WBEZ | Steve Edwards http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-edwards Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Steve Edwards Interview http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-09/steve-edwards-interview-102707 <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/SEdwards_120127_034%20b.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ " /></div><p>I was very sad to learn that today&#39;s interviewee would be leaving WBEZ. Steve Edwards was the first person to ever interview me at the station. His good nature and professionalism made me, and I&#39;m sure many others, feel comfortable on-air. After over a dozen years with the station and a stint as the host of <em>The Afternoon Shift</em>, last week Edwards took his leave to work at the University of Chicago&#39;s new Institute of Politics.</p><p>Edwards&rsquo; reports and interviews have been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, the RTNDA, the Associated Press, UPI and Public Radio News Directors, Inc., and he earned a National Headliner Club&#39;s Grand Award for radio.</p><p>I got a little help from Steve&#39;s former colleagues, who will miss him, for some of the &quot;deep cut&quot; questions.</p><p><strong>Your new job sounds very professional but a little confusing to the sleep-deprived. What will you be doing there, in layman&rsquo;s terms?</strong><br />Well, the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Institute of Politics is modeled after a similar institute at Harvard, which was established in honor of President John F. Kennedy to &ldquo;promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the worlds of politics and public affairs.&rdquo; As Deputy Director, Programming, I&rsquo;ll help create public programming across multiple platforms; opportunities for students to become engaged in politics and public service; and a program for visiting fellows &ndash; elected officials, journalists, policy-makers, and the like &ndash; to come to Chicago for an academic term to interact with students, faculty and the public around the important issues of our time.</p><p><strong>As a listener and a guest I&rsquo;ve always enjoyed how professional and prepared you are on-air. That said, can you describe a moment or two when you found yourself completely caught off-guard on-air?</strong><br />There are too many to count, but the one that comes most immediately to mind happened on my very last episode of <em>The Afternoon Shift</em>. Usually, my colleague, Melba Lara, tosses back to me between the 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. hours by saying &ldquo;Hour two of <em>The Afternoon Shift</em> is just ahead. Steve, what&rsquo;s coming up?&rdquo; And then I tell her.&nbsp; At least that&rsquo;s the idea. And the thing is, because we&rsquo;re in separate studios, Melba and I can&rsquo;t see each other. So, you have to trust that the other person is actually there &ndash; and paying attention &ndash; which I wasn&rsquo;t on this day. I&rsquo;d absent-mindedly stepped out of the studio to introduce myself to filmmaker Andy Wachowski before <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-153-steve-edwards-exits-the-matri">our upcoming interview</a>, so when Melba asked me what&rsquo;s coming up next&hellip;there was dead silence on-air. Our director/producer Jason Marck then jumped in to save the day, joking that I&rsquo;d had enough and decided to quit on the spot. And I came racing back, out of breath, and blurted something incomprehensible.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>What accomplishments are you proudest of as a journalist?</strong><br />Most of all, I hope I&rsquo;ve been able to share a few stories and conversations that have deepened our understanding of the world around us, and, as poet Sonia Sanchez <a href="http://soundcloud.com/wbez/afternoon-shift-147-i">put it so well during a recent interview</a>, our understanding of what it means to be human.&nbsp;Then again, a longtime colleague did tell me recently that she thought the single best moment in my career was the WBEZ pledge drive video where I jumped in the lake, fully clothed.</p><p><strong>What tips do you have for other hosts and journalists on how to quickly prepare for an interview?</strong><br />Ask short, focused questions. And listen relentlessly.</p><p><strong>As a journalist, what do you like best about Chicago politics?</strong><br />The fact that it closely resembles a dastardly family melodrama.</p><p><strong>As a resident, what do you like least about it?</strong><br />The fact that it too often serves self-interests rather than the public interest.</p><p><strong>Aside from NPR, what radio stations/podcasts do you most enjoy listening to?</strong><br />I&rsquo;m an omnivore when it comes to audio. I listen to all the AM talk stations, sports radio, WFMT, WDCB, XRT, B96 and V103. I&rsquo;m a huge fan of the shows <em>Tonic</em> and <em>The Signal</em> on CBC Radio 2 and podcasts like <em><a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/">WTF</a></em> and<a href="http://loveandradio.org/"> <em>Love &amp; Radio</em></a>, among others. I also love late night college radio, where you can often find some great extended DJ sets.</p><p><strong>What do you listen to with your kids in the car?</strong><br />Most of the above &ndash; plus lots of our own music. I&rsquo;m not big on the &ldquo;kids music&rdquo; thing, per se. I think great music is great music, regardless of genre or life stage.</p><p><strong>Speaking of your kids, we had fun chatting about <em>American Idol </em>this summer, which we both watched. What else do you watch with your kids?</strong><br />Well, I have younger kids, so<em> Idol </em>was in a class by itself in terms of family watching, though followed closely at times by <em>The Voice </em>and <em>So You Think You Can Dance</em>? (I do, but I can&rsquo;t). My kids are also waaaaayyy into PBS, not just PBS kids, but real PBS &ndash; you know, like, <em>America&rsquo;s Test Kitchen</em> and <em>Chicago Tonight.</em>&nbsp;In fact, he&rsquo;ll hate that I&rsquo;m telling you this, but my son, William, used to stand in front of a mirror at the age of 3 pretending he was <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/about">Phil Ponce</a>. I&rsquo;ve since tried to introduce him to the <em>Real Housewives</em> franchise as well, but without success.</p><p><strong>I&rsquo;ve been asked by NPR listeners whether you look like your voice (I said yes). Have you received any weird comments over the years from listeners who met you in real life who commented on the face/voice correlation?</strong><br />Thankfully, no. I think they save those for behind my back.</p><p><strong>What will you miss most and least about working at Navy Pier?</strong><br />Most: Watching the changing of the seasons via the Lake.<br />Least: Watching the changing of the seasons via the tourists.</p><p><strong>What was your favorite pledge drive giveaway?</strong><br />Hmmm. That&rsquo;s a good one. That Tivoli radio really is amazing, though it&rsquo;s a bit pricey for some. And I&rsquo;m always a sucker for the magazine combos. Oh &ndash; and that free Chipotle burrito coupon they used to give out on certain days? That rocked.</p><p><strong>What celebrity gossip magazines do you read? If one were to set up a celebrity gossip fantasy league, how would that work?</strong><br />Ha! You&rsquo;ve done your research, Zulkey. Nice. <em>US Weekly</em>, of course, <strong>is</strong> the gold standard. And as a former player in such a league, I can safely say that I definitely don&rsquo;t read it enough. We &quot;drafted&quot; celebs and received points based on where and how often the members of your &quot;team&quot; appeared in the magazine. My wife, Andrea, and I played for one year and got spanked. It wasn&rsquo;t even funny. People were trading for celebrities we hadn&rsquo;t even heard of. To give you an idea of how outclassed we were, I gambled big that 2007 was going to be Whitney Houston&rsquo;s comeback year.</p><p><strong>Who is your favorite rock drummer and what&rsquo;s your favorite song to drum to?</strong><br />Favorite rock drummer? Probably either Stewart Copeland of The Police or John McEntire of The Sea and Cake and Tortoise. Favorite song is too hard. &quot;Tom Sawyer&quot; by Rush would be the classic answer here, but I can&rsquo;t stand it.</p><p><strong>Tell me about the time you got into a fight on a party boat whilst in college. Did you win?</strong><br />Damn, you&rsquo;re good! Who is your source on this stuff? Short answer: No. Long answer, I escaped by a TKO. The story is too long to recount here, but for the record, I simply stepped in &ndash; quite chivalrously, I might add &ndash; to defend a good friend of mine who was being harassed repeatedly by a group of drunken party-goers. And &nbsp;you know what I learned? I learned never to do that again. I also learned that one should never wear loafers on a boat deck in the rain when 300 lb. men are trying to beat you up.</p><p><strong>How does it feel to be the 328th person interviewed for Zulkey.com/WBEZ?</strong><br />Vivifying.</p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2012-09/steve-edwards-interview-102707 Paper paywalls now a global phenomenon http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/paper-paywalls-now-global-phenomenon-97480 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-20/NYTimes Flickr Alex Torrenegra.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/NYTimes Flickr Alex Torrenegra.jpg" title="(Flickr/Alex Torrenegra)" height="375" width="500"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Ken Doctor on paywalls</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333158852-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/120320 Paywall.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p><em>New York Times</em>’ readers will soon find themselves facing a taller paywall. Social media was <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/times-changes-policy-on-visits-to-web-site/" target="_blank">abuzz</a> with the news Tuesday that come April, the publisher will halve the number of “free” reads for non-subscribers—from 20 to 10 articles per month. The Times’ tweak is the latest in a series of stories about newspapers, including some in Chicago, trying to implement and fine-tune a paywall model. But is it working for news producers—and consumers?</p><p>Many Chicagoans are waiting for the other paywall shoe to drop—the <em>Sun-Times</em> went behind a wall in December, the <em>Daily Herald </em>a few months before that—many assume it's only a matter of time before the Chicago <em>Tribune</em>, which seems to be the last bastion of free content in these parts, fortifies.</p><p><a href="http://newsonomics.com/about/" target="_blank">Ken Doctor</a> analyzes the media industry for Outsell, a global research and advisory firm. He is also the author of <em>Newsonomics: Twelve Laws That Will Shape the News We Get</em>. Doctor continues the book’s narrative, tracking trends, at <a href="http://newsonomics.com" target="_blank">newsonomics.com</a>.</p><p>Doctor called into <em>The Afternoon Shift</em> from Madrid, Spain. He’s been in Europe the last two weeks speaking with various members of the news industry. He he told host Steve Edwards that the paywall phenomenon is not just a sign of the Times, it's gone global.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-20/paper-paywalls-now-global-phenomenon-97480 An interview with Steve Edwards http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-02-22/interview-steve-edwards-96624 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-22/steve edwards interview show.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We turned the tables, or the mics, on Steve Edwards this past Friday at <em>The Interview Show</em>. Here, Steve talks about his love for public radio, his history at WBEZ and, of course, his new show, <em>Afternoon Shift</em>. (Note: If you're at work, listen with headphones; there's a little cursing — by me, not Steve.)</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-rY_QtrQXtc" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-02-22/interview-steve-edwards-96624 3 at 3: Three ways to find your one true love (or...someone that works just fine for now) http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/3-3-three-ways-find-your-one-true-love-orsomeone-works-just-fine-now-96393 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/helen fisher.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="inset"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Carrie Shepherd on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></span></p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/3 at 3.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-125777" player="null">3 at 3.mp3</span></p></div><p>Everyday on&nbsp;<em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em>, WBEZ producers and staff will pop in to share their "3 at 3"-three things that are keeping us intrigued, entertained, annoyed or just distracting us throughout the day (insider secret: the segment actually starts about 2:50 pm but this is radio, not military time). Today, in the spirit of the red shirt I'm wearing (which is in the spirit of Valentine's Day), I'm featuring three things that can help smooth your path to love:</p><div><p><strong>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.helenfisher.com/" target="_blank">Helen Fisher</a>: Biological anthropologist.</strong> Those are two words that would normally lose me, but not this time. Fisher's work is awesome. Steve suggested her for today's show because she researches the science of attraction-why we choose (or run from) the partners we do. Being Valentine's Day and all, she's booked up, but plans to join us in the future. She's behind&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chemistry.com" target="_blank">chemistry.com</a>, and created a personality test that helps assess what kind of partner you are and what kind of person those traits attract. Listen to her explain some of her findings in this&nbsp;TED video:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OYfoGTIG7pY" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>2.&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/OkcLovesTheWire" target="_blank">OKC Loves <em>The Wire</em></a>: </strong>This Twitter feed culls the free online dating site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.okcupid.com/" target="_blank">OkCupid</a>&nbsp;for profiles that mention the critically-acclaimed TV series&nbsp;The Wire.&nbsp;(Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-23/wikipedia-files-michael-k-williams-omar-wire-92391">Omar on Wikipedia Files</a>). Some are hilarious and might make you consider them for a date. Others? Not so much.</p><p><strong>3. Bibio:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Eks4gB9tbE" target="_blank">"Lover's Carvings"</a>.</strong> I don't know much about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myspace.com/mrbibio" target="_blank">this guy</a>-just that he's a British DJ and released a&nbsp;<a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15279-mind-bokeh/" target="_blank">new album last year</a>. I heard this song somewhere,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shazam.com/" target="_blank">Shazam'd</a>&nbsp;it and loved it! It starts out slow and sweet-very cinematic, then halfway through becomes an entirely different song-upbeat, globally-infused and pop-y. And, with that title, how could you go wrong on a day like today.</p><p>Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day! Leave any of your suggestions for finding true love in the comments section below.</p></div></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/3-3-three-ways-find-your-one-true-love-orsomeone-works-just-fine-now-96393 Love is in the air...Or is it? Poll numbers show fewer people are getting married http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/love-airor-it-poll-numbers-show-fewer-people-are-getting-married-96387 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/6874945643_d0347e6328_z[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/6874945643_d0347e6328_z%5B1%5D.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 218px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Renee Rendler-Kaplan)">It's the age old question...do you or don't you go thematic for the holiday? Well, of course you do when it's Valentine's Day!</p><p>Today on the <em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards</em> we're talking the sexy, the stable and the still budding sides of love. The sexy? Former <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/debby-herbenicks-best-sex-column-questions-96351"><em>TimeOut Chicago</em> sex columnist</a> <a href="http://www.mysexprofessor.com/" target="_blank">Debby Herbenick</a> tells Steve why she went into the business of dishing out relationship and bedroom advice.</p><p>We head to the playground to learn more about <a href="https://yoursphere.com/" target="_blank">what dating is like for tweens and teens </a>during the early days of love. Of course dating looks a bit different for Millennials—it’s all about texting, chatting and social media these days. Good for shyer, pimpled pre-teens…bad for mom and dad. So on Tuesday’s <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, Steve Edwards took a look at young love in this digital world with a few experts: Scott Hess is the Vice President of Insights at <a href="http://www.tru-insight.com/" target="_blank">TRU</a>, a global leader in youth research and insights; Mary Kay Hoal founded <a href="https://yoursphere.com/" target="_blank">Yoursphere</a>, a kids-only social network. We were also joined by a member of Yoursphere’s editorial team—Ella Di Tomi, 12, an aspiring writer from South Carolina.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the discussion on marriage</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332734261-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_Marriage.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to the discussion on teenage romance</span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332734274-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShift_KidsDating.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div></div></div><p>And on a more serious note, we talk about why fewer people are heading to the alter (or the courthouse or the chuppah or wherever). Stats released last year by the <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/12/14/barely-half-of-u-s-adults-are-married-a-record-low/?src=prc-headline" target="_blank">Pew Research Center</a> show that a record low number of adults in the U.S. are getting married. There are many factors for that trend, says <a href="http://www.virginia.edu/marriageproject/" target="_blank">The National Marriage Project </a>Director Bradford Wilcox. Like, we don't feel stable enough in our careers to take the plunge, or we just haven't met that one person to whisk us off our feet. Wilcox tells Steve how Americans are viewing the institution of marriage and who's making the commitment.</p><p>And, Kate Bolick, author of <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/" target="_blank">"All the Single Ladies"</a> in <em>The Atlantic</em>, discusses her reasons why marriage isn't the end-all, be all. Maybe Steve will ask her about the <a href="http://thegrindstone.com/mentor/kate-bolick-all-the-single-ladies-tv-show-943/" target="_blank">possibility of her article becoming a TV show</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>And, we need you, too! Call us at 312-923-9239 and tell us why you say "Yes!" or "No way!" to marriage.</p></p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-14/love-airor-it-poll-numbers-show-fewer-people-are-getting-married-96387 Steve Edwards' breakfast of champions http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/steve-edwards-breakfast-champions-96337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/donut.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Good news, listeners! <em>Afternoon Shift </em>director Jason Marck drove to Roseland this morning to pick up a dozen <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-fashioned-donuts-chicago">Old Fashioned Donuts</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-13/donut.JPG" style="width: 600px; height: 450px; margin: 7px;" title=""></p><p>Being a man after Jim Belushi's own heart, Old Fashioned Donuts are Steve Edwards' favorite. Hopefully today's launch of <em>Afternoon Shift</em> goes as well as Belushi's Olympic career.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="288" width="512"><param name="movie" value="http://www.hulu.com/embed/y-mNDkWeqvTW4FZOCSsPmQ"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><embed allowfullscreen="true" height="288" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed/y-mNDkWeqvTW4FZOCSsPmQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="512"></object></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/steve-edwards-breakfast-champions-96337 The new 'Afternoon Shift' debuts today. What non-Whitney stories should we talk about? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2012-02-13/new-afternoon-shift-debuts-today-what-non-whitney-stories-should-we- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/steveedwards1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ah, you know it's Winter in Chicago when the streets are white. Not with snow, but with a salty residue that probably kills smaller life forms.</p><p>Welcome to another week, friends. Today is fun, it's the start of Steve Edwards' new show, the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-11/reintroducing-steve-edwards-96285"><em>Afternoon Shift</em></a>. It's from 2-4pm. What does that mean for you? Well, it's a great, local talk show to give you some hope that your lousy day just might end. What it means for me is two more hours a day to produce. We're up to the challenge though. Creating a good radio show creates good energy. And good energy is really the key to any given afternoon. Am I right?</p><p>Today: Ira Glass, Gloria Steinem, Navy Pier redesign and a study on why we vote for who we vote for when guessing on judges. Which you know you do.</p><p>We'll have our bumps along the way. But the new show has a great opportunity to be around for several years to come. If you like it, let us know. If you don't, turn on Roe &amp; Roeper or go back to listening to the Robin Thicke channel on Pandora.&nbsp;</p><p>Before we begin: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848"><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></a> has a great show today about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/today-eight-forty-eight-our-data-ourselves-96330">personal data and internet privacy.&nbsp;</a></p><p><strong>A story</strong>: We're not talking Whitney Houston on any of our talk shows today. What can we add? I watched the local news try to localize the story and all they came up with was that Jennifer Hudson loved Whitney Houston and some people in this church kind of know Jennifer Hudson. When I heard the news Saturday night, my wife and I tried to name five Houston songs. Sure, it's easy now after Facebook posted all of them. But when I first heard the news, I could only really name four. And I asked some neighbors in the elevator too and we couldn't do it. It was weird. Now I can name 15. But this was five minutes after getting the news. I thought the Grammys were very appropriate in their tribute to Houston. But I still wanted more. They couldn't get five divas together to do a medley? Lady Antabellum couldn't cover "I Get So Emotional?" I thought Hollywood musicians could do anything. And where the hell was Mariah?</p><p>There's this picture though. Richard Steele (the real deal) and Whitney in 1990:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-13/richard steele whitney houston.png" style="width: 499px; height: 707px;" title="This photo is hanging in Richard's den."></p><p><strong>B story: </strong><a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-12/news/ct-met-transcript-emanuel-speed-camera-records-2-20120212_1_transparency-pledge-mayor-rahm-emanuel-interview">Mayor Emanuel gave a huge interview to the Tribune this week and they transcribed it</a>. You should read it. We tried to get Rahm for our first show, but he wasn't avail.</p><p><strong>C story: </strong>Awesome Lee Bey post today: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-02-12/will-midway-airport-project-bring-down-historic-1920s-clearing-neighborhood-">Will Midway Airport expansion destroy historic Chicago architecture</a>? Lee's going to come on the <em>Afternoon Shift </em>today to talk about that.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: What's next? Seriously - is winter just pushed back? Are we going to have 20 degree weather in April?</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/recap?gameId=320212002">The Bulls lost to the Celtics on the road yesterday</a> without Derrick Rose. But they still put up a fight despite Carlos Boozer's terrible defense. I've always been a defender of Boozer, but yesterday he was pretty atrocious guarding..well, anybody. I want to take this opportunity to fully endorse Coach Thibs' decision to constantly bench Boozer in crunch time. He's a defensive liability and really kept the Bulls from winning yesterday.</p><p>Today, Rose goes to a back specialist to see what ails him. Ugh. If that comes back bad, we could see a Bulls team without Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton? Watson and Korver vs. James and Wade? This 66 game season is starting to look like the worst idea ever. What's the point of playing a million games in a row if it deprives us of marquee match-ups?</p><p>Also, I haven't written about it yet - but the <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7550794/chicago-bears-hire-jeremy-bates-quarterbacks-coach">Bears hired former Broncos' Quarterback Coach Jeremy Bates to do the same job in Chi</a>. That's a big move because Bates was Cutler's QB coach while in Denver and Cutler almost put up 5,000 yards. That's Drew Brees-like numbers. The only problem is that new Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice just wants to run the ball. Either way, this is an exciting move for the Bears. I'm more excited about Bates coming to town than I was about Martz. Let's see how that develops.</p><p><strong>Kicker: </strong>Did you know grocery stores have comment boards? And did you know they are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-02-10/thanks-feedback-how-grocery-stores-should-respond-customer-comments-96266">inadvertantly hilarious</a>?</p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2012-02-13/new-afternoon-shift-debuts-today-what-non-whitney-stories-should-we- Blagojevich Flashback: Timeline & turning points in political career (Part 4: 2009-2010) http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-4-2009-2010 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="WBEZ/file" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25179" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090109_bcalhoun_1649330_Blag_large-e1281499069876.png" title="Blagojevich" width="490" height="436"> <code> </code></p><p><strong>January 14, 2009: Blagojevich Impeached</strong><br> The Illinois House votes 117-1 to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich, with <a href="http://http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1377870,house-votes-impeach-blagojevich-011409.article">the lone dissenting vote coming from Blagojevich's sister-in-law, State Representative Deborah Mell</a> (D), during first day as a member of the Illinois House. <img alt="" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-33442" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Blago-on-view1-300x225.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 8px; float: right;" title="Joy Behar, Rod Blagojevich"></p><p><strong>January, 2009: Begins National Media Blitz</strong><br> In an effort to boost public support, Blagojevich barnstorms the nation on a media tour that includes stops on ABC's The View, CBS's <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/04/rod-blagojevich-david-letterman">The Late Show w/David Letterman</a>, Comedy Central's <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-24-2009/rod-blagojevich">The Daily Show</a>, among many others. Media tour continues well into 2010 and is accompanied by a regular gig hosting a radio show on WLS-AM in Chicago.</p><p><strong>January 24, 2009: Blagojevich lawyer Ed Genson quits </strong><br> Prominent <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/genson-quits-blagojevich-criminal-case-012309.html">defense attorney Ed Genson announces his decision to resign from Blagojevich's defense team</a>, citing differences in strategy. "I never require a client to do what I say," Genson explains. "But I at least require them to listen to what I say". Genson's departure sets the stage for different legal approach at trial.</p><p><strong>January 29, 2009: Removed as Governor</strong><br> After ignoring the impeachment trial in favor of a national media tour, Blagojevich makes a surprise appearance in the Illinois Senate. He delivers an impassioned speech, largely without notes.&nbsp; In the end, it does little to dissuade the Senate, which voted 59 to 0 to convict. That night, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is sworn in as Illinois Governor.<br> <br> <strong>September 9, 2009: Publishes memoir</strong><br> <em>The Governor</em> by Rod Blagojevich hits bookstores and Blagojevich hits the talk show media circuit once again.</p><p><strong>April 4, 2010: Fired from NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"</strong><br> Blagojevich appears on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" with Donald Trump, but is fired <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/04/rod-blagojevich-fired-on_n_524881.html">after struggling to use a computer</a>.<br> <br> <img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-25532" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP100608131254-e1281583419526.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 309px; margin: 8px; float: left;" title="Blagojevich Trial"></p><p><strong>June 3, 2010: Blagojevich trial begins</strong><br> Jury selection begins in the federal corruption case against the former Illinois governor. Blagojevich faces 24 counts, including racketeering, wire fraud and attempted extortion. High profile allegations include charges that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama to the highest bidder.</p><p><strong>July 21, 2010: Defense rests</strong><br> Defense attorneys rest their case without calling a single witness in the trial, including Blagojevich himself. The move contradicts Blago's repeated promises that he would testify.</p><p><strong>July 28, 2010: Blagojevich case goes to jury</strong></p><p><strong>August 17, 2010: Guilty on 1 of 24 counts (Making false statements)</strong><br> High profile federal corruption trial culminates in a guilty verdict in just one of 24 counts against Blagojevich. Jury is hung on the remaining 23 and the judge declares a mistrial for those counts. Feds vow to re-prosecute. <code> </code></p><p><strong>April, 20, 2011: Blagojevich retrial begins</strong><br> As expected, federal prosecutors re-try Blagojevich, though the case is simplified and the list of charges narrowed from 24 to 20.&nbsp; Blagojevich enters the new trial without the assistance of defense attorneys Sam Adam and Sam Adam, Jr, who were part of his legal team during the first trial.</p><p><strong>May 26, 2011: Blagojevich testifies</strong><br> Blagojevich fulfills a pledge to speak directly to jurors. His first words on the witness stand, "I used to be your governor. I'm here today ... to tell you the truth." In total, he is on the stand for seven days.</p><p><strong>June 27, 2011: Blagojevich convicted</strong><br> After nine days of deliberating, jurors find Blagojevich guilty on 17 of 20 counts, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.</p><p><strong>December 6, 2011: Sentencing hearing begins</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-4-2009-2010 Reliving good, bad and ugly Halloween costumes http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/reliving-good-bad-and-ugly-halloween-costumes-93633 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/Gordon Tarpley.jpg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many share the humiliation of a costume gone terribly wrong. It is one of the scariest things about Halloween. WBEZ's Steve Edwards shared the horror of his worst Halloween costume on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p>I still have not recovered from my worst costume disaster and it happened more than 30 years ago. I was in the second grade, and like many second grade boys in 1977, I was addicted to <em>Star Wars</em>. So, naturally, I decided to dress as a <em>Star Wars</em> storm trooper that Halloween. I found the mask and the costume at the local Kmart, and I was ready to play out my Death Star fantasies on the Trailwood Elementary School playground. The only problem was that my parents were too cheap to spring for the full costume. My dad, in a fit of uncharacteristic creativity, said he had a much better idea: We would buy the mask and do the rest at home. So that’s how I showed up to school that Halloween day, dressed in a storm tropper mask and my white waffle thermal long underwear. Now, second graders aren’t sophisticated about many things. But, friends, let me tell you, they know Halloween costumes. They also know underwear. And, they know there’s a big difference between the two.</p><p>It turns out that I’m not alone when it comes to Halloween disasters. <em>Eight Forty-Eigh</em>t hit the streets of Chicago to get some personal stories of triumphs and tragedies this Halloween.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/reliving-good-bad-and-ugly-halloween-costumes-93633 Forecasting future obstacles for Occupy Chicago and city officials http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/forecasting-future-obstacles-occupy-chicago-and-city-officials-93625 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-31/Photo taken by Justin Bianchi at the Occupy Chicago Protest Early in the morning of October 23, when protestors were being arrested. (2).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Anyone who has survived a Chicago winter knows it is not for the faint of heart: It is cold, it is dark, it is gray and it is unforgiving.</p><p>Similarly, political missteps in the Windy City can be just as treacherous. Which made the current dance between <a href="http://occupychi.org/" target="_blank">Occupy Chicago</a> and the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en.html" target="_blank">City of Chicago</a> an especially tricky one. Last week, protestors received an icy reception from <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/city/en/depts/mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a> as they sought to land a permanent home for the movement.</p><p>With winter weather around the corner and the <a href="http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/index.htm" target="_blank">NATO</a> and G-8 summits not long after that, what is next and what is at stake for the protestors and public officials in Chicago?</p><p>Historian <a href="http://www.amazon.com/D/dp/074324303X%3FSubscriptionId%3D14G329YWN5EHXRB8WRG2%26tag%3Dbooksinfo-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D074324303X/177-8573873-1567429" target="_blank">Rick Perlstein</a> talked to Steve Edwards on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about the movement's potential short--and long-term obstacles.</p></p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-31/forecasting-future-obstacles-occupy-chicago-and-city-officials-93625