Posts tagged "wbez"

Dead-End Leases for Subsidized Renters

Imagine moving into a new apartment only to find out a few months later that your building is in foreclosure? Ok, now imagine it happening two you twice in less than a decade. Johneece Cobb, a 45-year-old community college student, didn’t see it coming when she signed a lease a couple years ago. Having been... Read more »

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ
Little Village is just across from where “The Barber Shop Show’s” airs its weekly broadcast in North Lawndale. It’s primarily an immigrant neighborhood that’s home to both the Cook County Jail and the street known as the other Magnificent Mile. Now, Little Village will be home to one of WBEZ’s neighborhood bureaus and staffed primarily by... Read more »

How not to judge Chicago’s violence number

There are two ways of looking at almost anything. So it’s little surprise that the shooting numbers put out by the City of Chicago are framed in a way to make the city look good. But they also skew our understanding of the urban violence we are really dealing with, says Rob Wildeboer, criminal and... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show review: Mid-Month Mash Up on gay marriage, demographic changes, and more

Each month, the Barber Shop Show features local journalists, bloggers and media personalities to get their take on the news of the month. For June’s Mid-Month Mash Up, the guests were Yolanda Perdomo, a host and producer with WBEZ; Jen Sabella, senior Chicago editor at DNAinfo Chicago; and myself representing The Chicago Reporter. The conversation... Read more »

On the Barber Shop Show: ‘Speedy removals’ of immigrants (video)

The Chicago Reporter’s latest investigation, “Speedy Removal,” revealed that thousands of immigrants bypass the due process of immigration court and are deported after signing stipulated orders of removal. That’s part of a troubling trend in U.S. immigration enforcement, says Mark Fleming, litigation coordinator at the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center, because rushed removal proceedings don’t... Read more »

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday

Five Chicago stories to warm your heart this holiday
The news can be kind of a bummer, right? We’re no exception. Always reporting on the gaping racial disparities, political corruption, and someone short-changing the poor. So today, in honor of the holiday, we bring you five sweet stories from around Chicago. The kind of stories that will make you feel good about your city.... Read more »
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The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media

The Barber Shop Show: Teens in the justice system and diverse voices in media
Felony or misdemeanor? How a 17-year old is charged with a crime in Illinois makes a big difference. Charged with a misdemeanor and they go to juvenile court and, if convicted, do time in a juvenile facility. But charged with a felony, and they’re automatically transferred to adult court and may end up doing time... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Flaming Hot Cheetos and a fun farewell show

The Barber Shop Show: Flaming Hot Cheetos and a fun farewell show
My favorite category of stories on our mid-month mash up episode of the Barber Shop Show is always the WTF stories. Sure, we share our news likes and dislikes, and those are interesting. But the WTFs are always the ones I end up telling my husband about over dinner. Like the lady who found out... Read more »

Barber Shop Video Review: Getting a GED at age 40

Her nephew needed help with his homework, but Nicole Hicks says she couldn’t understand it herself. She isn’t alone. Nearly one third of the adults in the Chicago region struggle with low-literacy. That means while they can read, they can’t read well enough to do a lot of every day activities–filling out a job application,... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show Preview: Junk food blues - what to do?

Barber Shop Show Preview: Junk food blues - what to do?
In the fight against childhood obesity, should the food choices our kids have be limited? That’s just one of the topics we’ll take up in this week’s mid-month mashup on the Barber Shop Show, our hour-long radio program on Vocalo 89.5 FM starting at noon every Friday. We’ll be joined by Lynette Kalsnes and Odette... Read more »