WBEZ | WBEZ http://www.wbez.org/tags/wbez Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Policies aim to create better housing policies in changing neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-19/morning-shift-policies-aim-create-better-housing-policies-changing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Joseph Wingenfeld.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We wrap our series &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; with a conversation about how non-profits are trying to improve housing policies to protect all residents in changing neighborhoods. And, we hear the local theater scene&#39;s response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-policies-aim-to-create-better-housin/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-policies-aim-to-create-better-housin.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-policies-aim-to-create-better-housin" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Policies aim to create better housing policies in changing neighborhoods" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-19/morning-shift-policies-aim-create-better-housing-policies-changing Durbin leaving Congressional roommates behind http://www.wbez.org/news/durbin-leaving-congressional-roommates-behind-111261 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP602936696661.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For Senator Dick Durbin, the upcoming session of Congress marks the end of an era. And it&rsquo;s not because the Senate is turning from blue to red.</p><p>After more than 20 years, the number two Democrat will be forced to find a new place to live. Durbin has been sharing a Capitol Hill row house with two Democrats: New York Sen.Chuck Schumer, and Rep. George Miller of California, who is also the landlord. Other members of congress have stayed there through the years, including Marty Russo of Illinois, Leon Panetta of California, Sam Gejdenson of Connecticut, and Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts.</p><p>But in 2015, their landlord won&rsquo;t be returning to the Hill. Representative Miller announced at the beginning of this year that he wasn&rsquo;t going to seek a 21st term in the House of Representatives, and so he decided to sell the now somewhat famous frat house.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s the end of an era,&rdquo; Durbin said. &ldquo;And as I said to one of the other <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/us/after-decades-lawmakers-are-roommates-no-more.html" target="_blank">interviewers</a>, it&rsquo;s the end of America as I have known it. It is a new nation. I don&rsquo;t know, it&rsquo;ll be fine.&rdquo;</p><p>Durbin says he went out and got himself a little apartment that he&rsquo;ll move into in a couple weeks when the new session starts.</p><p>But the Senator didn&rsquo;t seem too thrilled about the change of pace, as he says he&rsquo;ll miss his roommates.</p><p>&ldquo;Coming home at night, late at night, and just sitting around, on the couch, talking about what happens and how it&rsquo;s seen differently in the House than it is in the Senate. You know, I miss that. And plus, we became friends, family friends.&rdquo;</p><p>Durbin has told stories in the past about the lack of cleanliness in the apartment. He says Miller would chide Schumer for leaving his bed unmade for &ldquo;7,000 nights.&rdquo; Durbin says his new Washington digs will be much cleaner than his last.</p><p>&ldquo;I am just an average clean up guy, and I stood out in this house as way above the rest,&rdquo; Durbin said.</p><p>If the vision of three, not just grown men, but powerful lawmakers, living together in a DC apartment sounds to you like the makings of a sitcom, you&rsquo;re not alone.</p><p>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times people say, &lsquo;that would make a wonderful TV show.&rsquo; That story, I can just see it now,&rdquo; Durbin said, in a previous interview. &ldquo;And I said, understand there&rsquo;s no sex and violence here, so this is not likely to be very popular.&rdquo;</p><p>A few attempts at that show were made early on, including one by a then young comedian named Al Franken, but none were successful until last year, when Amazon produced a web series called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-HD/dp/B00CDBTQCW" target="_blank">Alpha House</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/durbin-leaving-congressional-roommates-behind-111261 Morning Shift: Arts at the crossroads of gentrication http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-18/morning-shift-arts-crossroads-gentrication-111258 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Alex L&#039;aventurier.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We continue our gentrification series, &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; and look at the role artists play in gentrifying communities. Also, we look at what the new U.S. policy on Cuba will mean for tourism. Plus, we learn about what it takes to become a nun and who&#39;s making that leap.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-121" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Arts at the crossroads of gentrication" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-18/morning-shift-arts-crossroads-gentrication-111258 Morning Shift: Why aren't Chicago neighborhoods gentrifying? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-17/morning-shift-why-arent-chicago-neighborhoods-gentrifying-111246 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cragin Spring.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We continue our gentrification series &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; and uncover why black neighborhoods don&#39;t gentrify. Also, we look at the do&#39;s and dont&#39;s to table manners. Plus, it&#39;s our weekly shot of &quot;Reclaimed Soul&quot;.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-120/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-120.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-120" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Why aren't Chicago neighborhoods gentrifying? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-17/morning-shift-why-arent-chicago-neighborhoods-gentrifying-111246 Morning Shift: How to be a good gentrifier in a changing neighborhood http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-16/morning-shift-how-be-good-gentrifier-changing-neighborhood-111237 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mayorjeanquan.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We continue our series &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; with a look at whether there at gentrifier&#39;s guilt and how to be a good neighbor in a changing neighborhood. And, we look at the city&#39;s suburban municipal candidate nominations. Plus, we discover great holiday reading picks.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-119/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-119.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-119" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: How to be a good gentrifier in a changing neighborhood " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-16/morning-shift-how-be-good-gentrifier-changing-neighborhood-111237 Morning Shift: The changing demographics of Chicago's neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-15/morning-shift-changing-demographics-chicagos-neighborhoods-111233 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BartShore.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get an weekend update on Chicago sports. And, learn how accurate paternal test really are. Plus, we kick off our new series, &quot;There Goes the Neighborhood&quot; where we explore Chicago&#39;s most gentrified areas and we take your calls.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-118/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-118.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-118" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The changing demographics of Chicago's neighborhoods " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-15/morning-shift-changing-demographics-chicagos-neighborhoods-111233 Morning Shift: Lira Ensemble preserves Polish culture throughout the years http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-12/morning-shift-lira-ensemble-preserves-polish-culture-throughout <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/10561660_866378590038928_7529662467099410884_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We learn why some Northwest Indiana residents are asking for better policing. And, talk to playwright Lisa D&#39; Amour about her latest production at Steppenwolf Theatre, &quot;Airline Highway&quot;. Plus, we celebrate 50 years of Chicago&#39;s Polish cultural institution, The Lira Ensemble.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-117/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-117.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-117" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Lira Ensemble preserves Polish culture throughout the years" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-12/morning-shift-lira-ensemble-preserves-polish-culture-throughout Morning Shift: Over-educated individuals struggle to make ends meet http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-11/morning-shift-over-educated-individuals-struggle-make-ends-meet <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/California University of Pennsylvania.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get look at what the latest Illinois eavesdropping bill could mean for the state. And, we hear why a graduate doesn&#39;t always equal a bigger paycheck. Also, we learn about what&#39;s slowing down church construction. Plus, the ska sounds of Charley Organaire.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-116" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Over-educated individuals struggle to make ends meet " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-11/morning-shift-over-educated-individuals-struggle-make-ends-meet Morning Shift: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-10/morning-shift-remembering-judy-baar-topinka-111214 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/djwhitelightning1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We remember Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and her legacy that spanned over three decades. And, we get details on what City Council members plan to vote on before the year ends. Plus, it&#39;s our weekly dose of Reclaimed Soul with Vocalo&#39;s Ayana Contreras.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-115/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height="750" frameborder="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-115.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-115" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-10/morning-shift-remembering-judy-baar-topinka-111214 Morning Shift: College students want bigger conversation about sexual assault on campus http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-09/morning-shift-college-students-want-bigger-conversation-about <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BobMical.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at how college kids talk about sexual assault with their administration and how the topic of rape is handled on some campuses. And, we hear about Chicago police tactics through the years. Plus, the sounds of Chicago indie band Fort Frances.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: College students want bigger conversation about sexual assault on campus" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-09/morning-shift-college-students-want-bigger-conversation-about