Former Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Kerry Wood stopped by the Vocalo studio to talk about a new mentoring initiative from his Wood Family Foundation. Kerry also discussed the impact of Jackie Robinson West on baseball in Chicago, handling with media as a star athlete, dealing with almost 100 years of pressure as a rookie. He also tells us which sport is his 2nd best.
The film and television industry here in Chicago has seen a remarkable uptick in activity. Just like in Hollywood, in some areas, it can be a challenge to avoid closures caused by filming. On this week’s Barber Shop Show, we ask local filmmakers and actors if Hollywood’s famous lack of diversity plays out on the Chicago film scene, too.
On this installment, host Richard Steele was at the shop with: • Local actor Cedric Young • Wandachristine, local actress and voiceover talent • Margaret Caples, executive director of the Community Film Workshop • Tony G. Williams, up-and-coming filmmaker Plus, we hear some tape from a minority filmmakers’ roundtable discussion Richard was invited to earlier this year. The Q & A session was part of a larger event held at Chicago’s Cinespace Studio by E.N.D. Productions.
The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM, 89.5FM, and 91.1FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. In addition, the show broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5FM.
Ballet: American Ballet Theatre arrives in Chicago next weekend and we’ll talk with newly promoted principal dancer Isabella Boylston about the repertoire of work by American choreographers that they’ll be performing.
Movies: It’s the first of the month so our movie critics Matt Fagerholm and Reggie Ponder are going to join us in studio to chat about upcoming indies, preview the Chicago International Film Festival, and of course analyze the box office.
Comedy: Matt Braunger performs at Schubas on Sunday and he gives a us a call to reminisce about his Chicago memories.
Gwen Ifill, award-winning journalist and co-anchor / co-managing editor of PBS News Hour talks with The Morning AMp about PBS’s special broadcast “America After Ferguson.” Molly also pitches Gwen a cartoon network idea featuring Gwen and NPR anchor Michele Norris. The PBS special broadcast airs Friday Sept 26th at 8:00pm ET.
Ferguson: The story of the shooting death of Mike Brown at the hands of a police officer and the reaction in his home of Ferguson, Missouri has become a symbol of the larger social divides in America. A new PBS special,America After Ferguson, captures a town hall meeting that explores the disconnects along lines of race, class and identity that we all experience. Host, moderator, and public media superstar Gwen Ifill joins us to preview it.
Excessive Force: Chicago police commander Glenn Evans pleaded “not guilty” yesterday to charges of excessive force after jamming his gun into an arrested man’s mouth. He faces nine counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct. West Side bureau reporter Chip Mitchell of Vocalo’s sister station WBEZ attended the arraignment and shares details with us.
Coya Paz: The doctor drops in to talk about academic freedom, paying it forward, and the sad case of John Crawford. Do we need to burn the whole system? Maybe we need to burn the whole system down.
Pics from AAHH! Fest 2014 by Common. September 21st in Chicago’s Union Park. Dave Chapelle hosted the evening portion of the festival that featured performances by De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Lupe Fiasco and more. (photos by Jesse Menendez)
Local actor Fawzia Mirza and Fred Sasaki art director for Poetry magazine join this week’s feminist council. They discuss the doxxing of men alleged to have committed sexual assault. They also discuss Emma Watson’s UN speech on gender equality to which Fred had an unexpected reaction.
The Goodman Theatre is presenting the world premiere of “The World of Extreme Happiness” Actress Jo Mei and doula/consultant Veronica Ratmann are in the studio. The play begins with the birth of Sunny born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she’s not a boy. She survives, and at age 14 leaves for the city, where she finds work in a factory and attends self-help classes in pursuit of a coveted office position. Jo Mei plays Ming Ming a worker in that factory. Veronica talks about how as a doula she helped the cast with the first scene of the play, helping them depict a realistic birth scene.
Hijab Trendz: Before she leaves us for a new station next week, WBEZ anchor Mariam Sobh joins us to talk about her side career of running Hijab Trendz, her lifestyle blog for Muslim women and really anyone who wants to wear cool clothes and eat good food. She shares a recent study about the effects of modest dressing on self-esteem and reviews Brian’s favorites TV shows about Islam and terrorism.
The World of Extreme Happiness: Currently playing at the Goodman, The World of Extreme Happiness tells the story of China’s more recent economic transformation through the life of Sunny, a country born young woman who tries to make a life in the city. We talk with actress Jo Mei about the production and doula Veronica Rottman about her work and how the Goodman used her skills to train actors.
Council of Feminist Thought: This week’s members are actress Fawzia Mirza and Homeroom curator Fred Sasaki will talk about banned books, the color pink, and gauging where our moral compass is on publicly naming and shaming predators.