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A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago. Hosted by Jenn White. From WBEZ.

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    WBEZ's Parent Company Chicago Public Media Acquires The Chicago Sun-Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 12:50

    Reset interviews WBEZ's CEO, Matt Moog, about the company's acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Opioid Crisis Reaches Record-Breaking Numbers In Cook County

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 15:23

    The opioid crisis has gotten less attention during the pandemic, even though deaths have reached record-breaking numbers. What can we do to limit overdoses?

    Who Dies Most During This Third Wave Of COVID-19?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 12:31

    As Omicron cases continue to strain hospitals across the country, the Surgeon General is warning that the worst is yet to come. Here in Cook County, new data shows that Black Chicagoans and suburban residents over 60 are dying at disproportionate rates.

    WBEZ's Weekly News Recap: Jan. 14, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 31:01

    As the omicron wave continues, Mayor Lori Lightfoot tests positive for COVID-19. Students return to classrooms this week after a standoff between the city and the Chicago Teachers Union. Plus, employees at the Art Institute of Chicago vote to form a union.

    How To Avoid COVID-19 Testing Scams In The Chicago Area

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 14:26

    Reset digs into what you need to know before you head out for a COVID-19 test. We check in with Block Club Chicago breaking news editor Kelly Bauer and Steve Bernas with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois for the latest.

    Chicago Public Schools Lockout's Effect On School Counselors, Social Workers And Mental Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 17:15

    School counselors and social workers were among the CPS staff who have been locked out of the google classroom by Mayor Lightfoot in the past week, during the standoff between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools. Reset checks in with a counselor and social worker from a North Side CPS school about how the lockout has impacted their work.

    Chicago Pastor Rev. Otis Moss joins hunger strike for voting rights and democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 16:21

    Over the last year, at least 19 states have passed laws making it harder to vote. Since January 6th, 25 religious leaders from around the country have been on a hunger strike to urge Congress to pass voting rights legislation. Reset talks with Rev. Otis Moss, who is one of the hunger strikers.

    Chicago Businesses Weigh In On City Vaccine Mandate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 17:32

    It's been one week since Cook County and Chicago rolled out a vaccine mandate for most indoor spaces. The order requires customers five and older to show proof of vaccination at restaurants, bars, gyms and movie theaters. Reset checks in with several business owners and staff for an update on how they're handling the mandate.

    WBEZ's Weekly News Recap: Jan. 7, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 26:53

    Cook County launches vaccine mandate for restaurants, bars and gyms; Chicago cancels school after teachers refuse to teach in-person, and longtime Congressman Bobby Rush announces retirement. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Weekly News Recap with WVON's Kimberly Egonmwan and the Chicago Tribune's Dan Petrella.

    Reflecting On The Jan. 6th Insurrection And Illinois Participants Facing Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 17:04

    Reset brings on a WAMU Reporter, Margaret Barthel, who covered the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol to reflect, and Chicago Sun-Times Federal Courts reporter, Jon Seidel, discusses the charges and sentences for people from the Chicago region who participated in the insurrection.

    Allison Arwady, Chicago's Top Doctor On The Omicron Holiday Surge And In-Person Learning

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 16:13

    As the omicron variant continues to spread the country, Chicago is implementing new vaccine mandates for indoor venues to encourage residents to get their shots. Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers Union votes to switch to remote learning amid the post-holiday COVID surge. Reset checks in with the city's top doc, Dr. Allison Arwady, for the latest COVID guidelines.

    Chicago-Area Frontline Workers Give Inside Look Into Overwhelmed Hospitals: ‘People Don't Realize What We've Been Asked To Do'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 14:51

    Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are at an all-time high in Illinois, and doctors, nurses and staff are under tremendous pressure.

    COVID Year 3 begins, and your questions get answered

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 15:58

    Reset brings on an infectious disease expert for our weekly check-in to provide clarity and answers to your questions, comments and concerns about COVID-19. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset, go to wbez.org and follow us on Twitter @WBEZReset

    How To Help Your Family Setup And Protect Their Tech This Holiday Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 12:08

    If you give your parents new tech, chances are you'll have to be their tech support and install it for them. Heather Kelly, technology help desk reporter at The Washington Post helps Reset cover what you need to know when they ask other tech questions so you sound like a pro.

    2021 Was A Year Of Climate Shock And Reckoning On Environmental Racism

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 26:15

    Reset Sustainability Contributor, Karen Weigert, gives a retrospective on the sustainability highs and lows for 2021. She's joined by Naomi Davis of the environmental justice coalition “Blacks In Green” to evaluate the progress in Chicago for the last year in defeating environmental racism and inequity.

    WBEZ Weekly News Recap, December 17, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 32:16

    City Council holds its last session of 2021, passing the sports betting ordinance and unanimously approving a near 3 million dollar settlement for Anjanette Young, for a wrongful raid Chicago police carried out on her home. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Weekly News Recap.

    Chicago's Legacy Of Broken Promises To Former Cabrini Green Project Residents

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 15:17

    A new investigation from the Better Government Association lays out the failed promises of jobs and housing made to Cabrini's residents — predominantly Black Chicagoans — and where those promises stand today. Reset gets the details from investigative reporter Alejandra Cancino.

    How Cook County approaches crisis communication during pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 15:22

    Reset checks in with the Cook County Department of Public Health to discuss how experts are handling the messaging around COVID and its new variants -- and how the county hopes to reach people who are still skeptical about vaccines.

    Inflation Worries: What's Causing Prices To Keep Going Up?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 16:31

    Inflation's at its highest level in 39 years. What's behind the trend and when might it end?

    Dr. Mia Taormina Answers Questions As The Omicron Reaches Chicago

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 12:58

    As all Illinois counties enter a “high-transmission” zone and the omicron variant arrives in Chicago, Reset checks back in with Dr. Mia Taormina for the latest public health guidance.

    What Goes Wrong When Couples Disagree About COVID Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 18:39

    Disagreements about vaccines have highlighted growing divisions in our country— and, for some of us, our homes, too. Reset explores what happens when couples and co parents don't agree on vaccines with Jessica Calarco, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, and Lyz Lenz, author of the newsletter Men Yell at Me.

    WBEZ's Weekly News Recap: Dec. 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 31:14

    Actor Jussie Smollett is found guilty of five charges that he staged and made a false report of a hate crime against himself. City Council struggles to redraw the ward boundaries and the new Omicron variant arrives in Chicago as COVID cases and hospitalizations surge throughout the state.

    How Should The U.S. Respond If Russia Invades Ukraine, Again?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 13:47

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of consequences if his country invades Ukraine. Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley gives Reset his take on the crisis and other news from Capitol Hill.

    How Senator Tammy Duckworth's ASAP Act Will Help Her And Other Disabled Persons Access Mass Transit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 12:02

    The federal infrastructure bill includes a provision that will make transit stations across the country fully accessible. The All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) Act sets aside $1.75 billion in grants for upgrades and improvements to meet or exceed the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reset checks in with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth for the latest on the ASAP Act, which she helped introduce, and the $2 trillion social spending plan.

    Investigative Report Reveals Costly Consequences Of Drug Arrests. What Does Reform Look Like?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 27:34

    An investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association found tens of thousands of people jailed on low-level drug possession cases had their charges routinely dropped in Cook County, but the consequences are costly. Reset checks in with reporters and local drug policy experts for details and analysis.

    New Book ‘American Dementia' Explores Present And Future Of Brain Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 16:15

    For decades, researchers have chased a pharmaceutical cure for memory loss. But despite the fact that no disease-modifying biotech treatments have emerged, new research suggests that dementia rates have actually declined in the United States over the last decade. Why is this happening? And what does it mean for brain health in the future? Reset talks with the co-authors of American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset, go to wbez.org and follow us on Twitter @WBEZReset

    WBEZ's Weekly News Recap: Dec. 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 29:33

    Illinois is in the midst of a COVID surge, surpassing 11,000 new cases for the first time this year, while newly released standardized test scores show the impact the pandemic had on learning. Plus, the latest on the criminal trial of actor Jussie Smollet. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Weekly News Recap.

    Spotify ‘Wrapped Lists' Are Out For 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 18:45

    Spotify Wrapped lists are out. What songs did you listen to this year? Which did you turn to just get you through it? We break out our playlists and share our favorite tracks, ear worms and guilty pleasures as the year winds down.

    Future Of Roe v. Wade Hangs On Today's Supreme Court Arguments In Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 19:03

    On the heels of the opening oral arguments in the biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade that has come before the Supreme Court, Reset asks local leaders and experts about their reactions.

    One Day To Go And Chicago Aldermen Are No Closer To A Ward Remap Agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 16:39

    There's one day left before Chicago City Council members have to pass the final remap of Chicago's 50 wards. A heated battle between the city's Black and Latino caucuses have forced both sides to give ground in time for the final vote. Reset checks in on where things stand.

    One Day To Go And Chicago Aldermen Are No Closer To A Ward Remap Agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 16:39

    There's one day left before Chicago City Council members have to pass the final remap of Chicago's 50 wards. A heated battle between the city's Black and Latino caucuses have forced both sides to give ground in time for the final vote. Reset checks in on where things stand.

    What we know about the Omicron variant

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 12:07

    A new strain of COVID-19 has been detected in at least 15 countries. Reset checks in with a New York Times science reporter for the latest on the Omicron variant and how the U.S. is preparing for its arrival. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset, go to wbez.org and follow us on Twitter @WBEZReset

    Thanksgiving 2021: Avoid The Fights And Pass The Potatoes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 36:46

    When we see relatives and friends at the Thanksgiving table this year, the conversation may turn to politics, the pandemic, social and racial justice, and other topics where people don't always agree. Reset talks to a conflict resolution specialist about setting boundaries with loved ones and strategies to diffuse dinner-table squabbles.

    How The American Jury System Works, Or Not

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 12:37

    Recent court cases have many thinking about what makes the jury system flourish and fail. Reset hears from an expert on what you should know about the jury selection process.

    What the Rittenhouse verdict means for the future of self-defense, gun rights

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 38:35

    Kyle Rittenhouse took an AR-15 assault-style rifle across state lines and shot and killed two people, but a jury ruled that he was acting in self-defense and the verdict was “not guilty” on all charges. Reset talks with a Second Amendment expert about what this says about gun rights in America and learns how right-wing extremist, vigilante and militia groups are responding to the verdict.

    Finland Is The So-Called Happiest Country On Earth — Afro-Finns Weigh In

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 19:14

    Despite the Nordic country's utopian reputation, Finns of African descent often face racial profiling and discrimination. WBEZ's Natalie Moore talked with Finns of African descent about their experiences living in the social welfare state.

    Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted Of All Charges

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 47:16

    Today Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges. Reset talks to an array of journalists and experts about the verdict. Reset goes behind those headlines and more in the Weekly News Recap.

    You Actually CAN Create A Healthy Relationship With Your Screens

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 19:19

    Cooler weather means more time indoors, and that can often mean more screen time. So, how do we set boundaries that work? Listeners call in with their life hacks.

    Journalist Jon Hansen gives us some good news

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 11:58

    Most Chicago journalists spend a lot of time pointing out what's wrong with our city. Jon Hansen's doing something different. He hosts Block Club Chicago's podcast It's All Good, which celebrates Chicagoans who are doing something good for their neighborhood.

    Illinois' Truck Driver Shortage Adds To U.S. Supply Chain Issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 15:13

    The American Trucking Associations says the industry faces a shortage of 80,000 drivers. That's up 30% from the estimated shortage before the pandemic. Reset explores why Illinois trucking companies are concerned about this issue and what the shortage means for the supply chain crisis.

    David Sedaris Shares His Laughs, Pains And Neuroses Performing On His New Book Tour

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 15:38

    Most NPR listeners recognize David Sedaris from what's become a holiday tradition: the re-airing of his 1992 account of spending two Christmas seasons working as an elf at Macy's in New York. Since “Santaland Diaries,” Sedaris has penned numerous books, become a regular contributor to The New Yorker and been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    How The Infrastructure Bill May ElLead Pipes And Improve Broadband In Illinois

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 27:09

    President Joe Biden pledged to replace every lead pipe in the U.S. Illinois lawmakers estimate the state will receive at least $1.7 billion to improve its drinking and wastewater infrastructure. Biden also expects the bill to help close the digital divide. Reset asks experts what investments may be in store for Illinois.

    WBEZ Weekly News Recap, November 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 30:32

    Chicago cancels school to motivate parents to vaccinate as COVID cases rise. The Chicago Police Department cancels days off in anticipation of a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Reset goes behind those headlines and more in the Weekly News Recap.

    New Podcast, ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are', Digs Into Race And Racism

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 17:04

    Some of My Best Friends Are... is hosted by Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Ben Austen, two best friends who grew up together on Chicago's South Side in the 1980s. They invite listeners in with engaging conversations on how race affects their friendships and work, while using pop culture and historical events as a guide. Reset checks in with the duo behind the mic.

    How Might ‘Amazon Fresh' Stores Compete With Chicago Grocery Chains

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 13:08

    A new Amazon Fresh grocery store housed at the former Dominick's grocery in Morton Grove will open Thursday. The store will join others that offer “Just Walk Out” and other new technology that allow customers to skip a checkout line altogether. Reset brings on an expert to discuss how this might change the grocery store landscape.

    83 people await potential exoneration in cases tied to former Chicago Police Officer Ronald Watts

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 18:27

    It's one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago police history. For a decade, a unit led by former police sergeant Ronald Watts terrorized residents of the Ida B. Wells housing project on the city's south side, fabricating charges and planting evidence. Reset has the latest on what's becoming Cook County's largest-ever exoneration.

    Sesame Street's ‘Maria', Sonia Manzano, talks about her new kids show, ‘Alma's Way', that celebrates diversity

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 12:34

    Reset chats with Sonia Manzano about her new kids TV show highlighting problem-solving strategies for kids and cultural diversity. Manzano is best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street.

    WBEZ Weekly News Recap, November 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 27:00

    Three top Chicago Park officials are fired over lifeguard sexual assault scandal and the standoff over vaccine mandates between Mayor Lightfoot and the head of the Fraternal Order of Police continues. Reset goes behind the week's headlines on the Weekly news Recap.

    Young Afghan evacuees are suffering in Chicago shelters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 10:59

    After weeks at a shelter where no staff members speak their languages, some Afghan refugee children have hurt themselves and others. After a ProPublica investigation, Illinois lawmakers demanded a probe into conditions. Reset checks in with the ProPublica reporter about her investigation.

    Dr. Allison Arwady On Chicago's COVID Vaccine Rollout For Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 18:45

    Pediatricians and pharmacies are preparing for the newest round of COVID shots, which could start being offered in the next few days. About 15 million doses are already being shipped to vaccination sites throughout the country, but some parents still have concerns when it comes to their kids.

    Kal Penn On His New Memoir And Championing His Indo Heritage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 17:10

    Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn joins Reset to discuss his new memoir, You Can't Be Serious. The book is a series of funny, awkward and inspiring stories about his life, from his early roles in Hollywood to finding love in Washington D.C. Penn will speak at the Chicago Humanities Fest on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at 7 p.m.

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