WBEZ | Revolution http://www.wbez.org/tags/revolution Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'The Mob Doctor' mimics Chicago's past, while 'Revolution' creates a new future http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/mob-doctor-mimics-chicagos-past-while-revolution-creates-new-future-102482 <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/the%20mob%20doctor%20title%20card.png" style="height: 296px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><p><strong><em>The Mob Doctor</em>: Yup, you guessed it by the name alone&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&quot;This isn&rsquo;t legal&quot; one hunky doctor says to another. &quot;Well then it&#39;s a good thing we&rsquo;re not lawyers,&quot; the next replies.</p><p>That&#39;s the kind of meaningless-yet-meaningful thing you&#39;ll hear a lot of tuning into FOX&#39;s&nbsp;<em>The Mob Doctor</em>, the first of several pilots slotted for the fall television season that were filmed here in Chicago. <em>Mob Doctor</em> premiered Monday night, and if episode one tells us anything about the coming season, the show plans to bring Chicagoans exactly what doesn&#39;t apply to their lives in any reasonable manner.</p><p>Dr. Grace Devlin is played by Jordana Spiro, who I&#39;d be remiss if I didn&#39;t point out seems to love the city, despite her New York upbringing; she previously starred in TBS&#39; sitcom <em>My Boys</em>, which was also set here. Right at the beginning, we get it; Devlin takes risks. There she is as a young girl, standing with a dead body on the ground in a field located in what we&#39;re told is Bridgeport, with the Willis Tower looming in the bacgkround.</p><p>What we&#39;re led to understand is that Devlin grew into a doctor at Roosevelt Medical Center (which looks something like Rush University Medical) but hasn&#39;t left her mob connected youth behind, which has led to some complicated saving of lives for low-lifes, and being pressured into accidentally-on-purpose losing the lives of others.</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/hospital.png" style="height: 292px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><p>The stuff with the mob is interesting, if relatively unbelievable. For instance, this card, which was delivered at Devlin&#39;s place of business:</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/kill%20him%201.png" style="height: 323px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><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/kill%20him%202.png" style="height: 459px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Subtle, no?</div></div><p>And then the heavy-handed prove-we&#39;re-in-Chicago bits: a dog named Wrigley (which makes no sense for the name of an animal presumably owned by South Siders), a bad guy named Moretti (always the name for bad guys), and a former, now risen-again mob boss Constantine Alexander, who we learn was sent to prison in 1997:</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/TV%20constantine.png" style="height: 323px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><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/chicago%20record.png" style="width: 620px; height: 315px; " title="" /></div></div><p>And lines like,&quot;Grace, I realize that you&rsquo;re a plucky South Side girl who became a big city doctor. but you are no better than anyone else here&quot; delivered from an angry coworker.</p><p>Is <em>Mob Doctor</em> about crime and corruption in Chicago? Is it about the corruption of the medical community (a plot point about how a nurse is a mole in the hospital for the mob had me rolling my eyes)? Is it a new<em> Grey&#39;s Anatomy </em>(it&#39;s <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2010/08/08/zach-gilford-off-the-map/">got Shonda Rimes-approved man meat for it</a>&nbsp;and immaculate conceptions)? Is it the new <em>ER</em>/<em>Chicago Hope</em>? <em>The Good Wife</em>, with court cases mixed in (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0139549/">Detective Anthony Burton</a> makes an appearance, this time on the wrong side of the law)?</p><p>Or is it about a Chicago that pop culture likes to think Chicago is but doesn&#39;t exist anymore, really -- a mob that runs the town in plain sight?</p><p>There&#39;s the little stuff that doesn&#39;t make sense: driving to a mansion in the suburbs takes no time, car chases quickly move from Lakeview to under the Green line El in the West Loop, &quot;getting out of Bridgeport&quot; is a thing. But the big stuff is this idea that the city&#39;s biggest problem is this unavoidable mob culture that you just can&#39;t escape, instead of our reality of&nbsp;a segregated city with huge economic disparities and a rampant gang culture.</p><p>At least the local TV news looks about right.</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/tv%20crew.png" style="height: 322px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>A <em>Revolution </em>in the way you&#39;ll see the city</strong></div><p>Despite the fact that not a stitch was shot in Chicago, the pilot episode of NBC&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Revolution</em> does a better job with the city&#39;s legacy than <em>Mob Doctor</em>. I&#39;m no J.J. Abrams uber-fan (<em>LOST</em> was just tiring) but flashing forward to a future where electricity doesn&#39;t exist anymore and we&#39;re in some sort of <em>I Am Legend</em> post-apocalypse, but with some science fiction and Wild West influenced? A place where these postcards are considered gems?</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/postcard%201.png" style="height: 397px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><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/postcard%202.png" style="height: 349px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div></div></div><p>Count me in.&nbsp;This is a Chicago I can get behind: one that&#39;s entirely imagined, not slightly.</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/airplanes.png" style="height: 211px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The remnants of O&#39;Hare.&nbsp;</div><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/wrigley.png" style="height: 299px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><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/skyscraper.png" style="height: 298px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><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/chicago%20theater.png" style="height: 323px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div></div></div></div><p><a href="http://www.fox.com/the-mob-doctor/">&nbsp;<em>The Mob Doctor</em></a> airs Monday nights on FOX at 8 pm central; <a href="http://www.nbc.com/revolution/"><em>Revolution</em></a> is on NBC at 9 pm central.</p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/mob-doctor-mimics-chicagos-past-while-revolution-creates-new-future-102482 Weighing the options for what’s next in Syria http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/weighing-options-what%E2%80%99s-next-syria-96355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/AP120204014217.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Arab League wants a joint Arab-UN peacekeeping mission to end the 11-month conflict in Syria. Damascus "categorically rejected" the resolution. The League's move comes one week after Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside. <a href="http://www.columbia.edu/cu/history/fac-bios/Khalidi/faculty.html" target="_blank">Rashid Khalidi</a>, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, tells <em>Worldview </em>what he sees as the next steps for Syria.</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-13/weighing-options-what%E2%80%99s-next-syria-96355 One year later, Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who stoked revolution in Egypt, tells his story http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/one-year-later-wael-ghonim-google-executive-stoked-revolution-egypt-tell <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-25/AP110208039658.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Wael Ghonim, center, a Google marketing manager who was a key protest organizer." class="caption" height="489" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-25/egypt.jpg" title="Wael Ghonim, center, a Google marketing manager who was a key protest organizer. (AP)" width="630"></p><p>In an interview with <em>Worldview’s</em> Jerome McDonnell, Ghonim lifted the veil behind Egypt’s historic year of change. He said that the revolution would have happened without his actions, and also defended the slow pace of progress on the country’s new path toward democracy.</p><p>Last year, Egyptians began filing into Tahrir (or liberation), Square, first by the thousands— and then by the hundreds of thousands.</p><p>Ghonim’s activism — both online and on the streets — was critical in stoking the fire that toppled President Hosni Mubarek.</p><p><strong>Ghonim: The revolution had to be leaderless</strong></p><p>Ghonim discussed the anarchic nature of the protests, which he helped organize anonymously through a Facebook page. Named for an Egyptian beaten to death by local police in broad daylight, the “We Are All Khaled Said” page became the driving force behind the protests. “I was very surprised to see a lot of people going to the street – thousands doing it – without knowing who’s behind the invitation,” he says. “People believed in the cause and did not really care about the person [organizing].” He insists the revolution would not have unfolded to the same extent any other way.</p><p><strong>Ghonim defends slow progress on democracy-front</strong></p><p>Ghonim also defends the pace of progress in Egypt, where Islamists now hold a majority of seats in Parliament. “People revolted so that Egyptians can be empowered to make their own choices about whom they want to be representing them,” he says, reminding listeners that ‘“Egypt is recovering from about 30 years of corruption and more than 60 years of military rulers.”</p><p>The 31-year-old also revisits the uprising itself, in which an increasingly emboldened citizenry used social media to amplify the impact of street protests. He says what happened in Egypt reflects a new world order. “In the past, the people in power used to make all the decisions,” he said. “We’re seeing all of these movements around the world trying to do the same activities. World leaders need to start realizing that there need to be more grassroots activities, more bottom-up rather than top-down approaches in dealing with the people’s problems.”</p><p><a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, the Egyptian American director of <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Chicago’s Council on Islamic Relations</a>, also takes part in this conversation. Wael’s new book is <em>Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power</em>.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-25/one-year-later-wael-ghonim-google-executive-stoked-revolution-egypt-tell Conclusion to the BBC documentary 'After the Dictators' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/conclusion-bbc-documentary-after-dictators-94065 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/dictator2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The BBC documentary <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00ld1st/After_The_Dictators_29_10_2011/" target="_blank"><em>After the Dictators</em></a> explores what happens to societies after dictators fall.</p><p>Some dictators, like Libya's Muammar Qaddafi and Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu, are killed outright. Others, like Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic and Liberia's Charles Taylor, end up in international courts. And still others, like Stalin and Mao, pass away peacefully in bed. So how does the manner of the dictator's downfall shape their country's chances of recovery? The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones investigates.</p><p>Part two of <em>After the Dictators</em> airs today. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-14/bbcs-after-dictators-94028" target="_blank">Part one</a> aired yesterday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/conclusion-bbc-documentary-after-dictators-94065 Mural restoration heartens Puerto Ricans http://www.wbez.org/story/mural-restoration-heartens-puerto-ricans-92248 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/mural-2_WBEZ_Chip-Mitchell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the country’s oldest outdoor murals covers a storefront on Chicago’s Northwest Side. People who care about the 40-year-old painting are finishing a facelift. The mural restoration is doing more than brightening up a gritty stretch of North Avenue. It’s got Puerto Ricans in the Humboldt Park neighborhood talking about their heritage.</p><p>MITCHELL: A celebration of the restoration included music with roots in Puerto Rican slave plantations.&nbsp;José López of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center recalled the artists who painted the mural in 1971.</p><p>LOPEZ: Young Puerto Ricans from the street — people who were marginalized — decided to give us a legacy for our historical memory.</p><p>MITCHELL: The mural covers the side of 2423 W. North Ave. and includes portraits of nine Puerto Ricans who struggled for abolition and the island’s independence from Spain and, later, the United States. Three of them are on crosses. Those three all served long U.S. prison terms in the mid-20th century. The artists, led by Mario Galán, named the mural “La Crucifixión de Don Pedro Albizu Campos” after a Puerto Rican Nationalist Party founder. They put him on the biggest cross. López said the mural has special meaning in a part of Chicago where many Puerto Ricans can no longer afford to live.</p><p>LOPEZ: Gentrification means, many times, the writing away of people’s history.</p><p>MITCHELL: Restoring the mural took a decade. Neighborhood leader Eduardo Arocho attributes that to a developer who owned a vacant lot in front of the work.</p><p>AROCHO: His plans were to develop a three-story condo unit. We tried negotiating with him for several months, even at one point offering him several lots in exchange. And he refused and he just started to build the wall, covering the mural intentionally. And so that’s when we grabbed our picket signs and started to protest.</p><p>MITCHELL: The city finally won control of the lot and helped turn it into a small park to keep the mural visible.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: It’s remarkable that this mural has survived.</p><p>MITCHELL: John Pitman Weber is a professor at Elmhurst College in DuPage County. He has studied and created public art for more than four decades. And he provided consulting for this mural’s restoration, carried out by Humboldt Park artist John Vergara.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: Its content is unique, not only in Chicago but nationally.</p><p>MITCHELL: And aesthetics? Pitman Weber calls the mural formal and stark.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: Kind of Byzantine, in a way, quasi-naïve -- executed by some very, very young artists. The style possibly even adds clarity.</p><p>MITCHELL: Not all Puerto Ricans appreciate the artwork or the idea of the island breaking from the U.S. But when I ask the ones who walk by, most have strong attachments to the mural.</p><p>WOMAN 1: My mom used to go to St. Aloysius. My parents did and so...</p><p>MITCHELL: That’s a church right here.</p><p>WOMAN 1: It’s a church down the street. I used to go there when I was a little girl. And my mom would drive us to church and that’s how I knew we were getting close is when I’d see the mural almost every Sunday.</p><p>MAN 1: I see Don Pedro on the cross being crucified for what he believed in. Crucified the same way as Jesus!</p><p>WOMAN 2: I used to get up every morning and look at this mural.</p><p>MAN 2: I went to prison. I was 17 years old and I went to prison for 20 years. And, during those 20 years, when I used to think about home and I used to think about Humboldt Park, it was this mural that I used to think about.</p><p>MITCHELL: Why is that?</p><p>MAN 2: I remember when I was first looking at it, I think I was maybe 9 or 10 when I first noticed it, I didn’t know anything about Puerto Rican history. To me it was just a painting that was up there. I didn’t understand who was up there, what it was about. But when I went to prison I learned about my culture, I learned about who I was. I even got this guy on my arm. Two of these guys are on my arm.</p><p>MITCHELL: Tattoos.</p><p>MAN 2: Yeah, Pedro Albizu Campos on my right arm and I got Ramón Emeterio Betances on my left arm. And I think I can attribute that to this mural, man.</p><p>MITCHELL: The mural restoration will be complete with the addition of calligraphy this fall.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/mural-restoration-heartens-puerto-ricans-92248 Worldview 8.16.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81611 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-16/hama-nightly-demonstration-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After nearly five months of unrest and violence, it’s still unclear whether President Bashar al-Assad and his Baathist regime will survive or fall. So far, human rights groups estimate that 1,700 people have died. The United Nations Security Council recently amped up their criticism of the regime, which finds itself increasingly isolated from its Arab neighbors. Syrian and long-time U.S. resident <a href="http://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/odahi.htm" target="_blank">Omar Dahi</a>, an economics professor at Hampshire College, just returned from Syria. He gives us a sense of the mood on the ground and whether Syrians will continue to risk their lives for democratic reforms. Later in the hour, WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/odette-yousef">Odette Yousef</a> explores why more and more refugees are bypassing Chicago for the suburbs.</p></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-81611 CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab reflects on uncertain future of post-revolution Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/Egypt_FemaleProtester.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>We turn our eyes today, once again to Tahrir Square. Frustrated activists plan to stage another mass protest to accelerate the pace of government reform. In a recent visit to Cairo, Ahmed Rehab, director of the Chicago chapter of the <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a> and frequent <em>Worldview</em> contributor, met with high-ranking officials and activists to discuss the way forward. He tells Jerome what he thinks the Egyptian people should demand now.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy New brew launches in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/new-brew-launches-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-21/firestone.jpg" title="" alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 388px;" /></p><p>There's a new brew on the block as California's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.firestonebeer.com">Firestone</a><a href="http://www.firestonebeer.com">&nbsp;Walker Brewing</a> made its highly anticipated Chicago debut last night at <a href="http://www.piecechicago.com/">Piece Brewery and Pizzeria</a>. Knowingly entering an already thriving craft beer community, Firestone Walker poured just three samples from their barrel-aged Proprietor's Reserve line, an&nbsp;Anniversary 14, Walker&rsquo;s Reserve Porter, and Double Jack IPA, which&nbsp;will only be available on tap and bottled at gourmet restaurants and select bars. A&nbsp;purely &quot;not-so-strategical&quot; approach according to co-founder&nbsp;David Walker.</p><p>&quot;The beer community in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;is intense and socially networked,&quot; said Walker. &quot;They know we're here, they know where the beers are, and they'll try them and they'll drink them,&nbsp;that's our strategy.&quot;&nbsp;Considering Firestone Walker's Brewmaster, Matt Brynildson's strong ties to Chicago, that shouldn't pose too much of a problem. A founding partner in Piece and former head brewer at <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/ ">Goose Island</a>, Brynildson is &quot;ecstatic&quot; with the Chicago launch, said Walker, and his friends, Nick&nbsp;Floyd of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3floyds.com">Three Floyds Brewing</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;Munster, Indiana, and former Firestone colleague Jim Cibak of <a href="http://revbrew.com/">Revolution</a> came out in support and celebration.&nbsp;&quot;It's great to be here,&quot; said Cibak, who has already been tapped by Walker for a future collaboration.&nbsp;</p><p>With no other goals at the present time than to just service and add spice to the market, Walker said he is confidant Chicagoans will embrace the limited brews. &quot;People have wanted us here for awhile, so we're not too worried about the beer just sitting around.&quot;</p></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/new-brew-launches-chicago