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Morning Shift: The art of reality
January 31, 2013
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'Morning Shift' #97: The art of reality
On Thursday's Morning Shift, we talk about Chicago and Philadelphia's hurting school districts, WBEZ's Business Reporter tells more about abandon city buildings, the history and happenings with the Sundance Film Festival programmer and girl groups on Music Thursday.
· Thu, Jan 31 2013 07:03:09
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Chicago Public Schools will host yet another community meeting Thursday in the Austin neighborhood to discuss the issue of closing schools. The district is expected to release a pared down list of schools still eligible for closure by Feb. 13. But the issue of closing schools is more than just moving students to another school. One issue is what the district plans to do with the vacant buildings after the school is shut down. School leaders say they will not put new schools in those buildings or hand them over to charter school like they have in the past. WBEZ’s Becky Vevea is heading out to another city—Philadelphia--that’s shuttered it’s schools to see what’s happened to those empty buildings.
A fire at an abandoned building in the Bridgeport neighborhood got us wondering how many vacant buildings are across the city, and why they’re left unoccupied. WBEZ Business Reporter Niala Boodhoo digs into the stats and tells us what she found.
Park City, Utah, is no longer the sole place to get a taste of the famed Sundance Film Fest. For the past few years, the acclaimed independent film event has been branching. This Thursday, as part of its Sundance USA Initiative, the fest will host one-night-only events in ten cities, including Chicago. David Courier, senior programmer for Sundance Film Festival, talks about the fest, some controversy surrounding the annual event, its USA initiative and more.
Music Thursday: Girl Groups
Fifty-two years ago this week, the girl group The Shirelles hit number on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” , becoming the first all-female group to reach that milestone. What started as a novelty act during the vaudeville days, the Girl Group has become an important and integral part of the pop music landscape around the world. Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele celebrate the contributions of the Girl Group with the help of Kristin Mark, lead guitarist with the Chicago band Summer Girlfriends.