The Reporter's Angela Caputo recently blogged about crime and violence on the South Side of Chicago. Publisher Alden Loury and Editor Kimbriell Kelly will take the conversation a step further on air from 10 a.m. to noon Friday on Vocalo, a division of Chicago Public Radio.
Loury and Kelly will host a two-hour "public square" discussion from Carter's Barber Shop at 3620 W. Cermak Road. They will discuss the growing violence in Chicago during three 20-minute segments, beginning at 10:20, 11, and 11:40.
If Friday goes well, the Reporter could host these shows on a regular basis "where we'll cover issues we're investigating or issues where we have great institutional knowledge," according to Loury.
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Here's the game plan for Friday:
10:20 a.m. Why is Chicago so violent? We'll talk about some recent occurrences and highlight the fact that Chicago outpaces New York and Los Angeles for violent crimes.
11 a.m. What will it take to stop the violence? We'll discuss some proposed methods to deal with the violence in Chicago (i.e. the National Guard, gun bans, more police, more family values, etc.)
11:40 a.m. What can people do to stem the violence and protect themselves? During this segment we'll talk some about working with law-enforcement, establishing block clubs and assisting other anti-violence efforts.
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