Today on the Morning Shift, we take a look back at Chicago's 1995 heat wave that killed 739 people. We also hear about artistic responses to the disaster. Plus, the FBI has been ensnaring young Muslims in the Chicago area on terrorism charges. We look at the bureau's tactics and whether, in some cases, they may go too far. We'll look at a "not-in-my-backyard" tussle over renting vs. owning in the West Loop. And finally, we get a review of last weekend's Taste of Chicago.
We discuss the ongoing talks with Iran and how the Iranian people are perceiving the process. Milos Stehlik checks in from the Czech Republic to give us a glimpse of a storied but less publicized film festival. And, fiddle sounds heard 'round the world!
Here in Illinois, the need for heroin treatment is rising. Senator Dick Durbin’s office says there were 1,652 drug overdose deaths in the state last year. Illinois’ senior senator is introducing legislation that he thinks could curb those deaths by making the overdose drug naloxone more available. We talk to Senator Durbin about those efforts, as well as what Congress should be doing to make rail travel safer.
We discuss politics and issues in Ethiopia with Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States, Girma Birru. Film contributor Milos Stehlik has two international films not to miss. And, internationally inspired storytelling on Weekend Passport.