WBEZ | technology http://www.wbez.org/tags/technology Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What's behind the rise of TB? http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-11-12/whats-behind-rise-tb-113762 <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/Sanofi%20Pasteur.jpg" title="(Photo: Flickr/Sanofi Pasteur)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232797833&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">The global TB epidemic</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Last month, the World Health Organization announced that tuberculosis is now the world&rsquo;s leading infectious disease killer. TB surpassed HIV in 2014. We&rsquo;ll talk with two experts: attorney Anand Grover, who once worked as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and is now a senior advocate on the Supreme Court of India; and Brian Citro, clinical lecturer in Law and associate director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. Citro was in China recently to research TB outbreaks. They&rsquo;ll tell us some of the reasons why TB has made a comeback.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em><a href="http://twitter.com/@AnandGroverRepo">Anand Grover</a> is a former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, a senior advocate on the Supreme Court of India, and the Director and Co-Founder of the Lawyers Collective in India. </em></li><li style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><em>Brian Citro is a clinical lecturer in law and associate director for the International Human Rights Clinic at the <a href="http://twitter.com/@UChicago">University of Chicago</a> Law School.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232798755&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">War continues in Yemen&nbsp;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Saudi Arabia has sent ground troops to Yemen and launched air strikes for the last several months. The Saudis now say publically they want a ceasefire, but Belkis Wille, a Human Rights Watch researcher based in Yemen, disagrees. She&rsquo;ll tell us why she believes Saudi actions have indicated the opposite. Wille also believes the United States is more directly involved in the Yemen civil war than it has indicated.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc07db94-fd93-e069-5024-29e8d287bc2e"><a href="http://twitter.com/@belkiswille">Belkis Wille</a> is a Yemen and Kuwait researcher for <a href="http://twitter.com/HRW">Human Rights Watch</a>&rsquo;s Middle East and North Africa Division.</span></em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232799362&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: The &quot;free gift of transfer leveraging technology&quot;&nbsp;</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Today for Global Activism, we feature the &ldquo;Free Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology&quot; project. It utilizes Google Hangout and technology transfers to share expertise from various fields with educators, students and professionals in India and around the world. Global Activist Manu Vora will tell us how utilizing the simplest of technologies can transform lives.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong>Guest:<em>&nbsp;</em></strong><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-fc07db94-fd95-e2f7-7ee4-bfaf235a1a0b"><a href="http://twitter.com/manuvora">Manu K. Vora</a> is the president of Blind Foundation for India (BFI). &nbsp;</span></em></p><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-11-12/whats-behind-rise-tb-113762 Global Activism: 'Free Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology' Project http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-free-gift-knowledge-transfer-leveraging-technology-project <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Manu Technology.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-8a0c5e43-b2d7-8c09-867c-cca6c409ef44">It&#39;s Thursday and time for &nbsp;our&nbsp;</span><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism">Global Activism</a></em> series when we feature who work to make the world a better place. Today, we feature the &ldquo;<a href="http://asq.org/blog/2015/07/the-gift-of-knowledge-transfer-through-technology/">Free Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology</a>&quot; project. It utilizes Google Hangout and technology transfers to teach soft skills and&nbsp;share expertise from various fields with educators, students and professionals in India and around the world. &nbsp;Global Activist&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/manuvora">Manu Vora</a>, will tell us how utilizing the simplest of technologies can transform lives.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/232799362&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-free-gift-knowledge-transfer-leveraging-technology-project UChicago researchers explore the lonely brain http://www.wbez.org/news/does-being-lonely-impact-social-interactions-113044 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/6033995797_5d3b3490da_z.jpg" style="height: 300px; width: 200px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;" title="(flickr/S.Antonio72)" />Researchers at the University of Chicago have found that when you&rsquo;re lonely, your brain may actually operate differently.</p><p>The researchers found that when lonely people are exposed to negative social cues of some kind, the electrical activity in their brains is more extreme. Meaning lonely people are subconsciously guarding against social threats, which could lead them to be even more isolated&nbsp;&mdash; and&nbsp;more lonely.</p><p>Here &amp; Now&nbsp;host Peter O&rsquo;Dowd speaks with&nbsp;Derek Thompson, senior editor with <em>The Atlantic</em>, on this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-research-on-overcoming-loneliness-1442854148" target="_blank">research</a>.</p><p>&mdash;<em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/09/22/lonely-social" target="_blank"> via Here &amp; Now</a></em></p></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/does-being-lonely-impact-social-interactions-113044 #IStandWithAhmed resonates from White House to Silicon Valley http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-18/istandwithahmed-resonates-white-house-silicon-valley-112991 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/0918_ahmed-624x416.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Everyone from President Barack Obama to Facebook&rsquo;s Mark Zuckerberg has reached out in support to the 14-year-old Muslim boy Ahmed Mohamed who was handcuffed and escorted from his Irving, Texas, school after he brought a clock that he had made at home.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It&#39;s what makes America great.</p>&mdash; President Obama (@POTUS) <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/644193755814342656">September 16, 2015</a></blockquote><p>The event has spread across social media via the hashtag&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IStandWithAhmed" target="_blank">#IStandWithAhmed</a>. We look at some of the reaction to the story with Slate&rsquo;s editor-in-chief Julia Turner.</p><p>Here &amp; Now&lsquo;s&nbsp;Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with Slate&rsquo;s editor-in-chief&nbsp;Julia Turner&nbsp;on the reaction to the story.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/09/18/istandwithahmed" target="_blank"><em>Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 16:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-09-18/istandwithahmed-resonates-white-house-silicon-valley-112991 How does the law adapt to new technology? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-20/how-does-law-adapt-new-technology-112692 <p><p>Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order when he &ldquo;liked&rdquo; 22 of his ex-girlfriend&rsquo;s photos and videos on Facebook. And in 2012 a British traveler was detained upon arriving in LA after he tweeted he was going to &ldquo;go and destroy America.&rdquo; He insists he meant destroy as British slang for &ldquo;party,&rdquo; but he spent the night in jail and was sent home.</p><p>Of course, the Internet and social media weren&rsquo;t around when restraining orders and terrorism laws were created...but the law is now being adapted to respond to these and other new technologies. Jim Speta joins us to talk about the changing landscape of the law. Jim&rsquo;s a professor at the Northwestern University School of Law and an expert on telecommunications and Internet policy, antitrust and administrative law. (Photo: Flickr/Jason Howie)</p></p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-20/how-does-law-adapt-new-technology-112692 Futures guru reflects on the end of open outcry trading in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/futures-guru-reflects-end-open-outcry-trading-chicago-112321 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mercweb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213498822&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Futures guru reflects on the end of open outcry trading in Chicago</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Monday July 6th is the last day of action for many of the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade. The S&amp;P futures and options pits will remain open, but the rest of the pits at the nation&rsquo;s oldest futures exchange are going dark as more trading moves online. Electronic trading has its benefits, but it will never match the sheer frenzy of a hundred traders in color-coordinated jackets flashing their hand signals and yelling to get a leg up on a competitor. Morning Shift talks with Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, formerly known as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange about his history with the pits.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://www.leomelamed.com/">Leo Melamed</a> is chairman emeritus of CME Group.&nbsp;</em></span></p></p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/futures-guru-reflects-end-open-outcry-trading-chicago-112321 An anthropological look at Chicago's trading pits http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/anthropological-look-chicagos-trading-pits-112322 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/mercweb_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213497925&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">An anthropological look at Chicago&#39;s trading pits</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Monday July 6th is the last day of open outcry trading in many of the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade. In this interview with NYU cultural anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom, we take an anthropological look at the pits and ask the question: Why did Chicago come to define futures trading? Zaloom is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/caitlinzaloom">Caitlin Zaloom</a>, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and author of </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Out-Pits-Traders-Technology-Chicago/dp/0226978141">Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London</a><em>.&nbsp;</em></span></p></p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/anthropological-look-chicagos-trading-pits-112322 Week in Review: Second inauguration, millionaire tax bill and Wrigleyville rooftops http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-22/week-review-second-inauguration-millionaire-tax-bill-and <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/4515317493_812fb5efcb_z.jpg" style="height: 374px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo: Flickr/ohn W. Iwanski)" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206765596&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Week in Review: Second inauguration, millionaire tax bill, and Wrigleyville rooftops</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">We wrap up this w<span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7d99-9bf6-40f3-9cf59a8124b3">We dig into the week&rsquo;s headlines including Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s second inauguration; the end of the millionaire tax bill in Springfield; plus, Cubs owners&rsquo; acquisition of three more Wrigleyville rooftops. Our panelists are Kristin McQueary from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board and Susy Schultz, president of the Community Media Workshop. </span><br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="https://twitter.com/statehousechick">Kristin McQueary</a> is on the Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s Editorial Board.</em></li><li><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Susys">Susy Schultz</a> is president of the Community Media Workshop.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206765586&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Friday Mini-Mix featuring DJ Bizzon</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Every Friday we bring you a brand new mix from the Vocalo DJ Collective, curated by DJ Jesse De La Pena. Today&rsquo;s set comes from DJ Bizzon and features funk remixes.</p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7d9b-18a5-d007-26370faedd2d">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/djbizzon">DJ Bizzon</a> is a Milwaukee-based DJ.</em></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206768058&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Blackhawks battle against the Ducks, White Sox retire number 14</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7d9d-4a4a-73fd-ed54c71200f5">The Blackhawks took a tough loss Thursday night against the Ducks at the United Center, the White Sox expect a sold out house Saturday as they retire Paul Konerko&rsquo;s jersey, and this young Cubs team seems to be firing on all cylinders. Joining us to talk Chicago sports is WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout.</span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong><em> <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye-Stout</a> is WBEZ sports contributor.</em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206768190&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">How to deal with being stuck at Chicago airports</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr">Summer is coming and many of us are planning our vacations. While the vacation itself &nbsp;fun and exciting, dealing with flight delays before you get there can drain that enthusiasm pretty quickly. Especially at our airports - since O&rsquo;Hare and Midway both sit at the absolute bottom of the list for on-time departures. Chicago Magazine recently published a guide to help deal with those annoying delays and kill time. Rachel Bertsche is the author of that guide and she joins us with details.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7d9e-cfb6-03a8-465ff237d316">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/rberch?lang=en">Rachel Bertsche</a> is a Chicago-based writer and author.<span>&nbsp;</span></em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206769018&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Tech Shift Week in Review: Everpurse, tech efforts in healthcare, and the Apple Watch</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da1-a39b-2e01-cfa5ea638d2c">Questions about 1871&rsquo;s success - a big win for local company Everpurse - and Washington&rsquo;s working on helping modernize health care technology. It&rsquo;s Tech Shift Week in review.</span><br /><br /><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da1-a39b-2e01-cfa5ea638d2c"><a href="https://twitter.com/scollens">Steven Collens</a></span> is CEO of Matter Incubator.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da1-a39b-2e01-cfa5ea638d2c"><a href="https://twitter.com/ScottVold">Scott Vold</a></span> is CEO and CoFounder of Fibroblast.&nbsp;</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206768319&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Parts of Chicago&#39;s Riverwalk set to open</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da2-edc5-32f8-aaafe93f37e4">The first two blocks of Chicago&rsquo;s new Riverwalk opens May 23. The $100 million extension plan was announced back in 2012, and will eventually include six blocks of the riverfront. Joining us for more on the commercial development of the Riverwalk is Michelle Woods from Chicago&rsquo;s Department of Fleet and Facility. </span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/micwoods312">Michelle Woods</a> is project manager at Chicago&rsquo;s Department of Fleet and Facility.</em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206768504&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Memorial Day weekend weather forecast</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da3-f2b2-3a7a-4f81727f8431">Want to know what you can expect weather-wise this Memorial Day Weekend? Gilbert Sebenste, meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, has you covered. </span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/Gilbert_S?lang=en">Gilbert Sebentse</a> is a meteorologist at Northern Illinois University.</em></p></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206768657&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Memorial Day weekend traffic update</span></font></div><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-12bd10bb-7da5-1360-befc-e8c480d0c2c6">Heading out of town for the weekend? Triple-A Chicago estimates that 1.7 million people in Illinois will take a road trip over Memorial Day weekend. That&rsquo;s more than a five percent increase over last year. WBEZ traffic reporter Sarah Engle joins us with an extended look at the roads.</span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/SarahEngelWBEZ">Sarah Engle</a> is a WBEZ traffic reporter.</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 May 2015 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-05-22/week-review-second-inauguration-millionaire-tax-bill-and Cook County to join cameras-in-court program http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-join-cameras-court-program-111240 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Illinois_Supreme_Court wikimedia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Illinois Supreme Court has allowed the use of cameras and audio recording devices in Cook County courts on an experimental basis starting next month.</p><p>Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman and Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans made the announcement Tuesday morning. Cook County is the largest and latest of dozens of counties in Illinois that have joined a state high court camera pilot program that launched in 2012.</p><p>Court officials say the program will begin Jan. 5 in the felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. It&#39;s been the site of many high-profile trials. Bond hearings are excluded from the pilot project.</p><p>Illinois has allowed cameras to be present during Supreme Court and Appellate Court hearings since 1983.</p></p> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-join-cameras-court-program-111240 Cab, livery companies sue city over rideshare companies http://www.wbez.org/news/cab-livery-companies-sue-city-over-rideshare-companies-109655 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Rideshare lawsuit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A group of mostly taxi and livery companies have filed suit against the City of Chicago, claiming that the city has tolerated, and even promoted, &ldquo;unlawful transportation providers&rdquo; to undermine their industries. Their case focuses on technology companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, which offer smartphone apps that allow people who need rides to find people with cars, for a fare. The suit claims that the city has denied the plaintiffs equal protection under the law, by forcing them to abide by rules and regulations that have not been applied to the technology companies.</p><p>At the heart of their complaint is the assertion that the companies, which call their services &ldquo;ridesharing,&rdquo; are de facto cab companies.</p><p>&ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t ridesharing,&rdquo; said Michael Shakman, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. &ldquo;They sell services 24/7 to the general public, they charge by time and distance, and they&rsquo;re an on-demand service. They&rsquo;re exactly a taxi service, not a rideshare.&rdquo;</p><p>At a press conference Thursday, Shakman accused the city of allowing a taxi &ldquo;caste&rdquo; system to emerge, whereby Uber, Lyft and Sidecar are allowed to focus only on passengers who have credit cards, smartphones, and live in high-income neighborhoods.</p><p>&ldquo;They are not available at all to the disabled or to people who pay with cash,&rdquo; Shakman said. &ldquo;This taxi &lsquo;caste&rsquo; system excludes large portions of the population on racial, economic and disability grounds, and it thereby violates the Illinois Civil Rights Act.&rdquo;</p><p>Also joining the lawsuit is Brad Saul, President of Chicago Disability Transit, a non-profit that provides paratransit options for people with special needs. Saul said on the occasions he attempted to get a car from ridesharing companies, they did not have any that were able to accommodate his wheelchair.</p><p>&ldquo;As a platform, we don&rsquo;t force drivers to use it a certain way,&rdquo; said John Zimmer, co-founder of Lyft, &ldquo;but as a broad platform there&rsquo;s drivers who do support that.&rdquo; Zimmer said in many of the 20 markets where Lyft now operates, there are people who drive wheelchair-accessible vehicles.</p><p>But while Saul and other plaintiffs argue that the companies should have to serve people in all neighborhoods, and with disabilities, the lawsuit also dwells heavily on the economic injury they say they are suffering. Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber&rsquo;s ridesharing service, called uberX, typically are cheaper than taxis, although when demand is high, they use a surge-pricing model that can lead to steeper charges.</p><p>Additionally, there is a relatively low cost of entry for their drivers. Cabbies must have city-issued medallions, currently priced at roughly $350,000 each, as well as mandated insurance, worker&rsquo;s compensation, and vehicles that are no more than four years old. Taxi and livery drivers are also required to attend school and be licensed as public chauffeurs, neither of which are necessary for rideshare drivers.</p><p>Representatives from Lyft and Uber dispute the underlying characterization of their service as a taxi service &mdash; and argue that&rsquo;s why they shouldn&rsquo;t be regulated as cab and livery vehicles.</p><p>&ldquo;A taxi can hail someone from the street, and when you have something like a street hail, it creates different dynamics and different safety requirements,&rdquo; said Zimmer. &ldquo;You don&rsquo;t have choice over the company, you don&rsquo;t have information on the driver, you haven&rsquo;t agreed to a terms of service, and you have a lot less information. And with a service like Lyft, you&rsquo;re choosing to use Lyft, you see information about the driver, about the car, and there&rsquo;s many more differences.&rdquo;</p><p>The lawsuit comes a day after lines of disagreement surfaced at City Hall. Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s office <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-moves-regulate-rideshare-companies-109639">introduced an ordinance to create regulations</a> for the industry, designating a new category of transportation called &ldquo;Transportation Network Providers.&rdquo; The proposal would allow the ridesharing services to continue many of their operations, but would require them to register annually with the city, maintain minimum standards of general commercial and commercial vehicle liability insurance, pay the city&rsquo;s Ground Transportation Tax, and have drivers&rsquo; cars inspected annually.</p><p>Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the proposal falls short, and they don&rsquo;t like the idea of a separate set of rules.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s bad public policy to create a second taxi system designed for the elite who happen to be fortunate enough to live in neighborhoods where taxi drivers are willing to take them,&rdquo; said Shakman.</p><p>At the same City Council meeting, Aldermen Anthony Beale (9th) and Edward Burke (14th) proposed a <a href="https://chicago.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&amp;ID=2902650&amp;GUID=AE467792-6BF2-425E-85C7-6C05D0CFBD3C">resolution </a>calling for the Police Superintendent and Commissioner of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to immediately apply the existing taxicab rules to the ridesharing services.</p><p>&ldquo;We need to make sure that the consumers are protected,&rdquo; said Beale, &ldquo;and so we need to take the steps on shutting them down and then work towards a solution to make sure they&rsquo;re regulated.&rdquo;</p><p>The resolution is not binding, but will go to a joint committee on Transportation and Finance, of which Beale and Burke are chairs, respectively. As such, they may ask enforcement officials to offer testimony as to why the city has not applied its rules on taxicabs and livery to the ridesharing services.</p><p>Representatives of Uber and Lyft say they expect there will be regulation of their service, and that they are in favor of measures to promote safety. But they say the push by cab and livery companies to have them adhere to the same rules that they do will stifle technological innovation.</p><p>&ldquo;Hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans rely on uberX precisely because it is a faster, safer, and cheaper way of getting around their city,&rdquo; wrote Andrew MacDonald, Midwest Regional Manager for Uber, in an e-mail. &ldquo;After years of neglecting Chicago drivers and passengers alike, the taxi industry has resorted to name-calling and frivolous lawsuits. While they spend time in court, we&#39;ll be working with Mayor Emmanuel (sic) to design a forward-looking regulatory regime that creates economic opportunity, prioritizes safety, and ensures access to the best, cheapest rides ever available in the city.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cab-livery-companies-sue-city-over-rideshare-companies-109655