Comedian Stephen Colbert started his new role as host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS last night, but his comedic roots are at Chicago's Second City. A new book looks at the work of Richard Durham, who created a popular weekly radio show called Destination Freedom, which focused on the lives of notable African Americans at a time when mainstream media did not. Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras is in with some of her favorite tunes by the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Crain's Chicago Business real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin tells us how a Chicago property tax hike would affect everyone from homeowners to renters.
Writer Mike Thomas’ recent Chicago Reader article "How Chicago shaped Stephen Colbert” details that time in the performer’s life. Thomas joins us to discuss Colbert's Chicago roots and Late Show debut.
Stephen Colbert has run for president. He's testified before Congress, created a political action committee and assisted the U.S. Olympic speedskating team in the role of assistant sports psychologist.
1. Expect a little blood and gore this summer; Drury Lane Theatre has a production of Sweeney Todd starting previews August 11. Tony nominated Gregg Edelman plays our title character, and the production is choreographed and directed by Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell.