WBEZ | Barbershop http://www.wbez.org/tags/barbershop Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Literacy and adult education in North Lawndale http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IMG_0969.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On August 24, the Barber Shop Show joined forces with Front and Center to talk low literacy and adult education in North Lawndale.&nbsp;In the Great Lakes region, one third of adults are low-literate. This means they have trouble with ordinary tasks like filling out a job application.</p><p>When hard times hit the region, North Lawndale is hit harder. The unemployment rate in this neighborhood is about three times the city&rsquo;s average. Almost half of families here live below the poverty line.</p><p>When it comes to getting more North Lawndale residents employed and lifting their earning potential, the key may be improving literacy.&nbsp;Raising adult education levels seems like a clear-cut way to increase employment and earnings. But making it happen isn&rsquo;t easy.</p><p>To find out more, Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly spoke with Nicole Hicks, a woman who recently overcame her fear of being the oldest person in class to earn her GED at age forty.</p><p>Later in the show, we heard from employer Mark O&rsquo;Hara. A GED and solid reading and writing skills are a requirement at his company. We learned about his challenges finding workers with the skills to kill bugs, and how his company, Andersen Pest Solutions, aims to address the skills gap.</p><p>After that, we were joined by Darren Tillis and Tameeka Christian with the North Lawndale Community Action Council on Education. Darren and Tameeka are working to improve parent engagement in North Lawndale schools. Key to their strategy is increasing literacy.</p><p><em>Every Friday, Vocalo.org heads to Carter&#39;s Barber Shop in North Lawndale for the live broadcast of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vocalo.org/barbershop-show/" target="_blank">The Barber Shop Show</a>. &nbsp;Hosted by the Chicago Reporter&#39;s Kimbriell Kelly and WBEZ&#39;s Richard Steele,&nbsp;The Barber Shop Show is a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor.</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983 Barbershop: Lone-Star GOP Candidate, Spoiled Goodwill Game http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-19/barbershop-lone-star-gop-candidate-spoiled-goodwill-game-90798 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-19/2011.08.19_bball_wide.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently threw his Stetson into the presidential ring. A friendly basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and China's Bayi Rockets ended in a feud. Debate surrounding youth curfews has intensified. And no women are listed in GQ's article "25 Coolest Athletes of All Time." Weighing in are the Barbershop guys: author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and sports editor Dave Zirin. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1313771239?&gn=Barbershop%3A+Lone-Star+GOP+Candidate%2C+Spoiled+Goodwill+Game&ev=event2&ch=14681732&h1=Barbershop,Around+the+Nation,Sports,Pop+Culture,Politics,U.S.&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=139784965&c7=1091&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1091&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110819&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=46&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=14681732&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-19/barbershop-lone-star-gop-candidate-spoiled-goodwill-game-90798 Barbershop: Can Super Committee Save Sour Economy? http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-12/barbershop-can-super-committee-save-sour-economy-90513 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/npr_story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-12/2011.08.12_becerra_119930618_8162895.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Barbershop guys weigh in on the Super Committee picks, TBS' cancellation of George Lopez's show and the 25th anniversary of the film "She's Gotta Have It." Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and reporter Gautham Nagesh. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1313165560?&gn=Barbershop%3A+Can+Super+Committee+Save+Sour+Economy%3F&ev=event2&ch=14681732&h1=Election+2012,Barbershop,Television,Around+the+Nation,Pop+Culture,Politics,U.S.,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=139577136&c7=1091&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1091&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110812&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c21=46&v21=D%3Dc2&c31=14681732&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></div></p></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-08-12/barbershop-can-super-committee-save-sour-economy-90513 'Shop Talk': All Eyes On Wisconsin's Political Showdown http://www.wbez.org/story/analysis/2011-02-25/shop-talk-all-eyes-wisconsins-political-showdown-82980 <p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/analysis/2011-02-25/shop-talk-all-eyes-wisconsins-political-showdown-82980