We learn about the past, present, and future of the paw paw, the largest edible fruit native to the United States, from a man who wrote a book about the forgotten fruit. We also talk with the two guys behind the play Unspeakable, a look at the life of comic icon Richard Pryor. And we have a conversation with the acting head of the Chicago Housing Authority.
Chicago and Cook County ban discrimination against potential tenants based solely on paying the rent with Section 8 vouchers. But WBEZ found such listings on Craigslist are common, and often go unpunished.
The Chicago City Council meets and a group of aldermen is expected to re-introduce an ordinance that aims to bring some reform to the Chicago Housing Authority. Our coverage of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act continues with a conversation about how students with disabilities seem to be disciplined at a higher rate than their peers and what that means for their education. We get a visit from our resident Soul Diva Ayana Contreras.
When Michael Tyler’s son came to him with a story of schoolyard bullying, he knew this would require more than the standard “keep your chin up” advice. His son had been confronted with a racial epithet and Tyler wanted an illustrative way to explain why that’s never appropriate behavior-from anyone. So he wrote his own book. The Skin You Live In is 10 years old this year, and the author says it’s re-emerging as an important option for parents and teachers to pass on. He details why he thinks the message is different. Also, we talk Stop. Reset. - Goodman's latest.
Strained relationships between the police and community members are unfortunately common in many cities, and Chicago is no different. One South Side community group aims to help mend the fences by getting Chicago cops and kids from Englewood playing baseball together. Teamwork Englewood organized the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League earlier this year to get cops into coaching and mentoring roles. We talk with organizers and a Chicago cop/coach. And, music from J. Fernandez.