Show host Trevor Noah is in town this week for a series of sold-out tapings from Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre beginning Monday night. In a conversation with Morning Shift host Jenn White, Noah discussed how he’s managed his emotions as the newish Daily Show host, how the media has covered Trump, and how being an expatriate from South Africa has prepared him for American politics.

Duration: 00:20:19

As Puerto Rico Suffers, Chicago Steps Up

President Trump suggested Thursday that there would be limits on how long FEMA, U.S. troops and aid workers would be present on Puerto Rico as the island tries to recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Meanwhile, people in Chicago are mobilizing to provide their own forms of aid to the island. Morning Shift talks to Cristina Pacione-Zayas, co-chair of the Puerto Rican Agenda and McKinley Park resident Natalia Delgado. We also take calls from listeners.

Duration: 00:25:10

How Latino Millennials See Themselves And America

A new report from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago breaks down the latest demographic data on Latinos living in Chicago and the region. Morning Shift talks to UIC sociologist Nilda Flores-Gonzalez about her book Citizens But Not Americans: Race And Belonging Among Latino Millennials. Her research draws on her interviews with nearly 100 young Latinos in and around Chicago.

Duration: 00:23:24

Two Chicago Winners Receive Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 24 winners of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, better known as the “genius” grants, on Tuesday. The lucky winners will receive $625,000 — no strings attached — decided by a committee without the knowledge of the winners. The 2017 winner list includes a wide array of people from a historian in Cambridge, Massachusetts to an architect in New York City. Two of the winners are from Chicago — photographer Dawoud Bey and...

Duration: 00:08:39

Film Shows Tobacco Industry’s Aggressive Push Into Black Community

Over the years the percentage of black American smokers has declined, but nine in ten black people who do smoke say they use menthol-flavored cigarettes. Some believe that the connection between menthols and the black community is not a coincidence but a result of exploitation. Morning Shift talks to Dr. Mark Mitchell, Chair of the National Association Council on Medical Legislation and Lincoln Mondy, creator of the film Black Lives/Black Lungs, which explores the predatory practices of the...

Duration: 00:17:20

Reactions To ‘The Vietnam War’ Documentary

Morning Shift talks to Northwestern history professor Michael J. Allen to get his assessment of the documentary series The Vietnam War by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, which just wrapped up its first run on WTTW here in Chicago.

Duration: 00:34:21

A Very Caffeinated Conversation With The Creator Of CoffeeCon

Love coffee? Then you need to hear Kevin Sinnott, creator of CoffeeCon, extol the virtues of a coffee education, the viscosity of added cream, his preference for the Chemex and the schedule for this weekend’s CoffeeCon in Chicago’s West Loop.

Duration: 00:14:59

New Cubs Book Tells Tale Of A Curse Reversed

We’ve all heard about the billy goat, and the black cat, and any number of other reasons why it took the Chicago Cubs 108 years to win a World Series. But could it have been something more? Could it have been something in the very DNA of the team? Author Rich Cohen introduces us to some of the team’s most colorful players and moments as he digs for the reasons why things were so tough for so long, and why the fans stuck with them no matter how bad it got.

Duration: 00:16:37

Rick Hahn Making Moves To Rebuild The White Sox

White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn wants to build a winner on the South Side. Hahn knows he wants to set the team up for long-term success and that it’s going to take time. And, he also knows he has the support of everyone from the owner to the players to the fans. He’s paid off that support by making some very shrewd moves that will put the Sox in a very good position a few years down the road. WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout sat down with the Winnetka native to talk about...

How To Talk To Kids About Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Dr. Colleen Ciccetti of Lurie Children’s Hospital explains how we should talk to kids about traumatizing incidents in the news.

Duration: 00:22:46

Wrigleyville Prepares For Cubs Postseason Mania

Wrigleyville has undergone a transformation in recent years with new buildings and businesses coming in and old staples closing down. The change in the urban landscape has come at the same time the team has raced to the top of their division, winning the 2016 World Series and earning a playoff berth this year. As we enter the postseason, Morning Shift talks to Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business about how the business of sports has reshaped Wrigleyville and what changes are still to come.

Duration: 00:10:45

Fantastic Negrito, NPR Tiny Desk Concert Champ, Reshapes Black Roots Music

In the early 1990s, singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito got a huge contract from a major record label, but initially his career went nowhere. After that, he was in a massive car accident and spent years away from music before he restarted his career by busking on the streets of Oakland. In 2015, he beat out around 7,000 other acts to win NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, and the rest, as they say, is history. Fantastic Negrito has toured the world in support of his release “The Last Days...

Duration: 00:23:17

Top House Republican: Illinois Shouldn’t ‘Give Away The Store’ To Lure Amazon

Earlier this month tech giant Amazon announced it would open a second headquarters with tens of thousands of jobs in the near future somewhere in the United States, setting off a bidding war between states and cities across the country. But at a time when the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago are struggling financially, can our area compete for the Amazon prize? Morning Shift talks to WBEZ state politics reporter Dave McKinney. He’s been crunching the numbers on what we’d need to...

Duration: 00:12:41

Sports, Politics And Social Justice Collide After Trump Rips NFL, NBA Protests

Morning Shift talks to sports legal analyst Exavier Pope and WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout about a weekend where sports, politics and social justice issues collided.

Duration: 00:30:06

Leave the Loop To See Architectural Gems In The Neighborhoods

Chicago: A Southern Exposure

Duration: 00:13:30

Film Fest Brings Action Films From Asia To Chicago Audiences

When movies from Marvel or DC are released, they get the full studio treatment, complete with press junkets and marketing. Live action films from Asia don’t quite experience the same roll-out. Many skip the theater release but find a following online. Sophia Wong Boccio wants to ensure those films don’t get overlooked. She’s the founder and executive director of Asian Pop-up Cinema, which starts weekly screenings on Wednesday at venues around the city. We talk to Wong Boccio about her push...

Duration: 00:09:02

Rabbi Questions What Kind Of God You Worship

Religion shouldn’t reinforce all of your ideas about the world. It should challenge you and push you to recognize uncomfortable truths about yourself and the world and spur you to transform both. So says Rabbi Shai Held, the co-founder of the Hadar Institute and a man who’s been named to the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of "Top 50 Most influential American Rabbis" numerous times. He was in town recently to talk about his new book, The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion. With...

Duration: 00:17:31

Book Takes On Consent On Campus

With the barrage of stories about sexual assault on campus, it can send a message that all consent is absent for college kids. It’s clearly a problem that continues to demand more action from college administrations so all students can feel safe. But as Vanessa Grigoriadis’s latest book shows, there are gray areas in the zone of consent. But she's quick to say stricter regulations on colleges should not be rolled back. We talk to Grigoriadis about her book Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex,...

Duration: 00:26:39

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