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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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Sikhs Helping Burma’s Rohingya On The Ground

United Sikhs director talks about the push to get the Trump administration to take strong action to end Burma's mass expulsion of the Rohingya.

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Myth-Busting The Native American Thanksgiving Story

The education coordinator for the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is putting on a series of presentations on how the first Thanksgiving is chock full of myths that make indigenous people look like savages.

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World History Moment: Mexican Revolution

General Porfirio Diaz became President of Mexico in 1876. He served one four-year term, then retired. But in 1884, Diaz ran for president again and was re-elected. Afterwards, Diaz ran for president every four years. The elections were rigged in his favor. By 1909, Diaz was nearly eighty and promised to retire when his current term ended the following year.A number of politicians entered the 1910 election. The most prominent was an idealistic liberal from a wealthy family, Francisco Madero. Then, Diaz changed his mind and decided to run again. Meanwhile, Madero campaigned across Mexico. He drew huge crowds. Shortly before the vote, Diaz had Madero imprisoned. The charge was inciting riots. Historian John Schmidt tells us what happened next.

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Weekend Passport: 'The Audience' Glimpses Into Queen Elizabeth’s Prime Minister Briefings

TimeLine Theatre’s new production “The Audience” offers a glimpse into British history and the Queen’s role in shaping the country.

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Honduras Farmer Leads Social Movement For Human Rights And Sustainability For Poor And Indigenous In Honduras

An Honduran human rights leader discusses the methods corporations and the government uses to suppress poor, indigenous farmers.

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Days Before Keystone Oil Spill, Indigenous Protesters Ejected From UN Climate Summit In Bonn, Germany

Around 210,000 gallons of crude oil spilled on Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, according to owner TransCanada.

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Milos Stehlik Reviews Oscar-Buzzworthy Film 'Mudbound'

The Netflix dramatic release 'Mudbound,' directed by Dee Rees, is gaining Oscar buzz.

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Weekend Passport: Silk Road Rising Theater’s 'Wild Boar,' A Tale Of Fake News And Censorship

In 'Wild Boar,' a controversial professor goes missing. As an editor and student try to find the truth, they become voices for the voiceless.

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The Paradise Papers, Economic Inequality, And The GOP Tax Cut Plan

The Paradise Papers underlined what most already knew: there's one set of tax rules for corporations and the rich, and another for the rest of us.

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Ma Jun, ‘Founder Of China's Environmental Movement,’ On China’s Environmental And Climate Strategies

According to China’s most recent annual environmental report, three-fourths of Chinese cities can’t meet the nation’s air quality standards

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Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe Under House Arrest After Coup D'État

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is under house arrest following an army coup d'état.

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Nationalist March In Warsaw Decried By West

Polish-American writer and editor Artur Rosman discusses the rise in populism and the proliferation of a far-right in Poland.

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World History Moment: League Of Nations First General Assembly

The first General Assembly of the League of Nations met in Geneva, at the Hotel National, on Nov. 15, 1920.

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Global Notes: Womex 2017

The host of Vocalo’s 'Beat Latino,' Catalina Maria Johnson, shares music from world music expo “Womex 2017 in Katowice, Poland.

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Trump De-emphasizes Human Rights During Visit To Philippines

Trump and Rodrigo Duterte discussed a number of issues, including mutual dislikes, but there was little discussion of Duterte’s human rights record.

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La 72 Home And Refuge For Migrant Persons And Film 'Viacrucis Migrante'

Documentary 'Viacrucis Migrante (Migrant Crossing)' shows men, women, and children fleeing extremely violent conditions in Central America.

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Chicago Fair Trade's 2017 Globalfest

Chicago Fair Trade’s 2017 Globalfest strives to educate consumers on how fair trade improves lives and stabilizes communities in developing countries.

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How Does Russia’s Authoritarian Government Celebrate A Revolution? It Doesn’t

This month marks 100 years since the revolution which led to dismantling the Russian aristocracy and laying groundwork for the Soviet Union.

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Thinking of Race As A Social Construct

In 1986, sociologists Michael Omi and Howard Winant released Racial Formation in the United States. Now in its third edition, the book has since become the go-to primer for a concept known as “critical race theory" — an argument that societies draw arbitrary differences between people and categorize them in terms of race. In their book, Omi and Winant argue that race has served as the standard method of social, cultural, and economic categorization and separation — that race in the United States is far from an objective, biological, or cultural reality. Howard Winant, who’s also a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, joins us to discuss how critical race theory can be applied to our era of heightened racial awareness.

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Sustainable Food And Agricultural Systems: Lessons From Indigenous Agriculture

While GMOs have developed as an answer to challenges like population growth and climate change, some look back to ancient farming practices.

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