WBEZ | Charles Osgood http://www.wbez.org/tags/charles-osgood Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-05/afternoon-shift-182-election-cycle-103668 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/osgood chopper451_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-182-title.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-182-title" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle " on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #182: Election 'cycle </h1><h2>Election day is swiftly approaching. We talk to Mo Rocca about his new documentary &quot;Electoral Dysfunction.&quot; Musician Kaki King joins us for a live performance and interview. And finally, Rick will be joined by the comedy-musical troupe the Bicycle Men.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Fri, Nov 02 2012 14:41:02</p><div>The real Charles Osgood by WBEZRick Kogan's daily essay.</div><div>Over the next four days, the presidential campaigns will swarm key battleground states in an effort to capture precious electoral votes still up for grabs. But what about the rest of us? Does electoral math leave some feeling left out of the equation? Political satirist&nbsp;Mo Rocca&nbsp;set off on a mission to find out and shared his observations in the new documentary,&nbsp;<i><a href="http://electoraldysfunction.org/" class="">Electoral Dysfunction</a></i>.&nbsp;</div><div>Mo Rocca tells us about his new documentary 'Electoral Dysfunction' by WBEZOver the next four days, the presidential campaigns will swarm key battleground states in an effort to capture precious electoral votes s...</div><div>Electoraldysfunction</div><div>Photographer Charles Osgood visits with Rick to talk about his fascinating near-50 year career as a photo journalist.</div><div>Photojournalist Charles Osgood catches up with partner-in-crime Rick Kogan by WBEZPhotographer Charles Osgood visits with Rick to talk about his fascinating near-50 year career as a photo journalist.</div><div>Studs TerkelFacebook</div><div>About Rick Kogan, Charles Osgood, and the Sidewalks Book ...Rick Kogan and Charles Osgood Photo by Chris Walker Author Rick Kogan and photographer Charles Osgood, founders of Sidewalks Book Company.</div><div>Rolling Stone has referred to her as a “guitar god,” she’s a favorite of the music programmers at NPR, and you might have even caught her mug in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2U7eV6g1gc" class="">Gap ad</a>.&nbsp;Musician Kaki King joins us on the show for a live performance and interview!</div><div>Doing live incidental music for @WBEZ before my interview at the end of the show. I &lt;3 public radio!!!Kaki King</div><div>RT @katieobez: Super meta: Tribune photog Charles Osgood snapping pics of kakiking on #AfternoonShift on @akeefe #pho http://instagr.am/p/RifdqytL0w/JustinKaufmann</div><div>Musician Kaki King talks technique and performance by WBEZRolling Stone has referred to her as a &quot;guitar god,&quot; she's a favorite of the music programmers at NPR, and you might have even caught her...</div><div>Today’s Front &amp; Center is part 2 of Jackie’s story. Jackie is a 25-year-old young woman who is living the American Dream. But it’s a vastly different one than what we once would have identified.</div><div>A different dream for the American workerTraditional unions struggle to re-assert their power in the historic stronghold of the American labor movement-Michigan.</div><div>To continue the Front &amp; Center conversation, we'll sit down with Dan Swinney, founder of the Center for Labor and Community Research. <br></div><div>Front and Center conversation with Dan Swinney by WBEZDan Swinney, founder of the Center for Labor and Community Research, joins Rick to create a conversation around the final installment in ...</div><div>The comedy-musical troupe Bicycle Men blend satire and music. The 4-piece joins Afternoon Shift to perform, and tell us more about their stage show. They're playing at Up Comedy Club tonight at 8:00 PM. <br></div><div>The Bicycle Men perform and chat about their comedy by WBEZThe comedy-musical troupe Bicycle Men blend satire and music. The 4-piece joins Afternoon Shift to perform, and tell us more about their ...</div><div>Welcome to The Bicycle Men&quot;You may laugh so hard you'll fear for your health.&quot; London Daily Telegraph &quot;Brilliant and funny.&quot; Steve Martin &quot;I thoroughly enjoyed The...</div></noscript></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-05/afternoon-shift-182-election-cycle-103668 The real Charles Osgood http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/real-charles-osgood-103624 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/osgood%20studs0015.jpg" style="width: 410px; height: 265px; float: left;" title="(Photo by Charles Osgood)" /></div><p>I first met Charles&nbsp;Osgood&nbsp;almost 25 years ago. We were thrown together on a delightful assignment: A day in the life of blues great Koko Taylor. We spent time with Taylor and her husband Richard, who liked to be called &quot;Pop,&quot; at their South Side home and at a concert. After the story ran, I delivered some extra copies of the paper. Pop spent a great deal of time just looking at the pictures, not reading a word of the text. Finally, he looked up and said, &quot;That&nbsp;Osgood, he&#39;s a nice man and a great&nbsp;photographer.&quot;</p><p>I thought so too&mdash;and so a few years later I asked him to join me for an ongoing adventure called &ldquo;Sidewalks.&rdquo; Osgood&nbsp;and I have collaborated on more than 700 columns for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>. This &quot;marriage&quot; has manifested itself in two books.</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/Osgood%20008dance.jpg" style="width: 597px; height: 441px;" title="(Photo by Charles Osgood)" /></div><p>Most or our work has focused on so-called ordinary people and simple places. The sort of ordinary people you have seen on the news in the wake of Sandy the super storm. And we found truth and sometimes poetry in them.</p><p>On the lakefront near Belmont (Avenue),&nbsp;people&nbsp;have written poems on the rocks. No one really knows how long this has been going on, and in the many times Osgood and I have visited this stretch of craggy shoreline we have not seen anyone writing poems on the rocks or met anyone who has seen anyone else writing poems on the rocks.</p><p>Some of the poems are original and some are those of famous poets; some are not poems at all but words from the Bible or private messages. But all of this rock-writing, it seems to me, represents a collective and gentle cry in the urban wilderness; a sort of grown-up version of putting your hand print in wet cement or scratching your initials and those of a lover (or crush) inside a heart on the bark of a tree. They represent the various ways in which some&nbsp;people&nbsp;say, in a world increasingly e-mail icy, &quot;I was here!&quot;</p><p>Those are our kinds of people.</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/osgood%20chopper451.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 600px;" title="(Photo by Charles Osgood)" /></div><p>So, because newspaper&nbsp;photographers&nbsp;are by nature shy and reserved types, and because Charlie will be joining me on the show in a few minutes, I thought I&#39;d tell you a few things you don&rsquo;t know about&nbsp;Osgood.</p><p>No, he is not that Charles&nbsp;Osgood.&nbsp;</p><p>He has a delightful dog named Bao. He says it&rsquo;s the Mandarin word for &quot;newspaper.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>He was once in the management training program at American Airlines.&nbsp;</p><p>He has a cabin in Wisconsin with no running water or electricity.</p><p>He has had his beard for 40 years, though he did shave it off after losing a bet to me; he started growing it back immediately.&nbsp;</p><p>He is, like most paper&nbsp;photographers, relatively anonymous, but he is, like most newspaper&nbsp;photographers, an artist.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/real-charles-osgood-103624