WBEZ | Ed Flynn http://www.wbez.org/tags/ed-flynn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en An uneducated man explains the Chicago Teachers Union strike authorization vote http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/uneducated-man-explains-chicago-teachers-union-strike-authorization <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5604132615_0d7f7a567d_z%20%281%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 400px; " title="Teachers at the Chicago We Are One rally in the spring of 2011. (Flickr/Jean Paul Holmes)" />Last week, the Chicago Teachers Union <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ninety-percent-teachers-authorize-strike-100005">decided they were allowed to strike</a>, in an attempt to push Chicago Public Schools administrators to negotiate with them over longer school days and pay.</p><p>Comedian Ed Flynn knows you might not understand how this situation became so heated. And as a self-described &quot;uneducated&quot; individual, he wants to clear up any confusion. In his words, &quot;As Oscar Wilde famously said in his most recent work FreeBrainyQuotes.com, &#39;By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.&#39;&nbsp;Community, I am your ignorance.&quot; Read an excerpt below or listen above.</p><p><em>Apparently, this all started when Mayor Daley, sort of a plain spoken sort of a guy, visited a city in China. I&rsquo;m not sure which one, because the only thing that identifies a Chinese city to me is Chinese people. Who of course also make up the rest of China. I mean, people-wise. China is also made up of ground and water and buildings and polluted air and sushi. Wait. Not sushi. Sorry. That&rsquo;s Japan.</em></p><p><em>Anyway, Daley visited China and noticed that Chinese students have a longer school day than American students. And of course, Chinese students are like the Chinese of being students. They&rsquo;re awesome and unlike American students they learn how to build things that have nothing to do with the words &ldquo;entertainment blog.&rdquo; By the way, totally check out my blog &ldquo;Movies, Bitch, Get Out The Way.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>So Daley floated the idea of having a longer school day in the hope Chicago&rsquo;s students could one day overtake the Chinese students in being the Chinese of being students.</em></p><p><em>But towards the end of his career Mayor Daley was like the American students of managing the city&rsquo;s money. He sucked at it.</em></p><p><em>For example, he sold the parking meters and now there are robots that you have to feed a plastic rectangle before you get a little slip of paper that says how long your car can exist at that specific point in space and time. If you exist outside of those parameters that you negotiated with the robot, you have to pay an amount of the paper that we all say has value.</em></p><p><em>Mayor Daley did that. Basically, he created robot overlords.</em></p><p><em>So when Mayor Daley died and Prince Emanuel was confirmed by the pope, he became mayor and decided to see through the dying king&rsquo;s wish.</em></p><p><em>But there was no money. And we need money. Because we can&rsquo;t just give each other things and do things for one another. I don&rsquo;t know why.</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-06/uneducated-man-explains-chicago-teachers-union-strike-authorization The Paper Machete Radio Magazine 9/3/11: The Great Flood http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/2011-09-03 Julia Sweeney photo by Erin Nekervis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-08/julia sweeney.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 294px; " title="Julia Sweeney brings down the house (Photo by Erin Nekervis)"></p><p>When it rains outside the Horseshoe, it rains inside the Horseshoe. But that didn't put a damper on things! We have&nbsp;Julia Sweeney ragging on strollers at the acquarium. Stephanie McCanles comments on reality television and the Emmy season. Bond Benton reports on pro-wrestling. Michael Patrick Thornton with Ed Flynn, a famous LA Storm Trooper, talks politics. Paper Thick Walls wails along with the storm.&nbsp;As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.&nbsp;Download it&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=450280345" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">here</a>, or listen below. And a shoutout to&nbsp;Aadam Jacobs, who recorded the whole thing.</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483711-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-03-PaperMacheteRadioMagazine.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Saturday, <em>The Paper Machete</em> takes on America, which is obviously falling apart at the seams. 9/11, the post office, pro-football, and the end of summer will all be discussed. People joining us; Megan Stielstra of <a href="http://2ndstory.com/">Second Story</a>; Benno Nelson from the <a href="http://thenewcolony.org/">New Colony Theatre</a>; writer and editor <a href="http://www.joelcreese.com/">Joel Reese</a>; comedian <a href="http://www.neilarsenty.com/">Neil Arsenty</a>, and <a href="http://www.sadbradsmith.com/">Sad Brad Smith</a>. With music from Chris Damiano. Be sure to be there, as Christopher Piatt will reveal his real talents!</div></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-08/paper-machete-radio-magazine-9311-great-flood-91699