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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

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    As ‘Punch 9' Hits Theaters, the Life and Legacy of Chicago's First Black Mayor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 20:04


    In 2022, Chicago celebrated the centennial birthday of the city's first Black mayor, Harold Washington. Washington died in 1987 at the start of his second term. His historic election was propelled by a coalition of Black, brown, and progressive voters who saw Washington as the start of a new reform government. In April, host Jacoby Cochran talked about Washington's life and legacy with Laura Washington, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, ABC-7, and one-time press secretary for Harold Washington (no relation). With the new documentary about “Punch 9 for Harold Washington” slated to open at AMC theaters Friday, we revisit our conversation with Laura.  This conversation was originally published on April 18, 2022. A little bit of news: Check here for road closures around Grant Park leading up to this weekend's marathon. RSVP for the Indigenous Peoples Day Fest! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    After 40 Years and No Charges, A Potential Twist in ‘Tylenol Murders'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 23:58


    Anyone who's had a headache probably doesn't think too hard before popping a Tylenol or other pain pill. But in late September 1982, the country was gripped with panic as taking a Tylenol could suddenly be deadly. That's after six people in the northwest suburbs and one person in the city died after taking tainted pills. It led to a nationwide recall, waves of false tips, and copycat killers. “Unsealed: The Tylenol Murders,” a new podcast and print series from the Chicago Tribune and At Will Media, explores the decades-long saga and uncovers new details. Chicago Tribune investigative reporters Christy Gutowski and Stacy St. Clair reported the series and co-host the podcast. Stacy tells host Jacoby Cochran how a tip to her and her colleagues could bring some closure to this case.  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 This episode sponsored by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Check out their series of spooky events this month, including nighttime ghost tours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Near South Side School Moving Forward, Scam at Homeless Encampment, and Some Love for Monty and Rose

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 26:16


    Host Jacoby Cochran, lead producer Carrie Shepherd, and producer Simone Alicea break down the top stories of the week, highlight some news that needs more attention, and share their good news. Stories include the a new Chinatown high school moving forward despite pushback from the community, a Depaul student scamming residents at a Rogers Park encampment, carless streets, and a mayoral endorsement. Plus, some good news!  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why Latinas Are Being Targeted with Abortion Misinformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 15:17


    Since Roe v. Wade was overturned this summer, Latinas have faced an influx of Spanish-language misinformation and disinformation about abortion. Confusion over state abortion laws, including in Illinois, has enabled this misinformation to spread, especially on social media. Host Jacoby Cochran speaks to Dr. Melissa Simon, OB-GYN at Northwestern Medicine and director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, about why Latinas are being targeted and what we can do to combat this misinformation.  Come to the City Cast Chicago Happy Hour Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at Midwest Coast Brewing. Drinks on us! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    StreetWise Celebrates 30 Years of Lending a ‘Hand Up'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 20:03


    StreetWise is celebrating its 30th anniversary, which is no small feat when you factor in the pandemic and inflation. The weekly magazine's vendors are fixtures in our communities, and some of them have been doing it since the beginning. We hear from a few of them, and lead producer Carrie Shepherd talks with StreetWise Executive Director Julie Youngquist about the origins of the magazine and how it works to help people in need. StreetWise's 30th anniversary celebration is at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Galleria Marchetti. This episode was originally published July 6, 2022.  Join us Thursday from 6–7:30 p.m. at Midwest Coast Brewing for a City Cast Chicago happy hour! Drinks on us! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Here's Why Chicago is a Wrestling Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 19:28


    From the park, to neighborhood theaters, to giant arenas, you can catch professional wrestling matches in Chicago just about every weekend. Local independent wrestling star Colt Cabana and former referee and wrestling historian Phil Wills tell us about Chicago's role in wrestling history, what they love about it, and what it takes to become a pro wrestler. Some good news: Andersonville Arts Weekend Join us Thursday from 6–7:30 p.m. at Midwest Coast Brewing for a City Cast Chicago happy hour! Meet the team and fellow City Cast listeners while enjoying free drinks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why Is There (Still) So Much Lead In the City's Water?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 17:11


    Between 2016 and 2021, Chicago tested 24,000 homes for lead levels in the water. According to a recent Guardian report, 1 in 20 homes exceeded federal limits. However, the city has never done a full analysis of the data and fewer than 200 of Chicago's 400,000 lead pipes have been removed under Mayor Lori Lightfoot. So we have to ask: Are officials taking this problem seriously? Host Jacoby Cochran talks with freelance journalist Taylor Moore, who co-reported the story.  Profiting from poison: how the US lead industry knowingly created a water crisis Revealed: the ‘shocking' levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water This Thursday, Sept 29th we are hosting a happy hour from 6-7:30 p.m. at Midwest Coast Brewing. You can meet the team, grab some swag, and have drinks on us! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What Does ‘Progressive' Mean? Plus, Lightfoot's BET Interview and the Best Day of Summer!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 24:11


    Municipal elections are around the corner and over a dozen alders are not seeking reelection, have already left office, or are running for Mayor. City Council will look very different soon and The Triibe explores what that means for City Council's Black Caucus and the future of progressive politics at City Hall. Speaking of progressive, Mayor Lori Lightfoot's reelection campaign hit BET this week, and the mayor argued her first term has largely been a progressive success. We asked Triibe's cofounders Tiffany Walden and Morgan Elise Johnson about the Mayor's record and if they believe her claims hold up. Plus, you don't want to miss this week's good news, Morgan and Tiffany share their Best Day of Summer. (Spoiler: it involves Beyonce and Diana Ross!) Other Stories Discussed: What's going on with the Invest South/West Program What's Next for Austin's Iconic Pink House Good News: Chicago Gourmet Festival Congrats to the winner of our Summer Bucket List Challenge, Annie A., who completed all 21 items! To celebrate, we'll be hosting a happy hour from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 29, at Midwest Coast Brewery. You can meet the team, grab some swag, and have a beer on us! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Let's Peel Back the Layers of Lincoln Park

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 19:13


    Listener Andie Linker grew up in Lincoln Park and loves the expansive green spaces throughout the area. Her parents have been residents for decades and are known for throwing one of the best neighborhood block parties. Andie reached out to City Cast Chicago because she says while she loves her community, she believes it's important to acknowledge and repair the long history of gentrification, displacement, and erasure. Host Jacoby Cochran visits Oz Park in Lincoln Park with Andie to learn more about her personal history, love for the neighborhood, and her favorite things to see, do, and eat in Lincoln Park and Old Town. Spots Andie recommends: Annette's Italian Ice Pasta Palazzo Cedar Palace Batter & Berries Pequod's Lincoln Park Conservatory Lincoln Park Zoo The Second Child Second City Zanies Comedy Club A little bit of news: Catch up on what City Council did on Wednesday. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Fight Back Against Book Bans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 15:31


    With organized groups around Chicagoland pushing to remove books like “Gender Queer” and others from schools, this year's Banned Books Week feels more pressing than ever. Now in its 40th year, Banned Books Week is a time to celebrate the freedom to read and fight against censorship. Kelly Jensen is an editor at Book Riot, and she tracks book bans. She tells host Jacoby Cochran about efforts to ban books here and explains what we can do about it. PEN America's report on the rise of book challenges in schools Guide to fighting censorship Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to See Chi through Ferris Bueller's Eyes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 18:27


    When the conversation about Chicago classic movies begins, “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” will most likely be on the list. Writer Leigh Giangreco grew up in Buffalo loving the film, and now living in Chicago, Giangreco wondered if you could recreate Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane's day off and get it all done before the parents get home. Leigh documented her day for the Washington Post, and tells host Jacoby Cochran the details of how it all went down. Some good news: Latin Restaurant week Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chicago Jingles That Still Smack!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 17:28


    Anyone who grew up around Chicago, or outside Chicago and watched WGN or listened to WGCI, knows we have some classic and catchy commercials and jingles for local businesses. Think about it: the sultry sound of Adriana Furs, the enthusiasm of Moo and Oink, and the memorable phone numbers from our favorite carpet sellers. Even if you haven't seen or heard them in years, you know them. Writer Chasity Cooper compiled some of her favorites recently for The Triibe and she joins host Jacoby Cochran to talk about those jingles and some stories behind them. Some Good News: Reeling: The 40th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Fact Check on SAFE-T, What's Up at CTA, and ‘Best Evening Ever'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 27:34


    Between a political ad featuring a video of an attack in Chicago and misleading social media posts circulating about Illinois' SAFE-T act, there have been a lot of misinformation and misrepresentations to fight this week. Luckily, we have Jill Hopkins and Pat Whalen to help host Jacoby Cochran break it down. The trio also talk about problems at CTA, a longtime exhibit leaving the Museum of Science and Industry, and some gooooood newwwws. Good News: Pat Whalen's "Best Evening Ever" The Rink is back! Michael "Chef Mike" Airhart feeds migrants Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    'This is My Home Base': A Visit to Pullman and Roseland

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 18:30


    For author, professor, and South Side connoisseur Arionne Nettles, Pullman and Roseland are her home base. Host Jacoby Cochran meets Arionne at the Pullman National Monument to reminisce on childhood memories, talk neighborhood history, and she shares some of her favorite things to do, see, and eat on the Far South Side.  Spots Arionne recommends: Palmer Park Pullman National Monument A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Lexington Betty Smokehouse Old Fashioned Donuts Original A.P. Deli Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    During Journey to Mexico, Monarch Butterflies Stop in Pilsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 15:56


    Every fall, monarch butterflies migrate thousands of miles south to Mexico, flying from and passing through Chicago. It's a long journey, but at a sanctuary garden in Pilsen the butterflies can feed and re-fuel. Claudia Galeno-Sanchez started her garden of native plants to help pollinators, but it also reminds her of her own journey from Mexico 20 years ago. Galeno-Sanchez says the garden brings the community together and helps the ecosystem. Host Jacoby Cochran takes a tour.  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Author Explores Grief, Loss, and Chi Politics in ‘Mount Chicago'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 13:20


    The sinkhole that swallows up Millennium Park in “Mount Chicago” only takes up a fraction of the new novel. Among other characters, the story follows Solomon Gladman, a writer and comedian who lost his family in the disaster, and a fictional mayor attempting to create a Daley-like legacy in the sinkhole's wake. Producer Simone Alicea talks with author Adam Levin about grief, loss, and the role of Chicago in the novel. A little bit of news: Learn more about running for a seat on newly-created police District Councils. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Texas is Busing Migrants to Chicago. What Happens Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 16:09


    On the evening of Aug. 31, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted that a bus of migrants had arrived in Chicago. The asylum-seekers, largely from Venezuela, had been sent to the city with little information, and the organizations and city officials receiving them at Union Station didn't have many more answers. Since then, two more buses of migrants have arrived. Chicago Tribune's Laura Rodriguez Presa has been talking with the new arrivals and shares some of their stories. You can find places to donate or sign up to volunteer to help arriving asylum-seekers through the city.  Some news: Get your state income and property tax rebates Chicago Fire Facility Moving to Site of Former ABLA Homes After School Matters applications open The Destinos international Latino Theater Festival begins this week Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bears Move Toward Burbs, But Will Fans Follow? Plus, South Side Celebrations

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 22:10


    Host Jacoby Cochran, Crain's reporter Corli Jay, and Block Club Southeast Side reporter Maxwell Evans rewind some stories from the week, including the Bears' ongoing threat to move to suburban Arlington Heights, new small businesses in Woodlawn, and some good news, including the welcoming community of South Shore and the return of a street fest in Gresham. Other stories discussed: Studying climate change in Chicago 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    It May Be Quiet, But Don't Sleep on the Northwest Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 16:57


    Host Jacoby Cochran meets fellow podcaster Zac Emery at Fort Knox Studios in Portage Park to talk about things to eat, see, and do on the Northwest Side. Emery, who hosts the podcast Album Rebrews, talks about moving to the area to be close to one of the city's largest music rehearsal spaces and discovering spots in the city and nearby suburbs that align with his eclectic interests. Spots Zac recommends: Thrifting books and collectibles at Village Crossing American Science and Surplus (now in Park Ridge) Tone Deaf Records LaBagh Woods Leaning Tower of Niles Mom's Old Recipe Mexican restaurant Weston's Coffee and Tap Co. Elly's on Milwaukee Want to know where to see birds in Uptown? Find a Chicago-mix-scented candle in Beverly? Or get a coffee (or two or three) in North Lawndale? Peep our neighborhood guide playlist. Some good news: The three-day Lincoln Park Gyrofest starts Friday. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Here's How the Committee Came Up with Their Recommendations for City Monuments

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 16:00


    Two years ago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot removed the Christopher Columbus statues in Grant Park and Arrigo Park in Little Italy after protests and police violence as activists called for the monuments to be removed. The mayor then appointed a committee to review the city's public monuments and determine which ones are problematic and what should be done with them. The Chicago Monuments Project narrowed the list to 41 works and just released their recommendations for those monuments. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to committee co-chair Bonnie McDonald about how the group came to their recommendations.  A little bit of news: Here's where to find the new bivalent COVID-19 booster. More residents are now eligible to get lead water lines removed. Here's where to apply and get a free water test kit. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    From the Barber's Chair to Podcast Mics, '79th and Halas' Brothers Talk Bears

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 18:33


    Brothers Scott and Joe Lewis grew up talking about their love—and frustration—with the Chicago Bears. They used to listen to the old guys at their barbershop in Englewood do the same thing. The Lewis brothers turned that into the “79th and Halas” podcast, which has been on for eight seasons. Ahead of the Bears' season opener Sunday, host Jacoby Cochran talks with Scott Lewis about the podcast and the upcoming season. A little bit of news: While beaches are closed for the season, some indoor pools are reopening this week. Check the Park District for details. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Street Takeovers Not Stopping, Chicago Welcomes Migrants from Texas, and The Rink is Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 25:38


    With illegal drag races, donuts in the street, backed up traffic, fireworks and run-ins with police, street takeovers continue to pop up across Chicago. Host Jacoby Cochran is joined by Chicago Sun-Times' reporter Manny Ramos and Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Sheridan to talk what, if anything, the city can do to discourage the meet-ups. Our Friday trio also discuss more libraries carrying Narcan (Naloxone), migrants arriving in Chicago from Texas, and the anniversary of Emmett Till's death. Plus, stick around for our good news we've got roller skates and pickleball! Some Good News: The Rink re-opening Friday, Sept. 2 Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    West Side Best Side? Explore North Lawndale to Garfield Park

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 18:32


    Host Jacoby Cochran and freelance journalist Natalie Frazier stop by Comercio Popular in Lawndale to talk about Natalie's family's history on the West Side. From growing up in Austin, visiting granny in Garfield Park, and putting down roots in North Lawndale, Natalie shares with us the pride she feels in her community and her desire to see it thrive. She also shares her favorite things to do, see, and eat in her neighborhoods.  Spots Natalie Recommends: Azucar Ice Cream & Coffee Principle Barbers Green Tomato Cafe Beelove Cafe Scatchell's Beef Monday Coffee @ Garfield Park Conservatory Muse Coffee Studio Firehouse Community Arts Center Check out our other neighborhood guides for Rogers Park, Uptown, and Edgewater and for Beverly, Morgan Park, and Mount Greenwood.  Want to take us around YOUR neighborhood? Or have recs on where to go? Email us at chicago@citycast.fm. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lisa Beasley's ‘Lory Litefoot' is a Political Statement

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 16:59


    Lisa Beasley has toured with Second City, performed on Comedy Central, and stolen scenes on the hit show “South Side.” Her latest show at the Laugh Factory, “Lisa Beasley's Unpolitical Woman Comedy Show,” may be her funniest creation yet. The show features a cast of Lisa's friends and impressive characters like “women's ministry pastor” Kevin Jackson, a reincarnated Margaret Thatcher, and Mayor Lory Litefoot. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to the writer and filmmaker about the show and the many layers of her comedy. For free tickets to Lisa Beasley's Unpolitical Woman Comedy, USE PROMO CODE: citycast (there are a limited number of tickets so grab them fast!) Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    You're on a Boat! How to Stay Safe in Lake Michigan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 16:07


    Just in the past couple weeks, one person was found dead and at least three others have been seriously injured at the “Playpen” in Lake Michigan — a popular boating spot east of Oak Street beach. As boaters, kayakers, swimmers, and casual Chicagoans make their way out to the water for the last few weeks of summer, host Jacoby Cochran talks to Mike McElroy, vice president of the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee, about the safety rules in the water, and why August is traditionally difficult for boaters.  Some good news: Nominations are open for Chicago magazine's Chicagoans of the year. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Meet One of Chicagoland's American Ninja Warriors

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 17:15


    Tonight is the season finale for "American Ninja Warrior" — the show with all the running, jumping, and swinging through crazy obstacles. But you can learn to be a ninja year round from a coach who's been on the show. Mike “The Stallion” Silenzi has been on nine times (including this season), and he runs Ultimate Ninjas in northwest suburban Libertyville. It's a gym dedicated to training for obstacles similar to what you see on the show. Producer Simone Alicea visited Mike at the gym to see what it takes to train like a ninja warrior. A little bit of news: On Tuesday, the city is hosting a public meeting about pedestrian and traffic safety on Garfield Boulevard in Washington Park. Some good news: We are extending the deadline of our Summertime Chi Bucket List challenge. You now have until Sept. 22 to do as many things as possible. Do the most, and you could win some swag! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    More School Bus Probs, Yet Another Monuments Committee, and Sister Jean's 103rd Birthday

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 23:59


    It is the first week of school for Chicago Public School students, but unfortunately for thousands of students and parents who rely on the district's school buses service, many are still without routes. WBEZ education reporter Sarah Karp breaks down that story, and Injustice Watch editor Jonah Newman discusses a report that recommends closing the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, and how the chief judge sat on the report for months. Plus, moments of joy, including celebrating Loyola's Sister Jean's 103rd birthday, and the Purple Block Party! Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Why A Trip to Beverly Is Worth It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 17:43


    Host Jacoby Cochran and librarian Ashley Rayner head to Ridge Park in Beverly to talk about Ashley's history growing up in the neighborhood to now raising her own children blocks away from her childhood home. She also shares her favorite things to do, see, and eat in her neighborhood. They also talk spots in Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. Spots Ashley Recommends: Afro Joe's Ain't She Sweet Cafe Beverly Dry Goods Beverly Phono Mart Big and Little Shoes Blue Island Beer Company Flippin Flavors Kimmy Kakes Milano's Chi Tung Major Taylor Trail Nicky's The Original Rainbow Cone Ohana Rock Island Public House Ridge Park Turkey Check out all great suggestions from listeners and readers on Twitter. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Doc Shows Southeast Side History and Resilience

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 13:46


    What happens to a community when industry leaves? That's the central question driving Steven Walsh's documentary “Southeast: A City Within a City.” Growing up in the East Side neighborhood, Walsh saw what unemployment and disinvestment did to the area, and he wanted to find out how it got there. The filmmaker talks with host Jacoby Cochran about why he loves his neighborhood and how his grandfather's story is the story of many on the Southeast Side. The documentary is being screened for free Thursday at Big Marsh Park after sunset. RSVP Here. Check our Steven Walsh's Guide to the Southeast Side in the City Cast Chicago newsletter. This conversation was originally published Sept. 30, 2021. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    From Hand-Holding to Meditation: The Work of Abortion Doulas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 12:49


    In a post-Roe world, the role of abortion doulas has become more critical than ever. Abortion doulas support people before, during, and after an abortion. City Cast Chicago host Jacoby Cochran talks to producer Meg Dalton about her experience as a doula in New York and Connecticut, and Meg plays tape of Ama Warnock, an abortion doula in Chicago, about how doulas support people looking to end their pregnancies.  Places that offer abortion doula services and training: Radical Doula Queer Doula Network Chicago Women's Health Center Embodied Reproductive Care Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    New Teachers Union President Talks First Day, Pandemic Safety, and Mayoral Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 15:37


    It's the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools. And while the past couple years have been marked by battles between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union over pandemic safety protocols, this school year is starting less contentiously with scaled-back COVID-19 measures. Stacy Davis Gates was elected president of the CTU this spring. She sits down with host Jacoby Cochran to talk about what teachers and students can expect this school year and her vision for one of the city's most influential institutions. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Pushback on Fests in Douglass Park, New Development in Bronzeville, and a Community Garden in Pilsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 25:36


    Douglass Park neighbors say the city is unfairly prioritizing festivals and events over residents who use the park. The park won't be fully repaired until after Riot Fest this fall, so neighbors are pushing for more of a voice in event permitting. Host Jacoby Cochran talks about that story with the Center for Public Integrity's María Inés Zamudio and City Bureau's Alejandra Cancino. Plus, they talk about development in Bronzeville, air pollution on the South and West sides, a community garden in Pilsen, and Cook County's guaranteed income program. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Your Guide to Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 17:24


    Host Jacoby Cochran and producer Simone Alicea head to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary in Uptown to talk about some of Simone's favorite things to do, see, and eat in her neighborhood. They also talk spots in Edgewater and Rogers Park.  Spots We Talked About: Montrose Bird Sanctuary Graceland Cemetery Green Mill Cocktail Lounge Immm Rice and Beyond Lickity Split Check out all great suggestions from listeners and readers on our Twitter feed Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    After Tragedy, Alderwoman Pushed to Protect Residents in Extreme Heat

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 16:01


    We expect summertime to be hot in Chicago, but extremely hot days are coming earlier and more often. During a May heat wave, three residents at a senior apartment complex in Rogers Park died from what's suspected to be heat-related causes. The tragedy prompted Ald. Maria Hadden to push a law to keep residents safe in extreme heat. The law passed in June. The 49th Ward alderwoman tells lead producer Carrie Shepherd how the new law came to be and what the protections entail. A little bit of news: The future of the Discount Mall in Little Village remains uncertain, with the contract between the mall and property owners set to expire at the end of this month. Go back and listen to our episode about the mall's importance to the community. Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What You Need to Know About COVID and Schools This Year

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 15:18


    Chicago Public Schools start the new school year on Monday, Aug. 22. Earlier this month, the district announced its COVID protocols for the upcoming school year. They include recommended masking, free weekly testing, some quarantining guidelines, and a test-to-stay program for unvaccinated students. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady tells us why students and parents should be confident returning to the classroom.  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Top Doc Says Lessons from COVID Are Essential to Monkeypox Response

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 14:45


    Monkeypox is a public health emergency in Illinois. There are more than 600 cases reported in Chicago. The person leading the response to monkeypox and all public health issues is Dr. Allison Arwady. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to the public health commissioner about what we need to know to protect ourselves against the virus, and why messaging is so important to prevent the spread. More on Monkeypox (MPV) More resources from the city about monkeypox Resources from the state Some Good News: Jacoby hosts The Moth on Tuesday, Aug. 16 Jacoby is a guest on Axios Chicago's Office Hours on Friday, Aug. 19 Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and Making Sure Chicago Tells Our Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 22:13


    Chicago Police say they're adding more officers to CTA trains across the city after recent violence. A Mississippi grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman in the Emmett Till murder case. Plus, controversy over a death in police custody, and gas prices are on the way down. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to Sylvia Snowden, host of CAN TV's Political Forum, and Angel Idowu, WTTW's arts correspondent, about all that and more.  Some Good News: CAN TV fall lineup  NABJ-Chicago wins chapter of the year The TRiiBE's Morgan Johnson's newsletter  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 14:47


    We‘re a month away from the end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge. Host Jacoby Cochran and lead producer Carrie Shepherd discuss who, uh, poorly they're doing at hitting all the spots. Plus, participants Annie A. and Dea B. tell City Cast where they've visited this summer, and how the list has exposed them to more of Chicago. Check out who's winning the Bucket List Challenge! Some Good News: Little Italy Festa  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How the ‘Bud' Became a Staple in Black Chicago

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 16:29


    The Bud Billiken Parade is turning 93 this weekend. It's the largest Black parade in the country. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to Shermann “Dilla” Thomas about the history of the Bud, and Shkunna Stewart from Bring Out the Talent Dance Co. about her family's history of dancing in the parade.  Some Good News: Taste of Andersonville Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades: The Illinois State Fair is Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:55


    The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday. It's meant to highlight the importance of agriculture in Illinois, but it's also where politicians schmooze with voters and other members of their party. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to politics reporter Amanda Vinicky on what to expect, especially since we're just a few months out from the election. Some Good News: Karaoke Storytellers The Moth Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from Chi to MCU

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 18:37


    The Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” tells the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, from Jersey City who suddenly gains superpowers. The show explores everything from Avenger fandom to Khan's Pakistani heritage, even diving deep into the real-life Partition of India in 1947. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to a poet and screenwriter who has artistic ties to Chicago, Fatimah Asghar, about writing for Ms. Marvel, representation in the MCU, and more.  Chicago Park District Fall Programs Registration 4th Ward Community Meeting about Proposed Dispensary Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Chi's Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS Enrollment Continues to Drop, and Grab South Side Weekly's 'Lit' Issue

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 26:30


    Across the U.S., big cities, including Chicago, are facing a small schools crisis as enrollment drops. Chalkbeat is out with a new story. ICE is finding new ways to target undocumented immigrants in Chicago. A new report from Block Club Chicago and Injustice Watch finds that Chicago police stop thousands more Black drivers in traffic stops than they report. Host Jacoby Cochran chats with Becky Vevea, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Chicago, and Alma Campos, immigration editor for South Side Weekly, about all that, plus some good news from a sales tax holiday to South Side Weekly's literature issue.  Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Yes, There's ‘Nope' But Here Are Some Indie Flicks to See This Weekend, Too

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 16:32


    From the indie flick “I Love My Dad” to Jordan Peele's blockbuster “Nope,” there are a lot of films to check out in theaters right now. Host Jacoby Cochran chats with film critic Reggie Ponder about some of the films playing in and around Chicago this weekend.  Update: An earlier version of this podcast misidentified one of the actor's roles in "I Love My Dad." Films and Showtimes: Nope I Love My Dad Pioneers of Queer Cinema at Gene Siskel Film Center Fresh Hell at Music Box Theatre Follow us on Twitter: @CityCastChicago Sign up for our newsletter: chicago.citycast.fm Call or Text Us: (773) 780-0246 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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