WBEZ | Arts & Culture http://www.wbez.org/news/culture Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fish-filled diet causing elevated mercury levels in Asian-Americans http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/fish-filled-diet-causing-elevated-mercury-levels-asian-americans-113564 <p><p>Asian-Americans eat a lot of fish.</p><p>And while that can contribute to better health, it can also lead to elevated mercury levels in the blood. That&rsquo;s because industrial pollution has contaminated waterways and the fish living in it. This makes some traditional Asian eating patterns risky, especially for women of childbearing age.&nbsp;</p><p>Elevated mercury levels in pregnant and nursing women can impair the cognitive development of their children. And high levels in older adults can increase risk of cardiovascular disease.</p><p>When researchers studied blood and hair samples of Asian Americans in Seattle and New York they found elevated mercury levels in one-third to nearly half of all subjects, respectively.</p><p>Preliminary studies have shown similar issues in Chicago Asians, according to environmental health physician Dr. Susan Buchanan. This week the University of Illinois at Chicago announced that Buchanan and her colleagues have received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health to study the issue further.</p><p>The five-year research project will work with Asian community groups to gather and better gauge mercury exposure. But the scientists also hope to explore the cultural traditions and practices around fish consumption.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Sambal-fish.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="Environmental health physician Dr. Susan Buchanan will be studying the eating habits of local Asians, as well as mercury levels in staples of their diet, like fish sauce and oyster sauce. It’s part of her five-year project to reduce mercury exposure in Asian Americans. (WBEZ/Monica Eng)" />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really interested to see what role the different types of fish sauces play,&rdquo; Buchanan said. &ldquo;We are going to be testing them for mercury levels and using statistical analysis to gauge what role the quantity of fish sauce plays in their overall risk. I&rsquo;m also interested in the practice of eating the whole fish including the organs and sometimes the bones.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And then there&rsquo;s the issue of fish head soup.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;We have learned from our preliminary interaction with Asian community groups in Chicago that fish head soup is very popular during breastfeeding,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re wondering if that might lead to elevated mercury [in mother&rsquo;s systems] during breastfeeding, which would also be a concern because mercury does appear in breast milk.&rdquo;</p><p>The researchers are also concerned about exposure to PCBs through fish consumption, But because the chemicals are difficult to measure in the body, they will do PCB testing on fish from local markets where the participants shop.</p><p>After the UIC scientists have identified some of the most common sources of mercury exposure in the local Asian diet, Buchanan says they plan to craft interventions. These will include a text message app that will remind women about the safest fish choices during their childbearing years.</p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-2ca5692f-b8eb-f4d8-4c0e-94a2bc3e88e4">Monica Eng is a WBEZ food and health reporter. Follow her at</span><a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng"> @monicaeng</a> or write to her at meng@wbez.org</em></p></p> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/fish-filled-diet-causing-elevated-mercury-levels-asian-americans-113564 Painting a brighter future for Chicago’s blighted neighborhoods http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/painting-brighter-future-chicago%E2%80%99s-blighted-neighborhoods-113170 <p><p>The Chicago Cultural Center was a hive of activity as designers and architects set up for the first-ever Chicago Architecture Biennial.</p><p>Amanda Williams exhibit features a series of photos, showing the abandoned houses she&rsquo;s painted in eye-catching colors - monochrome purples, blues, and yellows. She hopes the houses can revitalize a community fatigued by poverty and racism.</p><p>&ldquo;On a very simplistic level, I think it achieves that ability to really do more than lip service to this idea that architecture is not just skyscrapers or what I call architecture with a capital-A,&rdquo; Williams explained. &ldquo;It is questions of space, and race, and density--and all these things that we talk about in abstraction but are very real. And that people in these areas are experts in and don&rsquo;t realize it.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams is something of an expert herself. She grew up on the South Side, in Auburn Gresham - where her parents still live.</p><p>Away from the excited, is a very different scene at 56th and LaSalle, in Washington Park. It&rsquo;s full of empty lots - and one eye-catching feature.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody always wants to know why that house is pink,&rdquo; Glenda Bush said.<br /><br />She&rsquo;s lived in the neighborhood for eight years.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like it at all. Gangs and drug dealers. Killings. Racing up and down the street. There&rsquo;s nothing good over here but a few people,&rdquo; Bush said</p><p>On this block, more than half the lots are empty.</p><p>Bush talks about the block in terms of what&rsquo;s gone, rather than what remains.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think this house that was on the corner came down, if I&rsquo;m not mistaken, last year. That one burned,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Each of these homes was abandoned, fell into disrepair and was demolished. So Williams&rsquo; paint jobs are quite the change.</p><p>And Bush thinks, Williams&rsquo; plan is working.<br /><br />&ldquo;We need to address tearing down abandoned houses, and if people make a statement with paint, just maybe, that&rsquo;ll happen. I don&rsquo;t know,&rdquo; Bush said.</p><p>Not everybody likes it - Williams said some neighbors have complained that the houses are an eyesore and draw too much attention.</p><p>But, she added, that&rsquo;s good: at least they&rsquo;re talking.</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/Paintedhouses2.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Sean Kennedy)" /></div></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/painting-brighter-future-chicago%E2%80%99s-blighted-neighborhoods-113170 Confronting community problems through architecture and design http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/confronting-community-problems-through-architecture-and-design-113169 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/JuanMoreno1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Anyone who drives on the Kennedy has likely seen Juan Moreno&rsquo;s work. The Northeastern Illinois University El Centro building is mostly glass, with vertical dividers turning it from yellow to blue to yellow, depending on the direction on the expressway.</p><p>Moreno&rsquo;s office building on Wabash Avenue is a frenetic space under the &lsquo;L&rsquo; tracks, surrounded by the noise of nearby road repairs. The lively business district gets constant care and attention, unlike Gage Park on the city&rsquo;s Southwest Side.</p><p>&ldquo;In the corporate world, there isn&rsquo;t this kind of desire to go into our communities of need,&rdquo; said Moreno. &ldquo;And give our gifts as architects, our ideas, our vision &mdash; to try to uplift the community.&rdquo;</p><p>And an area like Gage Park could use the help. It has different kinds of infrastructure problems: Its streets are punctuated by potholes, bridges crumbled to where the rebar steel peeks out from the concrete. Weeds grow tall and wide through sidewalk cracks in front of a multitude of empty buildings.</p><p>Moreno noted the differences between the rapid repairs happening near his office that might inconvenience commuters downtown, and the visible neglect in this mostly working-class Latino community. He believes that lack of attention can affect a resident&rsquo;s psyche.</p><p>&ldquo;Because they walk by it and those buildings talk to them. And it makes them feel like people don&rsquo;t care about them,&rdquo; said Moreno. &ldquo;That they (problems from neglect) are in communities of color. And it&rsquo;s a constant reminder when they look at that.&rdquo;</p><p>Rows and rows of one and two-story brick, pre-war homes line the streets of Gage Park: Brick homes and vacant lots. But a gleaming structure pierces the horizon &mdash; a giant, modern, glass-and-metal building &mdash; and in its shadow, kids played at its feet on the artificial turf.</p><p>The UNO charter Soccer Academy Elementary School could easily be mistaken for a museum or airport terminal. Moreno said he&rsquo;s happy his design gets that kind of reaction.</p><p>&ldquo;They don&rsquo;t always have to be the same prototype. We can think about their role in the community, the way learning is approached,&rdquo; said Moreno. &ldquo;And I think this school does a great job in doing that.&rdquo;</p><p>Punctuating the past with designs for the future isn&rsquo;t for everyone. Just north, in Pilsen, there&rsquo;s been lots of talk about gentrification in recent years. The Mexican neighborhood is known for its European-styled buildings dating back to the 1800s.</p><p>Crystal Quintero was peering into a soon-to-opened Giordano&#39;s restaurant on 18th Street, across from a Subway restaurant. The new pizza place is going into an old building that once housed a youth art studio. Some residents might see the chain going in and think, &lsquo;there goes the neighborhood.&#39; But Quintero didn&rsquo;t see it that way.</p><p>&ldquo;I was going to fill out an application,&rdquo; said Quintero. &ldquo;I want to work here so I&rsquo;m going to fill out an application online.&rdquo;</p><p>And that&rsquo;s one of the fundamental challenges for today&rsquo;s architect &mdash; how to transform space for the future while preserving the integrity of its past.</p><p><em>Follow WBEZ reporter Yolanda Perdomo on Twitter </em><em><a href="https://twitter.com/yolandanews">@yolandanews</a></em></p></p> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/confronting-community-problems-through-architecture-and-design-113169 Are the Oslo Accords Dead? http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/are-oslo-accords-dead-113221 <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/UN%20flag%20main%20page_0.jpg" title="People photograph the Palestinian flag as it flies for the first time at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227346846&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">UN flag-raising and future of the Oslo accords</span></strong></p><p>The United Nations raised the Palestinian flag at its headquarters this week. Many observers called the move only symbolic. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later addressed the UN General Assembly and declared that the PA was no longer beholden to signed agreements, such as the 1993 Oslo Peace accords, as long as Israel &ldquo;refuses to cease settlement activities and to release...Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements.&rdquo; In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu&rsquo;s office issued a statement saying &ldquo;We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations...without preconditions.&quot; We&rsquo;ll talk about the troubled Middle East Peace process with Dr. Manuel Hassassian, the PA&rsquo;s envoy to the United Kingdom and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Dr. Manuel Hassassian, the PA&rsquo;s envoy to the United Kingdom</p><p>Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227348334&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Milos Stehlik on the Chicago South Asian Film Festival: Satyajit Ray&rsquo;s Legacy</span></strong></p><p>The sixth annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival is underway. WBEZ Film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia will tell us about some of this year&rsquo;s offerings, including&nbsp; the work of the late famed director, Satyajit Ray. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Dilip Basu, a filmmaker and director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Milos Stehlik is WBEZ&#39;s film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</p><p>Dilip Basu, a &nbsp;filmmaker and director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227350181&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Weekend Passport</strong></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend.&nbsp; This week he&rsquo;ll tell us about a fashion show presented by the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. It features the designs of Patricia Michaels (of Project Runway fame) whose clothing design draws from her own Native American roots.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Nari Safavi is co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</p><p>Patricia Michaels is a fashion designer</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d7aa32ec-4399-7cb4-4b35-c5eb1361aaaa">Kathleen McDonald is e</span>xecutive director at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian</p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/are-oslo-accords-dead-113221 Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates Among 2015 MacArthur 'Genius' Award Winners http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/journalist-ta-nehisi-coates-among-2015-macarthur-genius-award-winners-113097 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/macarthur-genius-recipients_wide-b8086611bcb8758bd7abbf1b991454d75cd86c81-s1600-c85-001.jpg" title="The 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant recipients. (Courtesy of the John D. &amp; Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)" /></div></div><p>Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, puppetry artist Basil Twist and neuroscientist Beth Stevens work in wholly unrelated fields, but they do have at least one thing in common.</p><p>Along with 21 others, they are winners of the 2015 &quot;genius&quot; grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.</p><p>&quot;When I first got the call from the MacArthur foundation I was ecstatic,&quot; Coates said in<a href="https://www.macfound.org/fellows/931/">a video on the foundation website</a>. The national correspondent for&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic,</em>&nbsp;who writes about racial identity and systematic racial bias, added, &quot;You know, if anybody even reads what I&#39;m doing, that&#39;s a great day.&quot;</p><p>The fellowship recipients hail from a variety of fields including music, photography, biology and economics. Each will receive $500,000 over five years to continue his or her work or pursue something entirely new.</p><p>Many of this year&#39;s winners have been covered by NPR at some point in their careers &mdash; most recently, playwright, composer and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda was the topic of discussion last week on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/09/25/443413372/all-songs-1-why-hamilton-the-musical-works">All Songs Considered</a>.</p><p>Additionally, writer Ben Lerner&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/09/03/345107284/10-04-a-strange-spectacular-novel-connecting-several-plotlines">books have been reviewed by NPR&#39;s Maureen Corrigan</a>, urban sociologist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123973493">Matthew Desmond was a guest on Tell Me More</a>&nbsp;in 2010, computational biologist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/07/21/138548043/genome-maps-may-spot-disease-in-african-americans">John Novembre appeared on Morning Edition</a>&nbsp;in 2011, education entrepreneur&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/29/155914387/how-can-education-improve-african-leadership">Patrick Awuah was featured on Ted Radio Hour</a>&nbsp;in 2012,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/148922534/basil-twist-a-genius-with-many-a-string-attached">Twist was interviewed about his abstract pupeteering</a>&nbsp;in 2012, and Coates was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/07/13/422554778/ta-nehisi-coates-on-police-brutality-the-confederate-flag-and-forgiveness">interviewed in July on Fresh Air</a>&nbsp;about his book.</p><p>Plus, Tuesday on&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered,</em>&nbsp;you can hear interviews with three other winners: tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, Princeton historian Marina Rustow and photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier.</p><p>&quot;For me, my camera has been that catalyst for me to really look at these situations head on and not flee from them,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.macfound.org/fellows/937/">Frazier said of her work&nbsp;</a>documenting social inequality and historical change in her hometown of Braddock, Pa. Frazier was also<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/05/13/401331744/a-rust-belt-story-retold-through-portraits-of-the-women-who-lived-it">featured on NPR&#39;s CodeSwitch blog in May</a>, talking about her book,&nbsp;<em>The Notion of Family</em>.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2015/">full list of winners</a>&nbsp;is below:</p><p><strong>Patrick Awuah,</strong>&nbsp;50, Accra, Ghana: &quot;Education entrepreneur creating a new model for higher education in Africa that combines training in ethical leadership, a liberal arts tradition, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities.&quot;</p><p><strong>Kartik Chandran,</strong>&nbsp;41, New York: &quot;Environmental engineer transforming wastewater from a pollutant requiring disposal to a resource for useful products, such as commodity chemicals, energy sources, and fertilizers.&quot;</p><p><strong>Ta-Nehisi Coates,</strong>&nbsp;39, Washington, D.C.: &quot;Journalist interpreting complex and challenging issues around race and racism through the lens of personal experience and nuanced historical analysis.&quot;</p><p><strong>Gary Cohen,</strong>&nbsp;59, Reston, Va.: &quot;Environmental health advocate spurring environmental responsibility among health care providers and repositioning health care institutional practice around the broader challenges of sustainability, climate change, and community health.&quot;</p><p><strong>Matthew Desmond,</strong>&nbsp;35, Cambridge, Mass.: &quot;Urban sociologist revealing the impact of eviction on poor families and the role of housing policy in sustaining poverty and racial inequality in large American cities.&quot;</p><p><strong>William Dichtel,</strong>&nbsp;37, Ithaca, N.Y.: &quot;Chemist pioneering the assembly of molecules into stable, high surface-area networks with potential applications in electronic, optical, and energy storage devices.&quot;</p><p><strong>Michelle Dorrance,</strong>&nbsp;36, New York: &quot;Tap dancer and choreographer reinvigorating a uniquely American dance form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance.&quot;</p><p><strong>Nicole Eisenman,</strong>&nbsp;50, New York: &quot;Painter expanding the expressive potential of the figurative tradition in works that engage contemporary social issues and restore cultural significance to the representation of the human form.&quot;</p><p><strong>LaToya Ruby Frazier,</strong>&nbsp;33, Chicago: &quot;Photographer and video artist capturing the consequences of postindustrial decline for marginalized communities and illustrating how photography can promote dialogue about historical change and social responsibility.&quot;</p><p><strong>Ben Lerner,</strong>&nbsp;36<strong>,</strong>&nbsp;New York: &quot;Writer transcending conventional distinctions of genre and style in works that convey the texture of our contemporary moment and explore the relevance of art and the artist in modern culture.&quot;</p><p><strong>Mimi Lien,</strong>&nbsp;39, New York: &quot;Set designer translating a text&#39;s narrative and emotional dynamics onto the stage in bold, immersive sets that enhance the performance experience for theater makers and viewers alike.&quot;</p><p><strong>Lin-Manuel Miranda,</strong>&nbsp;35, New York: &quot;Playwright, composer, and performer expanding the conventions of musical theater with a popular culture sensibility and musical styles and voices that reflect the diverse cultural panorama of the American urban experience.&quot;</p><p><strong>Dimitri Nakassis,</strong>&nbsp;40, Toronto, Canada: &quot;Classicist challenging long-held assumptions about modes of economic exchange and political authority in prehistoric Greek societies and revealing their connections to the origins of modern civilization.&quot;</p><p><strong>John Novembre,</strong>&nbsp;37, Chicago: &quot;Computational biologist shedding new light on the links between geography and genomic diversity and producing a more finely grained picture of human evolutionary history.&quot;</p><p><strong>Christopher Ré,</strong>&nbsp;36, Stanford, Calif.: &quot;Computer scientist democratizing big data analytics through open source data-processing products that have the power of machine learning algorithms but can be integrated into existing and applied database systems.&quot;</p><p><strong>Marina Rustow,</strong>&nbsp;46, Princeton, N.J.: &quot;Historian mining textual materials from the Cairo Geniza to deepen our understanding of medieval Muslim and Jewish communities.&quot;</p><p><strong>Juan Salgado,</strong>&nbsp;46, Chicago: &quot;Community Leader creating a model for workforce development and training among immigrant communities through a holistic approach that addresses language skills, education, and other barriers to entering the workforce.&quot;</p><p><strong>Beth Stevens,</strong>&nbsp;45, Boston: &quot;Neuroscientist revealing the heretofore unknown role of microglial cells in neuron communication and prompting a fundamental shift in thinking about brain development in both healthy and unhealthy states.&quot;</p><p><strong>Lorenz Studer,</strong>&nbsp;49, New York: &quot;Stem cell biologist pioneering a new method for large-scale generation of dopaminergic neurons that could provide one of the first treatments for Parkinson&#39;s disease and prove the broader feasibility of stem cell-based therapies for other neurological disorders.&quot;</p><p><strong>Alex Truesdell,</strong>&nbsp;59, New York: &quot;Adaptive Designer and Fabricator constructing low-tech, affordable, and customized tools and furniture that enable children with disabilities to participate actively in their homes, schools, and communities.&quot;</p><p><strong>Basil Twist,</strong>&nbsp;46, New York: &quot;Puppetry artist and director revitalizing puppetry as a serious and sophisticated art form in imaginative experiments with its materials, techniques, and uses in both narrative and abstract works.&quot;</p><p><strong>Ellen Bryant Voigt,</strong>&nbsp;72, Cabot, Vt.: &quot;Poet meditating on will and fate and the life cycles of the natural world through a distinctive intermingling of lyric and narrative modes and ongoing experimentation with form and technique.&quot;</p><p><strong>Heidi Williams,</strong>&nbsp;34, Cambridge, Mass.: &quot;Economist unraveling the forces that hinder or spur medical innovation through empirically based studies that are informing public policy.&quot;</p><p><strong>Peidong Yang,</strong>&nbsp;44, Berkeley, Calif.: &quot;Inorganic chemist opening new horizons for tackling the global challenge of clean, renewable energy sources through transformative advances in the science of semiconductor nanowires and nanowire photonics.&quot;</p><p>Note: NPR is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.macfound.org/">among the organizations</a>&nbsp;that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports.</p><p><em>- via <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/29/444221706/journalist-ta-nehisi-coates-among-2015-macarthur-genius-award-winners">NPR News</a></em></p></p> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/journalist-ta-nehisi-coates-among-2015-macarthur-genius-award-winners-113097 Radio M: Bollywood music, new Vieux Farka Toure, Turkish psych-folk and lots of great guitar music from around the globe. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-25/radio-m-bollywood-music-new-vieux-farka-toure-turkish-psych-folk-and-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CN20130221-Vieux-Farka-Toure_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s time for another musical romp around the globe and this week&nbsp; <em>Radio M</em> takes us to India for a swingin&#39; Bollywood tune from a movie about a girl who runs away from home to find freedom only to find trouble. The sounds of guitar music from Angola, Jamaica and Nigeria. Also new music from Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, a nod to Russian composer&nbsp;Dmitri Shoshtakovich, who was born on September 25, 1906, and the latest from Norwegian singer-songwriter Farao.</p><p>Two hours of global musical bliss!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Flavia Coelho- People Dansa- Mundo Meu</p><p>The Royals- Pick Up the Pieces- Studio One Groups</p><p>Bob Marley &amp; The Wailers- Burnin&#39; &amp; Lootin&#39;- Live!</p><p>Here&#39;s a video of the Bob &amp; the band rehearsing the song in 1980</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oM1YiVbC-jA" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra- Jazz Suite No.1: Waltz- Shostakovich: The Jazz Album</p><p>Grethe &amp; Jorgen Ingmann- Dansevise- TV i Tivoli</p><p>Kiosk- Agha! Nigah Dar( Hey Man Pull Over)- Bagh e Vahsh e Jahaani (Global Zoo)</p><p>Here&#39;s a very different, live version of the song from a performance at Yoshi&#39;s.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XmH6JxEiIu8" width="560"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30PM</p><p>Vieux Farka Toure &amp; Julia Easterlin- Spark- Touristes</p><p>Afet Serenay- Maden Dagi- Turkish Freak Out 2: Psych Folk 1970-78</p><p>Mbongwana Star- Segue- From Kinshasa</p><p>Mongo Santamaria- What You Don&#39;t Know- The Nuyorican Funk Experience: Further Adventures in Latin Soul</p><p>Check out this classic performance by the conguero master!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JPG7KGa9fsg" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Ciadadao Instigado- Ate Que Enfim- Fortaleza</p><p>Bjork- Earth Intruders- Volta</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j1Q9ppPPHjU" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Nigerian Union Rhythm Group- Abeni- Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian &amp; Ghanaian Recordings from London &amp; Lagos 1954-66</p><p>Charlie Hunter, Chinna Smith &amp; Ernest Ranglin- Mestre Tata- Earth Tones</p><p>Iness Mezel- Amazone- Beyond the Trance</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A9fKVArzreA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Os Anjos- Avante Juventude- Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortion &amp; Other Sonic Innovations 1969-72</p><p>Klaus Johann Grobe- Kothek- Im Sinne der Zeit</p><p>Christie Laume- Agatha ou Christie- La Belle Epoque: EMI&#39;s French Girls 1965-68</p><p>Anand Prayag &amp; Chorus- Pretty Pretty Priya- Bombshell Baby of Bombay</p><p>Here&#39;s the song from the Bollywood film , &#39;Priya&#39;.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4esdBNs_Ows" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Lucho Macedo y Su Sonora- Poupurrit de Lucho Macedo- MAG All Stars: The Best Peruvian Orchestras of the 50&#39;s &amp; 60&#39;s</p><p>El Rego et Ses Commandos- E Nan Mian Nuku- Legends of Benin</p><p>Lord Shorty &amp; Vibrations International- Vibrations Groove- Sokah: Soul of Calypso</p><p>Francis Bebey- La Condition Masculine- African Electronic Music 1975-82</p><p>Farao- Tiaf- Till All is Forgotten</p><p>Kronos Quartet, Kyp Malone, Tunde Adebimpe &amp; Stuart Bogie- Sorrow, Tears + Blood- Red Hot + Fela</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/X6BiAwD-nY8" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-25/radio-m-bollywood-music-new-vieux-farka-toure-turkish-psych-folk-and-0 Radio M September 18, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-17/radio-m-september-18-2015-112958 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/from the world to you_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s a big world out there so there&#39;s never a shortage of musical styles to draw upon for our weekly foray into global sounds and this week is no exception. We&#39;re going to Brazil for a slice of modern day afrobeat, we take a trippy walk down memory lane with the king and queen of classic Cambodian psych rock, Roberta Flack turns us on to her take of the tune Angelitos Negroes from her debut album, plus new music from Mexico&#39;s Natalia Lafourcade and a deep cut from The Wailers.&nbsp;</p><p>Expected the unexpected on Radio M.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>The Soul Jazz Orchestra- Kossa Kossa- Resistance</p><p>Stromae- Formidable- Racine Carree</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S_xH7noaqTA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Eternals- Patch of Blue- Heavy International</p><p>Ros Sereysothea &amp; Sinn Sisamouth- Cambodian Psych- Cambodian Psych Outtake #3</p><p>Roberta Flack- Angelitos Negroes- First Take</p><p>Here&#39;s a version of&nbsp; Angelitos Negroes from the film 1948 film Angelitos Negroes with the great Pedro Infante singing the title song.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k8V-EkTeX7U" width="420"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30 PM</p><p>Laura Lavieri- Quem Naceu?- Mulheres de Pericles</p><p>Samba Toure-&nbsp; Wo Yende Alakar- Gandadiko</p><p>Bixiga 70- 100% 13- III</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eB625vpYtMA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Natalia Lafourcade- Hasta la Raiz- Hasta la Raiz</p><p>Segun Bucknor- Adebo- Black Man&rsquo;s Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti</p><p>La Pesada- Cumbia y Tambo ( En La Lluvia) Sofrito: International Soundclash</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Elia y Elizabeth- Alegrai- La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth</p><p>Petite Noir- Colour- Le Vie est Belle/ Life is Beautiful</p><p>Sia Tolno- Djumata- African Woman</p><p>Juana Molina- Eras- Wed21</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cl7h3KDMJFU" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Kanaku y el Tigre- Quema Quema Quema- Quema Quema Quema</p><p>Ibibio Sound Machine- Tortoise- Ibibio Sound Machine</p><p>David Bowie &ndash; Fascination- Young Americans</p><p>Bowie appears on The Dick Cavett Show 1974</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k2yLbxW4k-w" width="420"></iframe></p><p>10:30PM</p><p>The Wailers- No Sympathy- Burnin&rsquo;</p><p>Slim Ali &amp; The Hodi Boys- Tell Me- 70&rsquo;s Pop</p><p>Lala Njava- Voatse- Malagasy Blues</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/v34Q-DtVSIA" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Andreas Kapsalis- Anastasi- Anastasi</p><p>Delhi 2 Dublin- Turn Up the Stereo- Turn Up the Stereo</p><p>Super Biton National de Segou- Siseni- Anthology</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-17/radio-m-september-18-2015-112958 Advocates say new food cart rules taste bittersweet http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/advocates-say-new-food-cart-rules-taste-bittersweet-112955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Fruit cup 3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-114682cd-d82b-5f16-81bf-bc8775e48e21">This week, Chicago Alderman Emma Mitts did something she&rsquo;d never done before: She ate her first elote, the grilled corn on the cob that&rsquo;s a popular street food in Mexico.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;A little hot, but it was good, and I see why the kids like it,&rdquo; she said at a City Council hearing Wednesday.</p><p dir="ltr">But that bite of corn on the street wasn&rsquo;t just tasty &mdash; it was also illegal.</p><p dir="ltr">According to advocates, there are nearly 2,000 vendors pushing carts of fresh fruit, elotes and other snacks around Chicago, despite laws forbidding it. But Wednesday, a City Council committee passed an ordinance that&rsquo;s long been in the works to not only license these vendors, but to punish those who operate illegally.</p><p dir="ltr">Sponsoring Alderman Roberto Maldonado (a self-proclaimed fan of elotes) called the License and Consumer Protection Committee&#39;s support for his ordinance &ldquo;historic.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;At a time when the national debate has turned toward demeaning our immigrant population, we must strengthen our laws to bring our immigrant entrepreneurs out of the shadows and give them the respect and legitimacy they deserve,&rdquo; Maldonado said.</p><p dir="ltr">The <a href="https://chicago.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=3755517&amp;GUID=AEE49835-4E57-409A-81D2-80965444258D">ordinance</a> would legitimize most of what push cart vendors do already. It would allow them to sell fresh fruit or food on carts around the city&rsquo;s neighborhoods, as long as they take classes, get permits and pay fees: $350 for a business license and more than $300 in shared kitchen fees over two years.</p><p dir="ltr">But what bothers advocates most is the provision that forbids vendors from preparing food on the cart, meaning all food would have to be cooked, cut, seasoned, packaged and sealed before vendors leave licensed kitchens.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ve reached a great compromise. Like always no ordinance is [ever] perfect but it&rsquo;s a work in progress, something that we&rsquo;re all willing to start with,&rdquo; Maldonado said.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">The prepackaged and pre-seasoned provision comes as a response to concerns from the Chicago Department of Public Health. Although the department acknowledges there has never been a single reported incident of foodborne illness connected to the food carts, it insists that on-cart prep is dangerous.</p><p dir="ltr">The agency is &ldquo;committed to ensuring the food Chicagoans eat is safe&hellip;[Because] food carts are not required to have hand washing capabilities on them. Having food that is not prepackaged would be unsanitary and unsafe,&rdquo; the department said in a statement.</p><p dir="ltr">Still, for many, the fresh preparation and customization of condiments (chile, salt, lime, cheese) are part of the appeal.</p><p dir="ltr">Vicky Lugo, who serves as the vice president of the Association of Mobile Vendors, knows the rules are less than ideal.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I am not in favor of this product being pre-cut because products that are pre-cut and sold in stores are not fresh,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;But right now [vendors] will take whatever the city will approve because as it is now there is no license for them.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The plan, says Lugo and others, is to start here and then move toward fresher options later.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We are trying to push for a last prep step where vendors could possibly cut the fruit at the cart and for the corn add the mayo and cheese and that stuff,&rdquo; she said.</p><p dir="ltr">Beth Kregor of the Institute for Justice on Entrepreneurship has been working on this issue for years. She notes that the licensing rules, if passed by the full council, could apply to all sorts of foods.</p><p dir="ltr">Vendors would be allowed to sell pretty much anything they, or others, prepared &mdash; as long as they were packaged in a licensed kitchen. During the hearings she spoke eloquently about the measure&rsquo;s potential.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We should pass this ordinance because those vendors will be the next immigrant who earns her way in this country,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo; The next business owners serving up culture, cuisine and commerce in our community spaces, one customer at a time. And the next parent who built a better life for his child by working hard and following the rules.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/chicagos-food-cart-ban-costs-revenue-jobs/">recent survey by the Illinois Policy Institute</a> estimated that the 1,500 food-cart vendors in Chicago make an estimated $35.2 million in annual sales.</p><p>The ordinance still needs the full city council&rsquo;s approval, which is scheduled to meet next Thursday. The law would then take effect 30 days after passage.</p><p><br /><em>Monica Eng covers food and health for WBEZ. Follow her at <a href="http://twitter.com/monicaeng">@monicaeng.</a> Lauren Chooljian covers Chicago politics for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian.</a></em></p></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 16:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/advocates-say-new-food-cart-rules-taste-bittersweet-112955 Radio M September 11, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-14/radio-m-september-11-2015-112928 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/WMF.png" alt="" /><p><p>Every year now since 1999 the city of Chicago has been bringing artists from all over the globe to share their various musical traditions. Over the years we&#39;ve heard everything from Mexico&#39;s son jarocho, desert blues from Mali, the sounds of the Rom from Eastern Europe and much more.</p><p>The 2015 edition of World Music Fesitval Chicago is no different and once again Radio M is a big part of the fest with its now tradition of a live broadcast. So this time around we bring you the music of legendary Ethiopian musician Hailu Mergia live from Martyr&#39;s in Chicago.</p><p>Hailu is part of a group of musicians that came to prominence in late 1960&#39;s Ethiopia. from about 1966 to the late 1970&#39;s Addis Ababa was a hot bed of popular and high danceable music and one of the most famous of the bands was the Walias, which hailu was a member. His main instrument is the accordion but he can also rock out on the keyboard and melodica.</p><p>He and the Walias band toured the US in the early 1980&#39;s and many decided to stay, including Hailu. He took a job as a taxi driver at Washington D.C.&#39;s airports and he still drives a cab today!&nbsp; He was &#39;rediscovered&#39; a couple of years ago and has since been playing out more than he ever has in the 22 years. So this live set is surely a treat. Enjoy.</p></p> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 13:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-09-14/radio-m-september-11-2015-112928 Black studies group founded in Chicago celebrates 100 years http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/black-studies-group-founded-chicago-celebrates-100-years-112882 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/african american life_150909_nm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=w5j6ZeMMNsoC">Carter G. Woodson</a>, the father of Black History Month, first began his journey to promote black life and culture 100 years ago on the South Side of Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">On Sept. 9, 1915, he founded a study group that became known as the<a href="http://asalh.net/"> Association for the Study of African American Life and History</a>. Woodson wanted to preserve and disseminate black history for the masses at a time when it was perceived that Negroes had no history.</p><p dir="ltr">The belief was that Woodson started the national association as a response to the 1915 racist movie <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0004972/">&ldquo;Birth of a Nation&rdquo;</a> by D.W. Griffith.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We know that wasn&rsquo;t the complete story,&rdquo; said Lionel Kimble, a history professor at Chicago State University and ASALH Chicago president. &ldquo;Woodson saw something dynamic about black life here in Chicago. This was a very fluid, ever changing, important black community so it was very appropriate that Woodson was here.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Woodson earned his bachelor&rsquo;s and master&rsquo;s degrees from the University of Chicago before receiving a PhD from Harvard University. Because of housing segregation patterns, he couldn&rsquo;t stay on campus or other neighborhoods. His limited choices led him to bunk at the YMCA on 37th and Wabash in the city&rsquo;s Black Belt. It became the site where Woodson founded the association. By then, he had received his PhD from Harvard University &mdash; the second black to do so after W.E.B. Dubois &mdash; and kept returning to Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">On Wednesday, scholars and history buffs unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Bronzeville YMCA. Several centennial events are planned for Chicago through the weekend.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;One hundred years later we still have this organization,&rdquo; said Darlene Clark Hine, a professor at Northwestern University. &ldquo;This organization has essentially created and sustained a space for the production and teaching of African-American history at all levels from the grammar school all the way up to the university. Not too many organizations have been in the vanguard of developing and challenging us to learn more about the contributions and the experiences of African Americans to the creation of this country.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Woodson went on to create Negro History Week in the 1920s, which eventually became Black History Month. ASALH is based in Washington, D.C. at Howard University with members and chapters all across the country. ASALH puts on an annual conference, sets the theme for Black History Month each year and conducts various public and local history projects.</p><p dir="ltr">The association is unique in that it&rsquo;s not just for the academy. Anyone interested in black history can join.</p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Chicago centennial events</strong></span></p><p dir="ltr">A commemorative lecture entitled &ldquo;Librarian as Cultural Broker, Vivian Gordon Harsh and the Creation of an Archive&rdquo; will be delivered by Rutgers University historian Brittney Hall in memory of ASALH and Woodson, who is also the founder of Black History Month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Carter G. Woodson Library, 9531 S. Halsted St., Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">A program and panel discussion on &ldquo;Institution Building in Chicago&rdquo; will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 in the Chicago State University Library, 9501 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">A panel discussion on &ldquo;The Life and Legacy of Carter G. Woodson and the Importance of Black Institution Building&rdquo; will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Du Sable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 20:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/black-studies-group-founded-chicago-celebrates-100-years-112882