Jan. 25, 2012
A new report found that more than 5,500 young people under 18 were arrested on Chicago Public Schools' property in 2010--and that black youth are disproportionately affected. The report’s author, Mariame Kaba, and reporter Linda Paul joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the significance of arrests taking place on school property. And Chicago-based Poetry magazine turns 100 this year: Eight Forty-Eight talked with the magazine’s editor, Christian Wiman, and WBEZ arts and culture editor, Lynette Kalsnes, about consuming poetry in a digital age--and how the magazine’s parent organization, Poetry Foundation, is spending a gift of $200 million. Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s play, Race, dissects racial issues with unabashed frankness and plenty of humor; the play is onstage now at the Goodman Theatre. Eight Forty-Eight sat down with WBEZ’s Richard Steele and one of the production's stars, former The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens, to find out which conditions foster honest conversations about race. And a new proposal by Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer would shift the tax exemption powers enjoyed by festivals like Lollapalooza to the County’s Board of Commissioners--and away from the county revenue director. Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Commissioner Gainer and WBEZ music blogger Jim DeRogatis, who recently reported on the proposal, about how the current arrangement is configured and how the propsed measure might change that structure.