The Trayvon Martin Case: The trial that will decide George Zimmerman’s fate is now underway. The jury is hearing testimony from a key witness Rachel Jeantel, but the focus appears to be more on her delivery and demeanor than her actual account of what happened that fateful night last year. We…
A Victory for Same-Sex Couples: In a dual ruling, the Supreme Court struck down two laws that banned gay marriage. As of today, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. The SCOTUS also threw Proposition 8 down to a lower court. This means that same-sex couples in…
Arrested for a T-Shirt: 14-year-old Jared Marcum was suspended for wearing a t-shirt featuring a rifle that said “protect your right.” When he returned to school following his suspension, he wore the same exact shirt. This time other students wore gun-related shirts in solidarity with Marcum….
A suicide assignment sparks discussion on just how much we should be telling our kids.
A teacher at a Manhattan private school gave an assignment to her students that was viewed by some parents as inappropriate. The English class was reading “The Life of Bees” and the task was to write a letter on behalf one of the protagonists who commits suicide. While the assignment was intended to spark discussion on “seizing the day”, many parents are seeing the topic as taboo and unnecessary.
Luis and Shantell discuss the legitimacy of these claims, the intention of the assignment, and the way adults should begin sensitive discussions with youth.
University of Chicago fraternity prank involving a series of offensive packages leaves mail carrier as victim.
A racist, homophobic prank involving a University of Chicago fraternity and an African-American mail-carrier incites a demand for repercussion. A series of 79 packages were delivered to the fraternity house addressed to “Reggin Tolaf”, an anagram for one racist and one homophobic slur. While the fraternity insists it is the victim of a prank, the groups involvement is being investigated. Although officials say no crime has been committed, the mail carrier is seeking punishment for the guilty party.
“Having an intern isn’t supposed to be a benefit for your company.[…]The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activity of the intern and, on occasion, it’s operations may actually be impeded.”
- George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships, Chicago Public Media
A recent civil action lawsuit has been filed against Fox Searchlight by two unpaid production interns claiming the work they did for the company was not appropriate for an intern and deserving of compensation. A judge has decided to allow the suit, based on a series of emails that seem to indicate irresponsibility and recognition of fault. Luis Perez and Shantell Jamison sit down with George Lara, the Director of Internships and Mentorships at Chicago Public Media, to help define what an internship is legally meant to be.
Target: Police: Chicago Police issued an officer safety alert warning for cops patrolling the West Pullman neighborhood. When officers respond to calls, they are actually the ones being targeted. We discuss the “hit” on those meant to serve and protect us, the 41 incidents where people got…
Alicia Sowisdral, from PopGoesAlicia.com and Phaydra Babinchok, Director of SlutWalk, have a discussion with Luis about “Rape Culture” and its relation to comedy. Is it appropriate for comics to have jokes about rape? How does that play into a culture of violence?
“It just seems like such a very strong infringement on one’s personal freedom, due to their financial circumstances, due to their dependency on the government.” -Shantell
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to mandate that 2/3 of food stamp funds be used to buy healthy foods and the other 1/3 be used to buy junk food. Luis and Shantell debate whether or not the government is infringing on a person’s freedom to choose what foods to buy and what to eat. Callers also weigh in with their views on this legislation and they talk about what they think the new law is really about.
Luis and Shantell speak with Benjamin O’Keefe from Proud2BMe.org and the NEDA about A&F’s ‘exclusionary’ business model of only catering their products to thin customers. This is part of an ongoing conversation that began in 2006 when Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries made a statement saying, “…we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”