WBEZ | State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-union Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Flying High http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-19/morning-shift-flying-high-105599 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-110.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-110" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #110: Flying High" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #110: Flying High</h1><h2>On Tuesday's Morning Shift, we talk to Representative Nekritz on gun hearings, Our Gun Series feature, WBEZ's Business Reporte on all things in the sky, WBEZ blogger on Fat Shaming and the melodic sound of Quartet Parapluie.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Feb 19 2013 07:23:01</p><div>Airport Express signJason McHuff</div><div><b>Illinois Gun Hearings with Representative&nbsp;Nekritz</b></div><div>The first of two state hearings on proposed Illinois gun legislation take place Tuesday allowing anyone with an opinion to let their voice be heard by a house committee. The hearings were House Speaker Michael Madigan’s idea, saying it’s “necessary to give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter”. Morning Shift talke with State representative Elaine Nekritz about what we can expect at the hearings.</div><div>Gun safety hearing starts todayThe first of two Illinois House judiciary committee public hearings on gun safety start today in Springfield with another scheduled Frida...</div><div><b>Our Gun&nbsp;Series: hunters</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Alex Keefe puts on the hip waders and steps out of the blind to talk to hunters about their relationship with guns. They say it’s about &nbsp;family tradition, politics, and just plain fun.</div><div>Our GunsThe Morning Shift Radio M Sound Opinions The Afternoon Shift This American Life Wait Wait... Worldview Vocalo on WBEZ</div><div><b>Happenings in the sky: Boeing, mergers and O'Hare expansion</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Niala Boodhoo talks Bogus Boeing Batteries, airline mergers and O’Hare expansion, and the hacking of the BK twitter account (I guess you need to choose a tougher password than ‘Whopper’), which oddly enough, has gained them followers.</div><div><b>Fat Shaming</b></div><div>Movie critic Rex Reed wrote a scathing review of Melissa McCarthy’s new film, and much of it was a personal attack on McCarthy’s plus size. WBEZ blogger Nico Lang has written an extensive and insightful post that not only reveals Reed to be an out-of-touch oaf, but discusses the larger culture of “fat shaming” in the media and in our society.</div><div><b>Quartet Parapluie</b></div><div>The Quartet Parapluie has performed in homes, at weddings and even the hipster bar Danny’s in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. &nbsp;Tonight, the classical string quartet performs music by Philip Glass, Arvo Part and Shostakovich at the Hideout in Chicago. &nbsp;They’ll open for musician Daniel Knox, who is doing a Tuesday night residency at the venue.</div></noscript></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-19/morning-shift-flying-high-105599 Morning Shift: All the President's men http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-18/morning-shift-all-presidents-men-105580 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-109.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-109" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #109: All the President's men" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #109: All the President's men</h1><h2>On Monday's Morning Shift, we talk to a former prosecutor on the Jacksons' charges, WBEZ education reporter school closings feature, Cook County Sheriff on prostitution, Picasso curator, President's Day Quiz and Dark Time Sunshine plays some live tunes.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Mon, Feb 18 2013 08:07:36</p><div>Presidential SealDave Newman (newmanchu)</div><div><b>Jesse Jackson Jr., wife face charges</b></div><div><div>Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been charged with illegally spending campaign funds for personal use. Charges include conspiracy and mail and wire fraud. We talk with former prosecutor Patrick Deady about what could be next for Jackson and his wife, Sandi, who was charged with filing a false tax return.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><b>Philly School&nbsp;District sheds light on prososed CPS closings</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Becky Vevea traveled to Philadelphia to see what that city’s experience with closing school buildings can show Chicago.</div><div><b>End Demand re-examines how to&nbsp;deal with prostitution</b></div><div>We piggyback on Natalie Moore's feature about a campaign to alter how law enforcement and communities deal with prostitution. &nbsp;The campaign is called "End Demand" and the idea is to target johns as much (or more) as the prostitutes themselves. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is a fan of the plan, and joins us for more.</div><div><b>Picasso's connection with Chicago</b></div><div>As the Art Institute of&nbsp;Chicago prepares to open its first large-scale Picasso exhibition in 30 years, curator Stephanie D’Alessanndro breaks down the special relationship between Chicago and the man whose name is synonymous with modern art.</div><div><b>Presidents Day Quiz</b></div><div>“Who dumped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet?&nbsp; Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner?” Not one of our presidents.&nbsp; But History Blogger John R. Schmidt will give us actual trivia questions related to actual US presidents. And the first person to identify quote above will receive the Jason E. Marck Classic Comedy Award.</div><div><b>Dark Time Sunshine Live</b></div><div>The Pacific Northwest-meets-the straightup Midwest in hip hop duo Dark Time Sunshine.&nbsp;Their 2010 debut album Vessel received critical praise, and their latest effort ANX (rhymes with “thanks”) evolves the duo’s sprawling, innovative hip hop sounds.</div></noscript></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-18/morning-shift-all-presidents-men-105580 Morning Shift: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-15/morning-shift-legislation-turns-jordan-turns-50 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-108-as-the-legislation-turns-jordan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-108-as-the-legislation-turns-jordan" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #108: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #108: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50</h1><h2>On Friday's Morning Shift, we talk to WBEZ Southside reporter on POTUS visit, the only GOPer supporting voting yes on same sex marriage, assistant majority leader on truancy in Illinois, Chicago sports, Week in Review and live music from Ty Maxon. </h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Fri, Feb 15 2013 07:39:42</p><div>Barack Obama at his Chicago Homejurvetson</div><div><b>POTUS in Chicago today to address violence and jobs?</b></div><div>President Obama speaks at a Chicago South Side high school Friday about gun violence. WBEZ’s South Side bureau reporter Natalie Moore will cover the speech, and give us a preview of what neighborhood people want to hear from the President and why the visit is deemed important.<br></div><div><b>One and only Republican senator in support of gay marriage</b></div><div>State Sen. Jason Barickman (53rd) is the only GOP senator to vote yes. He tells us why he voted how he did.</div><div><b>Senator Lightford pushes for truancy in Illinois</b></div><div>When Colorado lowered the compulsory school age from 7 to&nbsp;5&nbsp;it helped raise attendance&nbsp;<i>and</i>&nbsp;third-grade test scores. Illinois is now looking to do something similar. Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford is sponsoring the bill and explains why she thinks the legislation is needed.</div><div>Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in IllinoisIn a move aimed at countering Chicago's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has introduced legislation t...</div><div><b>Michael Jordan turns the big 50 and 'da Bulls'</b></div><div>For Derrick Rose, returning from injury could be very tricky. Is it better to just sit out the entire season? &nbsp;And who makes that decision-the player, his handlers, the team, the doctors? &nbsp;In other news LA Lakers forward Antawn Jamison claimed this week that Michael Jordan, who turns 50 this Sunday, could suit up and play 15 minutes per game in the NBA and contribute double figures. &nbsp;Cheryl Raye Stout knows Rose and Jordan well, and gives her take on both stories.</div><div><b>Week in Review</b></div><div>Gary Younge, columnist for&nbsp;<i>The Guardian</i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<i>The Nation</i>, and Maudlyn Ihejerika, urban affairs reporter and editor for the&nbsp;<i>Chicago&nbsp;</i><i>Sun</i><i>-</i><i>Times</i>, join us to talk about some of the biggest stories on their radar this week.</div><div>Pope&amp;#39;s resignation was not forced by health issues, spokesman says ...22 hours ago ... Pope Benedict XVI is not suffering from any specific disease that forced him to resign, his spokesman said Tuesday.</div><div><b>Ty Maxon live in studio</b></div><div>Don’t call him a folkie. Call him a storyteller. Songwriter Ty Maxon has been in Chicago since 2006, and he joins the Morning Shift to pour some of those stories out of his preverbal musical pitcher.</div></noscript></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-15/morning-shift-legislation-turns-jordan-turns-50 Morning Shift: Politics behind it all http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-13/morning-shift-politics-behind-it-all-105496 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-106.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-106" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #106: Politics behind it all" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #106: Politics behind it all</h1><h2>On Wednesday's Morning Shift, we talk with Democrat and Republican lawmakers on their State of the Union thoughts, public defenders with Angela Caputo from the Chicago Reporter, Theater Week and WBEZ Sound Opinions host on R.Kelly at Pitchfork Music Festival.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Feb 12 2013 14:19:37</p><div><b><u>(insert Dem here)</u>&nbsp;gives us their State of the Union thoughts</b></div><div>We get a reaction to President Obama’s State of the State address from a Democratic (or as some say, Democrat) lawmaker.</div><div><b>Congressman Aaron Schock tells us what he got out of the address</b></div><div>Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of the 18th District gives us his reaction to the State of the Union Address.</div><div><b>50th Anniversary of public&nbsp;defenders case</b></div><div>This year marks the 50th anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that made public defense a right for anyone facing criminal charges.&nbsp;<i>Chicago Reporter’s</i>&nbsp;Angela Caputo checks in on how the system is working in Cook County where public defenders carry the highest caseloads in the nation.</div><div><b>It's officially Chicago Theater Week</b></div><div>We’ve got a “week” for everything here-from fashion to food, improv to ideas. So how the heck can the center of the Known Theater Universe&nbsp;<i>not</i>&nbsp;have its own special week of programming?! Well, it does now. Theater week has just begun, and our intrepid theater mavens will join to crow all about it-and talk about how you can get in on it.</div><div>Chicago Theatre Week</div><div>Chicago Theatre Week, where have you been?Clothes have Fashion Week. Cheeseburgers have Restaurant Week. How is it that this town hasn't had a theater week? Consider the oversight...</div><div><b>Pitchfork doesn't hold R.Kelly's past against him&nbsp;</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis has been reporting on R. Kelly for years, documenting Kelly’s abuse of his “position of wealth and fame to pursue illegal sexual relationships with underage girls”. Despite Kelly’s acquittal of charges of making child pornography, neither Kelly nor anyone else has ever challenged Jim’s reportage or findings. So Jim finds it more than a bit odd that one of the premier music festivals in the country-Pitchfork-would choose Kelly to be a headliner at this summer’s fest.</div><div>Pitchfork Music Festival books R. KellyOn June 13, 2008, Robert Sylvester Kelly, the most successful pop star Chicago ever has produced and the dominant voice in R&amp;B for th...</div><div>R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian to Headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2013This year's Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 19-21 in Chicago's Union Park. Today, we're excited to confirm that this year's...</div></noscript></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-13/morning-shift-politics-behind-it-all-105496 Marco Rubio's sip of water sets Twitter afire http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/marco-rubios-sip-water-sets-twitter-afire-105493 <p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/NLmZbBh83-I" target="_blank"><img alt="Marco Rubio's rebuttal speech" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-13%20at%205.56.47%20AM.png" style="height: 202px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Marco Rubio's furtive sip of water" /></a></p><p><strong>AN UNBOTTLED REBUTTAL.</strong> If you went to bed right after President Obama&#39;s State of the Union address last night, you missed one of the night&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.twitter.com/2013/02/2013-state-of-union.html" target="_blank">most tweetable moments</a>: Sen. Marco Rubio&#39;s furtive sip of water during his rebuttal on behalf of the Republican Party. <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/marco-rubio-state-union-response-drink-gifs/62084/" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em> deconstructs it, frame by frame.</a><br />* Rubio followed up on Twitter with <a href="https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/301541052949614593" target="_blank">this</a>.<br />* ... But&nbsp;<a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57569101-93/poland-spring-blows-rubio-watergate-moment-fails-twitter-101/" target="_blank">Poland Spring blew its moment in the Twitter spotlight</a>.</p><p><strong>OBAMA&#39;S &#39;MOST IMPORTANT PROPOSAL&#39;?</strong>&nbsp;<em>New Republic</em>&#39;s Jonathan Cohn says it&#39;s the call for <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112403/state-union-2013-obamas-universal-pre-kindergarten-plan#" target="_blank">universal pre-kindergarten</a>.<br />* Worth noting:&nbsp;<em>Tea Party Nation</em> blogger predicted beforehand Obama speech would be &quot;<a href="http://www.teapartynation.net/state_of_the_union_liberals_are_the_new_nazis" target="_blank">a Hitlerian screed</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>HOW COPS CRACKED THE HADIYA CASE. </strong>A source tells the <em>Tribune</em> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-hadiya-pendleton-investigation-20130213,0,6296139.story" target="_blank">the break in the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton</a> came Saturday, from a Cook County Jail inmate.<br />* Obama&#39;s emotional finish: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9866814/State-of-the-Union-2013-President-Obama-makes-emotional-gun-control-pledge.html" target="_blank">Gun violence victims &quot;deserve a vote&quot; on legislation</a>.</p><p><strong>CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL.</strong> A little more than a week after the <em>Sun-Times</em> revealed charter school operator United Neighborhood Organization paid state money to companies owned by two of his brothers, UNO senior vice president <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18187719-761/uno-exec-quits-after-grant-payments-to-relatives-revealed.html" target="_blank">Miguel d&#39;Escoto is quitting</a>.<br />* School-closings panel faces <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18181397-761/school-closings-panel-has-conflicts-of-interest-group-charges.html" target="_blank">conflict-of-interest charge</a>.</p><p><strong>NICE WORK IF YOU CAN COMMIT PLAGIARISM TO GET IT.</strong> The Knight Foundation <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/204005/jonah-lehrer-talks-about-plagiarism-at-knight-lunch/" target="_blank">paid disgraced reporter Jonah Lehrer $20,000</a>,&nbsp;presumably in non-counterfeit money, to discuss his journalistic sins.<br />* And he did it as <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/jonah-lehrer-apologizes-surrounded-tweets-still-calling-him-plagiarist/62055/" target="_blank">critical tweets appeared on a screen behind him</a>.<br />* Parody website <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/02/12/sarah-palins-when-politics-and-celebrity-meet/?wprss=rss_she-the-people" target="_blank">fools <em>Washington Post</em></a> into <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/parody-website-fools-the-washington-post-into-thinking-sarah-palin-heading-to-al-jazeera/" target="_blank">reporting Sarah Palin joining Al Jazeera</a>.</p><p><strong>DEAD AIR. </strong>Someone hacked into TV stations&#39; Emergency Alert System to issue <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-zombie-montanabre91b1ia-20130212,0,5723490.story" target="_blank">a bogus warning of a zombie apocalypse</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130212/BLOGS08/130219926/comcast-to-buy-remainder-of-nbcuniversal-report" target="_blank">Comcast gobbling up rest of NBCUniversal</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;MEET ME HALFWAY. <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=745p7-X1WtQC&amp;pg=PA21&amp;dq=%22meet+me+halfway.+buy+a+ticket%22+benkin&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=KQgbUc--IIaOyAH1-YAg&amp;ved=0CDoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=%22meet%20me%20halfway.%20buy%20a%20ticket%22%20benkin&amp;f=false" target="_blank">BUY A TICKET</a>.&#39; </strong>An Off-Broadway hit, &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-old-jews-to-tell-jokes-in-chicago-20130212,0,5450195.column" target="_blank">Old Jews Telling Jokes</a>,&quot; is headed to Chicago. Guess what <a href="http://oldjewstellingjokesonstage.com/chicago/home/" target="_blank">it&#39;s about</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130212/NEWS07/130219931/steppenwolf-theatre-moving-ahead-with-expansion-plan" target="_blank">Steppenwolf Theatre expanding</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PRIDE AND CONNECTIONS AND WE&#39;RE NEVER CHANGING THE NAME SO GO F--- YOURSELF.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Deadspin</em>&#39;s translation of the Washington Redskins&#39; defense of the team nickname &quot;<a href="http://deadspin.com/5983475/washington-redskins-proudly-defend-their-name-in-the-dumbest-way-possible?tag=Media-Meltdowns" target="_blank">in the dumbest way possible</a>.&quot;<br />* <strong>[CORRECTED] </strong>Blackhawks suffer &quot;heartbreaking&quot; <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/18194215-419/ducks-tie-late-and-top-blackhawks-in-shootout-3-2.html" target="_blank"><strike>end to</strike>&nbsp;loss as streak without regulation losses reaches 13 games</a>.<br />* Bears <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/18188354-419/bears-cut-rehabbing-receiver-johnny-knox-after-lost-season.html" target="_blank">cut Johnny Knox</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Get this blog by email. Sign up, free, <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.<br />* Next WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz: Friday morning. Try your hand at previous quizzes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/results?s=%22meyerson%20WBEZ%20news%20quiz%22" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/marco-rubios-sip-water-sets-twitter-afire-105493 Obama to stress jobs, Afghan war troop withdrawal in State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-stress-jobs-afghan-war-troop-withdrawal-state-union-105479 <p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Still hampered by the vulnerable economy, President Barack Obama is using his State of the Union address to appeal for new spending to create jobs while also pledging to cut the federal deficit, in part by raising taxes &mdash; issues Republicans are likely to oppose.</p><p>Speaking before a divided Congress Tuesday night, Obama also will announce a major reduction in U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, withdrawing 34,000 troops within a year, half the total deployed there. And he&#39;ll sharply rebuke North Korea for defying the international community and launching a nuclear test hours before Obama&#39;s remarks.</p><p>But it&#39;s the economy at center stage, as it has been each time Obama has stood before lawmakers and a national TV audience for the annual address. Despite marked improvements since he took office four years ago, the unemployment rate is still hovering around 8 percent and consumer confidence has slipped.</p><p>White House officials said Obama would offer the public an outline for job creation, though much of his blueprint will include elements Americans have heard before, including spending more money to boost manufacturing and improve infrastructure. Getting that new spending through Congress appears unlikely, given that it would require support from Republicans who blocked similar measures during Obama&#39;s first term.</p><p>The president is expected to be uncompromising in his calls for lawmakers to offset across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to begin March 1 with a mix of tax increases and targeted budget cuts.</p><p>The president hasn&#39;t detailed where he wants lawmakers to take action, though he and his aides often mention as examples of unnecessary tax breaks a benefit for owners of private jets and tax subsidies for oil and gas companies. Such measures are modest, however. Ending the corporate plane and oil and gas breaks would generate about $43 billion in revenue over 10 years.</p><p>That appeal for new revenue is getting stiff-armed by Republicans, who reluctantly agreed at the start of the year to increase tax rates on the wealthiest Americans in exchange for extending Bush-era tax rates for the rest of taxpayers.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s gotten all the revenue he&#39;s going to get,&quot; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. &quot;Been there, done that.&quot;</p><p>Still, buoyed by re-election, the president and his top aides are confident that Americans back their vision for the economy. Immediately following his speech, Obama will hold a conference call with supporters to urge them to pressure lawmakers to back his agenda. He&#39;ll also seek to rally public support with trips this week to North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.</p><p>Also Tuesday night:</p><p>&mdash; The president will press Congress to overhaul immigration laws and tackle climate change.</p><p>&mdash; His wish-list will include expanding early childhood education and making it easier for voters to cast ballots in elections.</p><p>&mdash; Obama is expected to make an impassioned plea for stricter gun laws, including universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.</p><p>First lady Michelle Obama will sit with the parents of a Chicago teenager shot and killed just days after she performed at the president&#39;s inauguration. Twenty-two House members have invited people affected by gun violence, according to Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., who helped with the effort. And Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas says he&#39;s invited rocker Ted Nugent, a long-time gun control opponent who last year said he would end up &quot;dead or in jail&quot; if Obama won re-election.</p><p>Though Obama is devoting less time to foreign policy this year, his announcement on the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is highly anticipated and puts the nation on pace to formally finish the protracted war by the end of 2014.</p><p>On North Korea, the White House said Obama would make the case that the impoverished nation&#39;s nuclear program has only further isolated it from the international community. North Korea said Tuesday that it successfully detonated a nuclear device in defiance of U.N. warnings.</p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-stress-jobs-afghan-war-troop-withdrawal-state-union-105479 Hadiya Pendleton's parents to sit with first lady at State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/news/hadiya-pendletons-parents-sit-first-lady-state-union-105465 <p><p><em>Updated: 1 p.m.</em></p><p>A White House official says the parents of a Chicago teenager slain just days after performing during President Barack Obama&#39;s inauguration will attend his State of the Union speech.</p><p>Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot to death Jan. 29 in a park close to the Obama&#39;s Chicago home. Police say a gunman hopped a fence and opened fire on a group of young people. She was a majorette with the King College Prep band. Police have said Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting. Her death was among dozens of homicides in Chicago last month, though her background and ties to Obama thrust her death into the national headlines.</p><p>First lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya&#39;s funeral in Chicago on Saturday. Her parents, Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton, will sit with the first lady during Tuesday&#39;s speech, which is expected to mention gun violence.</p><p>A judge has ordered two gang members charged with Pendleton&#39;s murder be <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cops-honor-student-killed-chicago-gang-members-105472">held without bail</a>.</p><p>Cook County Judge Israel Desierto on Tuesday ordered 18-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Kenneth Williams held.</p><p>Ward and Williams were charged Monday with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday night. Both were taken into custody late Saturday while on their way to a strip club &mdash; and just hours after first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries attended Pendleton&#39;s funeral.</p><p>Police say the shooters mistook Pendleton and her friends for members of a rival gang and attacked the group in retaliation for a shooting that injured one of them over the summer.</p><p>&quot;Ward confessed and indicated Hadiya was not the intended target. They got it all wrong,&quot; McCarthy said.</p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he&#39;s talked to the Pendleton&#39;s Monday about the two young men who were taken into custody over the weekend.</p><p>At a news conference, Emanuel said the call was one of several he&#39;s made to relatives of Pendleton, adding that most of the other calls were made simply to comfort them.</p><p>Meanwhile, Emanuel, Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez and McCarthy said they&#39;ll push for state legislation that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cops-honor-student-killed-chicago-gang-members-105472">increases the minimum sentences</a> for those who violate the state&#39;s gun laws.</p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/hadiya-pendletons-parents-sit-first-lady-state-union-105465 Worldview 1.25.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-25/egypt1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview</em> delves into the foreign policy dimensions of President Obama’s State of the Union address with <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/meet_the_staff#14" target="_blank">Uri Friedman</a>. He's associate editor at <em>Foreign Policy</em>. Also, Wael Ghonim has been called the “Facebook freedom fighter” and “the man behind the revolution.” To mark the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s uprising, <em>Worldview</em> talks to Wael. The activist and former Google executive is credited with jump-starting the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s 30-year dictator, and creating momentum that spread across the Arab world. His new memoir is <em>Revolution 2.0: The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power</em>. <a href="http://www.ahmedrehab.com/" target="_blank">Ahmed Rehab</a>, executive director of Chicago’s <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a>, will also join the conversation.</p></p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12512 Great expectations for 2012 State of the Union address http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/great-expectations-2012-state-union-address-95769 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-24/barack-obama-3899b6792a350115_large.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Obama will give his third State of the Union address Tuesday night. Job growth remains sluggish, the middle class is on the ropes, Congress appeared dysfunctional and 2012 is an election year. So what can Americans expect to hear from the president?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke with two of Illinois' representatives in the House: <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/">Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky</a> and <a href="http://schakowsky.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman Joe Walsh</a>. But first, <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/" target="_blank">White House</a> press secretary Jay Carney discussed what the president must do to get the ball rolling on at least some of his agenda before voters go to the polls in November.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-24/great-expectations-2012-state-union-address-95769 What President Obama didn't say about foreign policy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/what-president-obama-didnt-say-about-foreign-policy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/96449383.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It was no surprise that President Obama&rsquo;s State of the Union speech focused on domestic issues and the economy. He did get to foreign policy close to the end of the hour, however the issues he failed to mention happen to be some of our thorniest. Elizabeth Dickinson, the assistant managing editor for <em>Foreign Policy</em> magazine, discusses some of those raised in her most recent article, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/24/10_global_issues_obama_wont_talk_about_but_should">&ldquo;10 Global Issues Obama Won&rsquo;t Talk About but Should.&rdquo;</a></p></p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/%5Bfield_program_ref-title-raw%5D/what-president-obama-didnt-say-about-foreign-policy