WBEZ | Mary Mitchell http://www.wbez.org/tags/mary-mitchell Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: December 4, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/morning-shift-december-4-2015-114053 <p><p>The quote &quot;Prayer is like a rocking chair...it&rsquo;ll give you something to do but it won&rsquo;t get you anywhere&quot; is attributed to the American burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee. Many people have that been expressing that sort of feeling in the wake of the mass shooting that happened in San Bernardino, saying prayer won&rsquo;t fix America&rsquo;s problem with gun violence. And some have been critical of Republican politicians who have offered up &ldquo;prayers and thoughts&rdquo; to the families of victims, while taking large donations from the NRA. We tackle the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/how-prayer-fits-politics-114051">backlash against prayer</a> and why it&rsquo;s popping up now when it really wasn&rsquo;t an issue after the terrorist attacks in Paris.</p><p>Plus, we break down the ancient <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/spike-lees-chiraq-adapts-ancient-greek-play-address-gang-violence">Greek comedy Lysistrata</a>, the play that inspired Spike Lee&rsquo;s new film Chiraq.</p><p>And we talk about the<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/week-review-mayor-emanuels-political-troubles-114052"> political troubles of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a>. He&rsquo;s facing challenges in the wake of the firing of his police superintendent, and with the release of another police shooting video expected next week, things could get even harder for the mayor.</p></p> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/morning-shift-december-4-2015-114053 Week in Review: Mayor Emanuel's political troubles http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/week-review-mayor-emanuels-political-troubles-114052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm ap Charles Rex Arbogast web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s been a challenging week politically for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-02/how-good-cpd-superintendent-was-garry-mccarthy-114023">fired his police Superintendent</a> amid a backlash over how the city handled the case of Laquan McDonald, who was shot and killed by police. He&rsquo;s faced criticism from aldermen, the press, the public. And there&rsquo;s been a growing chorus of folks calling for a Department of Justice investigation into Chicago police practices from powerful people like Lisa Madigan, Dick Durbin and Hillary Clinton.</p><p>WBEZ city politics reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Lauren Chooljian</a> and Sun-Times Columnist <a href="https://twitter.com/marymitchellcst">Mary Mitchell</a> discuss how the week was for the mayor and for Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-04/week-review-mayor-emanuels-political-troubles-114052 Rape victims advocate leader responds to opinion column http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-16/rape-victims-advocate-leader-responds-opinion-column-112948 <p><p>There are some local rape victims&rsquo; advocates who are taking a Chicago Sun-Times columnist to task for a <a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/7/71/952556/charges-send-mixed-messages-prostitution">column she wrote</a> about an alleged rape case. Mary Mitchell wrote recently about a prostitute who answered an ad on the Website Backpage.com. The woman says she showed up to a client who not only refused to pay, but held her at gunpoint and raped her. Mitchell wrote that she doesn&rsquo;t agree with victims facing blame for dressing or behaving a certain way, but in this case, when you, &ldquo;agree to meet a strange man in a strange place for the purpose of having strange sex for money, you are putting yourself at risk for harm.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.rapevictimadvocates.org/">Rape Victim Advocates</a> Executive Director Sharmili Majmudar <a href="http://chicago.suntimes.com/letters-to-the-editor/7/71/958408/letters-koschman-case-shameful-episode-chicago-police">wrote a letter</a> to the paper that Mitchell&rsquo;s language does equate to blaming the victim, which is always wrong, no matter what profession she&rsquo;s in. Majmudar joins us with more on her reaction to the column.</p></p> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-16/rape-victims-advocate-leader-responds-opinion-column-112948 Reviewing the headlines of 2011 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-23/reviewing-headlines-2011-95122 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-23/RS3600_Rahm Emanuel Elex Night_Getty_Scott Olson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> presented special encore editions of the show--on Friday, producer Eilee Heikenen-Weiss closed out the week with a final <em>Year in Review</em>. Before gearing up for 2012, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to say goodbye to 2011.</p><p>It was a busy year around Chicago—residents got a new mayor, a new City Council and plenty of severe weather. The year was marked by labor issues and continued budget challenges--and lots more for the history books, too!</p><p>A panel of esteemed journalists joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy to weigh in on the highs and lows of the year: WBBM Newsradio reporter and co-host of the <em>Noon Business Hour</em> <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/personality/kris-kridel/" target="_blank">Kris Kridel</a>, <em>Chicago Reader</em> senior writer <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/ArticleArchives?author=868703" target="_blank">Mick Dumke</a> and <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/mitchell/" target="_blank">Mary Mitchell</a>, who started off by sharing her choice for the significant story of the year.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-23/reviewing-headlines-2011-95122 Checking the political pulse of voters the morning before the municipal election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//0217debate Getty Scott Olson_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some five months after Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s announcement to step down as mayor, it is almost time for Chicago to move on. Tuesday voters will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for a new mayor and in many cases, a new alderman.</p><p>Monday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to know what&rsquo;s on voters' minds as they prepare to vote. Who's excited and who's turned off by the election? What&rsquo;s got people headed out: The issues or the personalities? Who are Chicagoans voting for and why?<a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/848"></a> Host Alison Cuddy was joined by an excellent group of journalists:&nbsp; WBEZ political reporter Sam Hudzik, <em>Chicago Tribune</em> political reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-pearson-bio,0,5858700.story">Rick Pearson</a> - and<em> Chicago Sun-Times</em> columnist <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/">Mary Mitchell</a>. <br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/checking-political-pulse-voters-morning-municipal-election-82634