WBEZ | CNN http://www.wbez.org/tags/cnn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Is Chicago America's toughest weather city? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-06/morning-shift-chicago-americas-toughest-weather-city <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago winter Flickr Kamil Dziedzina Photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Between harsh winters and sweltering summers, is Chicago the city with the toughest weather to live in? We find out the answer. And, a preview of the eight-part documentary premiering on CNN, Chicagoland.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-is-chicago-america-s-toughest-weathe" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is Chicago America's toughest weather city?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-06/morning-shift-chicago-americas-toughest-weather-city U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoAlessandra Tarantino)2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The United Nations has issued a report which says the Vatican, as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, is responsible for implementing its mandate. The report says the Vatican has not done enough to protect children from abuse. We&#39;ll discuss the findings.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-u-n-addresses-vatican-handling-of-se" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: U.N. addresses Vatican handling of child sex abuse cases " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-10/un-addresses-vatican-handling-child-sex-abuse-cases-109676 Shakespeare Theater brings conversation on sex trafficking to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-05/shakespeare-theater-brings-conversation-sex-trafficking-chicago-107038 <p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; text-align: center;"><b id="docs-internal-guid-4244879a-7b83-bbe0-0620-3ce92db50016" style="font-weight:normal;"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/download.jpeg" style="width: 514px; height: 290px;" title="Pictured, from left to far right: Shakespeare Theatre Executive Director Criss Henderson, Gill, Bissett, Durchslag, Zeitlin and Coorlim. (Courtesy of British Council) " /></span></b></p><p dir="ltr">The<a href="https://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,91"> Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>&#39;s&nbsp;upcoming production of <em>Roadkill</em> promises to be an experience unlike any other. The website warns that the play will take place &ldquo;off-site.&rdquo; Theatregoers will board a bus with the actors to a run-down apartment, where the rest of the story takes place.</p><p dir="ltr">Director Cora Bissett wanted&nbsp;<em>Roadkill</em> to be immersive, as a way into the world of sex trafficking. <em>Roadkill</em> follows Mary, a girl from a poor family in Nigeria; as she searches for education in Chicago and the dream that America offers.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;She has no idea what she&rsquo;s about to encounter,&quot; Bassett said. &quot;In her case, desperation overruns knowledge. If people have no options and the chance that it might work out, they take an enormous gamble.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Promised wealth by her caretaker, Mary becomes a victim of human trafficking, where women are used as captive prostitutes. She is told by her trafficker that if she runs away, no money will be sent back to her family. He tells Mary that she can&rsquo;t go to the police. They will only abuse her and rape her.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;She can&rsquo;t open a door to run because of the psychological bondage she&rsquo;s under,&quot; Bassett said.</p><p dir="ltr">In bringing <em>Roadkill</em> to the Shakespeare Theater, Bassett highlights an international issue affecting women, but there&rsquo;s another reason she set the play in Chicago. According to Rachel Durchslag, co-founder of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, our city continues to be a &ldquo;top destination for traffickers to bring their victims.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Although the numbers vary, statistics from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/college/research_public_service/files/TraffickingInPersonsInIllinois_FactSheet09202010.pdf">UIC&rsquo;s Jane Addams Center</a> estimate that &ldquo;hundreds&rdquo; of women and girls &ldquo;are trafficked and held captive as sex slaves in Chicago.&rdquo; The FBI rates Chicago as one of 15 domestic cities that are at risk for &ldquo;High Intensity Child Prostitution.&rdquo; Local Defense Attorney Sara Dill said that these numbers remind us &ldquo;the problem is right in our backyard.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Last Thursday, Dill hosted a panel with Durchslag at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on ending sex trafficking. Also sitting in were CNN&rsquo;s Leif Coorlim, Veronica Zeitlin of USAID and Ruth Lewa of Solidarity with Women in Distress in Kenya.</p><p dir="ltr">Teleconferencing in, Lewa told the audience that as a child growing up in Nairobi, she wasn&rsquo;t allowed to go to the beach even though she could see the sand from her window. Only as an adult would she understand the high risk for child kidnapping in Kenya, where children can be sold for sex for as little as $1.50.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;That&rsquo;s less than the price of a latte,&rdquo;&nbsp;Dill stressed.</p><p dir="ltr">Often parents sell their children into sex trafficking. For as little as $100, Gill said you can buy a girl in Cambodia. According to Gill, the life expectancy after being sold into slavery is less than eight years. After they are no longer of use, the organs of sex captives are harvested and sold on the black market.</p><p dir="ltr">For Lewa, this highlights the underlying economic issue of human trafficking, where sex workers are particularly at risk.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;A lot of social push factors make people vulnerable, like poverty and unemployment,&rdquo;&nbsp;Lewa said.</p><p dir="ltr">According to Coorlim, human rights workers aren&rsquo;t out to &ldquo;find bad guys.&rdquo; Coorlim brought up chocolate factories where children are sold as forced labor to the cocoa farmers who produce chocolate for multinational corporations.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Many of these farmers are barely above subsistence level themselves,&rdquo; Coorlim said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re on the bottom of the supply chain. They get so little money that they have to find ways to cut corners.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">To make change on the issue of human trafficking, we have to change the supply chain.</p><p dir="ltr">Coorlim discussed social media campaigns working to raise awareness on the issue and hold companies responsible for their production practices. A new phone app allows consumers to map their Slavery Footprint and see how many slaves work for them, based on what they buy.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If customers boycotted Coke or Nestle, they would switch like that,&rdquo; Coorlim said. &ldquo;Nothing talks like money. It&rsquo;s a matter of people standing up.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Durchslag agreed that the same is true for sex trafficking.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a demand-driven issue,&rdquo; Durchslag said, &ldquo;and it&rsquo;s essential that we do demand reduction work.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Durchslag told the audience that when she was a grad student,&nbsp;she could find studies on prostitution but almost nothing on people who buy sex.</p><p dir="ltr">Durchslag said discourse on prostitution emblematic of a culture that is &ldquo;not focused on prevention. We teach women not to get raped, not boys not to rape. We don&rsquo;t teach about consent.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">She stressed that it&rsquo;s important we look at both sides of the issue.</p><p dir="ltr">Zeitlin argued that we need a &ldquo;global, coordinated movement to end sex trafficking,&rdquo; one that recognizes that many women &ldquo;get into sex work by choice.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Dill asked, &ldquo;Why are we only arresting the prostitutes?&rdquo; and highlighted that in Sweden, sex trafficking plummeted after the country decriminalized prostitution.</p><p dir="ltr">Lewa said that she and other organizers are working with countries across the globe to enact policies and making sex trafficking an issue with tourism officials who often turn a blind eye. Coorlim said that a public &ldquo;fishbowl brothel&rdquo; operates in the Paris Hotel from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. When you go, colored buttons identify the women by country: Red for Vietnam and Blue for Cambodia.</p><p dir="ltr">Despite the high risk for trafficking, the Hotel operates without much investigation or regulation. You can even find the hotel&rsquo;s brothel on Trip Advisor. Why is this allowed? Sex trafficking is a<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/college/research_public_service/files/TraffickingInPersonsInIllinois_FactSheet09202010.pdf"> $9.5 billion industry worldwide</a>. There&rsquo;s money to be made.</p><p dir="ltr">Coorlim said that many of the Philippines&rsquo; high end restaurants act as hotspots for sex trafficking, although guards keep it on the down low.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t care about prostitution,&quot; Coorlim said.&nbsp;&quot;They just don&rsquo;t want people to see it.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Coorlim says this issue doesn&rsquo;t get the attention it needs because of the economic incentive for allowance and the common lack of empathy toward sex workers, even youth.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;People look at these kids as throwaway children,&rdquo; Coorlim argued. &ldquo;The pimps are the only ones who show them any attention.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">As the Editorial Director for CNN&rsquo;s Freedom Project, Coorlim believes its the role of media to challenge this thinking and make sex trafficking an issue. &ldquo;If you haven&rsquo;t heard about this, it&rsquo;s a failure on the part of the media,&rdquo;&nbsp;Coorlim said.</p><p dir="ltr">Bissett hopes that the play can be a tool of empathy, move past intellectualizing the problem&nbsp;and help start a real discussion.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;What theatre can do is personalize the story,&quot; Bissett said. &quot;We connect with a story because we see ourselves in that situation. We can engage on an emotional level.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">By falling in love with Mary, Bissett hopes that Roadkill audience members will see their own story. She wants them to ask, &ldquo;What if that was someone I knew? What if that was me?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In working on this play, Bissett said she was called to action by the women she spent time with, who shared their haunting experiences with her. &ldquo;When a young girl is in your flat, it becomes a different thing,&rdquo; Bissett said. She wants to give the audience the same opportunity: &ldquo;When something gets under your skin, you care. You can&#39;t ignore it.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Nico Lang writes about LGBTQ issues in Chicago. You can find Nico on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nicorlang">Facebook</a>, <a href="http://achatwithnicolang.tumblr.com">Tumblr</a> or <a href="http://www.twitter.com/nico_lang">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-05/shakespeare-theater-brings-conversation-sex-trafficking-chicago-107038 We need to talk about Steubenville http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/we-need-talk-about-steubenville-106203 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Steubenville_Rape_Protest_ap_img.jpg" style="width: 427px; height: 280px;" title="(Michael D. McElwain/AP)" /></div><div><p dir="ltr"><em><strong>TRIGGER WARNING:</strong> This blog post and the article linked in it will contain graphic details of the Steubenville rape case and may be triggering to victims of sexual assault.</em></p><p dir="ltr">Six years ago, I was raped.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;ve never been able to call it that or say the word out loud, not even once. I&rsquo;ve used other words to describe it, like &ldquo;molestation&rdquo; and &ldquo;sexual assault,&rdquo; words that don&rsquo;t invalidate the experience but make it easier for me to talk about.</p><p dir="ltr">I came out about it over a year ago in an article for In Our Words and never using the word rape. When I talked about the experience with a friend who hadn&rsquo;t read the piece, I referred to it simply as &ldquo;assault.&rdquo; She misunderstood and thought I&rsquo;d been the victim of street abuse, a mugging or other forcible attack. I didn&rsquo;t know how to tell her that her assumption was incorrect. I didn&rsquo;t know how to just say it.</p><p dir="ltr">Even after coming out as a survivor of sexual assault, I&rsquo;ve struggled with how to deal with my abuse. I never confronted my assailant, despite the pain he caused me and the fact that if I type his name into Facebook, he comes up neatly in a friend search. I could be friends with this person. I could request him and we could have a nice chat about the weather, tea or Hillary Clinton, who everyone loves now.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t it great that she came out as a supporter of marriage equality? Isn&rsquo;t it great that spring is finally here? I can&#39;t wait for the weather to turn. Oh, isn&rsquo;t it not great that you raped me?&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">I doubt he realizes what happened or thought about me afterward, because we live in a culture that only tells us that &ldquo;No means No.&rdquo; We aren&rsquo;t told that &ldquo;I have a boyfriend&rdquo; means no or &ldquo;I&rsquo;m drunk&rdquo; means no or &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure about this&rdquo; means no or &ldquo;Stop&rdquo; means no or the sound of the other person crying means no. As he put his hands down my pants, asserting his power over the situation, I began to cry but instinctually covered by mouth, because I didn&rsquo;t want his friends to hear me.</p><p dir="ltr">A part of me couldn&rsquo;t out him as a rapist, and I felt sympathy when I looked at his body next to mine on the floor the following morning. I felt a strange compulsion to care for the person who had hurt me most in the world. When I talk to other survivors, I find out I&#39;m not the only person who has felt this way. I&#39;m not alone. I&#39;m never alone.</p><p dir="ltr">I felt sorry for him, even at my darkest moments. When I thought about committing suicide, multiple times, I felt sorry for him. When I had to seek help and emotional support from my mother, who should never have had to think about her child that way, I felt sorry for him. I felt sorry for him when I had to tell my boyfriend that I was raped, and he accused me of cheating on him. I felt sorry for him because even though my heart was breaking, it could break openly. I shared my experiences with close friends and family who were supportive of my struggle. I rediscovered the power of community.</p><p dir="ltr">I felt sorry for him because he had to go back into the closet, one that he still lives in. He&rsquo;s forced to hide who he is and committed unspeakable acts on someone who wanted to comfort him. That night, I thought that he might need a friend or someone to listen. I saw part of myself in him and recognized my own struggle to come out. In sharing my story publicly, having my experience affirmed, I felt sorry that he&rsquo;d never gotten the experience of putting this complicated part of his past out there.</p><p dir="ltr">Because he couldn&rsquo;t recognize his actions as vile and destructive he slept soundly after raping me, his legs sprawled out like a chalk outline at a crime scene. I felt sorry because he kissed me afterward for the first time, as if it were a stamp of approval for our &ldquo;lovemaking,&rdquo; like he was delicately kissing me goodnight.</p><p dir="ltr">I felt sorry not because he will live with this for the rest of his life, but because he&rsquo;ll never think about me again and doesn&rsquo;t know he should.</p><p dir="ltr">I think about him every day, when I want to and when I don&rsquo;t. Some days I feel ugly and disgusting. Some days it&#39;s because of what he made me feel. Some days it&#39;s not. Every once in a while I still think about killing myself, not violently or actively but passively, as if it were one of many options in a refrigerator, hidden in the block of cheese next to the almond milk. Other days I just go on Facebook. Most days I just am.</p><p dir="ltr">In the past few days, I&rsquo;ve thought about my abuser a lot. The man is still out there, tagging photos of his girlfriend on the Internet, eating at the Cheesecake Factory, unwrapping Christmas presents with his family and doing all the mundane things rapists do when they go back to their regularly scheduled lives.</p><p dir="ltr">After the Steubenville verdict came down, there&rsquo;s been a great deal of outrage for the sympathy that CNN showed the perpetrators of this heinous act, sympathy that didn&rsquo;t seem to be shared for the victim. We were outraged that CNN expressed sorrow toward the rapists&rsquo; loss of potential. I was outraged, so outraged I could barely see.</p><p dir="ltr">However, I shared in their paradoxical sorrow on Monday. I felt sorry. I feel sorry -- very, very, very sorry.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry for the Steubenville football players who raped the Jane Doe not because their actions deserve my sympathy or their status as local sports heroes, good students, sons or brothers warrants my regard. I feel sorry for them because they photographed their victim and mocked her brutal rape as if it were a clever inside joke between friends. I feel sorry for them because they are so casually sociopathic that they couldn&rsquo;t recognize dragging someone&rsquo;s naked, unconscious corpse outside through the grass and dirt as anything but a funny prank. I feel sorry for them because it took a jury of their peers and the onslaught of the feminist media to recognize what they did as reprehensible, not just what boys do. I feel sorry that any person has such capacity to harm anyone else and then broadcast it for social media consumption as if she were a boxing match on Pay-Per-View. I feel sorry that we<a href="http://www.jennytrout.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-didnt-know-exactly-what-rape-was.html?zx=78f9d02c5ac7b460"> still don&#39;t know</a> what abuse is.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that they live in a community that doesn&rsquo;t teach them to value female bodies and to think so little of human life that they could say that she looked &ldquo;deader than O.J.&rsquo;s wife,&rdquo; as if domestic violence and murder were coyly de rigueur.</p><p dir="ltr">They are the most at fault in the situation and deserve to be punished for every single thing they did to that girl, but what about the bystanders who watched it happen and didn&rsquo;t think they were witnessing a rape or the football coach who encouraged them to laugh off the situation? What about the Steubenville community who continues to hold them up as heroes? How do we punish that?</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that they are raised to be men in a culture that upholds violence against women as a form of masculine camaraderie and that anyone should have to teach them not to rape -- that not torturing and victimizing their friend is a conversation that ever needs to happen. In this case, that conversation never happened at all, in a society that puts the burden on women not to get rape and then blames them for enticing men. We teach women that certain types of behavior provoke rape and that being modest and demure in dress helps women keep their virtue. I wasn&rsquo;t wearing a short skirt. Did my blue jeans prevent my rape? Nothing can prevent rape, except not raping someone. Not being an entitled d*ck prevents rape, not your choice of clothing.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that many have rushed to defend them for being rapists and that many will continue to uphold their male privilege, as if their behavior were biological and natural, and those two boys, despite their public apologies and courtroom tears, will secretly believe she was asking for it. After the victim, whose name will not be printed here out of respect for her suffering, reported her rape, she has been harassed by a community that we are told exist to ensure her safety. If she were kidnapped, her face would be splashed all over the news, but she is in the public eye, again against her will, and people have so little compassion that they think she wanted this. No one asks to be bullied or criticized and forced out of their community by those who love them.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that I&rsquo;ve heard continual apologies written about the football players who perpetrated this violence but almost nothing about the strike on her permanent public record. The Jane Doe attended a neighboring school, where she was an honors student and at the top of her class, but not a single account of the case I&rsquo;ve read fawned over her academic achievements of lamented her &ldquo;bright future.&rdquo; A story on Yahoo! discussed how the Steubenville football team was the &ldquo;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/highschool--steubenville-high-school-football-players-found-guilty-of-raping-16-year-old-girl-164129528.html">pride of the community</a>,&rdquo; but what about this girl? Why can&rsquo;t we have pride in her academia or her courage in coming forward with her story, in the face of insurmountable odds and a system that favors abusers? That&rsquo;s the kind of strength I want to champion. This girl is a hero.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that these men will continue to see their victim as weak and helpless and will never be witness to the quiet courage that comes from living every day as a victim of abuse. They&rsquo;ll never meet my mother, who was beaten in the face with a box fan by her ex-husband, a man she had to go into hiding to escape. They&rsquo;ll never meet my high school best friend who was raped by her boyfriend, who didn&rsquo;t know he could rape her. They&rsquo;ll never meet the friend who put his hand in my underwear at a bar when he was drunk and I was not, the man who didn&rsquo;t realize that he was sexually assaulting me -- because he wasn&rsquo;t aware that was not my definition of fun. They&rsquo;ll never meet the friends who made excuses for him or the boyfriend who asked me if I liked it. They&rsquo;ll never understand that rape isn&rsquo;t always the man on the street. Rape can be someone you trust with your life.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that the Steubenville rapists will be locked away by our criminal justice system, punished in a system that profits off of their recidivism and their repeated mistakes rather than helping them to grow, change or stop raping people. We live in a culture that confronts our problems by locking them away, looking at the criminal justice system as the ultimate form of closure. What about the women who continue to be abused every day, whose assaults are erased by a system that shames them into silence, or the men who are told they cannot be raped? When will we finally recognize rape as a culture we are all complicit in?</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m sorry that it took the severity of these crimes, our &quot;<a href="http://www.newstatesman.com/laurie-penny/2013/03/steubenville-rape-cultures-abu-ghraib-moment">Abu Ghraib moment</a>,&quot; to make our nation finally recognize the ubiquity of rape culture and reflect on the negative consequences of male privilege or question &quot;<a href="http://prospect.org/article/toxic-masculinity">toxic masculinity</a>.&quot; Although Steubenville has been called sexual assault&rsquo;s Abu Ghraib, I worry that we focus our need for blame only on the rapists and not on the system who feels their crimes are worth three years total, a fraction of the sentence Aaron Swartz would have served for non-violent cyber crime. We need to open our eyes to the ways that we are all bystanders in this event. We cannot stop rape from happening again, but we can make ourselves aware of the realities that people face and create a more just and equal society.</p><p dir="ltr">However, I&rsquo;m most sorry for the Steubenville Jane Doe, more sorry than I will ever be for the men who couldn&rsquo;t even call her abuse &ldquo;rape.&rdquo; I feel sorry that she needs to be seen as someone&rsquo;s<a href="http://bellejarblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/i-am-not-your-wife-sister-or-daughter/"> wife or daughter</a> to understand that we should not rape her and that her self-worth isn&rsquo;t tied to her intrinsic human rights. I feel sorry that even in defending her, we look at her as property, only worth her weight in male regard, and that her daughters will grow up with the same internalized shame. I feel sorry that when the news cycle dispenses of the Steubenville case, my children won&rsquo;t know what the word Steubenville means. I feel sorry that we aren&rsquo;t teaching our children better, but I know they deserve better. This Jane Doe deserved better. My mother deserved better. I deserved better. Everyone deserves better.</p><p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m not sorry for talking about my rape or that it took so long for me to say that word, and I&rsquo;m not sorry that we have to talk about Steubenville until everyone is &ldquo;<a href="http://rantagainsttherandom.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/so-youre-tired-of-hearing-about-rape-culture/">sick</a>&rdquo; of hearing the term &ldquo;rape culture,&rdquo; until we understand that no one is asking for it, until we learn that &quot;<a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/173370/only-yes-means-yes-what-steubenvilles-rape-trial-reminds-us-about-sexual-consent">only Yes Means Yes</a>,&quot; until we start teaching people<a href="http://m.xojane.com/entertainment/girls-adam-natalia-rape-scene"> not to rape</a> and until every person is safe. &nbsp;I&rsquo;m bloody motherf*cking sorry that Ashley Judd has to remind us every day that being raped matters, that rape is a fact and that we will need to have to discuss it again and again and again, whether people get tired of it or not. I&#39;m sorry that we couldn&rsquo;t respect someone&rsquo;s basic humanity enough to never have this conversation to begin with.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Nico Lang writes about LGBTQ life in Chicago. Follow Nico on Twitter @<a href="http://www.twitter.com/nico_lang">Nico_Lang</a> or<a href="http://www.facebook.com/nicorlang"> Facebook</a>.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/we-need-talk-about-steubenville-106203 CTA's new card comes with expensive options http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-new-card-comes-expensive-options-106179 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-0320-20130320,0,2928286.story" target="_blank"><img alt="Ventra card vending machine" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ventra.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Ventra card vending machine" /></a><strong>NEW CTA CARDS: TAKING YOU FOR A RIDE?</strong>&nbsp;An analysis of the huge contract with the company responsible for the forthcoming Ventra passes reveals potentially costly surprises if you opt for the debit-card version -- including $2 for a call to customer service.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-0320-20130320,0,2928286.story">The&nbsp;<em>Tribune&#39;s</em>&nbsp;Jon Hilkevitch reports</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>SPINELESS IN CHICAGO.&nbsp;</strong>In <em>Chicago</em> magazine, Steve Rhodes explores&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/The-Yes-Men/" target="_blank">how the mayor always gets his way</a>&nbsp;with the City Council:&nbsp;&quot;When disastrous ideas come around ... they pass with flying colors.&quot;<br />* Sources to <em>Sun-Times:</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18969116-761/wrigley-aldermans-pitch-scrap-famed-scoreboard-for-video-version-as-big-as-you-want-sources.html" target="_blank">Wrigley alderman OK with scrapping scoreboard</a> for video version &quot;as big as you want.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;WORSE THAN NIXON.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;The First Amendment advocate who represented <em>The New York Times </em>when the government sued over publication of the Pentagon Papers says the Obama administration &quot;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/19/goodale-obama-press-freedoms-secrecy-nixon" target="_blank">is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/chair-climate-change-subcommittee-jury-still-out-climate-change" target="_blank">Climate-change-denying congressman to head subcommittee on climate change</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>WILL CNN APOLOGIZE?</strong> More than 220,000 people have signed <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/cnn-apologize-on-air-for-sympathizing-with-the-steubenville-rapists" target="_blank">that online petition</a> demanding the network take back its sympathetic coverage of the sentencing of two men convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio. <em>The Atlantic</em> says &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/at-least-200000-people-want-cnn-apologize-its-sympathetic-steubenville-coverage/63315/" target="_blank">it&#39;s hard to understand why CNN wouldn&#39;t feel compelled to address the backlash</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/steubenville-rapist-appeal/63290/" target="_blank">Steubenville rapist to appeal because his &quot;brain isn&#39;t fully developed.&quot;</a><br />* Two girls charged with <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/19/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/?hpt=us_c2" target="_blank">social-media threats against Steubenville rape victim</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>COLBERT BUMP.</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wins_n_2911914.html" target="_blank">Stephen Colbert&#39;s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is the easy winner</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;the Democratic primary for a South Carolina seat in Congress.<br />* <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/colbert-serious-sister-campaign-article-1.1293237" target="_blank">Colbert joins sister&#39;s political team</a>: &quot;I&rsquo;m not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself &ndash; not as my character.&quot;</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em>Meyerson + Kogan, 2 p.m. today on WBEZ&#39;s &quot;Afternoon Shift.&quot;<br />What should we discuss? </em><a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Talk%20about%20this%2C%20Meyerson">Your suggestions welcome.</a></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. </strong>Gay-bashing Westboro Baptist Church has a new neighbor right across the street in Topeka: <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/rainbow-painted-house-rebukes-westboro-msg-article-1.1292955" target="_blank">A rainbow-colored home</a>. And Google Maps played a part.<br />* WBEZ&#39;s Nico Lang: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/marriage-equality-fight-heats-illinois-106151" target="_blank">What&#39;s holding up Illinois&#39; Marriage Fairness Act?</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">* Nine justices, no waiting: Supreme Court to release&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/same-day-audio-high-court-gay-marriage-cases" style="font-family: georgia, serif;" target="_blank">audio recordings of next week&#39;s gay-marriage arguments</a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;just hours after conclusion.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>PANTS IN THE NEWS.</strong><br />* <em>PolitiFact</em> gives &quot;pants on fire&quot; rating to Michele Bachmann&#39;s statement that <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/mar/19/michele-bachmann/michele-bachmann-says-70-percent-food-stamp-fundin/" target="_blank">70 percent of food stamp funding goes to bureaucrats</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-lululemon-black-yoga-pants-recall-20130319,0,5872756.story" target="_blank">Lululemon warns of yoga pants shortage</a> after recall for too-revealing fabric.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>LOLLAPALOOZA LOOKAHEAD.</strong> The headliners set for Grant Park Aug. 2-4 include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/turnitup/chi-lollapalooza-headliners-20130319,0,725418.column" target="_blank">Mumford &amp; Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and the Killers</a>, according to Greg Kot in the <em>Tribune</em>. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.<br />* <a href="http://variety.com/2013/film/news/rare-early-hitchcock-pics-to-tour-u-s-1200326013/" target="_blank">Alfred Hitchcock&#39;s earliest surviving silent films</a> set for Chicago screening.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-new-card-comes-expensive-options-106179 CNN's John Roberts Leaves For Fox News http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news <p><p><a href="http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/03/john-roberts-leaving-cnn/" target="_blank">CNN reports</a> that "anchor and correspondent John Roberts is leaving the network to join Fox News Network."</p><p>Roberts had been <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=132055337" target="_blank">taken off CNN's <em>American Morning</em> last month.</a> <em>The Orlando Sentinel</em>'s <a href="http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2011/01/john-roberts-leaving-cnn-for-fox-news-channel.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+entertainment%2Ftv%2Ftvguy+%28TV+Guy%29" target="_blank">Hal Boedeker says</a> he will be a "senior national correspondent" for Fox.</p><p>Roberts, who joined CNN in  2006, was with CBS News before that and at one time was thought to be an candidate to anchor the<em> CBS Evening News</em>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294089157?&gn=CNN%27s+John+Roberts+Leaves+For+Fox+News&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=CBS,CNN,Fox+News+Channel,John+Roberts,News+Media,National+News,The+Two-Way,Television,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132630919&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110103&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/cnns-john-roberts-leaves-fox-news Be a 401(k) bull, not a bear http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/be-a-401k-bull-not-a-bear/7299 <p>If you're having a hard time saving money for a summer vacation or finding cash to repair the family car, contributing to a 401(k) is probably not at the top of your list. But, according to the senior editor of Money Magazine, that is <em>not</em> how it should be. "I don't see how stopping or lowering your contributions to your 401(k) or other retirement accounts helps you," writes <span class="captionname">Money's Walter Updegrave in <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/30/pf/expert/401k_bargains.moneymag/index.htm?postversion=2009033105" target="_blank">this </a><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/30/pf/expert/401k_bargains.moneymag/index.htm?postversion=2009033105" target="_blank">CNN article</a>. Unless you're truly scraping the bottom of the barrel, Updegrave does not condone ignoring your employer's 401(k) option. </span> <span class="captionname">To boot, though you might be skittish to invest given the stock market's recent unpredictable dives, Updegrave points out that what </span>you'll earn after stocks when stocks are peaking is much lower than the return you'll likely get when you buy after stocks have been seriously hammered. Bottom line, if you've been shirking your 401(k) responsibilities, get back in the investing game as soon as possible.</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2009 04:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/04/be-a-401k-bull-not-a-bear/7299