WBEZ | UK http://www.wbez.org/tags/uk Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago may get its own geek bar http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 7.45.08 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicagoans may soon have a new place to geek out. David Zoltan leads the team behind the concept.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Geek Bar Chicago is a place where geeks, nerds, dorks and dweebs can find a place to call home in the city,&rdquo; Zoltan said. &ldquo;Our vision statement is celebrate geekdom in all its forms, so we&rsquo;re not going for a specific type of geek.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The bar will cater for people interested in everything from science to video games. He says it will have a menu for board games, geek-inspired food and drinks, and possible decor featuring lightsabers and the scrolling characters from the Matrix.</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan got the idea last year, when it was announced that the new Doctor Who season would be starting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I thought, I don&rsquo;t have cable. I&rsquo;d like to watch the show with a bunch of my Whovian friends and other Whovians from the rest of Chicago,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;(But) while I can throw a stone out and reach a half dozen sports bars in Chicago, there isn&rsquo;t a place for the geek.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan and his team are raising money for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cantinaforward/geek-out-geek-bar">the project</a> through Kickstarter. He&rsquo;s raised more than $25,000 and ends his campaign at the end of August. If they reach $70,000, the bar will buy an <a href="http://store.hbo.com/game-of-thrones-life-size-replica-iron-throne/detail.php?p=373634">official life-sized replica of the Iron Throne</a> from Game of Thrones and use it as special seating. They are currently scouting locations and are focusing on what Zoltan calls Chicago&rsquo;s Geek Triangle, the area bounded by Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown. He says that&rsquo;s where most geeky Chicagoans live or play. They hope to open in March next year.</p><p dir="ltr">Geek Bar Chicago would join other geek locales in Milwaukee, <a href="http://jaapan.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/space-station-osaka-a-gaming-bar/">Japan</a>, <a href="http://www.hobbitpub.co.uk/">the UK</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheManaBar">Australia</a>. Tony Nilles and his wife opened <a href="http://42lounge.com/">their own geek bar</a> in Milwaukee this spring, and although he stresses it&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;get rich quick&rdquo; scheme, a geek bar draws good customers. He says his staff has worked at many other bars before, and they have all been impressed by how nice the customers are. He attributes that partly to being a geek.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You have a demographic where if they go to other bars and clubs, they don&rsquo;t feel comfortable, they feel like they are an outsider or outcast,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;When you get them around other people that are just like them, they feel this sense of belonging and you find that you have these really nice, kind people that are able to express in ways they weren&rsquo;t able before.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, even though he knows other geek bars are his competitors, they&rsquo;re all just excited to be part of a movement.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re all competing with each other over the same demographic, but there&rsquo;s almost kind of a brotherhood to this owning a geek bar thing,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;Geek is chic right now, and they want to know that you&rsquo;re not just doing the whole geek thing in order to take their money from them. They want to know that you&rsquo;re doing it sincerely and that you&rsquo;re part of that community too.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Mitch Hutts, web developer by day and geek mixologist by night, has also seen the rise of the geek bar. In 2009, he started <a href="http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/">The Drunken Moogle</a>, dedicated to sharing geeky drink recipes inspired by the likes of Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. He says it has since exploded in popularity, and that the geek bar phenomenon is entirely worldwide.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know this was a place made by people who think like you, and it&rsquo;s very much like you already kind of knew those people, you feel very much at home,&rdquo; Hutts said. &ldquo;Some success can be attributed to conventions. Geeks very much like meeting new geeks. Conventions happen once a year; geek bars are a way of extending that and giving them a home all throughout the year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a></em></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 UK phone-hacking scandal threatens entire British establishment http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/uk-phone-hacking-scandal-threatens-entire-british-establishment-89357 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-19/AP110719131788.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <em>News of the World</em> phone-hacking scandal continues to unfold, as British parliamentarians quizzed Rupert Murdoch this morning. The controversy threatens Prime Minister David Cameron's administration and Murdoch’s global news empire.</p><p><a href="http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/staff/conboy" target="_blank">Martin Conboy</a> is a professor of journalism history at University of Sheffield and author of the 2006 book <em>Tabloid Britain: Constructing a Community through Language</em>. He joins us to discuss what today's parliamentary hearing revealed and the culture of the UK media.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/uk-phone-hacking-scandal-threatens-entire-british-establishment-89357 Chicagoan reflects on the meaning of military action against the Qaddafi regime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/chicagoan-reflects-meaning-military-action-against-qaddafi-regime-84027 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-21/110407552.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Airstrikes by American forces continued for a second night in Libya. Over the weekend British forces targeted Qaddafi&rsquo;s compound in Tripoli, but today the chief of the UK Defence Staff said Qaddafi himself was &ldquo;absolutely not&rdquo; a target. President Obama has said the goal of the mission is to fulfill the U.N. resolution and protect the Libyan people. Chicagoan Tawfik Sharkasi is originally from Benghazi, Libya. He still has family there and joins us to discuss the ongoing airstrikes in Libya. &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-21/chicagoan-reflects-meaning-military-action-against-qaddafi-regime-84027 BBC Documentary: The Irish are angry about the country’s financial crisis http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bbc-documentary-irish-are-angry-about-country%E2%80%99s-financial-crisis <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/56935442.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Celtic Tiger seems to have lost its roar. After months of resistance, this past weekend Ireland agreed to accept an EU/IMF bailout of some $100 billion to help shore up its crippled banking system.</p><p>As Ireland faces one of Europe&rsquo;s most punishing financial crises, the anger amongst its citizens has grown. After coping with two years of recession and major cuts, many Irish taxpayers have had enough. Some have decided to leave the country in order to find employment.</p><p>For the program <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00bgtqd">Assignment</a>, the BBC&rsquo;s Ed Butler went to Ireland to meet some of the casualties of the country&rsquo;s economic collapse.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bbc-documentary-irish-are-angry-about-country%E2%80%99s-financial-crisis Human costs of proposed UK budget cuts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/human-costs-proposed-uk-budget-cuts <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/105974828.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In London, Liberal Democrat MPs were warned that their constituency offices may be occupied tomorrow, as anger and protests over proposed increases in university fees threaten to spread across England.</p><p>The last few weeks have already seen thousands of students in the streets over spending freezes and cuts. Now, more than 20,000 school, college and university students have signed up to a Facebook site organizing a coordinated &quot;walkout&quot; from classes at 11a.m. tomorrow.</p><p>In addition to education cuts, budgets will get slashed in housing, policin, and a wide range of other services.</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://johannhari.com/">Johann Hari</a>, a blogger and columnist for the Independent of London,&nbsp; tells us about the possible affects the deep cuts could have on British society.</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/human-costs-proposed-uk-budget-cuts