You can’t say that Ken Babbs invented the ‘60s. But you can say that he and his best friend Ken Kesey, along with their crew of Merry Pranksters, helped pull the country out of its Eisenhower-induced cultural slumber. The “Intrepid Traveler”, novelist, and raconteur joins Morning Shift before a show at Thalia Hall this weekend. Also, an update on Indiana's BP Oil refinery strike. And Irish songs and stories.
We talk with Rich Cohen about his new book on the Chicago Bears' magical 1985 season. We also hear reactions to the long-awaited Lake Shore Drive extension and delve into the complications that come with labeling sexuality.
When the Chicago Bears named Marc Trestman as Lovie Smith’s replacement, most people’s reaction was…“who?” But three games into the season, Trestman certainly is making a name for himself--a nickname too.
Tony Sarabia and Richard Steele welcome Reggie Torian to talk abou the soulful, complex sounds of Curtis Mayfield. We also hear about Bears head coach, Marc Trestman, and check in with an organizer of the world's second oldest LGBT film fest.[View the story "Morning Shift: The music of Curtis Mayfield" on Storify]