08 / 21 / 14

Vocalo Community Partners Program f



Vocalo is pleased to release its 2014-2015 partnership application. We want to partner with community-based organizations that serve youth, women, people of color & other disenfranchised communities to create programming that increases our awareness of pressing community issues and to…

Hello everyone, the deadline to apply for our partnership program is Midnight TOMORROW! That’s Friday, August 22nd. The application itself is pretty painless. So if you’ve been thinking that about how to get your community organization linked up with Vocalo, now’s your chance…

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08 / 08 / 14
Kevin Prchal talks about grappling with good and evil on his new album


Chicago singer-songwriter Kevin Andrew Prchal’s sits down with Jesse Menendez of the MusicVox to discuss the development of his clear voice, the dichotomy of good and evil, and importance of music in community development.

The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org

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08 / 06 / 14

Vocalo Community Partners Program


Vocalo is pleased to release its 2014-2015 partnership application. We want to partner with community-based organizations that serve youth, women, people of color & other disenfranchised communities to create programming that increases our awareness of pressing community issues and to empower community members to take active roles in their communities. We hope that you will apply or share with people in your network. For more info, as well as the application, click on the link below:

Vocalo Community Partners Application.

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07 / 24 / 14
Early Bird Discussion with the Tofu Citlin Circuit


The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit is a theater conservatory and their mission is to offer affordable classes and workshops to assist community members in creating and preserving their own stories. Sydney Chatman, the founder, visits Studio 11 to discuss their play “Take it From Me, Violence Just Don’t Understand” going up at The Greenhouse Theatre this Saturday afternoon. She, along with one of the peers, joined the AMp guest co-host Jill Hopkins and Luis Antonio Perez

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07 / 18 / 14
Celebraton Playground in Bronzeville: When Local Youth Want to Make a Difference


Every Friday, we take phone calls from listeners to let them rant and critique on the happenings of their work week. But during this particular Critic for a Minute Friday, we had caller Maxine from Lakeview tell us about a community project her children created. For her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration, rather than a huge blow -out party, her daughter wanted to team up with a Bronzeville church to build a playground for local children. They are now in the process of fundraising and are looking for the community to help. If you would like to read more about this project and would like to contribute, you can visit their website.

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06 / 16 / 14


Reclaimed Soul’s host, Ayana Contreras, wrote about the demolition of St. Laurence’s church on Chicago’s South Side:

There’s a metaphor here, somewhere. Perhaps it’s like watching a sleeping giant. Or a fallen warrior. Watching this building decay slowly has been surreal. Now that slow decay has been quickened.

I had a student a couple of years ago who didn’t really talk a lot. I asked her one day to sum up the toll an abandoned building puts on a block, on a community.

Her words still haunt me: “They are a black hole in the community”. Of course. Every thing dark circulates around them: drugs, crime, strife. Darkness itself is housed within it. Yet, St. Laurence’s still shone bright, especially on sunny, cloudless days. A passerby might almost forget that time was ravaging the building from the inside out. Still, if a building could be proud, despite decay, that building was.

Read more here.

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06 / 06 / 14
Barber Shop Show 167: Rebuilding Homes and Lives


According to Angela Caputo’s recent blogpost on the Chicago Reporter’s website, Chicago “has collected 169 million dollars to address the vacant properties left in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.
But her report goes on to uncover that “the city spent money on buildings with luxury finishes in gentrifying areas while distressed properties in some of the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods were left to languish.”
This week Angela Caputo, investigative journalist at the Chicago Reporter, joined us at the shop. We were also joined by:
• Kevin Jackson, Executive Director of the Chicago Rehab Network , and
• Ghian Foreman, the executive director of Chicago’s Greater Southwest Development Corporation.
They also talked about the impact of just one vacant property on a block, as well as how community engagement can tip the scales in the right direction.

Speaking of community engagement, we also heard from Al Rider, who gave us an update on Pastor Corey Brooks’ Brothers on the Block community mentorship initiative.

Lastly, NPR’s David Schaper joined us to talk about a story that he recently covered about community engagement in Englewood. While talking to a community organizer on her porch in the middle of the afternoon, a shooting took place just down the street. They witnessed the whole thing.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. We also air a rebroadcast on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ 91.5fm

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06 / 03 / 14
Practically Speaking 52: Pushing Past Poverty


On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson speaks with Jennifer Clary, a research associate with the Social Impact Research Center through the Heartland Alliance. They look at the changing face of poverty in America.

Then, Audra joins master gardener and community activist Bonnie Ratteree in South Suburban Harvey, Illinois. They talk about instilling pride in an area that has seen its share of troubles. Bonnie’s tools for building community ties include keeping Harvey’s history alive, and providing healthy food through community gardening.

Audra and Bonnie also talk about the connections between Bonnie’s upbringing and the upbringing of Bonnie’s Ghanaian friend (and fellow gardener), Augustina.

Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

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05 / 27 / 14
Practically Speaking 51: Seeking Better Health in Urban Communities


In this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson looks at the various facets of our surroundings that contribute to good (or poor) health, from environment to nutrition and access to health care.

She is joined by Michael Howard of Eden’s Place and Claudia Ayala of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Later, she speaks with Dr. Doriane Miller, ‎Director pf the Center for Community Health and Vitality at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
Dr. Miller talks about Black Chicagoans, and their historical connections to the land. Those connections are being lost in the generations following the Great Migration.

Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

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02 / 12 / 14
Practically Speaking 42: Keeping Communities Healthy


This week on Practically Speaking, we deal with the importance of Keeping Communities Healthy. We discuss the fight against food deserts in low-income communities of color, going beyond the rhetoric of Obamacare. We also talk about universal health coverage and the legacy of the War on Poverty.

We talk with Bonnie Rateree, a Harvey-based activist working to bring viable food and healthcare options to Harvey. She’s lived in Harvey her whole life, and is committed to her community’s success.

Plus, we hear from Cook County Place Matters Team Lead Jim Bloyd and John Owens, Director of Community Building for Centers for New Horizons.

They are both working towards healthier, more just neighborhoods for everyone.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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01 / 31 / 14
Barber Shop Show 151: The Cost of Foreclosures


What is the toll of home vacancies on communities? Which communities have been hardest hit with vacancies in recent years? What’s happening to help us bounce back?
This week, new data was published by DePaul University’s Institute of Housing Studies. The data helps us understand the impact of home vacancies in Chicago.

On this installment of The Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele was joined at the shop by:
• Geoff Smith, Executive Director of the Institute of Housing Studies
• Katie Buitrago, Senior Policy and Communications Associate at Woodstock Institute
• Patricia Fron, Program Manager at the Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project, as well as the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing
We also heard the story of Sabrina Morey. She has been homeless on and off for the past 14 years. She is currently “liberating”, or living in, a formerly vacant, foreclosed home.

We also got a sports update with WBEZ’s Cheryl Rae Stout.

The “Barber Shop Show” airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org

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01 / 29 / 14
Practically Speaking 40: West Side vs South Side


When Nelson Mandela came to Chicago in the early 90s, he commented on how segregated the city is, and how it reminded him of apartheid South Africa.

On this installment of Practically Speaking, we explore how Chicago has come to be known as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. with Lincoln Quillian, assistant professor of sociology at Northwestern University.
We also take a look at the historical West Side vs. South Side divide among Blacks in Chicago. Host Audra Wilson talks to Henrietta Whitaker, who’s lived in Chicago for 40 years. She lives on the South Side, but worked for many years on the West Side.

Photo by John H. White

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)

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01 / 10 / 14
Barber Shop Show 148: Where are the Grocery Stores?


On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we take an in-depth look at food insecurity in Chicago’s South and West Side neighborhoods.

Host Richard Steele of WBEZ is joined by WBEZ’s South Side Bureau Reporter Natalie Moore. She talks about her recent report detailing the potential impact of the closure of the Dominick’s grocery chain. In addition to 6000 jobs lost, many people’s access to fresh produce and other healthy food was lost, as well. Food insecurity researcher Mari Gallagher explained what a food desert really is, and how the face of food insecurity has shifted since her 2006 groundbreaking study, “Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago”.

Val Free, director of South Shore’s Planning Coalition, joined us by phone to talk about South Shore’s push to put a full-line grocery store in the recently-vacant former Dominick’s at 71st Street in Chicago.

For fresh installments of the Barber Shop Show, tune in at at noon (CST) on vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5fm (NWI).


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12 / 12 / 13

Vocalo Storytellers Workshop + Latino USA

We’re excited to partner with NPR’s Latino USA for our next Vocalo storytelling workshop.  This workshop features a special guest editor- the award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Executive Producer of Latino USA!!  Deets below.  Applications are due December 30th, 2013. 


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