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Protesters in support of school closings are a new phenomenon this year. Some have said they were paid $25 to come.

Jan. 23, 2012

Chicago Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings to hear public input on proposed closings, consolidations and turnarounds. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton and Catalyst Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss what happened at Friday night’s meetings. And Pastor Chris Harris, chairman of the Bronzeville Community Action Council, explained why they’re calling for a moratorium on turnarounds in Bronzeville. Also, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno died Sunday. But some media outlets misreported Paterno’s death the night before. How did it happen and what does this say about the pressures of breaking news first? Eight Forty-Eight talked with reporters from the old--and new--media worlds to learn more about the rules getting the story first--and getting it right. Then, candidates for political office in Illinois have the option of filing paperwork pledging to run a fair campaign...and that they are not communists. WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik breaks down the history of the oaths, and tells the show which 2012 candidates signed them. And will shows like The Moth, Funny Ha-Ha and Paper Machete make Chicago the literary humor capital of the country? WBEZ blogger and writer Claire Zulkey hosts Funny Ha-Ha, and she other local writers join the show to talk about the art of combining performance with the written word.