We dive into the debate over school testing-and talk alternatives-with Anya Kamenetz, author of "The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don’t Have To Be." And we take a look at all the diets that people will tackle for their New Year's resolution.
The CDC is warning about the outbreak of the flu, saying this year's shot is not effective at fighting this strain. We check in with school nurses about what they're doing to keep students and staff safe.
We look at a new website launched by the Chicago Justice Project crunching arrest and conviction data in Cook County. We also find out what public school students expect from the mayor. Plus, the old school sounds of Chicago's Treehouse Records.
We're Indiana bound as we give a little love to "the region" exploring some issues facing the Hoosier state in 2015 with WBEZ's Michael Puente. We recap the Winter Classic. And, we speak with a best-selling author whose book boasts bacon and a fool-proof fitness plan.
We get a heads-up on new legislation going into effect in 2015 with Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky. The Chewing the Fat crew fills us in on what to look forward to in food trends for the new year. And, Greg Kot has his picks for best albums of 2014.
In the spirit of the holidays we're tackling the twin dinner table taboos of faith and politics. We discuss top religion stories of 2014 and the Chicago Reader's Mick Dumke walks us down his political hall of shame.
We review the year's biggest and best sports stories with help from WBEZ Sports Contributor, Cheryl Raye Stout. And, we discuss the shooting death of Dontre Hamilton as Wisconsin protesters come to Chicago to raise awareness.
We break down the Christmas Bulls/Lakers showdown. Renowned director Steve James joins us to discuss public reception to his documentary chronicling the life of Roger Ebert. And, we revisit an in-depth conversation with former Chicago photojournalist, Scott Strazzante.