03 / 26 / 14
Practically Speaking Episode 47: Is Feminism A Dirty Word?


On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores what feminism means to different groups. She is joined by Soheila Azadi, a graduate assistant at UIC, a native of Iran, and an artist who speaks to the role feminism plays in her life and culture. She is also joined by Shelly Conner, an instructor at UIC who teaches a course on women in literature. In addition, Vocalo contributor Ryan Bedell conducts interviews and examines pop culture to see where people stand on feminism.

Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI).

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10 / 28 / 13
WBEZ's Leah Pickett weighs in on the stigma of bisexuality

WBEZ blogger and podcaster Leah Pickett discusses her new article, “Tackling the stigma of bisexuality” with host Jesse Menendez during Beyond the Music on the Music Vox.

The Music Vox airs Weekdays at 4-6 PM on 90.7 Chicago and 89.5 Northwest Indiana and online at vocalo.org.

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09 / 18 / 13
Practically Speaking 27: Advocates Among Us.


On this installment of Practically Speaking, we talk to advocates among us. Host Audra Wilson talks with with Joe Varisco of JRV MAJESTY Productions about racism, ageism, and advocacy within the LGBTQ community. He has created a podcast, “Queer Lexicon” to help document the variety of voices within the LGBTQ community: both the struggles and the celebrations.

Then, we hear from, Nina, a Chicago Public Schools Learning Behavior Specialist about how segregation and trauma can result in children with special needs, and how those conditions impact children’s educations.

Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.

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02 / 23 / 13
Barber Shop Show 112: It Gets Better? Teddy Ferrara & Issues the Play Brings to Life



Barber Shop Show 112: It Gets Better? Teddy Ferrara & issues the play brings to life that young LGBT people often face.

Joining us at the shop: Adam Poss and Rashaad Hall, actors in the Goodman Theater’s production of Teddy Ferrara.

Also with us: Kim Hunt of Affinity (a South Side of Chicago based LGBT advocacy group, Shannon Sullivan of Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and Fresco Steez, a 21 year old LGBT youth advocate who’s been working with various organizations since she was 13.

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02 / 21 / 13


On tomorrow’s Barber Shop Show, we’re joined by Adam Poss and Rashaad Hall (who play Drew and Nicky, respectively) in the Goodman Theatre’s production of Christopher Shinn’s “Teddy Ferrara”. They are pictured above.

The play was inspired by the life and death of gay Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate secretly taped him having sex with another man, and put the video online.

We’re also talking about real issues impacting LGBTQ youth, especially minority youth coming out on the South and West Sides. We’ll talk about their struggle for resources and recognition in their communities.

To that end, we’ll also be joined by Shannon Sullivan, Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is
to promote safety, support and healthy development for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, in Illinois schools and communities.

We will also be joined by Fresco Steez, a 21 year old LGBTQ advocate/activist who works with Affinity, a South Side LGBTQ advocacy organization.

Listen in to The Barber Shop Show Fridays at Noon (CST) 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago or visit Vocalo.org. Press play.

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01 / 31 / 13
Culliver Cornered Back: How Homophobic is Today's Society Despite Progress?


Uh Oh! “Cornered Back” San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Culliver apologized for his comments and the 49ers have released a statement saying they do not condone his views, but  Brian is wondering where the line is between being “not about” gay stuff and being prejudiced.

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