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Jerome McDonnell

Jerome McDonnell

Worldview Host

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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Rancher Explores Cowboy Culture In Kazakhstan

Ryan Bell has traveled through Russia and Kazakhstan, reporting on how these countries are rebuilding their agriculture industries.

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Meet The One Environmental Group That Sues The EPA Every 8 Days

We talk with NRDC President Rhea Suh about their fight to maintain environmental protections for clean water, air, and endangered species.

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The Story Of Syrian Refugees Told In A New Play

For several years, Syrian refugees have come to Chicago. Upon arrival, the Syrian Community Network helps them start their new lives.

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Chicago Refugee Resettlement Agency Adjusts To Trump Policies

The U.S. ceiling for refugees was around 80,000 for the last decade. Today, it’s stands at 45,000.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s War In Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, just completed a highly-publicized tour of the U.S. and Europe.

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Enjoy Spring: International Bird Migration Season

We celebrate bird migration season with a discussion about some of the incredible travelers who are passing through.

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Global Markets Panic Over U.S. Tariffs On China Imports

China’s government called President Donald Trump’s threat to impose up to $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports “reckless."

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Walter Scheidel: From Stone Age To Now, Only Violence Ends Economic Inequality

Stanford professor Walter Scheidel’s book suggests that only violent moments in history have flattened inequality.

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What Do Sacred Texts Teach About Refugees And Immigrants?

Immigration is the subject of an upcoming interfaith panel examining how different religions treat strangers. We speak with the panelists.

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It's Been 15 Years Since The Iraq War Began

Post-9/11 anxieties contributed to initial overwhelming American support for the invasion. Millions have been displaced or killed.

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Revolution In Iran Through Women, Headscarves, And Music

Last month, many Iranian women took to the streets to protest over the right to choose whether or not to wear the hijab.

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Putin Likely To Sweep Upcoming Russian Presidential Elections

If the outcome of Russia's presidential election is already certain, why does the Putin regime still go through the charade of democratic elections?

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Dollar Vote: Adidas

We review Adidas and size up how they score in the corporate social responsibility game.

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Megan Jensen Is First Female Lead Engineer Responsible For U.S. ICBM Systems

The first-ever female lead engineer responsible for America’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systemis 28 year-old engineer Megan Jensen.

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Torture Victim’s Attorney On Trump’s Pick For CIA Head

To discuss Trump’s selection of Gina Haspel to head the CIA, we’re joined by Cornell University professor Joseph Margulies.

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New Play Explores Immigration, Respectability, And Sexuality In Chicago

Silk Road Rising’s new play, 'Through the Elevated Line,' explores gay and immigrant identities coming to a head right here in Chicago.

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Global Notes: Upcoming Label Links 'Discos Of Lagos To Warehouses Of Chicago'

We’re joined again by DJ Daniel Moose to discuss an up-and-coming record label based out of Washington, D.C.

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Rex Tillerson Out As Secretary Of State

We discuss the shakeup after President Trump announced Rex Tillerson will be replaced by Mike Pompeo as secretary of state.

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Rapes And Murders Of Indigenous Women At Oil And Fracking 'Man Camps'

Yellowbird-Chase says the “man camps” that pop up after an oil or gas boom have disrupted communities and lives in horrible ways.

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Unethical Journalism Endangering And Re-traumatizing Female Yazidi ISIS Victims

In the first study of its kind, researchers asked trauma survivors about methods journalists used to gather and tell their stories.

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