WBEZ | Randi Belisomo http://www.wbez.org/tags/randi-belisomo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Journalist and doctor encourage honest conversations about death http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/journalist-and-doctor-encourage-honest-conversations-about-death-110729 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/StoryCorps 140829 Mary Randi bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago journalist<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-01-18/news/1001170139_1_chicago-reporter-cltv-chicago-mayor-richard-daley"> Carlos Hernandez Gomez</a>, a former WBEZ staffer died from colon cancer in 2010. His wife, WGN Reporter Randi Belisomo, says she was caught off guard by the death, even though he had been fighting illness for some time. Afterwards, Belisomo<a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2013/08/13/learning-talk-about-death"> teamed up with one of his doctors, Mary Mulcahy</a>, to get people talking about end-of-life issues. Together, they created an organization called<a href="http://www.lifemattersmedia.org"> Life Matters Media</a>.</p><p>In this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps, Belisomo tells Dr. Mulcahy, &ldquo;You, being his doctor, you would always say, &lsquo;We can treat you Carlos, but we can&rsquo;t cure you.&rsquo; And so we treated and we treated and we treated, but nobody ever said, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re dying.&rsquo; And one day I lost him, suddenly. It shouldn&rsquo;t have come as a surprise but it did. And so months down the road, I asked you that question: &lsquo;Why didn&rsquo;t you ever tell me that Carlos was dying?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;My original answer was: &lsquo;I did,&rsquo;&rdquo; Dr. Mulcahy tells Belisomo. &ldquo;But, in thinking about it, I realized that I probably never used those words.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Why not?&rdquo; Belisomo asks.</p><p>&ldquo;Well, it&rsquo;s hard to know when someone is dying,&rdquo; Mulcahy says. &ldquo;It was true that he was going to die&hellip;but he wasn&rsquo;t dying at the time. When somebody is still treating their disease, it&rsquo;s hard to have both of those things in parallel: You&rsquo;re treating their disease, but they&rsquo;re dying. Something&rsquo;s gotta give. And I think, at the time, the mode was to treat the disease. And we could talk about him dying when we didn&rsquo;t have treatment.&rdquo;</p><p>Since co-founding Life Matters Media, Dr. Mulcahy says she&rsquo;s more direct with patients and their families when death is near. She sees her role differently too. She wants to help people get as much out of life as they can, and to use what time they have left wisely. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve learned that the more you do talk about end of life and planning for end of life, it isn&rsquo;t as scary,&rdquo; Mulcahy says. &ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t something to be avoided&hellip;Whether you use the words dying or not, even if somebody is going to die, it&rsquo;s reasonable to have these conversations.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;What would a good end of life experience be?&rdquo; Belisomo asks.</p><p>&ldquo;Somebody who is at peace with the fact that their life is ending,&rdquo; Mulcahy says. &ldquo;They have come to terms with it to the best that they can. They have said the things that are important to their loved ones. Their loved ones have had the opportunity to tell them how important they were to their life.&rdquo;</p><p>When someone is preparing to die, &ldquo;Everything should be in order,&rdquo; Belisomo says. &ldquo;Saying what you want to say, knowing that the people you love are taken care of, doing all that you can. People think they&rsquo;re being strong by saying I&rsquo;m gonna fight, fight, fight, and I&rsquo;m gonna beat whatever disease with which I&rsquo;m afflicted, but I think the truly strong person can look at the whole scope of the situation and take care of their relationships and their unfinished business.&rdquo;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6250422&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="888px"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/journalist-and-doctor-encourage-honest-conversations-about-death-110729 Morning Shift: Patronage, films and end-of-life care http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-19/morning-shift-patronage-films-and-end-life-care <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Elder Care-Flickr-Adams County Manor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we&#39;ll find out if patronage is alive and well in Chicago, then immerse ourselves in the sound of Third Coast&#39;s ShortDocs festival. And we speak with experts about what the best way to deal with a loved one&#39;s death is.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-26.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-26" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Patronage, films and Lil B " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-19/morning-shift-patronage-films-and-end-life-care Morning Shift: Black-on-black crime http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-18/morning-shift-black-black-crime-108098 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Crime-Flickr- Alessio Centamori PH.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago has become the poster child for violence, but none more pervasive than black-on-black crime. With black youths facing so many obstacles, how do we ensure that their futures can be bright, or that they will have a future at all?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-black-on-black-crime.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-black-on-black-crime" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Black-on-black crime" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-18/morning-shift-black-black-crime-108098 Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Breast Feeding - Flickr - DMurray82.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Social media and the issue of sharing breastfeeding photos has brought the debate about whether or not breastfeeding should be public on the web. What do you think? And Curious City explores Marina City and Bertrand Goldberg&#39;s life.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city Morning Shift: Fatherly advice http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-16/morning-shift-fatherly-advice-108063 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/black father and son-Flickr- Mousse66.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Racial profiling is making black parents rethink how they teach their sons to behave in public. What does this safety precaution say about our culture? Also, the Morning Shift gets political.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-feeding-your-child-knowledge.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-feeding-your-child-knowledge" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Fatherly advice " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-16/morning-shift-fatherly-advice-108063 Global Activism: WGN’s Randi Belisomo in El Salvador for Living Water International http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-wgn%E2%80%99s-randi-belisomo-el-salvador-living-water-international <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/water.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Consider this&hellip;every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. And also, more people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet.</p><p><a href="http://wgntv.com/bio/randi-belisomo/">Randi Belisomo</a> reports for WGN-TV. And <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/global-activism-wgns-randi-belisomo-travels-haiti-memory-her-late-husban">we talked with her in 2011</a> about her work for <a href="http://www.water.cc/">Living Water International</a> in Haiti in honor of her late husband, Carlos Hernandez Gomez. And she&rsquo;s back with us just off a trip she took to El Salvador for the group. Living Water International implements water solutions in 25 developing countries.</p><p><em><strong>Meet Global Activists like Living Water International at the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172">2013 Global Activism Expo</a>.</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-wgn%E2%80%99s-randi-belisomo-el-salvador-living-water-international The Week in Review: Hal Weitzman and Randi Belisomo recap the biggest news http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/week-review-hal-weitzman-and-randi-belisomo-recap-biggest-news-101242 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5835311146_d29fd767e1_z.jpg" style="height: 451px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="The Chick-Fil-A on Chicago Avenue. (Flickr/Ian Freimuth)" />For Week in Review this week, our panel of media savvy participants picked a bevy to stories to discuss.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>host Tony Sarabia&#39;s include the NCAA 7 Big Ten action against Penn State -- <a href="http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_64788.shtml">is it fair</a>? He&#39;ll also bring up Mitt Romney&#39;s trip to London that has taken a <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/mitt_aide_brit_flap_dKuJ0346twpvudyRTF0yEP">turn for the controversial</a> and Chick-fil-A&#39;s presence in the 1st ward, as Alderman Proco Joe Moreno becomes the linchpin in <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-25/news/ct-met-chicago-chick-fil-a-0726-20120726_1_gay-marriage-legal-challenge-open-arms">deciding the fast food chain&#39;s fate</a>.</p><p>Hal Weitzman of the Financial Times brings, unsurprisingly, a financial story: &quot;Motorola Mobility <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-26/business/chi-motorola-mobility-leaving-libertyville-for-downtown-chicago-20120726_1_motorola-mobility-smartphone-maker-sanjay-jha">said Thursday</a> it will move its HQ and 3,000 high-tech jobs to the Merchandise Mart, in what&rsquo;s thought to be the biggest move of its kind in Chicago&rsquo;s history. It&rsquo;s a big win for the city, and shows how Chicago is emerging as an important high-tech hub.&quot;</p><p>And of course, he wants to talk about the Olympics, calling them &quot;a chance for the UK to shine internationally, shortly after the Queen&rsquo;s 60<sup>th</sup> jubilee brought out the flag-waving crowds to brave the rain.&quot; But, Weitzman contends, &quot;it cannot cover up the fact that Britain&rsquo;s economy is in deep trouble, with the latest figures showing a worsening recession &ndash; the UK economy contracted by 0.7% in the second quarter, following a 0.3% drop in the first three months of the year.&quot;</p><p>Randi Belisomo comments on the latest developments between Journatic and <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/182837/chicago-tribune-staffers-relationship-with-journatic-threatens-to-jeopardize-our-credibility/">the <em>Chicago Tribune</em></a>. She also draws to our attention some lesser stories, like <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/crime/13926282-418/facebook-beating-victim-delfino-don-vale-moras-sad-journey-back-to-mexico.html">Kim Janssen at the <em>Sun-Times</em>&#39; coverage</a> of the death of Chicagoan&nbsp;Delfino &lsquo;Don Vale&rsquo; Mora, saying it &quot;should win all kinds of awards.&quot; And there&#39;s some <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-state-epa-sauk-village-well-filters-will-be-in-place-by-next-week-20120725,0,1204014.story">issues</a> with the water in Sauk Village.</p></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 08:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/week-review-hal-weitzman-and-randi-belisomo-recap-biggest-news-101242 What happened this month? Eight Forty-Eight's month-in-review http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-29/what-happened-month-eight-forty-eights-month-review-96813 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/4110800885_65c05a9734_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-29/4110800885_65c05a9734_z.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 400px;" title="A very non-official Chicago sticker (Flickr/Merrick Brown)">It's the last day of February, so obviously it's time for our segment Month in Review, where we talk to people who know about what were the biggest stories for this past month. We'll be talking with some of the biggest names in Chicago news, but here's a preview of what they're interested in remembering:</p><p><strong>Cheryl Corley, NPR Correspondent:</strong></p><p>Corley says local stories she's interested in are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-suggest-closings-consolidations-96621">the Quinn budget</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/flurry-new-debate-school-closings-vote-96619">Chicago school closings</a> and the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/soul-train-host-don-cornelius-dead-suicide-96016">death of Don Cornelius</a>. For non-local, she followed the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-joins-right-work-ranks-gov-daniels-signs-bill-96033">Indiana governor signing the "right-to-work" law</a>, the <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-high-school-shooting-prosecutors-tj-lane-adult/story?id=15814303">Ohio High School shooting</a> from this week, and of course, the Republican primary (Michigan is tonight).</p><p>An overreported story for Corley was "the brouhaha over the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-city-sticker-may-depict-street-gang-signs-96206">city sticker</a> with the 15 year old kid and the gang sign allegations", while underreported has been the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/widening-illinois-eavesdropping-laws-95971">&nbsp;Illinois Eavesdropping Law</a> being challenged.</p><p><strong>Ken Davis, Host of <em>Chicago Newsroom</em> on CAN-TV:</strong></p><p>Davis has been following Super-PACs and campaign financing closely, which he says&nbsp;"have transformed the national election process." He pays kudos to <a href="http://www.colbertsuperpac.com/">Stephen Colbert</a>, who has done the best job at "helping the public understand this ruling...with the creation of his own Super-PAC." The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/10859218-418/chicago-gangs-getting-pushed-out-of-city-into-western-suburbs.html">recent<em> Sun-Times </em>story</a> on how CPD has been dealing with gangs is another he's interested in, as is the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/quinn-signs-speed-camera-bill-chicago-96152">speed camera law</a> that's not "fully understood by most people who drive in Chicago." "Aldermen who voted for these cameras may find themselves regretting this vote the way they regretted voting for the parking meter deal," Davis predicts. And finally, he's interested in <a href="http://m.wbez.org/story/school-closure-fight-continues-board-ed-96635">the conflicts over "educational apartheid"</a>&nbsp;between Reverend Jesse Jackson and schools CEO J.C. Brizard.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to this conversation</span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/120229 month in review.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-126665" player="null">120229 month in review.mp3</span></p></div></div><p>For underreported, Davis thinks we should be paying more attention to Google's <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-29/users-urged-to-clear-history-on-eve-of-google-privacy-changes/3860798">new privacy settings</a> (in effect today), Chicago's shrinking population, and student debt. But he and Corley agree on one thing: the City Sticker story was definitely the most overreported, and in Davis' words, "much ado about nothing. It was classic media hall-of-mirrors stuff."</p><p><strong>Randi Belisomo, CLTV Reporter:</strong></p><p>Belisomo is following the constantly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-16/obama-vs-bishops-96448">evolving contraception debate</a>, Emanuel's hand in changing CPS, and "tipover deaths" of small children. She calls <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/proposal-would-limit-protests-in-council-chambers/">the proposal to limit protests in the City Hall chambers</a> "juicy", but agrees with her Corley that the Illinois Eavesdropping Law is the most underreported story.&nbsp;</p><p>As for overreported -- well Belisomo doesn't want to hear anymore about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-24/jc-aevaliotis-jeremy-lin-and-how-sports-reflect-everything-good-and">Jeremy Lin</a> or<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-08/news/ct-met-wrong-way-drivers-0208-20120208_1_wrong-way-drivers-wrong-way-crashes-drunken-driver"> wrong way drivers</a>.</p><p>What are the stories you were following this month? And which are the ones you never want to hear about again?</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-29/what-happened-month-eight-forty-eights-month-review-96813