After 34 days on liquids, activists on a hunger strike to re-open a South Side high school believe they’re on solid enough ground to call off the strike, but they say their fight will continue. Then, two principals of schools on the city’s near north side are trying to pool resources by merging. Brushed your teeth this morning, but still have that sour taste in your mouth? It must be the Bears. Cheryl Raye Stout joins us to try to explain the pain. And Pulitzer prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar stops by to discuss his play "Disgraced." And jazz cellist Tomeka Reid has been in-demand as a collaborator for years and now she has an album of her own material.
The good news is that Chicago theaters are trying to grapple with the issue of race this season (so much, by the way, for the notion that America would somehow become “post-racial” after the election of President Obama).
“Being Muslim these days is like being public enemy number one,” says actor Usman Ally. “Our voices are not being heard.”“In a way, it’s a dangerous play,” he says of Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, which had its world premiere at American Theater Company last month.