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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.




Southside Rapper Kayo Performs Faves From His Debut Album

The rapper Kayo explores loss, acceptance and perspective in his latest work. Ahead of his show at the Epiphany Center next week, the artist stopped by WBEZ’s performance studio to share some songs and his story. Reset sits down with the Chicago-based rapper to hear about his journey so far and what’s to come.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: May 26, 2023

Illinois lawmakers pass a budget and wrap up their spring session. Neighbors on Chicago’s Northwest side are divided over proposals to shelter migrants at local City College. Reset goes behind the headlines with Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun-Times chief political reporter, Paris Schutz, reporter and anchor for WTTW-TV, and Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ city politics reporter.


A New Police Academy Is Learning From NYC, LA, But Not Chicago

A new police training program is underway in Chicago. And it’s drawing from successes in departments in other major cities like New York and LA. The Policing Leadership Academy will focus on just that: training police leaders and supervisors. But even though it’s here in Chicago, the lesson plan won’t be based on practices within the Chicago Police Department. As the academy welcomes its first cohort, Reset turns to Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the Crime Lab, Kenneth Corey, Former New York Police Chief of Department and Director of Outreach and Engagement at the University of Chicago Policing Leadership Academy, and Charlie Beck, former LAPD Police Chief and interim Chicago police superintendent in late 2019 to early 2020, who helped design the six-month program.


What Would The End Of Affirmative Action Mean For Legacy Admissions?

The upcoming Supreme Court decision on race-conscious admissions is raising questions about legacy admission policies and other practices that tend to favor white, wealthier students at the expense of historically underrepresented ones. Reset speaks with WBEZ higher education reporter Lisa Philip on the latest from the case.


What Chicagoans Want To Change About The CTA

Dirty cars, crime and significant delays are a few of the problems riders have pointed out about the Chicago Transit Authority in recent years. Reset discusses the woes of riding the CTA with Natalie Moore, interim editor of WBEZ’s Race, Class and Communities Desk and Cassie Walker Burke, external editor at WBEZ. Then we hear from Illinois State Rep. Kam Buckner (D-Chicago), co-chair of Mayor Johnson’s transition team transportation subcommittee and Brian Steele, CTA spokesperson about how they plan to address the issues.


Behind The Adderall Shortage And Living With ADHD

Back in October, the FDA announced a shortage of amphetamine mixed salts, more commonly known as Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. This has had real impacts on individuals and families in Chicago trying to get their hands on the stimulant. So, what’s behind the shortage? Reset dives into a conversation about the demand for ADHD medication, overdiagnosis and what it’s like living and treating the condition with Steven Meyers, licensed clinical psychologist with Chicago ADHD Associates and Zoe Smith, child and adolescent clinical psychologist and assistant professor with the department of psychology at Loyola University.


Chicago Is Wildin’ Out: From A Chonky Turtle To A Fox Family In The Park

Chicago is having an urban wildlife moment. Has this always been the case, or is this emergence of city critters indicative of something bigger? Reset checks in with a panel of wildlife experts and ecologists, including Seth Magle, director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at Lincoln Park Zoo, Al Scorch, botanist with Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t, Tyler LaRiviere, Chicago Sun-Times photographer and Rebecca Fyffe, urban wildlife manager.


New Report Details The Extent Of Clergy Sex Abuse In Illinois

After a five-year investigation, the AG’s office released a 696-page report showing that the Catholic church failed to acknowledge hundreds of clerics and brothers who abused at least 1,997 across Illinois dioceses. Reset talks with Bob Herguth of the Chicago Sun-Times who has been covering the investigation for years and Larry Antonsen, an abuse survivor and leader of SNAP Chicago, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.


Chicago Comedian Adapts Her Humor From Social Media To The Stage

West Side Chicagoan @mycousin_tiera is being heralded by some as the city’s best kept comedy secret. You might recognize her from short Instagram and TikTok skits which have garnered millions of views. Now, the mother whose punchlines often focus on what it’s like to raise children, is on a multi-city comedy tour with stops in the Chicagoland area this weekend. Reset gets to know comedian Tiera Oleary and hear what to expect from her stage performance.


How Hope Chicago Is Boosting College Enrollment Rates

Hope Chicago is a college-access nonprofit that launched in 2022 with the goal of getting more Black and brown students from the South and West sides into college. But, it doesn’t stop there. The group also wants to send parents to college too. Reset checks in with CEO Janice Jackson to learn more about the organization’s work and hopes for the future.


Ready Or Not, Cicadas Are Coming To Chicago

Around the Chicago area, cicadas are starting to emerge, and you could see many, many more soon. Next year, the din will get even louder as 13-year and 17-year periodical cicadas come out of the ground. Reset checks in with Allen Lawrance of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago to learn everything there is to know about the fascinating insects.


City Council Committee Fails To Aid Migrants During Surge

New reporting from Block Club Chicago shows that Chicago City Council’s Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights didn’t meet for more than a year as the city struggled with its migrant crisis. Reset checks in with Block Club’s Mick Dumke.


Best Things To Do On Chicago’s Lake, Rivers This Summer

Ready for Summertime Chi? Lake Michigan and the Chicago River are fantastic ways to enjoy your Chicago summer. Reset hears about all the reasons to appreciate our lakefront and waterways and gets some aquatic inspiration to kick off our summer. We check in Marlon Harvey, commodore at the Jackson Park Yacht Club; Alex Surmach, vice president of the board of directors at Learn Scuba Chicago; and John Quail, director of conservation at Friends of the Chicago River.


Illinois Lawmakers Go Into Overtime To Pass A Budget

Illinois lawmakers are back in the Capitol this week for an extended spring session after failing to agree on and pass a budget. For more on what the sticking points are and what else is on the agenda before the spring session wraps up, Reset gets a Springfield update from WBEZ statehouse reporter Alex Degman.


Chicago Closed 50 Public Schools In 2013. Ten Years Later, Did The City Keep Its Promises?

When 50 Chicago Public Schools were closed a decade ago, then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and district leaders promised students would be better off and that the buildings would be transformed into community assets. A new WBEZ and Chicago Sun-Times series takes a closer look at those promises and the long-term consequences on the city’s district, neighborhoods and families. Reset learns more from the team behind the series: Kate Grossman, WBEZ senior editor for education; Sarah Karp, WBEZ education reporter; Lauren FitzPatrick, Chicago Sun-Times investigative reporter; and Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times education reporter.


How The Johnson Administration Can Prioritize The Arts

Chicago is home to a rich arts scene, but advocates say more can be done to support arts education, expand access to the arts and recognize that the arts can be a powerful economic engine for the city. Reset talks to Leslé Honoré, poet and CEO of Urban Gateways, Monica Trinidad, co-founder of For the People Artists Collective, Abby Pucker, founder of GERTIE, a Chicago arts wayfinding platform, about the ways the Johnson administration could lean into the arts. The trio are co-chairs of Johnson’s transition subcommittee on arts and culture.


A Guide To Chicago’s Summer Farmers Markets

WBEZ is out with a new guide to 80 markets you can find in Chicago and the suburbs this summer, just in time for farmers market season. Reset learns more about where to find fresh produce, flowers and other extras at markets in the region with Julia Binswanger, WBEZ audio producer and curator, Veah Larde, market manager at Austin Town Hall City Market, and Liz Abunaw, founder and owner of Forty Acres Fresh Market.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: May, 19, 2023

Brandon Johnson is inaugurated as Chicago’s new Mayor. Illinois lawmakers work to wrap up their spring session. Reset breaks down those stories and more with Alice Yin, politics reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Christian Farr, NBC-5 Chicago reporter, Angela Rozas O'Toole, WBEZ Politics & Government editor.


How Asian Americans Are Making Their Mark On Chicago’s Music Scene

It’s AAPI Heritage Month. Reset invited three Asian American artists in Chicago’s thriving music scene to talk about the AAPI’s community’s contribution to the arts. Sen Morimoto, Yna Pineda, and Stuti Sharma share their fave AAPI musicians in Chicago, discuss resources the city may be lacking and talk through how their heritage influences their craft.


First 12 Weeks: The Unique Challenges Of LGBTQ+ Parents

A new WBEZ project called First 12 Weeks chronicles the journeys of three new mothers. From isolation to breastfeeding to expectations, these mothers faced a lot in just the first few weeks postpartum. But, they also persevered through. In the final installment of the series, Reset discusses the challenges new LGBTQ+ parents face with Elly Fishman, reporter and WBEZ contributor and Dr. Liz Glassgow, executive director of Innovations to Improve Maternal Outcomes in Illinois and medical director of the UI Health Two-Generation Clinic