Stories by Marie Mendoza
What’s the history of drag performance in Chicago?
Since the 1890s, drag has been a fixture of Chicago’s nightlife and entertainment scene. The legacy of diversity, experimentation and community carries on today.
Episode 6: Aftermath
Anti-violence worker Cecilia Mannion confronts her desire for revenge after the car her kids are riding in is shot up 20 times.
Episode 5: Collateral Damage
A 14-year-old boy whose father was wounded in a gang shooting faces down threats of violence and the temptations of joining a gang.
Episode 4: Getting In and Getting Out
When a 7-year-old is murdered, her father faces judgment for gang ties that put her at risk. His gang turns on him when he helps police.
Episode 3: Underpaid and Underappreciated
A lack of money means a worker who recently negotiated peace after a triple shooting is facing a potential layoff.
Episode 2: De/Escalation
A teenaged boy is threatened by a rival gang inside a Chicago grocery store and finds himself holding a gun to his best friend’s chest.
Episode 1: After The Gunfire
Former gang members are out on Chicago’s streets trying to slow the relentless violence. A man shot 11 times hides with his kids at home.
Preview the New Season of the ‘Motive’ Podcast
Chicago gangs: Real people. Real stories. A way forward. The newest season of WBEZ’s ‘Motive’
Whitney Experiments on New Album, SPARK
The band brings new collaborators and sonic elements to the record
Dr. Allison Arwady lays out details on omicron-specific boosters
150,000 doses of the vaccine will be available this week to Chicago residents.