Nora Downing speaks to Phil Ridarelli about meeting at a Starbucks during the Chicago teachers strike of 2019 — and how a small but meaningful gesture on a difficult day led to their friendship.
This interview was facilitated for StoryCorps by Mary Bess Ser.
Bill Healy produces StoryCorps Chicago for WBEZ and teaches journalism at Northwestern University. A podcast he produced was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Follow him @chicagoan.