Even with the unprecedented number of options available to us on the web, we still tend to gravitate towards things we like, and people like us. We talk about how to break out of the Internet echo chamber. Also, we have a conversation with Young Adult author M.T. Anderson, whose latest work is a piece of nonfiction that tells story of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Plus, several Chicago neighborhoods are hot — at least when it comes to house flipping. And we learn the good, the bad and the ugly of Chicago's sports teams.
The beginning of May here in Chicago means the end of the current class of city aldermen. Chicagoans voted in 13 new freshman aldermen for the 2015 through 2019 term - and they’ll join the ranks with a big group of more familiar faces. Here to talk about what’s left for the current group to tackle - and what the new group looks like - is WBEZ’s City Politics reporter Lauren Chooljian. Also, a look at the history of white riots in Chicago.
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago - known as C4 - says it will have to close its doors at the end of May. C4 serves over 10,000 people a year. The City of Chicago closed half its mental health clinics in 2012, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing hefty mental health cuts in his new budget. Mental Health workers across the city say the diminishing community based services will likely mean more people in prison, nursing homes, and emergency rooms. We talk about the effects of these closures. Also, music from Chicago's Dolly Varden.
Richard Pryor was many things: a comic genius, an actor, a social critic and a one-time drug addict. There have been more than a few biographies on Pryor but the latest, called Becoming Richard Pryor, is different. Author Scott Saul was able to get people in Richard's life who were gun shy in the past to open up about the man. Saul joins on Morning Shift to talk. Also, with Arbor Day approaching, we look at ways to help keep our urban and suburban forests healthy for future generations
We mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with a story of two Catholics who helped rescue Jews in the Netherlands. We also look at how Chicago Catholics are celebrating the canonization of two popes. Plus, country music from Suzy Bogguss.
Tracy Baim of Windy City Times and Tony play the new trivia game "That's So Gay" that aims to break stereotypes and explore LGBTQ history. And, we check in with the Cook County Republican Party to learn about their endorsement for the gubernatorial race.