WBEZ | Ayana Contreras http://www.wbez.org/tags/ayana-contreras Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Reclaimed Soul Preview: 1960s Chicago Rock http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-18/reclaimed-soul-preview-1960s-chicago-rock-113832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Normally when <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a> stops by the Morning Shift the focus is soul music. The name of her Thursday night show is called <a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a>, after all. But every now and again she puts on her rock and roll attitude. She brought us some Chicago 1960&rsquo;s rock not too long ago and decided to add another chapter due to the positive feedback the first time around.</p><p>Ayana shares a preview of what she&#39;ll be playing on her show tomorrow between 8 and 10 p.m. on our sister station <a href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-18/reclaimed-soul-preview-1960s-chicago-rock-113832 Morning Shift: November 11, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/morning-shift-november-11-2015-113738 <p><p>Most of us aren&rsquo;t going to drive a flying car in our lifetime. But we&rsquo;ll probably someday step inside a self-driving car and let it drive us to work, to the grocery story, or to a night out with friends. But the designers of these <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/ethical-dilemmas-self-driving-cars-113736">autonomous cars are facing a major challenge: Ethics</a>. Your car will need to make decisions &mdash; life-and-death decisions. Will you trust your car to make those choices? Former Chicago transportation chief Gabe Klein explains how car designers and local governments are grappling with that issue.</p><p>Plus on this Veteran&rsquo;s Day, we talk with a composer who served in the Vietnam War. These days, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/my-life-three-songs-composer-veteran-kimo-williams-113735">Kimo Williams </a>uses music as therapy for his fellow vets. He talks about the project and picks three songs as part of our ongoing series, My Life in Three Songs.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/reclaimed-soul-music-inspired-mca-freedom-principle-exhibit-113734">Ayana Contreras </a>stops by for a preview of this week&#39;s Reclaimed Soul.</p><p>And despite state wards spending less time waiting to be released from juvenile detention, there&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/state-wards-jail-are-waiting-less-time-release-still-room">still work to be done</a>. We talk to the head of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at the Loyola School of Law.</p></p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/morning-shift-november-11-2015-113738 Reclaimed Soul: Music inspired by MCA Freedom Principle exhibit http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/reclaimed-soul-music-inspired-mca-freedom-principle-exhibit-113734 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana live.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a> is the host of <a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a>, a weekly foray into music on our sister station Vocalo. It airs Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. and most Wednesdays, Ayana stops by with a preview.</p><p>This week she brings us a selection of music inspired by <a href="https://mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/2015/The-Freedom-Principle-Experiments-In-Art-And-Music-1965-To-Now">The Freedom Principle exhibit</a> at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture.</p></p> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-11/reclaimed-soul-music-inspired-mca-freedom-principle-exhibit-113734 Reclaimed Soul: Artists whose monikers include 'Little' http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/reclaimed-soul-artists-whose-monikers-include-little-113630 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/little richard flickr bunky&#039;s pickle.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We get a little bit of soul music courtesy of <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a>, the host of <a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a> on our sister station Vocalo. Reclaimed Soul airs Thursday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m.</p><p>And the word Little is at the core of Ayana&rsquo;s theme for this week.</p></p> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-04/reclaimed-soul-artists-whose-monikers-include-little-113630 Reclaimed Soul: Rock versions of soul classics http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/reclaimed-soul-rock-versions-soul-classics-113213 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>This week we enjoy some rockin&rsquo; soul with <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a>, host of Reclaimed Soul on our sister station Vocalo. The show airs Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. and Ayana stops by most Wednesdays for a preview.</p><p>This week she&rsquo;s pulled some rock versions of soul classics.</p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/reclaimed-soul-rock-versions-soul-classics-113213 Reclaimed Soul: Soul records that keep it all in the family http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/reclaimed-soul-soul-records-keep-it-all-family-113038 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras_1.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>After the segment on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/cultural-impact-fox%E2%80%99s-hip-hop-drama-%E2%80%9Cempire%E2%80%9D-113039">Empire&#39;s cultural impact</a>, we stick with the family in the music business theme.</p><p><a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a> is back with some of her favorite vintage soul records that keep it all in the family: sisters, brothers, fathers, and more.</p></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/reclaimed-soul-soul-records-keep-it-all-family-113038 Reclaimed Soul preview: mix of recently acquired music and some old favorites http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/reclaimed-soul-preview-mix-recently-acquired-music-and-some-old <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras_2.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Most Wednesdays, Ayana Contreras comes in to give us a taste of the larger soul stew she&rsquo;s concocting for the two-hour show Reclaimed Soul that airs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays on our sister station Vocalo. This week, a mix of some recently acquired music and some old faves from Ayana&#39;s collection.</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/reclaimed-soul-preview-mix-recently-acquired-music-and-some-old Reclaimed Soul: Stax Records http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-19/reclaimed-soul-stax-records-112681 <p><p>Once again, we have our weekly dose of dusties. Ayana Contreras wears many hats around here...one of them is host of Reclaimed Soul on our sister station Vocalo. Each Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. she spins the rare, the funky, the groovy, the sweet and the slinky. She joins us for a preview of the Thursday night theme.</p></p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-19/reclaimed-soul-stax-records-112681 Reclaimed Soul: Music recorded in our nation's prisons http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-12/reclaimed-soul-music-recorded-our-nations-prisons-112629 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/reclaimed soul.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>45 years ago, BB King recorded his album &ldquo;Live in Cook County Jail.&rdquo; But that album is just a drop in the bucket of recordings made in American prisons. This week for our weekly shot of soul, Reclaimed Soul&rsquo;s Ayana Contreras brings us vintage music recorded in prisons, from gospel to blues, latin to soul. Ayana&rsquo;s show airs Thursday nights from 8-10 on our sister station Vocalo.</p></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-12/reclaimed-soul-music-recorded-our-nations-prisons-112629 Reclaimed Soul preview With Ayana Contreras http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/reclaimed-soul-preview-ayana-contreras-112503 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Reclaimed Soul&#39;s Ayana Contreras shares the music of McKinley Mitchell, a Chicago Soul artist that, despite consistently strong releases, never broke through to super-stardom.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/reclaimed-soul-preview-ayana-contreras-112503