Morning Shift A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners. WBEZ's Morning Shift is hosted by Tony Sarabia.
Morning Shift

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A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago that relies heavily on authentic engagement with listeners. WBEZ's Morning Shift is hosted by Tony Sarabia.

Most Recent Episodes

County Dems Make 2020 Picks, Social Media And The Next Election

It's not quite the old smoke-filled back room of yore, but Cook County Democrats met late last week to choose who they'll be supporting in the 2020 elections. WBEZ county reporter Kristen Schorch explains who got the nod, and how the county party's backing helps a candidate. Then Mother Jones' AJ Vicens talks about the reporting he's done around election tampering via social media, and how rules to combat it might inadvertently be hurting municipal elections across the country, including here in Chicago.

Markets In Tizzy Over Inverted Yield Curve, Chicago's Safe House

Over the last week, news reports and business channels have been throwing around the term Inverted Yield Curve. We'll find out what it means, and what it has to do with a possible future recession or economic downturn. Then we'll talk to the folks who run a house on the city's Southwest Side that serves as transitional housing for men who need to escape emergency situations, like if their life is in danger.

Friday News Roundup for August 16, 2019

Bumps in the road for a future Chicago casino. A long-time politician says she won't stand for reelection. State's Attorney Kim Foxx gets a primary challenger. Those stories and more, broken down by 3 of the best journalists in the city. This week we're joined by WTTW's Paris Schutz, New York Times Chicago bureau chief Monica Davie, and freelance reporter Kim Bellware

State's Attorney Takes Aim At Juul, KLEO Celebrates City Youth

From paying social media influencers to their ad campaigns to the flavors themselves, Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim believes that Juul, the biggest player in the growing e-cigarette market, is going directly after children. So he's going directly after the company with a lawsuit. Plus K.L.E.O. is a non-profit serving kids on the south side through a variety of programs from helping navigate through first jobs to the arts and more. We hear more about their mission and their successes, and get a preview of their Peace Festival that's taking place this Saturday from executive director Lesle Honore.

Future Chicago Casino Profits And A New Elder Abuse Task Force

A new survey says that Chicago and Illinois will do quite well once a successful casino opens in the city. But it also says that the profits for the casino's actual owner will be so low, we may see a situation where no one wants to build one in the first place. And 20,000 cases of elder abuse were reported in Illinois last year, and experts say the number of actual abuse cases is much higher. We talk to 2 members of a new state task force combating abuse of the elderly and those with disabilities.

Trade War With China Affecting Illinois Farmers, Consumers

It's been well over a year since the Trump administration started slapping tariffs on Chinese goods. China has responded in kind, and Illinois corn and soybean producers are taking a hit as one of their biggest export markets dries up. Additional tariffs will mean average consumers in the state will start feeling it as well. Plus the Chicago Tribune's food writers have searched out the best middle eastern food in and around Chicago. We hear about some of their favorites

Waukegan Gambling And Young Poets Honor Gwendolyn Brooks

Pro Publica Illinois has taken another deep dive into gambling in the state. This time the focus is on Waukegan, the gambling interests there, and the influence they're exerting. Plus the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards give young people a chance to put their world into words.

Billy Branch: 50 Years Of The Blues

Billy Branch was born in Chicago, but he was raised in LA. He'd never been exposed to the blues until, at 17, he moved back to Chicago to attend UIC, and wandered into Grant Park for what many aficionados call "the greatest blues concert ever". From that moment he was hooked. A few years later he was touring the world with Willie Dixon's band, and he's been leading his own band Sons of Blues since the late 70's. Branch talks about his life in blues and his new album, Roots and Branches: A Tribute to Little Walter

Minority-Owned Small Businesses Can't Get Capital Needed To Grow

Small business loans are not being dished out at past rates in minority and low-income areas across Chicagoland and across Illinois. That's according to a new study from Chicago's Woodstock Institute. The lack of investment from banks essentially leaves communities without gasoline for their economic engines. We hear from the study's author, and 2 small business owners trying to access additional capital. Plus this week's See Hear Eat has a seriously nerdy bent to it as Chicago's "King of Geeks" weighs in on fun things to do in and around the city this weekend.

Does CPS Have Enough Teachers?

A new WBEZ investigation found 1 in 3 CPS schools continue to have teacher vacancies. Some kids have gone all year without a teacher. And most of those schools are in black neighborhoods. WBEZ's Sarah Karp explains what she found. And the impact of Toni Morrison. The prolific author died earlier this week.

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