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WBEZ's award-winning weekday morning magazine. Featuring news, views, and culture about and around the Chicago region.

WBEZ's award-winning weekday morning magazine. Featuring news, views, and culture about and around the Chicago region.


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WBEZ's award-winning weekday morning magazine. Featuring news, views, and culture about and around the Chicago region.




The Onion’s Supreme Court Brief Is A Hell Of A Read

The Onion is going to the mat to protect the right to parody. And their brief filed with the Supreme Court reads like, well, a hilarious Onion article. Reset checks in with Onion head writer Mike Gillis.

Actor Justin Baldoni Tackles ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Mentality And Toxic Masculinity

In his new book Boys Will Be Humans, actor Justin Baldoni creates an instructional guide to unlearning toxic masculinity and embracing emotions.

When Home Isn’t Safe, Where Can Kids Go? This Chicago Group Says ‘We Hold The Door Open’

Reset sits down with leaders of the BASE Chicago, an organization based in West Garfield Park that provides a range of programming for urban youth from baseball and softball training, to violence prevention and even college readiness.


Report: Abuse In Women’s Soccer Is ‘Systemic’

A new independent investigation shows abuse allegations were swept under the rug as coaches moved from team to team. Reset talks through the report with two sports reporters and explores how it could impact generations of young female soccer players to come.


BONUS: Listen To Mayor Lightfoot’s Full Budget Address

No new property taxes, funds to support migrants, an increase in the police budget, and more were included in Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget address Monday. Hit play to listen to the full speech.


Eve Ewing: ‘This Is A Tough History To Tell’

In 1919, Chicago erupted into race riots after white beachgoers killed a Black teen named Eugene Williams. Poet Eve Ewing tells the story of that so-called "Red Summer" in her poetry collection 1919. Now, playwright J. Nicole Brooks has re-imagined Ewing's poems as a play, which debuts at the Steppenwolf Theatre on Oct. 4. Reset sits down with Ewing about the adaptation, the emotional weight of that summer in 1919, and how it continues today.


Life After Incarceration Is Another Difficult Sentence: ‘When Does It End For Us?’

There are 44,000 federal rules, laws and policies that restrict and sanction people after incarceration that pose “permanent punishments.” WTTW is hosting a four part mini-series exploring the barriers that exist for the 3.3 million people in Illinois that have been incarcerated. Reset hears more about the series and how permanent punishments impact people’s lives from WTTW host Brandis Friedman, Marlon Chamberlain of Heartland Alliance’s Fully Free campaign and Celia Colón, founder of...


How a wooden seesaw addresses the problem of fabric waste

No matter how hard we try, we all generate trash. And the fabrics we don’t want anymore — clothes, towels, blankets, rags — are harder to recycle than they might seem, as most fabrics are a mix of fibers and material types, requiring different techniques that can’t be done on a large scale. A local weaver implements sustainable techniques at an artist-run industrial mill in Humboldt Park–but even so, there’s still fabric scraps leftover. So she’s trying out a community approach to deal with...

WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Sept. 30, 2022

Due to declining enrollment, Chicago is no longer the country’s third-largest school district. Northwestern unveils plans for a new football stadium in Evanston. Reset takes a deep dive into these stories and much more in our Weekly News Recap with Natalie Moore, WBEZ reporter on the Race, Class and Communities desk, Mick Dumke, reporter and columnist ProPublica Illinois, and Heather Cherone, Chicago politics reporter for WTTW News.


Are You Bready For Fall Baking?

OK, bakers! Get your starters ready. Cooler weather calls for heartier meals that aren’t complete without breads of all kinds, shapes and sizes. (also bonus: it’s Bread Week, GBBO fans!) Reset checks in with a local James Beard Award-winning baker about his new bread cookbook.


Chicago Makes It Easier For Some Homes To Ditch Gas, Switch To Electric

To reduce their carbon footprints, New York and Los Angeles have banned gas-powered stoves and heating in new construction. Chicago is taking a different approach. A new ordinance requires new homes to be “electric ready.” The city isn’t banning gas appliances in homes, but wants residents to more easily be able to switch to electric ones if they choose. But how can people who can’t afford to buy a new home be part of this transition? Reset finds out more about electrification, and checks in...


Highland Park Shooting Victims Are Suing Gunmaker Smith & Wesson

The nearly dozen suits, filed in Lake County, claims the shooting was “predictable and preventable.” They add to the over 100 charges the shooter already faces, which include first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Reset get the details and learns how the suit could impact the alleged shooter’s pending criminal case. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset,...


She Tested Public WiFi Security So You Don’t Have To

Yes, hackers can spy on some of what you’re doing on your laptop if you’re browsing the web in a coffee shop. But public networks are worlds safer than they were a few years ago. Reset learns the do’s and don’ts of using public WiFi networks. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset, go to wbez.org and follow us on Twitter @WBEZReset

What Mayor Lightfoot’s Invest South/West Has, Hasn’t Done In Three Years

Invest South/West is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s signature economic development plan. Reset explores why so few projects appear to be moving forward three years since the mayor announced the program. For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For more about Reset, go to wbez.org and follow us on Twitter @WBEZReset


With Book Banning On The Rise, Libraries Are Creating “Sanctuaries”

We spoke to learn why people are targeting these books, and what libraries are doing to protect access to challenged titles. GUEST: Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation at American Library Association Commissioner Chris Brown, Chicago Public Library


Mayor Lightfoot Wants Housing To Replace Empty Offices On LaSalle Street

The city is pushing for 1,000 new housing units to revitalize Lasalle Street. Despite being synonymous with Chicago’s financial services industry, Lasalle Street has a higher vacancy rate than any other area downtown. Reset talks to a reporter for a breakdown of the city’s goals and plans. GUEST: Melody Mercado, Block Club Chicago reporter covering the Loop, West Loop, River North and the Gold Coast


Two African American Women Who Coach High School Football Are Breaking Barriers A Setting Records

Coach K and Coach Knikkie bonded over a love of the sport, and cheer each other on, even when their teams face off, which was another record setting event in Illinois. Reset sits down with the coaches and learns about what drives and unites them and how they hope to draw positive attention to their schools. GUEST: Konesha Rhea, Head Varsity Football Coach DuSable Panthers Jouscelyn Mayfield, Christian Fenger Academy High School


Do You Want To Land A Job? Leave This Off Your Resume

The pandemic has forced many people to rethink their job paths, so Reset talked to three professional coaches about how to take the next step in our careers. GUESTS: Phoebe Gavin, career and leadership coach and executive director of talent and development at Vox.com Kate Brooks, board-certified career coach and counselor Bianca Jeanty, career coach and speaker


From “Land Barbara” to Gritty: The Best Moments From ‘Abbott Elementary’ Premiere

Abbott Elementary is back after collecting a few awards at the Emmys. Reset chatted about our initial impression of the start of Season 2 with a TV critic and panel of Abbott fans. GUEST: Danette Chavez, Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer Brandon Pope, reporter/anchor at CW 26 Arionne Nettles, journalism lecturer at Northwestern University

WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap Sept. 23, 2022

More migrants are bused up to Chicago from Texas, Mayor Lightfoot appoints a new North Side alderman, while City Council approves a measure to protect abortion access. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Weekly News Recap. GUESTS: Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune state government reporter Erin Hegarty, City Hall reporter, the Daily Line Christian Farr, NBC-5 Chicago reporter