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Jerome McDonnell

Jerome McDonnell

Environmental Reporter

Jerome has hosted Worldview, WBEZ’s global affairs program, since 1994.

Jerome joined WBEZ in 1984 as an intern thinking this would be a quick “Peace Corps like” broadcasting experience. But suddenly he was producing a business program and then a Saturday morning calendar program. These days his picture is in the dictionary under “public radio lifer." McDonnell produced the internationally focused program Midday with Sondra Gair and took over as host after Sondra passed away.

For a few delusional moments in the mid 90s, Jerome was executive director of talk programming while simultaneously hosting Worldview, but he quickly swore off management responsibilities. Jerome believes broadcasting’s highest calling is to bring people together to make difference. He has the messiest desk at WBEZ and is Team Leader for Bike to Work Week.
 

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Trump Wants To Take A Red Pen To The National Environmental Policy Act

Proposed changes to the long-standing NEPA rules are getting pushback from environmentalists.

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Pulling Away From Plastic? Here Are Some How-Tos

WBEZ’s environment reporter shares some tips from his household’s efforts to curb plastic use.

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What Dead Birds Can Tell Us About Climate Change

A retired ornithologist has 40 years of evidence that scientists say indicates a link between warming climate and smaller birds.

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Protecting Endangered Nature In The Prairie State

The Endangered Species Protection Board is required by law to put out a list of endangered plants and animals in Illinois every five years.

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Jerome Thanks Worldview's Listeners

As Worldview wraps up its last noontime broadcast, Jerome thanks the show's listeners for being part of an informed local/global community.

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That Time When Worldview Got it Right on the Iraq War

Often, Jerome and his guests were prophetic in their understanding of the world. Listen for the conversations Jerome had about the Iraq war.

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"How to Be Alive" Author Discusses Sustainable Lifestyle

Traditional markers of success for Americans are getting further out of reach.

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Evanston Commits to Full Carbon Neutrality by 2050

The City of Evanston has the most radical climate goals of any Illinois city. We chat about how it aims to achieve them.

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How Will Climate Change Impact the Great Lakes?

We talk with a scientist about how climate change threatens fish populations in the Great Lakes.

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Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion Rally Grassroots Support for Action on Climate Change

Organizers from the grassroots groups Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement discuss their approach to addressing the threat of climate change.

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Solar-Power Nonprofit Joins Relief Efforts in Bahamas

Nancy Economos, founder of the nonprofit Watts of Love, joins us from Freeport, the Bahamas, to update us on relief efforts post-Hurricane Dorian.

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"Bike Party of the Year" Helps Youth Job Training Program

West Town Bikes celebrates 15 years of providing youth programs in Humboldt Park.

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Weekend Passport: The Camino Project

A six-hour outdoor theatre project attempts to translate a 500-year-old Spanish pilgrimage into a five-mile walk through Bucktown and Humboldt Park.

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"How to Hide an Empire" Author on American Power Abroad

American colonies that have existed for almost as long as the United States itself. After the Spanish-American war, the United States occupied Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and many other territories.

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Surabhi Ensemble's World Peace Tour

We'll hear from the Surabhi Ensemble, a multinational group of musicians that toured the world with a message of multicultural acceptance and peace.

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State Symbols Influence Conservation Efforts

The Illinois state bird is the northern cardinal, while the state’s official tree is the white oak.

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Global Notes: Bassel & The Supernaturals

Syrian American artist Bassel Almadani and his band, Bassel & The Supernaturals, weave together lyrics about the now seven-year-old Syrian civil war.

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WBEZ Enters The Ring Again for 2019’s Bike To Work Week

WBEZ looks to win its fourth consecutive crown in Chicago’s Bike To Work Challenge, and in honor, we dedicate a whole hour of programming to biking!

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What Does The Catholic Church Say About Climate Change?

Among Pope Francis’ points in Laudato Si’, his second encyclical, published in 2015, is a call for action to combat climate change and environmental degradation.

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Syrians In Idlib Face Humanitarian Crisis

Idlib is the last major rebel stronghold resisting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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