WBEZ | DePaul University http://www.wbez.org/tags/depaul-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Digging up the history of a Civil War camp on Chicago's South Side http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/digging-history-civil-war-camp-chicagos-south-side-110969 <p><p dir="ltr">For days now, students and volunteers have dug up parts of a Bronzeville school yard on South Giles Avenue. They worked inside a bright orange net on a grassy field next to Pershing East Magnet School. This was once the southwest corner of Camp Douglas... and they&rsquo;re looking for proof.</p><p dir="ltr">Chris Brink is one of about a dozen DePaul University students and alumni which worked with the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. So far, there&rsquo;s been four digs of the 60-acre site. It&rsquo;s believed over 30,000 union soldiers trained and lived here before heading East for battle.</p><p dir="ltr">Previous digs have turned up a few nails, glass, and what they believe to be the main building&rsquo;s foundation.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keller.jpg" style="height: 187px; width: 280px; float: left;" title="David Keller, the managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ) " />David Keller is with the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. He said the problem with a dig like this, in an urban area, is that things have been built and torn down, sewers have been put in, lights have been erected and a lot of the historical stuff has been disrupted.</p><p dir="ltr">The goal of the excavation is to uncover enough relics to fill the museum they plan to build. But it&rsquo;s also a lesson in how history is recorded. Most of the primary sources of the camp come from old letters and <em>Chicago Tribune</em> stories.</p><p dir="ltr">And Brink said relics could paint a better picture of daily life at the camp.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It sheds light on to stuff that&rsquo;s not in the history books. So, basically we are rewriting history,&rdquo; Brink said. &ldquo;And to do that, you need to go out and find it.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr">And this includes the darker parts of the sites history; its reputation as a &ldquo;death camp.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">After the Union captured Tennessee&rsquo;s Fort Donelson, the federal government needed to find places to house thousands of confederate prisoners. A third of Camp Douglas&rsquo;s 200 buildings housed POWs.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/turner.jpg" style="height: 187px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Bernard Turner, a director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ)" />And many of these confederate soldiers were not used to Chicago&rsquo;s harsh winters. Thousands died of pneumonia, smallpox and malaria.</p><p dir="ltr">The Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation&rsquo;s Bernard Turner said many historians don&rsquo;t want to think about their archeological site.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;A lot of people see the sign &lsquo;Camp Douglas&rsquo;, and they have a negative feeling about it,&quot; Turner said. &ldquo;And so what we&rsquo;re trying to do is let everyone know, that is not the only part of the story.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Turner is focused on community outreach, which included a partnership with the surrounding public schools.</p><p dir="ltr">They had local third graders sift through the dirt, while seventh graders wrote stories on the findings.</p><p dir="ltr">Turner said one of the biggest problems they had in engaging the community was that young people, particularly of color, don&rsquo;t know the history of their own neighborhoods.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In this particular case, they go to school here and they don&rsquo;t even know what&rsquo;s right under their own noses,&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">And right under their noses, is another forgotten part of Camp Douglas&rsquo;s history.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/embed4.jpg" title="(Andrew Gill/WBEZ)" /></div><p dir="ltr">This was one of the few Union camps that received and trained some of the around 180,000 African-American soldiers who fought in the war.</p><p dir="ltr">Turner and Keller highlighted this link because it gave students a sense of pride and connection to their past.</p><p dir="ltr">Keller said the goal is to have the community get a better sense of its own history.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You really are digging a timeline of the community. So, it&rsquo;s just as important for us what we find from the Bronzeville area,&rdquo; Keller said.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="226" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/ShamelessBestBison" style="-webkit-backface-visibility: hidden;-webkit-transform: scale(1);" width="402"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size:10px;">Above: Volunteers show the excavation process as they hunt for remains of the Camp Douglas prisoner of war camp.</span></strong></p><p dir="ltr">Southside Resident Sir Cedric Liggens helped with the dig.</p><p dir="ltr">He said people from the community would stop, ask questions, and seemed to take a general interest in what they were doing</p><p dir="ltr">Liggens enjoyed the process.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s human record. And It&rsquo;s going back and reviewing your own records,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;What was here, what happened, who was here, who did what. And it&rsquo;s a really good way to learn something from what already happened.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Monday, for the first time in over 150 years, the community raises an official marker commemorating the site.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Corrected Oct. 21: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of African American soldiers who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The correct number is around 180,000.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Claudia Morell covers business as a WBEZ intern. You can follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/claudiamorell" target="_blank">@claudiamorell</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/digging-history-civil-war-camp-chicagos-south-side-110969 The Sounds of Stillness: Dwelling in the Visual Archive of Diaspora http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 <p><p><strong>Professor Tina Campt</strong>, Professor of Women&#39;s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Director of the Africana Studies Program, Barnard College, New York, engages three innovative conceptual frameworks for theorizing diasporic formation that depart from traditional emphasis on mobility, resistance and expressiveness as primary idioms of black culture.</p><p>Her talk elaborates the concepts of quiet, stasis, and fugitivity, and uses them to consider what they tell us about what we overlook, overhear, erase or leave unremarked in diasporic formations. Vernacular photography offers an important and frequently overlooked window into practices of diasporic dwelling and fugitivity, when we attend differently to the quiet practices of stasis through which they image fugitivity. Reading these three keywords together through the photography of a Black German family offers a provisional glimpse into the possibilities of theorizing some of the fugitive practices often rendered unvisible in other diasporic frames.</p><p>This is one of our keynote speakers for DePaul University&#39;s conference, <em>Remapping the Black Atlantic: (Re)Writings of Race and Space</em> which took place April 12-14. More information on the conference can be found <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/diaspora/ConferenceAnnouncements/index.asp">here.</a></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/CBDD-webstory_5.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Sunday, April 14, 2013 at DePaul University&#39;s Student Center.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sounds-stillness-dwelling-visual-archive-diaspora-107051 Monks use age-old rituals to recapture young people's interest in religion http://www.wbez.org/programs/eight-forty-eight/2012-05-30/monks-use-age-old-rituals-recapture-young-peoples-interest <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/eveprayer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span face="">About 1,000 young adults from across North America converged on Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, giving up barbecues and that first summer dip in the pool to pray and chant with monks.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span face="">Hundreds of young people sit with legs folded on the carpet-covered basketball court at DePaul University.&nbsp;With the help of a choir and orchestra, they sing along with six white-robed monks who chant verses over and over. They face an altar where icons of Jesus stand against a backdrop of candles.</span></p><p><span face="">The scene is a far cry from the kind of atmosphere some churches are trying to create to attract young people who&rsquo;ve been leaving mainline Protestant and Catholic churches in droves.&nbsp;There is no &ldquo;rocking music,&rdquo; no coffee shop, no wine-tasting.&nbsp;Instead this gathering is being led by the ecumenical brothers of Taize, France.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Brother Emile, who is Catholic, says every year about 100,000 pilgrims between the ages of 18 and 35 trek to Taize.</span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;They want to be in a place where they can talk about the real questions they have about life, the meaning of life, about hope. And Taize I think is that.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s a climate of trust that allows people to open up and share and I think the prayer contributes to that enormously. We pray three times a day together.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span face="">Along with singing, there are long periods of silence for prayer and reflection.</span></p><p><span face="">Brother Emile says the brothers picked Chicago for the gathering&nbsp;because of the number of churches here &ndash; both Protestant and Catholic &ndash; that use Taize prayers regularly.&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Twenty-year old Joseph Butler of Downers Grove says going to these services helps to strengthen his faith.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;The meditative quality of it and the simplicity of it and the idea of &ndash; not only was it connecting with the spirit and the here and how &ndash; but you&rsquo;re also harkening back to about a thousand years, a monastic tradition as well.&rdquo; </span></p><p><span face="">When he was younger, Butler almost gave up being Episcopalian after his mother was stricken with cancer. He was devastated at the thought of losing her, so one night he picked up the <em>Bible</em> then finished it six months later. Butler says Taize helps him to stay involved in church life. </span></p><p><span face="">For several years Brenna Cronin looked for a way to reconcile her Catholic faith with her homosexuality.&nbsp;The 25-year old singer from Chicago says singing in the Taize prayer like her solo here has reinforced her sense of acceptance. She became resolute in remaining a Catholic thanks to serving in a music ministry.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">&ldquo;The idea of the spirit and the presence coming down on you and saying, &lsquo;It is okay where you are.&nbsp;You are beautiful and you are loved and you are appreciated.&rsquo; That is a how Taize is different from every other religious experience that you could get on a weekend.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p><p><span face="">Over the weekend, the brothers make it clear that this spiritual experience does not replace religion.&nbsp;In fact, the end goal is for the young people to return to their roots.</span></p><p><span face="">The order&rsquo;s prior, Brother Alois drives this point home during a talk about Taize&rsquo;s founder: </span><span face="">&quot;What we want is that all the young people who come go back to their churches. Go back to your church!&rdquo;</span></p><p><span face="">Cardinal Francis George of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago&nbsp;and Protestant leaders attended evening prayer.&nbsp;The cardinal welcomes Taize worship as a grounding force for faith, especially in young people. </span><span face="">&ldquo;It puts people together in the presence of the Lord and so they know that God comes to everyone and that&rsquo;s what their big message is,&rdquo; Cardinal George says.</span></p><p><span face="">Taize Brother Emile says at the end, it&rsquo;s important to not let a gathering like this turn into a flash in the pan. The pilgrims are expected to leave with concrete plans that will put their faith into action in their local communities.</span></p></p> Wed, 30 May 2012 09:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/eight-forty-eight/2012-05-30/monks-use-age-old-rituals-recapture-young-peoples-interest Recession worsens shortage of affordable rental housing http://www.wbez.org/story/recession-worsens-shortage-affordable-rental-housing-94045 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/3168468197_0c7c1d1344_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated on 11/15/11 at 11:20 a.m.</em></p><p><a href="https://ihs.depaul.edu/reports/CookCountyHousing2011.pdf">A new study</a> shows that Cook County’s persistent shortage of affordable rental housing has gotten even worse in recent years.</p><p>For years, the constraint on affordable housing came from the overheated real estate market. Developers converted apartments to condos, pushing out tenants. But then the recession hit, and people needed to downsize.</p><p>Geoff Smith is executive director of<a href="https://ihs.depaul.edu/ihs/?q=node/3"> DePaul University’s Institute for Housing Studies,</a> which published the report.</p><p>"More people essentially were making less money and needed to access affordable housing," Smith said.</p><p>He says the shortage of affordable rental housing now stands at 180,000 units in Cook County.</p><p>One problem, Smith says, is that banks are more cautious about making loans to people buying smaller apartment buildings – anything with fewer than 100 units.</p><p>"Those make up much of the affordable housing stock in Chicago and Cook County, but they tend to be the types of buildings that are more challenging to finance," Smith said.</p><p>According to the report, more than 97,000 units in multifamily buildings in Cook County have been part of a foreclosure auction.</p><p>The shortage of affordable rental properties is having the greatest impact on less affluent renters, many of whom are forced to pay more than recommended 30 percent of their monthly income for rent.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the study, households needed to make approximately $40,000 per year to afford the county’s median priced two-bedroom apartment, which was $1000 per month in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>While rents have decreased slightly in Chicago and Cook County since 2008, they are still up overall during the last half of the previous decade.</p><p>The institute predicts the shortage will increase to 233,000 affordable rental units by the end of this decade.</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/recession-worsens-shortage-affordable-rental-housing-94045 What role should students play in Occupy Chicago? http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-02/what-role-should-student-play-occupy-chicago-93697 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-02/6216032607_f6d2277da6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-02/6216032607_f6d2277da6.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 333px; height: 500px;" title="Ricky Staffieri, 21, jumps into the street to return the cheers of students and faculty at Roosevelt University. (Flickr/Ryan Williams)">College students around Chicago are expected to walk out of their classes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in a show of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Participating schools include Columbia College, UIC, DePaul and Northwestern.</p><p>After meeting at the Occupy Chicago headquarters outside the Chicago Board of Trade, they'll march to City Hall, and then convene for a general assembly at Michigan and Congress.</p><p>The group of students say they've organized this walk out quickly, in solidarity with those at Occupy Oakland, who have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-10-31/occupyoakland-calls-general-strike-wednesday-93637">called for a general strike today</a>, in response to&nbsp;acts of police brutality. The Occupy movement at large is calling today an International Day of Action, specifically citing Oakland's Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran&nbsp;who suffered a head injury after <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-26/police-tear-gas-oakland-protesters-could-you-imagine-if-happened-chi">a tear gas canister hit him last week</a>.</p><p>Columbia College student Ryan Nanni said today's walk out started at Columbia and grew out of a discussion amongst activist students. The group organized a public forum last Thursday called "<a href="http://students.colum.edu/events/event/f4e35ecd9bdab6883f9f531f0bcce947/">We Are the 99%: The Meaning &amp; Future of Occupy Chicago</a>", where they discussed &nbsp;how they could bring the Occupy movement to college students, most specifically at Columbia.</p><p>Nanni said he considered the movement amongst Chicago-area college students "somewhat decentralized," and would consider the movement successful "if anyone shows up" tonight. He expects 30 to 40 people to come, out of the approximately 40,000 students that attend all four schools, which, let's face it, isn't much.</p><p>"The power in a walk out and in a strike says that we have power in numbers, in solidarity with one another," said Nanni.</p><p>But what does it mean to walk out of a college class, when you don't have to go in the first place? Does a walk out mean anything unless you're protesting towards your own school?</p><p>Protest movements have a history of being rooted among young people. We certainly saw that during the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement of the 1960's - and more recently during many of the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East.&nbsp;</p><p>When I went down to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-10-10/occupy-chicago-protest-gets-more-organized-93021">report on Occupy Chicago several weeks ago</a>, Taylor Massa of Roosevelt University told me she was there because she could be; she wanted to fill the place of those who actually did have jobs and couldn't take time off to protest. But young people have a lot to protest to begin with, like crippling student loans, debt starting at a young age and terrifying job prospects.</p><p>But an organized walk out like the kind being attempted this afternoon begs the question: how many people walking out of colleges could be considered a success? In the news business, we typically consider hundreds, if not thousands, of people at a protest news worthy. But a protest such as the one happening this evening appears, for all intents and purposes, to be limited to the Chicago activist community. As such, it doesn't include all Chicago-area colleges; University of Chicago is notably absent from the list (This isn't entirely surprising; as an alum of the college, I will say we've garnered criticism for our lack of an activist community).&nbsp;</p><p>Though Nanni and his peers wonder how they can bring the Occupy movement to students, the bigger question is whether they can bring the Occupy movement to a group of students larger than the activist community of students. What would it take for the phoenix of Students for a Democratic Society to rise again?</p><p>Perhaps it doesn't matter. Those critical of the Occupy protests wonder if <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-10/list-demands-occupy-chicago-leaps-1-occupy-power-rankings-93013">they'll ever get what they're asking for</a>. Even more question what they're asking for in the first place. But those who protest today are sure to argue that any voice, large or small, should be heard.</p></p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-02/what-role-should-student-play-occupy-chicago-93697 'Battling Pornography' documents the rise and fall of feminist anti-porn movement http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/battling-pornography-documents-rise-and-fall-feminist-anti-porn-movement <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-01/BattlingPornography.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The growth of the commercial sex industry in the 1970s resulted in a proliferation of sexually explicit images of women. Feminists critiqued the graphic images as a form of sex discrimination; and some in the anti-pornography movement argued that there was a direct link between pornographic images of women and violence against women. <a href="http://www.depaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">DePaul University</a> professor <a href="http://communication.depaul.edu/Faculty%20and%20Staff/Full%20Time%20Faculty/bronstein.asp" target="_blank">Carolyn Bronstein</a> traces the evolution of this movement in her new book, <a href="http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6038447/?site_locale=en_US" target="_blank"><em>Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976 – 1986. </em></a>She discussed her findings with <em>Eight Forty-Eight.</em></p></p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-01/battling-pornography-documents-rise-and-fall-feminist-anti-porn-movement Wading through Iran's judicial system http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/wading-through-irans-judicial-system-90052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-03/stoning protest.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Iran’s judiciary operates as a branch of the regime’s repressive power. But its sentencing can look pretty arbitrary and negotiable. In 2006 a woman convicted of adultery was sentenced to death by stoning. After international outcry the sentence was suspended, although the charges remain. It’s not the first time the judiciary has sent contradictory messages.</p><p><a href="http://las.depaul.edu/int/People/Faculty/KavehEhsani.asp" target="_blank">Kaveh Eshani</a> is a professor of international studies at DePaul University and a contributing editor of the <em><a href="http://www.merip.org/mer/mer.html" target="_blank">Middle East Report</a></em>. He’s originally from Iran. He shares his understanding of how the judiciary system works.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-03/wading-through-irans-judicial-system-90052 Worldview 8.3.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-8311 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-03/ap09080802405.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we spend the hour on Iran, beginning with the courts. DePaul University’s <a href="http://newsroom.depaul.edu/depaulexperts/FindaExpert/findExpertProIndv.aspx?EID=1855&amp;SCID=1000" target="_blank">Kaveh Eshani</a> explains the role of the judiciary in Iranian politics. Also, an American journalist in search of his family roots provides an intimate look behind the scenes in Iran. Steve Zind meets with the 95-year-old patriarch and keeper of the Zand family history, himself a direct descendant of an eighteenth century Persian king. And, in his book, <em>Letters to My Torturer: Love, Revolution, and Imprisonment in Iran</em>, Iranian journalist <a href="http://houasadi.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Houshang Asadi</a> reflects on the six years he spent in prison after being arrested in 1981 in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution. Twenty years later, he records his recollections of torture and imprisonment in the form of 27 letters to his interrogator.</p></p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-8311 Latino youths organize for control of Radio Arte http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-youths-organize-control-radio-arte-86809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-19/Zavala1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some young radio producers are organizing for control of the Chicago area’s only noncommercial Latino broadcast outlet.</p><p>They’re upset about plans by the National Museum of Mexican Art to sell the building and license of WRTE-FM Chicago (90.5), a youth-run station known as Radio Arte that airs music and public affairs content in English and Spanish.</p><p>Transmitting at 73 watts from Little Village, Radio Arte reaches several other Latino neighborhoods of the city’s Southwest Side and some nearby suburbs.</p><p>The station also trains hundreds of volunteers a year and puts dozens on the air each week. Some have formed a group to try to keep the station in their community’s hands.</p><p>Many of these volunteers share a bond: They don’t have papers to be living in the United States.</p><p>“Radio Arte helped me learn to fight back,” said volunteer Adriana Velázquez, 20, who arrived in the Back of the Yards neighborhood from Mexico at age 11.</p><p>Velázquez graduated from Benito Juárez Community Academy in nearby Pilsen and dreamed of going to college. But her immigration status disqualified her from most financing.</p><p>“So I felt like all I had done all these years in high school — being a good student, a good member of the community — was not worth [anything] to people,” she said Thursday.</p><p>Velázquez said her life changed in 2008, when she started working on a Radio Arte show, <em>Salud: Healing Through the Arts</em>. “That summer was when I started really talking about my status and sharing that with other students who were also going through my situation,” she said.</p><p>“It was kind of a relief to feel [at] home somewhere, not feeling ashamed that I was undocumented,” said Velázquez, now a music-performance student at Northeastern Illinois University.</p><p>Velázquez and the other volunteers want control of Radio Arte’s name, license and transmitter. But they haven’t won over museum officials.</p><p>President Carlos Tortolero said the volunteers were making too much of the museum’s plans. “Radio, to a lot of funders, is old school,” he said. “And we can still do radio classes without a radio station. A lot of people are streaming now online and podcasting.”</p><p>Tortolero said selling the building and radio license would free up resources for projects in other media such as video and computer graphics.</p><p>The Radio Arte volunteers counter that terrestrial radio signals still reach much bigger audiences than web streaming and podcasting do. “That’s especially true in immigrant and low-income communities,” Velázquez said.</p><p>The license’s market value is not clear. Radio Arte staffers say the museum paid $12,000 for it in 1996.</p><p>Tortolero said the museum hasn’t received any offers yet but adds he’s talking with potential buyers, including DePaul University and California-based Radio Bilingüe. He has also met twice with Torey Malatia, chief of Chicago Public Media, the parent of WBEZ.</p><p>Interviewed Wednesday, Malatia said his organization would not have cash for the license at this point. But Chicago Public Media is preparing a proposal to “help with operations and costs,” he said.</p><p>“We deeply respect Radio Arte’s mission,” Malatia said. “If we get involved, we would keep the tradition alive.”</p><p>Malatia said Chicago Public Media would connect Radio Arte to WBEW-FM (89.5), a youth-oriented station known as Vocalo that transmits from Chesterton, Indiana. Vocalo Managing Director Silvia Rivera worked at Radio Arte for more than a decade, including three years as general manager.</p><p>If the Chicago Public Media proposal were accepted, Radio Arte likely would continue broadcasting student- and volunteer-run shows, while “primetime blocks would be simulcast” with Vocalo, according to Malatia.</p><p>“As this story gets out,” Malatia added, “it puts pressure on DePaul and [Radio Bilingüe] to close the deal, and probably will pull some religious buyers into the mix.”</p><p>The building, 1401 W. 18th St., houses Radio Arte’s offices and studios as well as Yollocalli Arts Reach, another youth program of the museum. The wedge-shaped structure has two stories and a partly finished basement. Tortolero said the space totals about 11,000 square feet.</p><p>The museum had a real-estate appraiser look over the building this month but Tortolero said his team has not yet set the asking price.</p><p>The building stands on the corner of Blue Island Avenue and 18th Street. The intersection includes a Mexican-themed plaza that serves as a cultural anchor of Pilsen, a neighborhood whose Latino population has been shrinking.</p><p>The volunteers say they won’t try to buy the building.</p></p> Fri, 20 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/latino-youths-organize-control-radio-arte-86809 Attorney Andrea Lyon welcomes the end of the death penalty in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-10/attorney-andrea-lyon-welcomes-end-death-penalty-illinois-83489 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/quinn hudzik.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <em>Chicago Tribune</em> has dubbed Andrea Lyon &quot;The Angel of Death Row&quot;. Lyon was the first woman to serve as lead attorney in a death penalty case. She is Associate Dean of <a href="http://www.law.depaul.edu/clinical_programs/" target="_blank">Clinical Programs at DePaul University&rsquo;s College of Law</a>, and the author of the book <em><a href="http://www.andrealyon.com/" target="_blank">Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer</a>.</em><br /><br />She is also the director of the university&rsquo;s Center for Justice in Capital Cases and supervisor of the Death Penalty Legal Clinic. During her career, Lyon successfully argued to spare the lives of all 19 of her death row clients. Tuesday, she traveled to Springfield to witness the abolition of a practice she's fought her entire career. <br /><br />Andrea Lyon joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the impact of Governor Quinn's decision to end the death penalty in&nbsp;Illinois.</p></p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-10/attorney-andrea-lyon-welcomes-end-death-penalty-illinois-83489