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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.
 

Recent Stories

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Naperville Summit Tackles Barriers To International Aid, Development

The International Service Summit co-chairs discuss the event’s mission to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of international projects.

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'Democracy In Chains' Author On The US Abroad

We check back in with Duke historian Nancy MacLean after the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency to see how her research has global reach.

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In Search Of Good Coffee, Caught Up In Yemen’s Civil War

Mokhtar Alkhanshali and Dave Eggers join 'Worldview' to discuss Yemeni coffee and the war there.

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Reporter Cited In GOP Russia Memo Responds

An investigative reporter whose work was prominently featured in Devin Nunes’ congressional memo on the Russia investigation will join us

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Dozens of Rohingya Mass Graves Verified, Easing Closer to 'Genocide' Definition

Last week, The Associated Press published a story independently verifying five Rohingya mass graves in Burma.

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How Cities Like Vienna Can Be Designed For Gender Equality

Eva Kail, a gender planning expert for the City of Vienna, Austria, discusses gender planning in urban areas.

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Ireland To Vote On Repealing Constitutional Ban On Abortion

Ireland has a near total ban on abortion, but a referendum would amend the constitution to give Parliament power to make laws regulating it.

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Milos Stehlik Reviews Oscar-Nominated Film 'The Insult' And Golden Globe-Winning Film 'In The Fade'

The Insult, a film by Lebanese-American cinematographer Ziad Doueiri, is nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The story follows a dispute between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee. What started out as a small matter, balloons into a court and media circus, exposing fissures between Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim communities. WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Chicago talks about the controversies surrounding the film. Muslim communities in Lebanon have called for boycotts of the film, but Doueiri is no stranger to controversy, His 2012 drama about a suicide bombing, The Attack, filmed partially in Tel Aviv, caused outrage and boycotts across the Middle East.Milos will also review a film that won both a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice award. The German film drama In the Fade follows a woman trying to get answers after her Kurdish husband and son are killed in Hamburg by a terrorist attack.

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Weekend Passport: 'NoMuslimBanEver' Marks One-Year Anniversary Of Trump’s Travel Ban And 'Black Panther Party 50 Year Retrospective' Exhibit

Global citizen Nari Safavi joins us for our Weekend Passport segment, when he gives you some global things to do without leaving Chicago.

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Global Activism: 'Adriana's Angels' Author Revisits Colombian Roots

Ruth Goring’s new children’s book tells the story of a little girl who benefits from Godly intervention as her family flees Colombia as refugees.

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Alaska Shattered Record In 2017 For Hottest December Ever As Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low

Alaska made news when it shattered the record for its hottest December on record.

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World History Moment: The Exile Of Leon Trotsky

Historian John Schmidt tells the story of Leon Trotsky, who was Vladimir Lenin's natural successor but was outmaneuvered by Joseph Stalin.

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Preview Of President Trump's First State Of The Union Address

Trump is expected to tout tax cuts, the record-high stock market, an infrastructure plan, and a “peace through strength” national security strategy.

Worldview

What If You Were Socially Ranked By Everything You Did?

In the U.S., credit scores determine what kind of phone plan you can use. But a 'Wired' article tells of a different kind of credit score.

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Thinking Of Heading South To Escape The Chicago Winter? It’s Summer In Antarctica

We discuss how you can visit Antarctica and talk about the effects of climate change on our earth’s poles.

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Turks Escalate War In Syria, Accuse US Of Supporting Kurd Enemies

Middle East analyst Helena Cobban discusses the war along the Turkey-Syria border and Turkish fears of U.S. support for the Kurds.

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Food Mondays: India House Founder On Bringing His Hometown Food To Chicago

We’ll speak to Jagmohan Jayara, founder of one of Chicago’s beloved restaurants: India House.

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Doomsday Clock Moved To Latest Time Since 1953

Rachel Bronson, executive director and publisher of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, talks about what led to its Doomsday Clock adjustment.

Worldview

Film Series 'Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film' At Gene Siskel Film Center

WBEZ film contributor Milos Stehlik joins professor Nora Annesley Taylor to discuss her film series and recent reexamination of the Vietnam War.

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Weekend Passport: 'Turandot'

Chicago-area native Janai Brugger discusses the opera 'Turandot' and what it’s like to sing in Chicago’s legendary Civic Opera House.

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