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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.




WNBA’s Brittney Griner Returning From Russia After Prisoner Swap

The Biden Administration announced her release as part of a prisoner exchange. The U.S released Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Reset talks with sports reporters Cheryl Raye-Stoutand Annie Costabile, about Griner’s release and what impact her detention has had on WNBA players who routinely play in Russian basketball leagues in the offseason.


The Importance Of Cultural Competency For Black Mental Health

After the first installment of Reset’s series on Black mental health, listeners called in with stories of cultural competency in their mental health experience. Reset hears from Charles, a Black man and Oak Park Resident, who has had a positive experience with a therapist of another race.


How Fixing Abandoned Homes Can Reduce Gun Violence

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between gun violence and abandoned homes. Researchers found that fully restored areas showed about a 13% decrease in gun assaults there. Reset discusses the findings with Kanoya Ali, housing coordinator at Chicago CRED that works individually with at-risk individuals to reduce gun violence through coaching, workforce development and advocacy.


Why Is The TSA Experimenting With Facial Recognition?

Airline security can be notoriously challenging, especially around the holidays, but some airports are turning to facial recognition technologies to speed up the process. Reset learns more about the risks and benefits of this tech at the airport from Geoffrey Fowler, tech columnist for the Washington Post


SCOTUS Debates Discrimination, Elections and Student Loan Debt

Can a website designer refuse to work with same-sex couples even though the state has an anti-discrimination law? How much power should state courts have when it comes to federal elections? The Supreme Court will soon be weighing in. Reset gets a rundown on these issues and more and what it could mean for us with Steven Schwinn, professor at University of Illinois Chicago Law School.


Chronicling 60 Years Of Jewish Athletes And Sports Fans

How has American Jewish culture shaped sports in the United States? That’s the question host Meredith Shiner answers in her new eight-part podcast The Franchise: Jews, Sports, and America. Reset gets the scoop on the podcast, which drops new episodes every Wednesday


Why Doctors Want A Federal Assault Weapons Ban

Gun violence is now one of the leading causes of death among children in the U.S. Does that make it a public health crisis? Some medical professionals think so. Reset talks with Highland Park physician and mass shooting survivor Dr. Elliot Lieberman about why he’s lobbying Congress for a federal ban.


Meet The Creative Minds Behind HBO’s ‘South Side’

Reset is joined by creators of HBO’s South Side Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, as well as actor Sultan Salahuddin, to discuss the comedy series based in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood


Karaoke Gets Personal In Storytelling Event At Schubas Tavern

At Karaoke Storytellers events, performers tell a short story about a song, which they then perform karaoke-style. Reset talks with show creator Connor Gorman and show host Jacoby Cochran of the City Cast Chicago podcast.


‘Friendly Fraud’ Scam On The Rise In Chicago Restaurants

This kind of fraud occurs when diners enjoy their meal, then call their bank or credit card company to report the charge as fraud, leaving the restaurant to forfeit the tab and the server’s tip. Reset hears more about how this is affecting the local restaurant industry with Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Ally Marotti.


Chicago Alternatives To The Big Box Gym

Reset talks to some independent gym owners who are actively making an inclusive place for anyone to get active. They include Annie Padrid, owner of the gym The Space in Hyde Park, Jake Goldstein, co-owner of The Gym Pod, and Alex Nsiah-Kumi, co-owner of Paramount Fitness and Personal Training.


Chicago’s Christkindlmarkets and German Holiday Culture

Guten tag! It’s the winter season in the city, and you know what that means! We get to see annual beloved events again like Christkindlmarket. The bustling seasonal market is one of the most iconic winter traditions in Chicago. And who doesn’t love to swing by and get a drink in one of their famous mugs? But do you know the history and significance behind these markets? Reset hears from local Chicago German cultural experts. GUEST: Monica Jirak, Executive Director of Dank Haus Maren Biester,...


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Dec. 2, 2022

Illinois lawmakers finish up year’s final legislative session by compromising on controversial criminal justice bill and gather in Springfield to unveil a new historical marker. Reset goes behind those headlines and more in our Weekly News Recap. GUESTS: Alice Yin, politics reporter for the Chicago Tribune Christian Farr, NBC-5 Chicago reporter Dan Mihalopoulos, government and politics reporter with WBEZ For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it...


Spotify Tracks Our Listening Habits And We Like It… Kind Of.

Spotify tracked our listening history, and YOURS, all year to give you Spotify Wrapped. Are you uneasy yet? Reset shares our favorite songs of the year and digs into the good, the bad, and the ugly of Spotify. GUEST: Tammy McCann, award-winning Chicago singer Isabel Reidy, lead singer of indi-pop band Izzy True Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Chicago hip-hop artist and humanitarian For more Reset interviews, subscribe to this podcast. And please give us a rating, it helps other listeners find us. For...


These Teens Went To COP27 And Brought Ideas Back To Chicago

The world’s leaders met in Egypt for the COP27 summit on climate change — and these Chicago teens met with them. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is an annual convening of countries to talk about and address climate change issues. The summit has youth observers — and this year, some of them were from Chicago. Reset talks with youth climate activists Antonio Padilla and Fatima Perez, high school seniors and members of Zero Waste Ambassadors at Solorio High School, about their...


Congress Quashed A Rail Strike By Forcing A Deal Between Workers And Bosses

Congress passed a bill forcing an agreement between companies and rail workers to avoid a rail strike. Reset talks to a labor expert Robert Bruno, professor and director of the Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to find out what this means for rail workers and other unionization efforts around the country.


Online Shopping In The Age Of Scams & Annoying Advertisements

Here’s what to look out for when doing your holiday shopping online.Reset learns how to tell good and bad quality items when shopping online with Heather Kelly, Tech reporter for the Washington Post.


The Magnificent Mile Is Less Than Magnificent These Days. What Could A Rebirth Look Like?

For decades the Magnificent Mile on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue was a staple of downtown. But in the last few years, the number of vacancies along Chicago’s iconic downtown stretch has continued to rise. A group of business owners and urban planners think it’s time to rethink what the Mag Mile could be and have some ideas. Reset sits down with Judy Crown, freelance reporter with Crain’s Chicago Business, and Mag Mile business owner Nichole Benolken to learn what could be in store.


CPD To Alter Deeply Flawed Gang Database

A recent lawsuit mandates the Chicago Police Department must change their gang-database. Mayor Lightfoot says there are ‘legitimate’ reasons for the Criminal Enterprise Information System, and rejects ideas of abolishing it. Reset learns more about the system and how advocates want to see it changed with Heather Cherone, political reporter for WTTW.


Why Hundreds Of Pilots Are Volunteering To Fly Patients Across State Lines

Abortion bans might be the law of the land in some states, but they don’t have jurisdiction on the skies. Volunteer pilots can fly right through loopholes to get patients seeking abortion care across state lines. Reset gets the scoop on Illinois nonprofit Elevated Access from freelance journalist Elly Fishman and Mike, a pilot and founder of Elevated Access.