WBEZ | Rick Kogan http://www.wbez.org/tags/rick-kogan Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago books that would make great movies http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/chicago-books-would-make-great-movies-107621 <p><p><img alt="" ap="" class="image-original_image" devil="" in="" kirsty="" photo="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Leonardo%20DiCaprio.jpg" style="width: 620px; " the="" title="Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as serial killer H.H. Holmes in the film version of &quot;The Devil in the White City.&quot; (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) " white="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">When <em>The Devil in the White City&nbsp;</em>hit bookshelves in 2003, readers gobbled up the historical non-fiction story of the architect behind Chicago&#39;s 1893 World&#39;s Fair and the serial killer who lured countless victims to their deaths in a nearby hotel.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Leonardo DiCaprio <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/02/leonardo-dicaprio-serial-killer-film" target="_blank">secured the film rights</a> in 2010, and rumors swirled that DiCaprio himself would play the man who murdered and dissected over 200 people: Dr. H.H. Holmes.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Three years later, the film remains &quot;in development,&quot; which is another way of saying &quot;this project has been put on hold so Leo can work with his old pals <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1343092/" target="_blank">Baz</a> and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/" target="_blank">Marty</a>&nbsp;first.&quot; Still, I wouldn&#39;t be surprised if DiCaprio tapped Martin Scorsese to direct (they have made five movies together over the past decade) and decided to go <a href="http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/12/17/leonardo-dicaprio-calvin-candie-django-unchained/" target="_blank">full-evil</a> for his next Oscar-baiting role.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>The Devil in the White City&nbsp;</em>is a mesmerizing read, especially for Chicago history buffs, and ripe for a grisly film adapation. However, many other powerful books with Chicago settings are equally deserving of the page-to-screen treatment.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" devil="" flickr="" in="" kristi="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/flickr_wf.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px; " the="" title="The Statue of the Republic, created to commemorate the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, sits in Jackson Park near Lake Shore Drive on the south side of Chicago. The 1893 World Fair is the setting for the Erik Larson novel, &quot;The Devil in the White City.&quot; (Flickr/Kristi Logan)" white="" />So, in no particular order, here is my top 10 list of the best Chicago books with cinematic potential:</div><p><strong><a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/devilinthewhitecity/home.html" target="_blank">The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Erik Larson, 2003) I hope that they construct at least part of the set for the 19th century World Fair at Navy Pier, similar to the<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/timakimoff/8684523990/" target="_blank"> dysptopic carnival</a> recently erected by the crew of another Chicago-based film, Veronica Roth&#39;s <em>Divergent.&nbsp;</em>The director will most likely turn to CGI to create that epic first Ferris Wheel, but enlisting an actor like Robert Downey Jr. to play George Ferris Jr. (they kind of <a href="http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/10535/who-should-play-burnham-and-olmstead/#.UbasRJUlZSU" target="_blank">look alike</a>, don&#39;t they?) would be real-life marvel enough for me.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Boss.html?id=FQDwrB6lnxMC" target="_blank">Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Mike Royko, 1988) The Showtime series&nbsp;<em>Boss,&nbsp;</em>starring Kelsey Grammar as a corrupt Chicago mayor, was unofficially yet&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2803415/posts" target="_blank">obviously based on</a> former Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley. However, the show was cancelled after very low-rated two seasons, likely because it veered too far in the direction of outlandish Shakespearean soap opera&nbsp;instead of digging into the ample <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/hall-of-fame/hall-of-fame-the-case-against-2.html" target="_blank">historical dirt</a> that producers were probably too frightened to touch. Perhaps a film adaptation of Royko&#39;s scathing and immensely compelling biography of the late Daley Sr. would be brave enough to go there.</p><p><strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle" target="_blank">The Jungle</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Upton Sinclair, 1906) This one is kind of cheating, since a silent film version of the book was made in 1914 and later&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle_(1914_film)" target="_blank">lost</a>. Still, Sinclair&#39;s groundbreaking exposé of corruption in Chicago&#39;s meatpacking business during the early 20th century, hailed by writer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle" target="_blank">Jack London</a> as &quot;the&nbsp;<em>Uncle Tom&#39;s Cabin</em> of wage slavery,&quot; would be a sure-fire Oscar contender in the hands of a director like David Fincher or Danny Boyle.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Pays-Maurice-Possley/dp/0425188671" target="_blank">Everybody Pays</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Maurice Possley and Rick Kogan, 2002) Forget Al Capone&mdash;Chicago&#39;s deadliest hitman, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Aleman" target="_blank">Harry Aleman</a>, is the kind of monumental figure that A-list actors would kill to play. Pair a riveting street-to-courtroom script from <em>Chicago Tribune </em>co-writers Possley and Kogan with a young Al Pacino type, and this true-story gangster film could be a huge hit.</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lazarus-Project-Aleksandar-Hemon/dp/1594483752/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370917980&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=the+lazarus+project" target="_blank"><strong>The Lazarus Project</strong></a>&nbsp;(Aleksander Hemon, 2008) Not to be confused with the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464041/" target="_blank">horrible Paul Walker movie</a> of the same name, Hemon&#39;s award-winning novel about tensions between&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Lazarus-Project-Aleksandar-Hemon/dp/B001QFZLOS" target="_blank">Chicago immigrants and police</a> at the turn of the 20th century eerily echoes modern-day events (i.e. the death of Trayvon Martin) and provides a sweeping canvas for gritty cinematic vision to take hold.</p><p><b><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Trumbull_Park.html?id=sL6wAAAAIAAJ" target="_blank">Trumball Park</a>&nbsp;</b>(Frank London Brown, 1959) Brown&#39;s highly underrated account of the first black families to integrate Chicago&#39;s <a href="http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2461.html" target="_blank">Trumball Park housing project</a> in the 1950s recalls the easy book-to-film conversion of&nbsp;<em>The Help</em>, except a film version of this story hasn&#39;t been made yet. Still, in the hands of a director like Lee Daniels and a charismatic actor like Denzel Washington in the lead role of Buggy Martin, the moving story of a man protecting his family from race riots in&nbsp;<em>Trumball Park&nbsp;</em>could translate to a modern-day movie masterpiece.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_Mango_Street" target="_blank"><strong>The House on Mango Street</strong></a>&nbsp;(Sandra Cisneros, 1984) While this coming-of-age novel is made up of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_on_Mango_Street" target="_blank">stand-alone vignettes</a> rather than sequential chapters of a continuing narrative, Cisneros&#39; rich and poetic source material&mdash;filled with humor, charm and acute observation&mdash; is an indie filmmaker&#39;s dream. Told from the perspective of a young Latina girl who longs for a better life but struggles to leave her family behind, <em>The House on Mango Street&nbsp;</em>is an enchanting collection of stories that would shine just as brightly on the big screen.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/47th-Street-Black-Bayo-Ojikutu/dp/0609808478" target="_blank"><b>47th Street Black</b></a>&nbsp;(Bayo Ojikuto, 2003) Ojikuto&#39;s debut is a stunning and incendiary work of fiction that hits all too close to home: the story of two black teenagers whose rise in Chicago&#39;s <a href="http://www.amazon.com/47th-Street-Black-Bayo-Ojikutu/dp/0609808478" target="_blank">gangster-driven ghettos</a>&nbsp;is &quot;just as swift as it is brutal.&quot; With the amount of media attention we&#39;ve received for our gang violence over the past year (the &quot;Chiraq&quot; episode of&nbsp;<em>Vice&nbsp;</em>being the most recent example), a film version of one of the best black American novels since 1940&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Native Son&nbsp;</em>could open millennial eyes even wider.</p><p><strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_with_the_Golden_Arm_(novel)" target="_blank">The Man with the Golden Arm</a>&nbsp;</strong>(Nelson Algren, 1949) Okay, this one is <em>really&nbsp;</em>cheating&mdash;a well-received <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048347/" target="_blank">film version</a> of this book starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak was released in 1955. Still, some remakes are better than their original films (for example: Cronenberg&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Fly&nbsp;</em>and Scorsese&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Departed</em>) and this beautifully-written novel about a heroin junkie chased by card sharks might make an even better movie today.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/John-Cappas-Tall-Money-Louis/dp/1477261524" target="_blank"><strong>Tall Money</strong></a>&nbsp;(John Cappas, 2012) Does that name ring a bell? At the age of 21, John Cappas was a Chicago drug lord and <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&amp;id=8139291" target="_blank">one of the most infamous cocaine dealers in the U.S.</a> during the mid to late 1980s. His shocking autobiography chronicles these early years, including a bust by the feds in 1988 and a 45-year jail sentence (reduced to 15 years on appeal) that lasted until his release in 2003. Today, Cappas runs a hot dog stand in Markham, IL called <a href="http://johnnysweeneewagon.com" target="_blank">Johnny&#39;s Wee Nee Wagon</a> and regularly speaks to students about the dangers of drug abuse. And with Cappas&#39; connections in the movie business, it&#39;s only a matter of time before Hollywood comes knocking.</p><p>Which Chicago books would you like to see adapated for the silver screen?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank">Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-06/chicago-books-would-make-great-movies-107621 Chicago Classics http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 <p><p>Chicago Tribune journalist and WBEZ radio host <strong>Rick Kogan</strong> presents guests from Chicago&rsquo;s literary community reading works by their favorite Chicago authors.</p><p>Featured readers include: <strong>Kathie Bergquist, Arnie Bernstein, Charles Blackstone, Kevin Coval, Alison Cuddy, Amina Gautier, Ronne Hartfield, Aleksander Hemon, Gary Johnson, Billy Lombardo, Eric Charles May, Samuel Park, Coya Paz, Donna Seaman, Regina Taylor, </strong>and<strong> Tony Trigilio</strong>.</p><p>&nbsp;</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/StoryWeek-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center.</p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/chicago-classics-106357 David Mamet’s Chicago roots http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/david-mamet%E2%80%99s-chicago-roots-105696 <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/david%20mamet%20AP%20small.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Playwright David Mamet grew up on Chicago’s South Side. (AP)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80405306&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Recently I saw <a href="https://twitter.com/marcatracy/status/238700366554857474">a tweet that referrenced &ldquo;Zosia Mamet&rsquo;s dad&rdquo;</a> &ndash; as in &ldquo;Zosia Mamet&rsquo;s dad David is rebooting &lsquo;Have Gun &ndash; Will Travel.&rsquo; &ldquo;</p><p>No. Just, no. I like her depiction of Shoshanna as much as the next <em>Girls</em> fan, and very much enjoyed the younger Mamet&rsquo;s semi-recurring role as Peggy&rsquo;s lesbian friend on <em>Mad Men</em>, but until Zosia writes <em>Glengarry Glen Ross</em> or <em>The Postman Never Rings Twice</em> she&rsquo;s still David Mamet&rsquo;s daughter to me.</p><p>Anyway, add this to the list of things younger members of the Twitterverse might not know about David Mamet: The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright grew up in Chicago.</p><p>Mamet started his life in Hyde Park at 53<sup>rd</sup> and Dorchester and later moved to South Shore. As a teenager he went to high school at Francis Parker in Lincoln Park, and used the city as his own personal playground: &nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>In those days, being a young kid in the &lsquo;50s, nobody knew where you went. Your parents didn&rsquo;t know; they didn&rsquo;t care. You just took the &ldquo;L&rdquo; and went to Comisky Park, you took the &ldquo;L&rdquo; and went to Wrigley Field. You just went everywhere, and you would explore the city.</em></p><p><em>I remember as a young kid I would crawl over the girders at the top of the Prudential Building, which wasn&rsquo;t yet complete. We used to crawl up the Museum of Science and Industry, up among the caryatids. We&rsquo;d crawl up to that level 40 feet off the ground and spend the whole day walking around, clinging to the outside.</em></p></blockquote><p>Mamet even has his own memories of Chicago&rsquo;s old Riverview amusement park, which he said &ldquo;always just wreaked of danger and sex,&rdquo; and which Curious City <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/laugh-your-troubles-away-105619">took a look at earlier this week</a>.</p><p>In 2006, Mamet sat down with another Chicagoan reliably full of delicious memories &ndash; WBEZ&rsquo;s own <em>Afternoon Shift</em> host Rick Kogan &ndash; to reminisce about the direct and lingering effect the city had on his life and work. You can hear a snapshot of Mamet shooting the sh*t with his old friend Rick in the audio above.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/chicago-amplified/a-conversation-with-u-s"><em>Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s</em></a>&nbsp;<em>vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Rick Kogan and David Mamet spoke at an event presented by Chicago Public Library in October of 2006. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/author-series-david-mamet"><em>here</em></a></u></em><em>&nbsp;to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p><p><em>Follow Robin Amer on Twitter</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="https://twitter.com/rsamer">@rsamer</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/david-mamet%E2%80%99s-chicago-roots-105696 Remembering Dr. King in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-21/remembering-dr-king-chicago-105051 <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/dr.%20king%20small%20AP.jpg" style="height: 419px; width: 620px;" title="Dr. Martin Luther King addresses a crowd estimated at 70,000 at a civil rights rally in Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1964. (AP/Charles E. Knoblock)" /></div><p>And so, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, a big holiday for furniture sales and discounts. Depending on where you live, you may be able to take advantage of MLK discounts at Broyhill, La-Z-Boy, Ethan Allen and American Mattress.</p><p>In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1966, he came to Chicago.</p><p>The Civil Rights leader rented an apartment on the West Side and led a march of some 700 supporters through the Marquette Park neighborhood, a white ethnic enclave on the Southwest Side, to protest housing segregation. Thousands of jeering, taunting whites had gathered. The mood was ominous. One placard read: &ldquo;King would look good with a knife in his back.&rdquo;</p><p>Someone threw a rock. It struck King on the head. He fell to one knee. He stayed on the ground for several seconds. As he rose, aides and bodyguards surrounded him to protect him from the rocks, bottles and firecrackers that rained down on the demonstrators.<br /><br />Later King said this: &ldquo;I have to do this, expose myself, to bring this hate into the open. I have seen many demonstrators in the South, but I have never seen anything so hostile and so hateful as I&rsquo;ve seen here today in Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>WELCOME TO CHICAGO . . . RICHARD J. DALEY, MAYOR.</p><p>Daley did not greet King warmly. He did not like outsiders pointing out Chicago&rsquo;s faults. Mayor Daley said this: &ldquo;Maybe he doesn&rsquo;t have all the facts. He is a resident of another city.&rdquo;</p><p>But it was Daley who gave us Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, yes? It happened like this.</p><p>When the Democratic National Convention was on its way to Chicago in 1968, Daley was not, as one might think given the way things had turned out, concerned about the war protesters and other long-haired &ldquo;agitators&rdquo; expected to come to town. One forgets that the people he most feared might upset the convention were blacks. His paranoia was fueled by the devastating West Side riots that had taken place earlier that year in the wake of the April assassination of Dr. King.</p><p>So it was decided that police would pressure black militants and gang members, arresting some and hassling others, getting across the &ldquo;behave or else&rdquo; message. But Daley&rsquo;s savvy dictated a less aggressive maneuver, and on August 1, 1968 the City Council met to placate the black community by renaming a street in honor of King.</p><p>Many descriptions of this meeting have been written. Non better captured it than Mike Royko in <em>Boss</em>, his biography of Daley:</p><blockquote><p>The meeting was remarkable with one administration Alderman after another eulogizing King as a great man, forgetting that they had assailed him when he was alive. Daley himself described his relationship with King as one of great friendship and mutual understanding, claiming that King had told him what a fine job he was doing for the city&rsquo;s blacks.</p><p>The street selected for the name change was South Park Way, which ran through predominantly black sections of the South Side. There were suggestions that the street chosen cut through the whole city (Western Avenue, perhaps), but Daley wouldn&rsquo;t listen. He knew that in white neighborhoods street signs would be defaced or destroyed.</p></blockquote><p>So that is how South Park Way became Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. And today, in Dr. King&rsquo;s honor, Sears has 50 percent off mattresses and Kmart is offering free shipping.</p></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-21/remembering-dr-king-chicago-105051 'Afternoon Shift' #231: Public apologies http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-18/afternoon-shift-231-public-apologies-105025 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-231-public-apologies.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-231-public-apologies" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #231: Public apologies" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #231: Public apologies</h1><h2>The week's news was dominated by big-time personalities...and their big-time public apologies. Laura Washington &amp; Angela Caputo are our news guides. We'll also hear from author Christopher Paul Curtis and photographer Frank Burkhart. Plus, a look at the documentary, 'West of Memphis.'</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Fri, Jan 18 2013 10:45:45</p><div><b>Laura Washington</b>, of the <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i>&nbsp;and <i>Chicago Reporter</i>,&nbsp;and her <i>Chicago Reporter</i>&nbsp;colleague,&nbsp;<b>Angela Caputo</b> guide us through a week of big news--and big apologies. On today's docket: The legacies and impacts of syndicated columnists in honor of "Dear Abby,"&nbsp;the mayor is now accepting&nbsp;online applications for Sandi Jackson's replacement as 7th ward alderman,&nbsp;rising museum fees, major airlines skirting city fuel taxes and the 40th anniversary of the <i>Chicago Reporter</i>.&nbsp;</div><div>RIP Dear Abby. I'll always love her for this: http://pic.twitter.com/SdnzxAkzGabe Ortíz</div><div>.@paschutz reports Mayor Emanuel will accept online applications to replace Sandi Jackson as 7th ward alderman. http://bit.ly/VoJ3x2WTTW11 (Chicago PBS)</div><div>Applications accepted online for Sandi Jackson replacementMayor Emanuel is accepting online applications for people who want to replace Alderman Sandi Jackson in the 7th Ward. Jackson stepped dow...</div><div>United Airlines Sued by Illinois for Skirting Sales TaxesUnited Airlines Inc. (UAL) used a &quot;sham&quot; site outside Chicago to avoid paying the full tax on jet fuel, the Illinois Regional Transportat...</div><div>Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry boost entrance feesThe docent for Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry talks about some of the newer exhibits at this South Side institution. (John J. K...</div><div>This was the week of public apologies--from Lance Armstrong's doping confession to resignations to possibly fake girlfriends. Our panel helps dissect it all. To join the conversation, chime in on Twitter at <b>#AfternoonShift</b>.</div><div>OWN - Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide ExclusiveOprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive, has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The speci...</div><div>Manti Te'o's Heisman trophy and girlfriend have one thing in common...they both don't exist.Men's Humor</div><div>Bahaha! This is the best one so far, Clint had it down pat before it was even a trend!#teoing #mantiteoJessica Hernandez</div><div>Everything You Need To Know About Manti Te'o's Fake Dead GirlfriendManti Te'o's Dead Girlfriend Is A Hoax The saddest and most inspirational story of the college football season was a lie. Read the story ...</div><div>Sandi Jackson: I'm picking my own replacement for alderman - Chicago Sun-TimesMARY MITCHELL: Sandi Jackson assured her faithful supporters that she was still large and in charge as she signed off as the 7th Ward ald...</div><div>Happy 40th, <i>Chicago Reporter</i>!</div><div>40th Anniversary Special Issue | The Chicago ReporterJanuary/February 2013 [metatags-description]</div><div>The author of the award-winning children’s novel,&nbsp;<i><b>Bud, Not Buddy</b></i>, <b>Christopher Paul Curtis</b>, is in Chicago for a special personal appearance and to discuss the theatrical adaptation of his book, presented by the <a href="http://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/" class="">Chicago Children’s Theatre</a>, through February 24th. &nbsp;</div><div>Bud, Not Buddy | Chicago Children's TheatreBud, Not Buddy Based on the Newberry winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, Adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson, Directed by Derrick San...</div><div>Seventy-one-year-old artist <b>Frank Burkhart</b>&nbsp;is having his first formal gallery show for his photography, beginning Saturday, at <a href="http://alibifineart.com/" class="">Alibi Fine Art</a> on Montrose. Burkhart has documented a variety of marginalized communities for over 40 years. He’ll talk about his life, his art and his terminal cancer diagnosis.</div><div>Fred BurkhartBurnt Out Hippie (Sunset Terrace), Venice California 1970</div><div>Today! Alibi Fine Art artist Fred Burkhart will talk to Rick Kogan on WBEZ: http://goo.gl/PRA3IChicago Gallery News</div><div>A new documentary, <i><b><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/westofmemphis/" class="">West of Memphis</a></b></i>,&nbsp;follows up on the earlier docs <i>Paradise Lost</i> and its sequels…the film recounts the, “police incompetence, civic hysteria and prosecutorial misbehavior” surrounding three teenagers accused of murdering three children as part of a satanic ritual in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993.&nbsp;</div><div>West of Memphis - Trailer HDmetropolefilms</div><div>My review of &quot;West of Memphis,&quot; about the West Memphis Three. Opening nationally; in Chicago at the Music Box. http://bit.ly/VMyHs7Roger Ebert</div></noscript></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-18/afternoon-shift-231-public-apologies-105025 'Afternoon Shift' #230: Politics & guns http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-17/afternoon-shift-230-politics-guns-104995 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-230-politics-and-guns.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-230-politics-and-guns" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #230: Politics & guns" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #230: Politics &amp; guns</h1><h2>Political reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Rick Pearson react and reflect on gun-control politics past, present and future. And Gov. Quinn reacts to President Obama's proposals. We'll take a trip out to Cicero and DePaul University's Athletic Director, Jean Ponsetto, stops by.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Thu, Jan 17 2013 11:53:39</p><div>Sports scandals are great--but politics will always be the <i>Best Game in Town</i>. That's why each week we take a deep dive into the complicated world of politics. This week, NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern and the <i>Chicago Tribune's</i>&nbsp;Rick Pearson look at the politics of guns.&nbsp;</div><div>This is one of the letters I received after Newtown. When it comes to protecting our kids, #nowisthetime to act. -bo http://pic.twitter.com/drXtAp9EThe White House</div><div>Gingrich: 'If Gun Control Works, Chicago Ought to Be Safe'politicalturkey</div><div><b>Gov. Pat Quinn</b> joins the discussion to share his reaction to the president's gun-control proposals.&nbsp;</div><div>Quinn says he stands with Obama on gun controlAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he stands with President Barack Obama in calling on Congress to enact strong gun cont...</div><div>A high school basketball game took a lethal turn last night following a heated match up between Morgan Park High School and Simeon Career Academy.&nbsp;Last week, a game between Corliss and SouthShore was cancelled after what police called “a large fight” broke out. &nbsp; We'll talk about the violence around high school hoops.</div><div>Another sad day in the city... #Chicago #dontshoot #simeon #morganpark $ highschool #chicagostate #basketball #ChiraqJ. Manning</div><div>A boy got killed today after the Simeon vs. Morgan Park Game! Chicago just isn't safe. You can't have fun without something happening! R.I.PLatrell Phillips</div><div>In 2006 Derrick Rose's Simeon team was attacked by a group of 30 people on the walk from Morgan Park High School to the team bus.Michael O'Brien</div><div>Video: Simeon basketball game against Morgan Park ends in meleeThe Simeon and Morgan Park High School basketball teams ended their game at Chicago State University with a melee between players on the ...</div><div>In Chicago Public Media’s never-ending quest todig up and present interesting stories-<i>wherever they may be-</i>WBEZPritzker fellow Lewis Wallace and WBEZ web producer Andrew Gill bring ussomething from Cicero.&nbsp;</div><div><b>Jean Ponsetto</b>, DePaul University's athletic director, tells us what it's like to run a big-time sports program, the status of a stadiumfor Blue Demon basketball and more.&nbsp;</div><div>UC Bearcats beats DePaul Blue Demons 75-70 to improve the record to 15-3 (3-2) &amp; DePaul drops to 10-7 (1-3) #Bearcats http://pic.twitter.com/mT3W5WpW Jack Cadwallader </div><div>#ncaa #depaulbasketball #womenYing Maneein</div></noscript></p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-17/afternoon-shift-230-politics-guns-104995 'Afternoon Shift' #229: The crime beat http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-16/afternoon-shift-229-crime-beat-104962 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-229-the-crime-beat.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-229-the-crime-beat" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #229: The crime beat" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #229: The crime beat</h1><h2>We look at how media covers, tracks and reports on crime in Chicago. Plus Scott Smith &amp; Ernest Wilkins help us unpack President Obama's gun-control proposals and other stories buzzing around the inter-webs. And the 'Curious City' gang and songbirds Jamie O’Reilly and Michael Smith stop by.</h2><p>Edité par <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Wed, Jan 16 2013 10:53:22</p><div>Scott Smith, account director at <a href="https://social.ogilvy.com/" class="">Social@Ogilvy</a>&nbsp;and the <i>RedEye's</i>&nbsp;Ernest Wilkins are our guides through the day's news. They'll discuss President Obama's gun-control proposals, Scientology and <i>The Atlantic</i> and Facebook's new search tool. Plus, WBEZ blogger Jim DeRogatis stops by with updates on the Congress Theater and stuff Chief Keef don't like (rhymes with jail time).</div><div>Me. @ErnestWilkins. Kogan. 2pm on @wbez for #AfternoonShift. The best hour of radio you will hear all week. (Offer not valid on Wednesdays)Scott Smith</div><div>Congress Theater hearing: Undercover cop tells of drug investigation interrupted by a fight at a Chief Keef show: http://tinyurl.com/aa8vubfJim DeRogatis</div><div>Congress Theater hearings http://bit.ly/S2yQ9WJim DeRogatis</div><div>#chiefkeef #freesosaBrandi Badaxx</div><div>Im baaaaaaaaack!! #300Chief Keef</div><div>The Atlantic's Scientology problem, start to finishAt around noon yesterday, The Atlantic posted an advertorial package for the Church of Scientology. The promotional piece spoke of Scient...</div><div>SPONSORED: The Taliban Is A Vibrant And Thriving Political MovementKABUL-2012 proved to be just another in a succession of landmark years for the Taliban, as the influential Islamic fundamentalist organiz...</div><div>Facebook announces new search engine called Graph Search: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vzuWired</div><div>The <i><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city" class="">Curious City</a> </i>kids (everyone's a "kid" to Rick) are back--and they really dug deep this week. WBEZ's Susie An and Jen Brandel answer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/construction-work-boon-urban-archeologists-104958" class="">Dr. Linda Rudy's question</a>: Is construction work a boon for urban&nbsp;archaeologists?&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>Is construction work a boon for urban archeologists in #Chicago? @wbezcuriouscity investigates http://bit.ly/W73lJYWBEZ</div><div>The <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> announced last weekthat it forged a partnership with <a href="http://homicidewatch.org/" class="">Homicide Watch</a>, the Washington-D.C. web sitethat tracks murders, to collaborate on a Chicago site. But they won’t be the onlyshop in town. We take a look at how media is covering Chicago crime withveteran crime reporter Frank Main and DNA info editor Jen Sabella&nbsp;</div><div>Murder in Chicago: The Human Toll - DNAinfo.com ChicagoCHICAGO - There's no way around it - Chicago is America's reigning murder capital. Last year's body count - 506 homicides, a 16 percent s...</div><div>Long-time Chicago performers Jamie O’Reilly andMichael Smith talk about their careers and their new show <i><a href="http://www.jamieoreilly.com/production/special-projects/songs-of-a-catholic-childhood/" class="">Songs of a Catholic Childhood</a></i>.&nbsp;</div><div>Songs of a Catholic Childhoodheartlandmedia</div></noscript></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-16/afternoon-shift-229-crime-beat-104962 'Afternoon Shift' #228: Brokaw, baby! http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-15/afternoon-shift-228-brokaw-baby-104934 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="302" scrolling="no" src="http://www.ustream.tv/embed/11939393?v=3&amp;wmode=direct" style="border: 0px none transparent;" width="480"></iframe><br /><a href="http://www.ustream.tv/facebook" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; width: 400px; background: #ffffff; display: block; color: #000000; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline; text-align: center;" target="_blank">Live Video app for Facebook by Ustream</a> <script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-228-brokaw-baby.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-228-brokaw-baby" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #228: Brokaw, baby!" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #228: Brokaw, baby!</h1><h2>Assuming his plane arrives on time, decorated newsman Tom Brokaw stops by on his way to the U of C. ESPN's Lester Munson gives us the legal low-down on Lance Armstrong's doping confession. And Mike Foucher discusses hyper-local news.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Jan 15 2013 12:13:09</p><div>Blogger and musician <b>Keidra Chaney</b> and <i>360 Magazine </i>editor <b>Lenox Magee</b> are our guides through the day's news. They'll discuss guns and the cost of corruption in light of the latest Burge-related settlement. They'll also remember web wonderkin Aaron Swartz.</div><div>Lawsuit: Prison officials could have prevented massive brain damage http://bit.ly/ZTgYxhWBEZ</div><div>Police Supt. McCarthy showed off a table full of confiscated guns today, comparing Chicago to New York ... http://cbsloc.al/ULzVjjWBBM Newsradio </div><div>City to pay $10.25M in another Burge misconduct case http://goo.gl/fb/ttJGGChicago Current</div><div>Settlements in cases against cops cost taxpayers — and police themselves. @MarkBrownCST tallies the cost. http://bit.ly/RVe6RhScott Fornek</div><div>City to pay $22.5 million to bipolar woman released into high-crime area - Chicago Sun-Times http://dlvr.it/2npq1qMental Health</div><div>Idol. Hero. Martyr.chrisngo! </div><div>Aaron Swartz was ‘killed by government,’ his father says at funeral. http://suntm.es/V2s8zuSuntimes</div><div>To call Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift http://econ.st/ZQkJDvThe Economist</div><div>Oh yeah, and they'll talk about a proposal to deport Uptown pigeons to Indiana. And we want to hear from you too: What pests would you like eradicated from your neighborhood? Call <b>312-923-9239</b> or join the conversation on Twitter at <b>#AfternoonShift</b>.</div><div>Chicago pigeons deported to IndianaCHICAGO Chicago's great pigeon problem may have eased slightly, but it also has some residents crying foul over the fowl removal. Social ...</div><div>Then <b>Mike Fourcher</b> joins us to talk about the stateof the news biz from a block-by-block perspective.</div><div>Hear me! I'll be on http://WBEZ.org at 3p CDT today talking about hyperlocal biz and @CenterSqJournal future.Mike Fourcher</div><div>Must-read: missed this? 21 things I learned running hyperlocal news sites, by @vouchey http://blog.fourcher.net/2013/01/11/21-things-i-learned-running-hyperlocal-news-sites/Steffen Konrath</div><div>Should Center Square Journal shut down?A hyperlocal site editor is holding a community meeting to decide its fate The editor of a hyperlocal news site in Chicago is organizing ...</div><div>After nearly a decade of fierce denials, cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. We’ll survey the damage with ESPN legal analyst <b>Lester Munson</b>.</div><div>Lance Armstrong plays Oprah cardcnn</div><div>#LieStrong #NewYorkPost #LanceArmstrong #TheTruth ogoriginal</div><div>Lance Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify Against Cycling Officials http://nyti.ms/TX3jWvThe New York Times</div><div>Decorated newsman and author <b>Tom Brokaw</b> is in Chicago to moderate a discussion about the politics of guns at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Before heading to Hyde Park, he stops by <i>The Afternoon Shift </i>(assuming his plan arrives on time, fingers crossed).</div><div>Join Tom Brokaw and All-Star panel for The Politics of Guns in America, 1/15, @UChiPolitics http://pic.twitter.com/kjPyCjHLDavid Axelrod</div><div>An amazing read on my flight back home, &quot;The Time of Our Lives&quot; by Tom Brokaw... Inspiring tales of so many people from different walks of life have found their ways to serve our communities.... comparison of those who ripped this country apart.... See how blessed we're and his book inspired us to do more, give more, volunteer more, #makeadifference #payitforward #lendahandManda Bear</div></noscript></p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-15/afternoon-shift-228-brokaw-baby-104934 'Afternoon Shift' #228: Marriage equality battle headed to Supreme Court http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-14/afternoon-shift-228-marriage-equality-battle-headed-supreme <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-228-marriage-equality-battle-head.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-228-marriage-equality-battle-head" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #228: Marriage equality battle headed to Supreme Court" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #228: Marriage equality battle headed to Supreme Court</h1><h2>Kris Perry, a lead plaintiff in the case to overturn California's Proposition 8, shares her story ahead of the Supreme Court's hearing of the case. Samantha Irby &amp; Ian Belknap unpack the Golden Globes and other newsy things. Plus literary enthusiast Richard Reeder shares his--enthusiasm!</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Mon, Jan 14 2013 11:12:38</p><div>Blogger <a href="http://bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com/" class="">Samantha Irby</a> and <i><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" class="">The Paper Machete's</a></i>&nbsp;Ian Belknap unpack the weekend's news: From Ald. Sandi Jackson's resignation to the golden <i>Girls</i>&nbsp;of the Golden Globes. While many were thrilled to accept awards over the weekend, Matt Damon and his mother <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/matt-damon-nancy-carlsson_n_1187001.html" class="">declined to accept</a> a nomination honoring their efforts in education.</div><div>7th Ward reacts to resignation of Sandi Jackson, as envisioned by @tribune cartoonist @sstantis http://bit.ly/VampbO http://pic.twitter.com/qZQbAb8DReboot Illinois</div><div>who should replace sandi jackson as ald. of 7th ward?Natalie Y Moore</div><div>Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical: &quot;Girls&quot; - Golden Globe Awardsnbc</div><div>.@HBO's Girls: Taking a real step towards diversity or just answering critics? http://wapo.st/TVCH8qTheRootDC</div><div>Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES Ayers, Byrd-Bennett, Garfield teachers, Matt Damon... http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekend-quotables_14.html?spref=twMike Klonsky</div><div><b>Richard Reeder </b>has long&nbsp;considered himself a literaryenthusiast. And now, he's out with a book of his own, his first!&nbsp;<i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Sketches-Richard-Reeder/dp/1937484076" class="">Chicago Sketches</a> </i>is&nbsp;a short history of Chicago, as witnessed through Reeder’s ownexperiences. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>If you love good old Chicago reads then check out my blog http://www.aliteraryreeder.wordpress.comRichard Reeder</div><div>Just because the season’s over doesn’t mean WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann is done talking about the Bears. He and <i>The Beachwood Reporter's</i>&nbsp;Jim Coffman join Rick to talk about the Bears hunt for a new head coach.&nbsp;</div><div>And finalist #1 for the Bears Heading Coaching vacancy is a CFL coach.... Cause he's better than Lovie. #youvegot2bekiddingmeRyan Jensen</div><div>#Bears denied permission to interview #Browns ST coach Chris Tabor, per @AdamSchefter. Dave Toub drawing a lot of interest around the leagueJeff Dickerson</div><div><b>Kris Perry</b> and her partner Sandy Stier have beentogether for a decade and are the parents of four boys. Her name--andcase--recently landed on the Supreme Court’s docket: In March, the court willhear the American Foundation for Equal Rights' federal court challenge toCalifornia’s Proposition&nbsp;8.&nbsp;</div><div>Kris and SandyAFER</div><div>Goodman Theatre to host reading of Prop 8 play January 14: Free reading of 8 at Goodman January 14 The ... http://q.gs/3D8tk #chicagoChicago News Network</div></noscript></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-14/afternoon-shift-228-marriage-equality-battle-headed-supreme 'Afternoon Shift' #227: On the road with Frank & Elvis http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-11/afternoon-shift-227-road-frank-elvis-104860 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/crop_AfternoonShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_0_1.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-227-on-the-road-with-frank-and-el.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-227-on-the-road-with-frank-and-el" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #227: On the road with Frank & Elvis" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-01-11/afternoon-shift-227-road-frank-elvis-104860