WBEZ | Videos http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Innocence lost http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/2012-12/innocence-lost-104419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Newtown AP Mary Altaffer children.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you have been listening to the last hour on this radio station or have been tied to the news in any other way, you know why I feel sick and, with an eight year old daughter named Fiona, why I feel scared.</p><p>And so I retreat for a moment to an innocent time and I am a child and my world is free of death and terror. My friend`s father, Mr. Paraskevas, works at the Sheraton as a doorman and that allows us&mdash;a pack of kids from old town&mdash;the chance to use the hotel`s swimming pool.</p><p>This remains among my greatest memories&hellip;so innocent, taking the bus downtown, trunks and towels tucked under our arms; riding the elevators up to the pool room, embellished by a fountain and a massive dugout canoe; swimming and diving until we were too tired to swim anymore; spending our returned-bottles money on raisin toast and cokes at the coffee shop.</p><p>The 42-story hotel, now the Intercontinental, was built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club. It once housed a miniature golf course, gymnasium, bowling alley, shooting range and boxing arena, but by the time it was taken over by Sheraton in 1947, the pool was all that remained of the athletic amenities. But it is a sight to see, as are other corners of the hotel. Perhaps that was what a man named Nicholas Wieme was exploring Wednesday night after he and a pal had dinner downstairs.</p><p>As most of you know, this trip ended tragically. Wieme slipped and fell into the building&rsquo;s smokestack and the heroic efforts of firefighters could not save his life and in the wake of his death we all learned that this young man was from a small town in Minnesota and that he was an aspiring comedian and actor&hellip;and that he was 23.</p><p>And then&hellip;I know I cannot escape death.</p><p>In Connecticut this morning, 26 people, 20 of them children, dead and we may never know why.</p><p>But we must be reminded of this, from John Donne:</p><p><em>No man is an island,<br />entire of itself.<br />Each is a piece of the continent,<br />a part of the main.<br />Each man&#39;s (child&rsquo;s) death diminishes me,<br />for i am involved in mankind.<br />Therefore, send not to know<br />for whom the bell tolls,<br />it tolls for thee. </em></p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/2012-12/innocence-lost-104419 Video: Another oops for Sneed? Stroger claims raid story all wrong http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/video-another-oops-sneed-stroger-claims-raid-story-all-wrong <p><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> <em>Lauren Kamm, a junior publicist at 20th Century FOX Television, which produces &quot;Ride-Along,&quot; confirmed the show was filming in Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's office late Thursday night. Kamm said the show has more filming scheduled in his office and the scene filmed last night is scheduled to air in the show's eighth episode.</em> This morning after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=45121">appearing on Eight Forty-Eight</a>, Todd Stroger sat down with Justin Kaufmann to tape an episode of <a target="_blank" href="/videos/category/wikipedia-files">The Wikipedia Files</a>. We'll publish the whole interview next week, but we had to get this clip up today. You may have seen <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/index.html">Michael Sneed's column</a> in today's Sun-Times where she claimed</p><blockquote>&quot;Cook County investigators hauled boxes of hard drives and photo electronic devices out of Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's executive office at 118 N. Clark St., after business hours Thursday evening.&quot;</blockquote><p>Stroger told us that there was an after-hours film shoot (for a series called &quot;Ride-Along&quot;) and the witness must have seen the crew loading out around 1AM. Of course we're checking into this claim, but either way it's an interesting he-said, she-said.Ã&sbquo;&nbsp; This, of course, coming on the heels of last week's <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/10/sneed-story-unraveled-by-one-simple-question-to-lisa-madigan/39765">Lisa Madigan's announcement that she was not running for mayor</a>, the same day that Sneed reported she was.</p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="453" height="255" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16093552&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="453" height="255" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16093552&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/videos/video-another-oops-sneed-stroger-claims-raid-story-all-wrong