WBEZ | Jason Marck http://www.wbez.org/tags/jason-marck Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Frank Sinatra would be celebrating his 100th birthday http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/frank-sinatra-would-be-celebrating-his-100th-birthday-114137 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/sinatra.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Francis Albert Sinatra, arguably the biggest entertainer of the 20th century, would have been 100 years old Saturday. His life has been studied and dissected 1,000 ways. But when it&rsquo;s all said and done, the Sinatra legend is built on his music.</p><p><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/cr-102515/bill-zehme">Bill Zehme</a> wrote the best-seller <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/9780060931759/the-way-you-wear-your-hat"><em>The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin&rsquo;</em></a>&nbsp;based on extensive interviews with Sinatra &mdash; the last ones he gave before he passed away in 1998. He joins us to talk about his favorite Frank tunes in honor of the singer&rsquo;s centenary, along with Morning Shift director <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonmarck?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Jason Marck</a>.</p></p> Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-11/frank-sinatra-would-be-celebrating-his-100th-birthday-114137 Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Red Line - Flickr- Buddahbless.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With an eye on improving service and eliminating corruption, Gov. Quinn has organized a transit task force. We discuss what&#39;s ahead for the panel. Also, the history and future of The Purple Hotel.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-49" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Gov. Quinn organizes transit task force to take on scandals at agencies" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-22/morning-shift-gov-quinn-organizes-transit-task-force Morning Shift: Ranking the small screen and MJ hits the big screen http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-12/morning-shift-ranking-small-screen-and-mj-hits-big <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/TV and girl-Flickr- Eric Driggers.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Entertainment Weekly released their list of the &quot;10 All-Time Greatest TV Shows&quot;. We dissect the list and hear from you about what shows are missing. A new film festival features stories of life in Chicago when the Bulls and Michael Jordan dominated the sport and the city.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-us-entertain-you.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-let-us-entertain-you" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Ranking the small screen and MJ hits the big screen" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-12/morning-shift-ranking-small-screen-and-mj-hits-big Morning Shift: Music to make you work http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-11/morning-shift-music-make-you-work-108023 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Work-Flickr-mturnage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>8th District Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth checks in from The Capitol with the latest on immigration talks and legislation around student loan interest rates. On the heels of former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason&#39;s album of work songs, we play songs about the daily grind.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-24.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-24" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Music to make you work" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-11/morning-shift-music-make-you-work-108023 Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Guns-Flickr- tdub303.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hiring Our Heroes works to get Vets back into the job force. Senior Director Ross Cohen explains challenges vets face with employment. Also, photographer Richard Renaldi&#39;s new project &quot;Touching Strangers&quot; explores our connection to each other.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 Morning Shift: Good food and good samaritans http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-09/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans-107991 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Health Food-Flickr- @10.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ political reporter Tony Arnold previews lawmakers&#39; trek back to Springfield when they&#39;ll revisit pension reform and conceal and carry. And, ChicagoTribune reporter Monica Eng discusses how to educate people on eating well. Plus, when have you acted as a Good Samaritan?</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Good food and good samaritans" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-09/morning-shift-good-food-and-good-samaritans-107991 Millions of American men consumed by fantasy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/millions-american-men-consumed-fantasy-101573 <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/fantasy%20draft%20twitter.jpg" title="(Flickr/Brandi Korte)" /></div><p>Fathers, husbands, brothers and countrymen are lost to it each year. Tens of millions of men are consumed by it: Side effects often include selective hearing, lazy eyes, sleeplessness, mood swings and elevated blood pressure. It&rsquo;s been known to both ignite wars and rekindle relationships. It&rsquo;s fantasy football (and baseball if you&rsquo;re into that sort of thing).</p><p>The <a href="http://www.fsta.org" target="_blank">Fantasy Sports Trade Association</a>&mdash;yes, there&rsquo;s a trade association&mdash;estimates that some 34 million Americans manage a fantasy franchise. The fantasy sport industry is a multibillion-dollar phenomenon that is altering the culture, consumption and economy of sports. Much has been made of Twitter&#39;s explosion of users but <a href="http://www.tcf.ua.edu/faculty/andy-billings/" target="_blank">Andrew Billings</a>, a sports media expert and the Ronald Reagan Chair of Broadcasting at the University of Alabama, says media minds should pay more attention to the fantasy world. Recent <a href="http://stateofthemedia.org/2012/overview-4/major-trends/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center</a> estimates put Twitter 10 million users behind fantasy sports.</p><p>But some media companies are paying very close attention. In NBA-like fashion, fantasy sport has a Big 3 of its own: ESPN, Yahoo and CBS Sports. ESPN <a href="http://mediakit.espn.go.com/downloads/pdf/TheNFLonESPN.PDF" target="_blank">knows</a> fantasy players are very good customers: On average, fantasy viewers spend 22 hours each week with ESPN media&mdash;that&rsquo;s three times more than the average Joe. That&rsquo;s almost an entire day, each week, spent devouring ESPN! So imagine how you might feel if you spent all of <em>your</em> days with one such fan.</p><p>Fed up with the inordinate amount of time her husband of more than 10 years spent reviewing player statistics, drafting teams, managing lineups, making trades, and trash-talking with fellow fantasy league participants, <a href="http://failuremag.com/feature/article/women_against_fantasy_sports/#ixzz22stTEXmI" target="_blank">Allison Lodish</a> formed an online support group. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-Against-Fantasy-Sports/34317014498" target="_blank">Women Against Fantasy Sports</a> was a forum for fantasy sports widows a hit with dispossessed wives and girlfriends. While now defunct, the site once boasted a few thousand registered members.</p><p>Perhaps some of the site&rsquo;s former members are now team owners. Billings says that while women only represent around 10 percent of fantasy users (estimates vary between 10 and 20 percent), they are the fastest growing section of the population. According to a <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/how-women-dominate-fun-playing-fantasy-11511970.html?cat=7" target="_blank">recent Yahoo article</a>, female participation among women 12 to 17 and 55 to 64 is biggest&mdash;topping 45 percent in each group.</p><p>I myself am reluctant to rejoin the ranks of fantasy owners. I was excommunicated from a league in college after benching my number one overall pick, Alex Rodriguez, for the entire season amidst juicing allegations. After secretly convening a meeting with the league&#39;s other owners, the commissioner issued the death penalty to my team (its name must remain anonymous because it is both inappropriate and innocent of all charges). I stand by my decision and sleep soundly that my record remains asterisk free.</p><p>The bottom line is that most of us will never play a professional sport. And, Billings says, most of us don&rsquo;t look at LeBron James and think, &ldquo;I could do a better job than this guy.&rdquo; But ask your average fan if they could run a team better than a given general manager and many would consider themselves a qualified candidate.</p><p>So before fantasy football begins--and Bears fans start sending in their resume&rsquo;s for Phil Emery&rsquo;s new gig as GM--<em>Afternoon Shift</em> takes a look at the history, evolution and impact of fantasy sports. Jason Marck, devoted, fantasy-free fan, is joined by Billings and a slew of other sports fans: <a href="http://www.adamkurland.com/" target="_blank">Adam Kurland</a>, director of ESPN&rsquo;s <em>30 for 30</em> film <em>Silly Little Games</em>; fascist fantasy overlord and executive producer of WBEZ&rsquo;s Middays, Justin Kaufmann; and <a href="http://www.marcedelman.com/" target="_blank">Marc Edelman</a>, aka the <a href="http://www.sportsjudge.com/" target="_blank">Sports Judge</a>. Edelman&rsquo;s primary occupation is professor at Barry University Law School and a legal consultant to the fantasy sports industry&mdash;but he&rsquo;s also spent the last several years settling fantasy disputes for feuding owners.</p></p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 13:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/millions-american-men-consumed-fantasy-101573 Steve Edwards' breakfast of champions http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/steve-edwards-breakfast-champions-96337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/donut.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Good news, listeners! <em>Afternoon Shift </em>director Jason Marck drove to Roseland this morning to pick up a dozen <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-fashioned-donuts-chicago">Old Fashioned Donuts</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-13/donut.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 7px;" title=""></p><p>Being a man after Jim Belushi's own heart, Old Fashioned Donuts are Steve Edwards' favorite. Hopefully today's launch of <em>Afternoon Shift</em> goes as well as Belushi's Olympic career.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="288" width="512"><param name="movie" value="http://www.hulu.com/embed/y-mNDkWeqvTW4FZOCSsPmQ"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed allowfullscreen="true" height="288" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed/y-mNDkWeqvTW4FZOCSsPmQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="512"></object></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/steve-edwards-breakfast-champions-96337 Historian Richard Lindberg explores his own Swedish-American past http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/historian-richard-lindberg-explores-his-own-swedish-american-past-95425 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-10/Resize Simon&#039;s Tavern - Est 1934.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It did not take a ton of research but instead the lessons of his life informed Chicago historian Richard Lindberg’s latest book. Lindberg explored the Swedish-American experience in Chicago in his book <a href="http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/whiskey-breakfast" target="_blank"><em>Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family, My American Life</em></a>. For Lindberg, it was long overdue and cathartic therapy. WBEZ’s Jason Marck recently sat down with Lindberg, who began by explaining that keeping things hidden is part of Swedish culture.</p><p><em>Music Button: Frigg, "Hasse", from the album Oasis, (NorthSide)</em></p></p> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-10/historian-richard-lindberg-explores-his-own-swedish-american-past-95425 Making fuzzy friends at Midwest FurFest http://www.wbez.org/content/making-fuzzy-friends-midwest-furfest <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-14/The Fursuit Parade at Midwest FurFest 2006..jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A subculture of the sci-fi/fantasy world recently hosted its annual gathering in Chicago. Always the curious cats, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Jason Marck and Eilee Heikenen-Weiss went out to learn more about it at <a href="https://www.furfest.org/" target="_blank">Midwest FurFest</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/33672870?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/making-fuzzy-friends-midwest-furfest