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

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

State Rep Pushes Law Enforcement On Possible Serial Murders, Silky Ganache Rules RuPaul's Drag Race

51 Chicago women-mostly Black, mostly from the South and West sides, have been strangled over a 20 year period. The police have said there's no link between them. Experts and community activists say otherwise. We sit down with one of the few lawmakers getting involved is Patricia Van Pelt (IL-5th) Then, Silky Nutmeg Ganache is big, and bold, and Black, and highly educated, and not apologizing for any of it. The Chicagoan is competing in this season's RuPaul's Drag Race, and dishes about the show, and her journey.

State Rep Pushes Law Enforcement On Possible Serial Murders, Silky Ganache Rules RuPaul's Drag Race

Preckwinkle, Raoul Talk Priorities for County, A.G.'s Office

Toni Preckwinkle may not be mayor of Chicago, but she's still running the 2nd most populous county in the U.S. She talks about the challenges ahead, and where she thinks she'll find common ground with incoming mayor Lightfoot. Then, Kwame Raoul ran away with the attorney general's race. But what has he prioritized in his first 100 days? Making sure traumatized crime victims don't become perpetrators is at or near the top of his list.

Stanley's Closes Shop, U.S. Poet Laureate Reaches Out

Many believe that the gaps in America between rich and poor, black and white, progressives and conservatives are so large that we can't even communicate with each other. U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith has been touring the country for the last 2 years using poetry to break down that belief. She'll be in Chicago this weekend as part of Poetry Fest. And after more than 50 years, Stanley's Fruit and Vegetable Market has closed its doors. A victim of competition from larger nearby grocery stores, many believe its demise is also tied to the Lincoln Yards development, just blocks away and recently given the green light by City Council.

Earth Day Spotlights Environment In Chicago And In Fiction

When he took office 8 years ago, Mayor Emanuel promised to turn Chicago into a "green" city. 3 people deeply involved in environmental issues look at what's been done, and tick off a series of priorities for Mayor-elect Lightfoot. Plus we dive into the world of climate change fiction, or Cli-Fi, a genre that's gaining a lot of attention as readers become more interested in stories about our shifting environment

The Hilarious, Heartbreaking Essays Of Writer Damon Young

Writer Damon Young writes about race and culture for the site he co-founded, Very Smart Brothas.com. His new book "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker" is filled with sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking essays about himself, his family, and what it means to be a Black man in America. Plus you're invited to add to WBEZ's calender of cool things to do this summer

Burke, Foxx Lead Our Friday News Roundup

The 6 new Democratic Socialists on Chicago's City Council may not have a majority, but they just might be able to change how the city does business. Plus Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx continues to deal with blowback from how she and her office dealt with the Jussie Smollett case. Political reporters A.D. Quig and Dan Mihalopoulos break down those stories and more on our Friday news roundup.

Possibility Of A Serial Killer Nothing New For Chicago Activists

Over a 20 year period, 51 African American women have been found strangled and dumped on Chicago's South and West side Earlier this week we spoke to an expert who believes it's the work of a serial killer or killers. But community activists have been raising alarm bells for years. And the reaction of the police has essentially been "nothing to be seen here". We talk to 3 activists who have had extensive contact with the police and the victim's families. Plus, many Chicago suburbs use what's known as "auxiliary police". But few know what police powers they have, or don't have. And some are wondering if their presence causes more harm than good.

Democratic Socialists See Major Gains In Chicago's City Hall

Chicago voters wanted change, and they got change. And despite a number of long-time aldermen holding on to their seats, a real "throw the bums out" vibe pervaded the recent municipal election. That vibe is most clearly embodied in the 6 new aldermen that ran as Democratic Socialists. We talk to 3 of those new members of City Council. Plus WBEZ Political Reporter Becky Vevea updates the final final tallies from the election, and offers insight into how the new alderman will work with the old aldermen, and with the new mayor.

Is A Serial Killer Loose In Chicago?

Retired investigative journalist Thomas Hargrove is the founder of the Murder Accountability Project. The data he's collected has led the Chicago Police Department and the FBI to look into the possibility that a serial killer has been murdering women on the South and West Sides over a 20 year period. And the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has won a special posthumous Pulitzer citation prize "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades"

Would You Pay $10 To Drive Into The Loop?

NYC announced congestion pricing for Manhattan beginning in 2021. Could Chicago follow suit? And would it be for the environment, or to raise revenue? NIU's Michael Peddle talks about the pros and cons. And the new Youth Poet Laureate of the U.S. is in the house. We talk to Kara Jackson about her poetic road from Oak Park to the Library of Congress.

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