Dec. 22, 2011
Eight Forty-Eight's Katie O'Brien hosts a special encore edition of the show looking at the milestones that marked 2011. Alison Cuddy looks back at highlights—and lowlights—from the year in sports with Eight Forty-Eight’s regular sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout and ESPN’s Lester Munson. Then, Chicago government saw a major transition of power this year as the city elected its first mayor in more than two decades. After Rahm Emanuel was declared the outright winner in February, Eight Forty-Eight hosted a live post-election show in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie performance studio to gage how the community felt about their new mayor—the show revisits those initial reactions. And former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption this year, bringing the grand total to 18 counts. After he received a 14-year sentence, Eight Forty-Eight heard from WBEZ reporters Rob Wildeboer and Sam Hudzik and invited listeners to share their thoughts. And this summer, Chicago celebrated the 40th anniversary of Soul Train with a concert in Millennium Park; Eight Forty-Eight revisits a conversation Richard Steele had with the hip trip’s creator Don Cornelius.