After 34 days on liquids, activists on a hunger strike to re-open a South Side high school believe they’re on solid enough ground to call off the strike, but they say their fight will continue. Then, two principals of schools on the city’s near north side are trying to pool resources by merging. Brushed your teeth this morning, but still have that sour taste in your mouth? It must be the Bears. Cheryl Raye Stout joins us to try to explain the pain. And Pulitzer prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar stops by to discuss his play "Disgraced." And jazz cellist Tomeka Reid has been in-demand as a collaborator for years and now she has an album of her own material.
Classically trained, Tomeka Reid didn’t consider jazz as her main bag until flutist Nicole Mitchell pulled her into Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble 15 years ago. Since then she’s taught kids, lent her talents to a wide variety of ensembles and genres, has worked with just about everyone in Chicago’s world-renowned improvisation scene and played in world capitals. Now she’s got an album of her own,
The 5th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival will take place over the weekend. Among the many performers are two instrumentalists and composers – Diane Ellis and Tomeka Reid. Ellis’ saxophone and Reid’s cello are miles apart musically but the two share a passion for their craft.