WBEZ | social media http://www.wbez.org/tags/social-media Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: The Beatles invade America-on the small screen http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-04/morning-shift-beatles-invade-america-small-screen <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr by Affendaddy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Next weekend marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. We discuss that monumental moment and other important moments in musical/TV history. And, 10 years of Facebook-what&#39;s the social networking giant&#39;s future?</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-beatles-invade-america/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-beatles-invade-america.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-beatles-invade-america" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The Beatles invade America-on the small screen" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 07:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-04/morning-shift-beatles-invade-america-small-screen Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr Jason A. Howie.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We look at how social media use has exploded among street gangs and is changing the way they operate. Also, we hear from the architect who proposed a plan for Obama&#39;s presidential library to be in Chicago&#39;s Woodlawn neighborhood.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang-act" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: How tweets are transforming gang activity" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-14/morning-shift-how-tweets-are-transforming-gang In defense of the selfie http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-11/defense-selfie-109225 <p><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/20130215_031431.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 310px; float: left;" title="" />I joined Facebook during the summer before my freshman year of college and nearly every photo I used as a profile picture was a selfie.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Back then, we didn&rsquo;t have a name for them. Some people referred to them as &#39;angled shots&#39; or &#39;MySpace photos,&#39; for their ubiquity on that social networking site. The chorus of &#39;vanity&#39; and &#39;deception&#39; was as evident then as it is now. People were upset by others&rsquo; desire to control their visual narrative.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One day, an old high school friend left a comment on my Facebook wall asking why I could not just find a decent photograph of myself that I did not take. It was the first time I considered the difference between a photo of my making and a photo someone else took of me.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Oxford Dictionaries recently <a href="http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/press-releases/oxford-dictionaries-word-of-the-year-2013/" target="_blank">named</a> &quot;selfie&quot; as its word of the year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Numerous writers responded, including&nbsp;News Editor&nbsp;Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel, who <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CDkQFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fjezebel.com%2Fselfies-arent-empowering-theyre-a-cry-for-help-1468965365&amp;ei=yWyPUqrlBIipqwHAsYCoAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNGfYkGx1eSegWROvMnpT2QbK8LLwg&amp;sig2=ea3yPmZ3oGcB9ZkQvnEeOQ&amp;bvm=bv.56988011,d.aWM" target="_blank">described</a> selfies as a cry for help, a sign that we are in desperate need of validation from others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Young women take selfies because they don&#39;t derive their sense of worth from themselves, they rely on others to bestow their self-worth on them &mdash; just as they&#39;ve been taught,&quot; she wrote.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But I think her view ultimately reduces why people use technology and choose to manipulate their own image.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Online reaction largely critcized Ryan&rsquo;s article for its limited view of why people take selfies, as well as for her implied desire to erase the existence of self documentation. Social media users started using the hashtag #FeministSelfie to extend the conversation outside the Jezebel article, and to document themselves in ways that were goofy and weird and lovely.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Those selfies documented people that deem the practice not as a way to ask, &#39;why?&#39; but, &#39;why not?&#39;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ryan&#39;s interpretation of the photo as a cry for help disregards the personal autonomy and self-esteem of the photographer. For many, selfies are a solution to the problem. They are not looking to please others, but instead to please themselves &mdash; to see themselves outside the harsh eyes of others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During college, I was obsessed with looking at nightlife photography not because I wanted to be photographed, but because I loved the narrative framed around the images. Nightlife photographs give some of the pieces, but let the audience fill in the rest of the story. In my mind, the story was better than anything I could have imagined with just words alone.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When I was out for the night, however, I did whatever possible to avoid nightlife photographers. I did not want to be captured in their vision, and I did not want others to see what was not there, to form their own narratives and create an idea of the evening that outpaced and outweighed its reality.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/20120818_132854.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 310px; float: right;" title="" />In his seminal collection of essays and vignettes on photography entitled &quot;Ghost Image,&quot; French photographer <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herv%C3%A9_Guibert">Herve Guibert</a> wrote, &ldquo;We alone can intercept the gaze that we exchange indirectly through a reflection. The consent in our gaze is our secret alone, a mirage suspended in air that will soon disappear.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Guibert&rsquo;s thoughts are on the photographer as well as the subject. Looking at the camera is a way to provide consent to the one creating the narrative. But if we are the ones creating the image of ourselves, then our consent is a conversation with the self.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I cannot speak for everyone, but for me, a good selfie is a way to reject how other people see you. It is a way to see oneself as one chooses, not as others see us. It takes control of our own visual narratives, as if saying, &#39;This is the story I want to tell.&#39;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sometimes selfies act as a fun documentation of the places in which you were alone. I have selfies inside weird art installations, cool hotel lobbies, and dark club bathrooms. Sometimes I share them, but often, I keep them for myself like an added layer of memory.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Self photography acknowledges that we are alive, that we exist. For people whose existence (say as a woman, or a person of color, or a person with a disability, etc.) is often denied in mainstream culture or reduced to stereotype, perhaps a selfie is a way to control the narrative by documenting their time, alive and moving about the world like the people we see across media platforms.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Many of the selfies I see are not just about &ldquo;good hair&rdquo; or perfect makeup or trying to look sexually desirable. Some post selfies after a long night working on their masters thesis or in celebration of a marathon or as a documentation of their weight-loss. I&rsquo;ve seen selfies in elaborate stage makeup before theater performances and in the days after being laid off. I don&rsquo;t think these people are just looking for encouragement or for others to say how pretty they are.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Their selfies feel more like a stake in the land, a declaration of time and place, a sentence in a chapter in the novel of their lives.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Is this giving too much credence to the power of the selfie? Maybe.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>There will always be people who only see the selfie as a form of vanity. And there will also always be people who post excessively, who need to insert themselves into the ongoing &#39;conversations&#39; of social media with their visage because they need validation. But for many, the selfie is a project itself. It is a way of seeing oneself in the world and sharing it with others. It is multiple things at once.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><div><div property="content:encoded"><div><em>Britt Julious&nbsp;blogs about race and culture in and outside of Chicago. Follow her essays for WBEZ&#39;s Tumblr&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.tumblr.com/">here</a>&nbsp;and on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/britticisms" target="_blank">@britticisms</a>.</em></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/britt-julious/2013-11/defense-selfie-109225 Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Palm Oil-Flickr- cyn_nister.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the Bloomberg investigation into the unsavory practices in the palm oil industry. And do you care who your children&#39;s role models are? Baseball&#39;s recent PED scandal is calling the issue of role models to the plate.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Office-Flickr- Phillie Casablanca.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Do offices need walls? One study shows that more privacy could mean more productivity at work. And, is it fair to blame Huma Abedin for supporting her husband Anthony Weiner during his latest scandal? Our panel and you weigh in.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-anthony-weiner-scandal-moves-blame-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Open office space can threaten more than your privacy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-26/morning-shift-open-office-space-can-threaten-more Social media becoming important tool for policing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-20/social-media-becoming-important-tool-policing-95676 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/1884813924_893219388e_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For those who thought the future of crime fighting would look like <em>RoboCop</em>, think again. The future is here and it is social media. A recent incident where a 17-year-old Chicago Public School student was beaten in Bridgeport by a group of individuals shone a spotlight on law enforcement tactics. Specifically, the focus has been a sharp turn towards utilizing <a href="http://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/" target="_blank">Twitter</a> to catch bad guys.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>wondered how the <a href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a> has been using social media--and how other cities have been using Twitter and Facebook?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined in studio by Chicago Police Superintendent . Toronto Police Social Media liaison <a href="http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/socialmedia/" target="_blank">Scott Mills</a> and <a href="http://www.cityofevanston.org/police/" target="_blank">Evanston Police</a> Commander Jay Parrot and WBEZ's criminal and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer joined the conversation.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-20/4897_transform.jpg" title="CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy with WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" height="526" width="630"></p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-20/social-media-becoming-important-tool-policing-95676 Moving beyond the press-release tweet http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/moving-beyond-press-release-tweet-91233 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/5301039823_2ce616aca9_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483677-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/gov't social media.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>Though Mayor Emanuel opened the microphone to constituents at Monday night's public budget hearing, it was not the first time the mayor surveyed the public--he has frequently used social media to conduct town halls and take comments. Twitter, Facebook and other social media have increasingly become a way for officials to connect with the public. But <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered if all the online chatter was actually creating accountabilty. Host Alison Cuddy spoke to <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/faculty_staff/faculty_information.asp?id=33" target="_blank">Sarah Klaper</a> of DePaul University’s College of Law; Klaper works on issues of government access and accountability.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Music Button: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, "Day of the Dead", from the album Last Year's Ghost, (482 Music)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/moving-beyond-press-release-tweet-91233 Daily Rehearsal: 'Music & Stories Live!' at Simone's http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/daily-rehearsal-music-stories-live-simones-89775 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/bad dates.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <a href="http://oracletheatre.org/">Oracle Productions</a> has switched up their leadership</strong></span></span>; Ben Fuchsen is taking over as Executive Producer, and Max Truax will be the new Artistic Director from Outreach Director. They've also promoted Stephanie Polt to Company Manager, Amy Hopkins to Company Production Manager, and Sam Newport to Technical Director. Oracle is currently playing&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824">Hamlet</a></em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-07/daily-rehearsal-trib-redesigns-their-theater-section-88824">&nbsp;</a>directed by Benno Nelson.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/vocalo.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: right;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Head to Simone's Bar in Pilsen tonight for <a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183081655088212"><em>Music &amp; Stories Live!</em></a></strong></span></span>, hosted by Vocalo. It will feature music and spoken word performances, interviews with the performers by Luis and Shantell, plus an open mic for those not on the roster. The best of the evening will make it on the radio, a sure sign that you've made it big. Stick around afterwards for some DJing by Jimmy Conyack &amp; Jesse De La Pena.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Two theater dudes weigh in (separately) on the role of social media</strong></span></span>; "In the past, producers and publicists had to concern themselves with crafting stories for professional journalists and preparing for traditional reviews, but in today's world, before the first review hits, public opinion can be persuaded by millions of tweets, Facebook posts and blogs," <a href="http://arts-marketing.blogspot.com/2011/07/affects-of-social-media-on-traditional.html">wrote&nbsp;</a>Chad M. Bauman, Director of Communications at Arena Stage in D.C. "In some cases, by the time the impartial and professional critic walks through the doors of a theater, the verdict in the court of public opinion has already been rendered." His prediction: "Many more traditional critics will start tweeting immediate critical reactions so that their responses are competitive in the fast paced environment of social media." But Howard Sherman, former Executive Director of the American Theater Wing, <a href="http://www.2amtheatre.com/2011/07/27/what-i%E2%80%99m-not-telling-you-2/">says</a>, "But what did I think of this show or that? Is my thumb up or down? Unless I’m enthusiastic and the show lesser known, I’ll remain silent or nibble around its edges only, as contrary as that is to my nature."</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-28/bad dates.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 209px; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4.&nbsp;Head out to the Fox Valley Reperatory for <em><a href="http://www.foxvalleyrep.org/BadDates/">Bad Dates</a></em></strong></span></span>,which claims, "If you like “Sex and the City” and&nbsp;<em>Bridget Jones’ Diary</em>, you’ll love this romantic one-woman comedy!" They've rated it PG-13, so bring your teenage daughter, but expect her to squirm. For a few laughs before you go, read their Bad Dates Blog Contest, where comments have written about some of their worst dates. There are a lot of them...</p><p>5. And&nbsp;Steppenwolf has announced their 2012 Garage Rep line-up;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/steppenwolf-announces-2012-garage-rep-89755" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">read Jonathan Abarbanel's take on it</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-07-28/daily-rehearsal-music-stories-live-simones-89775 Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn launches Twitter feed http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-30/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-launches-twitter-feed-88557 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/Quinn at computer_Flickr_Governor Pat Quinn.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-30/Quinn at computer_Flickr_Governor Pat Quinn.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 400px; margin: 5px;" title="(Flickr/Governor Pat Quinn)"></p><p>Look out, Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn is joining the social media revolution.</p><p>Acccording to the Associated Press, the governor’s office has launched an <a href="Twitter.com/GovernorQuinn">official Twitter feed</a> and <a href="flickr.com/photos/GovernorPatQuinn">Flickr photo page</a>, which they say the governor will use to get feedback from people around the state. His office says that when the governor tweets, his missives will be marked with "-GOV."</p><p>Quinn’s inaugural tweets Wednesday evening included a shout out to the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a national biotechnology group that presented Gov. Quinn with its "Governor of the Year" award in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.</p><p>He also thanked&nbsp; U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) for his welcome to the online community. Sen. Durbin launched his own Twitter feed in early March.</p><p>As of Thursday morning the governor had racked up about 200 followers. Dozens of Twitter users began offering Quinn their thoughts Wednesday, including Matt Purdy of Carbondale, IL.</p><p>“So, <a href="http://twitter.com/GovernorQuinn">@GovernorQuinn</a> is now tweeting to get 'feedback' from the people,” Purdy wrote. “Something tells me there shouldn't be any shortage of that.”</p><p>(The Associated Press contributed to this post)</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-06-30/illinois-gov-pat-quinn-launches-twitter-feed-88557 Rep. Weiner to resign today http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/weiner15.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to resign from Congress today.</p><p>The news broke a short time ago when <em>The New York Times</em> sent out an alert that Weiner <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na" target="_blank">"has told friends that he plans to resign his seat</a>." It cited "a person told of Mr. Weiner's plans" as its source.</p><p>CNN followed with confirmation from its own sources. And The Associated Press reports it has been told by sources that "Weiner is telling associates he will resign." <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/anthony-weiner-resign-congress-amid-pressure-democrats/story?id=13855468" target="_blank">ABC News says</a> it has been told that Weiner informed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of his decision last night.</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:50 a.m. ET:</strong> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just told reporters gathered for her regular weekly news conference that she would not be taking any questions about Weiner. "My understanding is that later in the day he will be having a press conference," she said, "and after that I will have a statement available." <a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/06/pelosi-turns-up-volume-on-weiner-to-resign.html" target="_blank">She said on Monday</a> that it was in Weiner's best interest "to leave Congress."]</p><p>[<strong>Update at 10:25 a.m. ET:</strong> NPR's David Welna reports he has confirmed that Weiner told Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) last night that he intends to resign today. An announcement is expected this afternoon in New York City, around 2 p.m. ET.]</p><p><strong>Our original post resumes:</strong></p><p>Weiner's once-bright political career imploded after a lewd "crotch shot" photo he sent to a college coed via Twitter was posted online over Memorial Day weekend. The image, a waist-high close-up of an obviously aroused man in his briefs, first appeared on the <a href="http://biggovernment.com/" target="_blank">BigGovernment.com</a> website of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart.</p><p>Weiner, 46, and married less than a year, initially claimed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/05/31/136815457/rep-weiner-seeks-advice-about-legal-action-over-lewd-twitpic" target="_blank">that his Twitter account had been hacked</a>.</p><p>In subsequent days he insisted he had not sent the photo, but also conceded that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/01/136864390/weiner-denies-sending-lewd-photo" target="_blank">he could not say with "certitude"</a> that the image was not of him.</p><p>Reporters kept digging — and during one now infamous exchange Weiner called a CNN correspondent a "jackass" for pressing him on the story.</p><p>Then more photos, of a shirtless Weiner, appeared.</p><p></p><p>On June 6, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/07/137010140/rep-weiner-admits-lying-sending-lewd-photo-inappropriate-conversations" target="_blank">he confessed</a>, saying he had lied about not sending the photo. He admitted to having "inappropriate conversations" over social media and on the phone with "six women over the last three years."</p><p>But Weiner, in his seventh term, said he would not step down from office. He had done nothing illegal and had not misused government property, the congressman claimed.</p><p>Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House, called for an ethics investigation. Other members started to push Weiner to leave office. As more photos surfaced and some of the women who he had exchanges with started to talk, the pressure built. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/08/137068386/new-york-times-anthony-weiners-wife-is-pregnant" target="_blank">It was reported</a> that Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, is pregnant.</p><p>The congressman did not change his mind — but did request, and was given, a leave of absence from the House to seek treatment of some nature.</p><p>Then Monday night, President Obama was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">seen on the </a><em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/14/137169563/video-obama-adds-to-pressure-on-rep-weiner-to-resign" target="_blank">NBC Nightly News</a> </em>saying that "obviously what he did was highly inappropriate. ... I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign."</p><p>Coming from the leader Weiner's party and the leader of the nation, it was a powerful message.</p><p>Wednesday, Abedin returned to Washington from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (for whom the congressman's wife has worked for many years). Speculation built that with the pressure from the leaders of his party and the return of his wife, Weiner would give in and resign his seat.</p><p>Now, according to reports, the congressman has decided to do just that. </p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-06-16/rep-weiner-resign-today-87937