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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.




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


Chicagoans Shout Out Their Fave Local Eats

Only two Chicago spots made the New York Times’ 2022 list of America’s best restaurants. But we think they overlooked some of our other great restaurants. Because regardless of what kind of food you’re in the mood for, you’ll easily find it in Chicago. Reset talks through our overall favorite spots and what you should order when you visit for yourself. GUEST: Aimee Levitt, freelancer and former deputy editor at Eater Chicago Steve Dolinsky, author and the NBC-5 food reporter


No Love For Chicago’s O’Hare, Midway Airports Survey

Have your airport experiences in Chicago been sub-par? You’re not alone. A recent survey of the country’s airports found that travelers are increasingly frustrated with O’Hare and Midway airports. Reset hears more about how those airports are ranked.


The Predicted ‘Future’ Of Climate Migration Is Here

The warming planet is causing more intense storms and extreme weather, which is forcing millions of people to flee their homes around the world. Some experts say this problem will only get worse as conditions become more unbearable. Reset talks with Juan Declet-Barreto with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Gaia Vince, author Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World.


Why One Chicago Woman Is Showing Youth A Whole New World

Chicagoan Crystal Dyer wanted to help the young people in her Austin community be exposed to the beauty of the wide world. A travel agent herself, she knew what getting out of your environment and exploring the world could do to your perspective. So she began a program to do just that: connect at-risk youth—many of whom may have never been on a plane before, or owned a passport — with different countries, cultures and people. Reset talks to Dyer about why she chooses travel to connect with...


Librarians Are On The Front Lines Of A New Culture War

Efforts to ban books are on the rise, presenting challenges to schools and libraries across the country. And a new report from PEN America says challenges to library books are not just coming from concerned parents, but are actually part of an organized political effort. Reset checks in with Jonathan Friedman of PEN America and Susie An, WBEZ education reporter to learn more about the report and what’s at stake


Cooking For A Cause: How Chicago Chefs Are Teaming Up For Tigray

Earlier this year, Chicago chefs rallied to cook for Ukrainians — it was an event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in humanitarian aid due to the war in Ukraine. Now, local chefs are teaming up again — this time, for the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Ethiopians in the country’s northern Tigray region are experiencing possibly the worst health crisis in the entire world. This is due to a two-year conflict between the ruling party and the central government, as well as the worst...


She Sued A Local Plant For Causing Her Cancer. A Jury Awarded Her $363 Million

Sterigenics in Dupage County and two companies in Lake County used the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in sterilization processes for years before nearby residents began to report higher-than-normal levels of a number of cancers. Reset speaks with Michael Hawthorne, reporter at the Chicago Tribune, about the first lawsuit against Sterigenics over use of the known carcinogen, which Springfield considered banning in 2019.


Immigrants Bused To Chicago From Texas Need Emergency Housing, Healthcare

Volunteers and nonprofits are meeting people as they arrive and helping to provide housing, healthcare and food. But these immigrants are in a precarious position because they can’t legally work in the country until six months after they submit their asylum application. Meanwhile, that application process requires money for legal fees, and many of the non-profits that help immigrants with this process are at capacity. Reset speaks with Laura Mendoza, immigration organizer, The Resurrection...