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Best WBEZs podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best WBEZs podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Making Beyoncé
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WBEZ presents Making Beyoncé, a new 3-part podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global music icon.
 
WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.
 
Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait! joins Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda of Nerdette to scrutinize the latest episode of His Dark Materials.
 
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Sound Opinions
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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions - the world's only rock and roll talk show.
 
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Curious City
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Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.
 
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Making Beyoncé
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WBEZ presents Making Beyoncé, a new 3-part podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global music icon.
 
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Filmspotting
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Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
 
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TANIS
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Tanis is a bi-weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Nic Silver. Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis. Tanis is an exploration of the nature of truth, conspiracy, and information. Tanis is what happens when the lines of science and fiction start to blur...
 
Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait! joins Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda of Nerdette to scrutinize the latest episode of His Dark Materials.
 
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Curious City
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Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.
 
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Nerdette
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Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.
 
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Chewing
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Food and health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu and WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng.
 
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TANIS
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Tanis is a bi-weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Nic Silver. Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis. Tanis is an exploration of the nature of truth, conspiracy, and information. Tanis is what happens when the lines of science and fiction start to blur...
 
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TANIS
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Tanis is a bi-weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Nic Silver. Tanis is a serialized docudrama about a fascinating and surprising mystery: the myth of Tanis. Tanis is an exploration of the nature of truth, conspiracy, and information. Tanis is what happens when the lines of science and fiction start to blur...
 
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South Side Stories
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New from WBEZ Chicago and Comedy Central, 'South Side Stories' is a celebration of the real-life people and places that inspired Comedy Central’s hit new comedy series, 'South Side.' With lots of laughs, love and plenty of real talk, 'South Side Stories' proves that what you see on the news is only a small slice of a big city. Hosted by 'South Side' creators and executive producers Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin.
 
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Motive
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It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.
 
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Public Official A
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Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
 
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WBEZ's Worldview
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WBEZ's global affairs program. Featuring in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Also, foreign film reviews and human rights commentaries. Hosted by Jerome McDonnell. This podcast is free, in mp3, and updated weekdays.
 
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WBEZ Presents
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Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.
 
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16 Shots
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In October of 2014, a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager on the streets of Chicago. The shooting of Laquan McDonald was captured on video, and sparked outrage across the city. Chicago's top cop was fired, the local state’s attorney was voted out, and the feds were sent in to investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and ...
 
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The Trouble
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Trouble — we've all been in it. Some more than others. Some worse than others. Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason has faced a few problems of his own. Now he talks with others about getting in, and out, of trouble of all stripes.
 
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The Trouble
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Trouble — we've all been in it. Some more than others. Some worse than others. Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason has faced a few problems of his own. Now he talks with others about getting in, and out, of trouble of all stripes.
 
Short stories and commentary by writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason.
 
On Background is WBEZ Chicago’s weekly political podcast. Each week, our top-notch team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. We’ll take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to explain the story, and why it matters.
 
The most interesting music in the world from WBEZ's Worldview program.
 
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WBEZ's Clever Apes
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WBEZ's Science Experiment
 
The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.
 
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Every Other Hour
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Last year in Chicago, there was a person shot about every other hour. So who picks up a gun, and why? Stories from a yearlong WBEZ project.
 
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Re:sound
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The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.
 
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WBEZ's Worldview
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WBEZ's global affairs program. Featuring in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Also, foreign film reviews and human rights commentaries. Hosted by Jerome McDonnell. This podcast is free, in mp3, and updated weekdays.
 
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Written Inside
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Cockroaches. Clean freaks. Cardboard pianos. Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell.
 
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WBEZ's Tech Shift
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WBEZ’s way of helping you navigate the fast-changing world of technology and our digital lives (until the robots take over).
 
Each Thursday we podcast video of one song from a live music performance filmed by WBEZ Music.
 
Host Jonathan Groubert and WBEZ have teamed up to bring back the revered program, The State We're In. In Season 1 of this podcast reboot, you'll hear astonishing true and personal stories from all over the globe. The sonically beautiful, and narratively gripping "talkumentary" program brings you guests who will amaze you, break your heart or leave you laughing -- sometimes, all at once. If you're a fan of This American Life, or captivating storytelling in general, you'll want to be sure to s ...
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Front And Center
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Front and Center explores the issues that make our region what it is, taking time to investigate hard questions and follow rich stories. Our first series explores the most obvious aspect of the region: water. Front and Center is sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.
 
Coming to you live from Carter's Barbershop in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, The Barber Shop Show brings you a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor. No punches are pulled and no topic is considered off-topic. Produced in partnership with the Chicago Reporter, and hosted by WBEZ’s Richard Steele. Airs every Sunday at 9am CST on Vocalo 91.1FM, 89.5 FM, and streams live on Vocalo.org. The show also airs on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ, 91.5FM, and streams live on WBEZ.org.
 
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The Morning Shift
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The Morning Shift is a live talk show from Chicago's WBEZ offering a dynamic mix of news, culture and music.
 
Each week Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik of Chicago's Facets Multi-media reviews films and talks with actors, writers and producers of global cinema.
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Sallie The Dog 2K12
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My dog Sallie has a bunch of stuff to say. This is it.
 
Audio documentaries and stories hand-crafted by award winners Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister.
 
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Paper Machete WBEZ
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The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners. Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of a Chicago bar. The show was created and hosted by writer Christopher Piatt (pronounced like hot apple PIE-it). In June 2011 The Chicago Reader named The Paper Machete “Best Comedy Variety Show of 2011.” The Paper Machete podc ...
 
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Dueling Critics
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Dueling theater critics Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel discuss the latest stage productions and dissect the best — and the worst — of Chicago's theater scene.
 
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16 Shots
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In October of 2014, a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager on the streets of Chicago. The shooting of Laquan McDonald was captured on video, and sparked outrage across the city. Chicago's top cop was fired, the local state’s attorney was voted out, and the feds were sent in to investigate the culture at the police department. Now, the police officer at the center of the shooting, Jason Van Dyke, will stand trial for murder. WBEZ and the Chicago Tribune look at how Van Dyke and ...
 
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Weekender
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The Weekender is a weekend guide from WBEZ & Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy.
 
The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.' Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @cri ...
 
Excepts from Vocalo's afternoon show hosted by Luis Antonio Perez & Shantell Jamison
 
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Minor Interruption
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Podcast by Minor Interruption
 
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PleasureTown
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PleasureTown is a story-based podcast told in serial form that details the history of a little-known, failed Oklahoma utopian society.The town’s history is crowdsourced, piece by piece, by the producers, collaborators and audience members. PleasureTown is created and produced by Keith Ecker and Erin Kahoa, along with the assistance of WBEZ in Chicago.
 
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We answer your most pressing questions about Chicago’s controversial winter tradition.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Daily Line’s Heather Cherone, Chicago Sun Times and ABC 7’s Laura Washington, and WTTW’s Paris Schutz dive into the biggest stories in and around Chicago this week.By WBEZ Chicago
 
As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.By Sound Opinions
 
A long-time defender of the Star Wars prequels, Josh has rarely been given a platform on the show to actually do the work of defending them. That changes this week as he and Adam revisit THE PHANTOM MENACE, the final film in the 9 From '99 series. Plus, Adam and Josh award "The Plastic Bags," their favorite performances, scenes and surprises fr ...…
 
Sun-Times City Hall Reporter Fran Spielman breaks down the latest Moody’s report that says Chicago and Detroit are at the bottom of a list of major American cities when it comes to how well they’d fare when the next big recession hits. Plus searching for the perfect latke ahead of HanukkahBy WBEZ Chicago
 
Shannon Downey mixes crafts and activism to create “Craftivism”, and IL Congressman Krishnamoorthi talks about the articles of impeachment.By WBEZ Chicago
 
That was INTENSE. Lyra narrowly avoids disaster, has a heart-to-heart with mom, creates some chaos in Bolvangar, and … falls into a whole new disaster! Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal have some thoughts on the latest episode, as did you. So join us! P.S. We want to hear from you! Tell us: In the final episodes, are you willing to e ...…
 
That was INTENSE. Lyra narrowly avoids disaster, has a heart-to-heart with mom, creates some chaos in Bolvangar, and … falls into a whole new disaster! Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal have some thoughts on the latest episode, as did you. So join us! P.S. We want to hear from you! Tell us: In the final episodes, are you willing to e ...…
 
There arose such a clatter at Lara's town holiday celebration (fowl play). And Toby has been getting Twitter trolled by Dan Taberski! PBS NewsHour has released a podcast examining the public defender system in the US entitled “Broken Justice.” Frank Carlson and Amna Nawaz look at the issue through the lens of the Missouri public defenders offic ...…
 
Our Closing The Gap series digs into the disparities in contraceptive health and education. We talk to two professionals who are working to close the gap.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Rust Belt cities tackling their lead problems offer advice for Chicago on funding, public education and getting political buy-in.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Rust Belt cities tackling their lead problems offer advice for Chicago on funding, public education and getting political buy-in.By WBEZ Chicago
 
WBEZ’s Patrick Smith, WTTW’s Amanda Vinicky, and Crain’s A.D. Quig take a deep dive into the biggest stories in and around Chicago this week.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book on Burroughs and "the cult of Rock 'n' Roll." They also review new albums from Leonard Cohen and singer and violinist Sudan Ar ...…
 
Costume dramas, biopics, elite directors and their passion projects: the prestige movie season is upon us. But if Greta Gerwig's new LITTLE WOMEN adaptation and Marielle Heller's Fred Rogers biopic A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD could be considered Oscar bait, they are also among the best films of the year according to Adam and Josh. And t ...…
 
The Trump administration is changing certain eligibility rules for receiving food assistance, and it could affect many in Illinois. Plus the newest member of the WBEZ/Vocalo family gives us great tips on some things to see, hear, and eat this weekend around Chicago.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Today marks 50 years since police killed the young Black Panthers leader during a pre-dawn raid. Reset looks at how Hampton's legacy lives on in Chicago. Also: Chicago's winter parking ban went into effect this week. We look at what you need to know to avoid getting your car towed.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Rates of HIV diagnoses are falling in cities across the country like New York, Philadelphia and right here in Chicago. That’s the good news. The bad news: cases of the virus are cropping up more and more in rural areas like West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia. Reset sits down with Steven Thrasher, assistant professor at Northwestern Uni ...…
 
The first season of His Dark Materials is more than halfway done and while things are coming together, we still have a lot of questions. Like much does it cost to CGI a daemon? What exactly are the Gobblers up to? And if you dial up a friend in another dimension, will the phone still ring? Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal are here t ...…
 
The first season of His Dark Materials is more than halfway done and while things are coming together, we still have a lot of questions. Like much does it cost to CGI a daemon? What exactly are the Gobblers up to? And if you dial up a friend in another dimension, will the phone still ring? Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal are here t ...…
 
This morning, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s top cop Eddie Johnson. The mayor said the CPD superintendent "repeatedly lied to her." The move was particularly stunning in its timing. It comes just weeks ahead of his scheduled retirement. Reset also sits down with political consultant Alaina Hampton. On Friday, Hampton reached a $ ...…
 
"It’s fast, it’s furious and it’s over in about three and a half weeks."By WBEZ Chicago
 
"It’s fast, it’s furious and it’s over in about three and a half weeks."By WBEZ Chicago
 
The Reset podcast is taking the day off, but we'll be back on Sunday when Jenn talks to KP of the Portland band Black Belt Eagle ScoutBy WBEZ Chicago
 
As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single ...…
 
Adam and Josh talk through the shortlist for this year's Golden Brick award, plus conversations with the creators behind two Brick nominees: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("The Last Black Man in San Francisco") and Riley Stearns ("The Art of Self Defense"). 0:00 - Billboard 1:09 - Interview: Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fails ("Last Black Man...") Anna ...…
 
There’s a lot we know about the origins of Thanksgiving. The problem is, we’re not taught the real history in school. For that, we turn to David Silverman, professor of history at George Washington University. He’s the author of the book This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving. P ...…
 
After Girls Tyme dissolves, Beyoncé and the other girls begin building their new group, Destiny’s Child. Finally, things start to click.By Chicago Public Media
 
After Girls Tyme dissolves, Beyoncé and the other girls begin building their new group, Destiny’s Child. Finally, things start to click.By WBEZ Chicago
 
We’ll hear how the vote went down as Chicago’s City Council passes Mayor Lightfoot’s first budget. And Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) talks about her fight to improve health care for women during pregnancy and the first year after they give birth.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Armored drinking bears! Sassy thieving cowboys! Dudley Dursley for some reason! Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal are here to discuss the latest episode of His Dark Materials, which is either the moment this TV series comes to life or a terrible approximation of an excellent book, depending on who you listen to.…
 
Armored drinking bears! Sassy thieving cowboys! Dudley Dursley for some reason! Greta Johnsen, Tricia Bobeda and Peter Sagal are here to discuss the latest episode of His Dark Materials, which is either the moment this TV series comes to life or a terrible approximation of an excellent book, depending on who you listen to.…
 
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has announced she’s running for reelection. She’s raising plenty of money and has the endorsement of a number of high-profile politicians. But can she get past the missteps associated with the Jussie Smollett case? We hear from Foxx, and WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith…
 
Netflix’s “The Devil Next Door” recaps the legal battles of John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker in Cleveland accused of being a Nazi prison camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible." Featuring extensive film from the original trial as well as disturbing Holocaust images, "The Devil Next Door" challenges the viewer’s allegiances. Then, CBC Podcas ...…
 
KP of Black Belt Eagle Scout talks about moving off her small reservation to go to college, finding her place in the world and in Portland's music scene, and starting a band of her own to tell her story as a brown, queer, indigenous person. Her latest album "At The Party With My Brown Friends" is filled with dreamy sounds and personal stories. ...…
 
A new investigation by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois found some disturbing information about the use of so-called Quiet Rooms for students in schools across Illinois. The practice is banned in 19 states, and while many teachers and school officials call it a useful tool to keep students and staff safe from violent behavior, often ...…
 
Chicago’s "Red Summer" of 1919 comes alive in this radio drama from WBEZ's Natalie Moore. It’s history with a twist.By WBEZ Chicago
 
Chicago’s "Red Summer" of 1919 comes alive in this radio drama from WBEZ's Natalie Moore. It’s history with a twist.By WBEZ Chicago
 
WBEZ’s Tony Arnold, A.D. Quig of Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Chicago Tribune’s John Byrne talk about the city budget, indictments in Springfield, and much more in our Friday News Roundup.By WBEZ Chicago
 
The big question is ... why? For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.By Chicago Public Media
 
After failing to secure a record deal, Beyoncé and the members of Girls Tyme try another avenue to success: a TV talent competition. The girls are poised and ready for the national spotlight, but tensions in the group are rising behind the scenes.By WBEZ Chicago
 
After failing to secure a record deal, Beyoncé and the members of Girls Tyme try another avenue to success: a TV talent competition. The girls are poised and ready for the national spotlight, but tensions in the group are rising behind the scenes.By Chicago Public Media
 
For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.…
 
Noah Baumbach has grown up. The director's last movie about divorce - 2005's The Squid and the Whale - took the perspective of the kids. For his latest - the acclaimed Marriage Story - Baumbach explores the bitter remains of a once loving partnership. Adam and Josh debate whether the film plays favorites, but praise the performances from leads ...…
 
Controversial comic Lenny Bruce talked about taboo subjects from the stage in the 1960’s. From religion to sex to race relations, Bruce attacked what he saw as hypocrisy, and forced his audiences to confront uncomfortable truths. Reset sits down with actor and writer Ronnie Marmo about his one-man play "I’m Not A Comedian...I’m Lenny Bruce," wh ...…
 
A new study from the CDC shows children exposed “Adverse Childhood Experiences”-neglect, abuse, an incarcerated or addicted parent-have a much higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, and other debilitating diseases when they get older. We find out more and what some are trying to do to prevent it.…
 
We’re bringing you something special this week: a preview of Marvels by Stitcher and Marvel! SUPPORT TANIS ON PATREON FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE BONUS AUDIO AND VISUAL STUFF! http://patreon.com/tanispodcast If you enjoy the show, please rate us five stars and leave a nice review!By Public Radio Alliance
 
We’re bringing you something special this week: a preview of Marvels by Stitcher and Marvel! SUPPORT TANIS ON PATREON FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE BONUS AUDIO AND VISUAL STUFF! http://patreon.com/tanispodcast If you enjoy the show, please rate us five stars and leave a nice review!By Public Radio Alliance
 
We’re bringing you something special this week: a preview of Marvels by Stitcher and Marvel! SUPPORT TANIS ON PATREON FOR A WHOLE BUNCH OF EXCLUSIVE BONUS AUDIO AND VISUAL STUFF! http://patreon.com/tanispodcast If you enjoy the show, please rate us five stars and leave a nice review!By Public Radio Alliance
 
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