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WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.

WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.


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WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.




Abortion Politics, Past And Present

Reset digs into the conservative movement that successfully overturned Roe. Plus, we look at the Democratic strategy to protect abortion rights at the federal level and what the Supreme Court’s ruling could mean for the midterm elections. GUESTS: Mary Ziegler, law professor at the University of California, Davis; author of Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief


Abortion Rules In ‘Trigger Law’ States

Abortion is now illegal in at least 10 states. More total or near-total bans will go into effect soon. Reset checks in on states that neighbor Illinois where it’s now impossible or nearly impossible to have an abortion. GUESTS: Molly Beck, Wisconsin politics and state government reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sarah Fentem, health reporter at St. Louis Public Radio Aprile Rickert, health reporter at WFPL News in Louisville, Kentucky.


Religious Groups Divided Over Roe Decision

As the nation continues to react to the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and debate a path forward, faith communities remain divided over whether people should have the right to an abortion. GUESTS: Eman Abdelhadi, assistant professor of comparative human development at University of Chicago Rabbi Amanda Green, associate rabbi at Chicago Sinai Congregation Joanne Terrell, associate professor of Theology, Ethics & the Arts at CTS who is ordained in Christianity and Buddhism...


Years Ago She Had An Abortion. Now She’s Helping Others Get Them

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Reset talks to someone who works on the frontlines of abortion access. Christy Uchida is a volunteer host with the Midwest Access Coalition, which provides logistical support to people who have abortions.


Illinois Abortion Providers Respond To The Fall Of Roe V. Wade

With the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Illinois is now one of the only states in the Midwest where people can access abortion care. Reset checks in with Dr. Erin King, executive director of Hope Clinic for Women, and Dr. Amy Whitaker, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood of Illinois.


Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade

In a much-anticipated decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, the Supreme Court reverses the constitutional right to an abortion Friday. Reset gets the latest from WBEZ public health and politics reporter Kristen Schorsh and Amanda Becker, Washington correspondent for The 19th News.


Title IX Turns 50

Title IX turns 50 today. Elizabeth Tang with the National Women's Law Center tells us more about the landmark law. Plus, we hear from Melissa Isaacson, a former high school athlete who was among the first generation of Title IX beneficiaries.


Climate Change And The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that could prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating power plant emissions. We learn more from Northwestern law professor David Dana and Reset sustainability contributor Karen Weigert.


Why Alzheimer’s Research Needs To Embrace Diversity

A new national study is seeking a diverse group of participants to prevent future memory loss and to find treatment that works for everyone. Reset talks with neurologist Dr. Neelum Aggarwal for more on the study.


Kim Foxx On How To Stop Gun Violence

After 47 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx weighs in on what more action can be taken to curb gun violence.


In New Book, Ed Yong Explores How Animals Perceive The World

In his new book "An Immense World," Ed Yong takes readers inside the wondrous and innumerable different ways animals perceive the world around them. Reset checks in with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to learn more.


Chicagoans React To Biden’s Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ Rights

This month, President Biden signed an executive order combating “discriminatory legislative attacks” following a wave of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures across the country. Reset talks to three Chicago-based advocates to understand what this order means.


‘Melanin Martha’ Is Treating Trauma With Food

Food preservationist and cultural historian Jordan Wimby — aka ‘Melanin Martha’ — is addressing access, trauma, queerness and self-care through cooking.


Modern Blues With Chicago’s Melody Angel

Chicago blues guitarist Melody Angel is bringing a youthful edge to the blues with her new album Foxy. We hear her story and her music.


Luvvie Ajayi Makes Good Trouble

Author, speaker and podcast host Luvvie Ajayi tells us about her latest book Rising Troublemaker: A Fear-Fighter Manual For Teens.


Best Chicago Restaurants

Chef Erick Williams of Virtue Restaurant & Bar in Hyde Park is the James Beard Award for best chef in the Great Lakes region. Reset producer Brenda Ruiz introduces us to Williams and Beard finalists Jason Hamel of Lula Cafe in Logan Square and Genie Kwon and Timothy Flores of Kasama in Ukrainian Village.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: June 17, 2022

The governor’s race, the mayor’s race, tornado sirens in Chicago and much more. Reset breaks down the biggest stories of the week. GUESTS: Amanda Vinicky, WTTW political correspondent Jacoby Cochran, host of City Cast Chicago Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ city government reporter


‘Last Summer On State Street’ Pays Tribute To Forgotten Stories Of Black Girls

Chicago author Toya Wolfe’s debut novel Last Summer on State Street is a coming-of-age story about growing up in the Robert Taylor Homes in Bronzeville in the late '90s.


CPS Has Fewer Police Officers in Schools. How’s the Transition Going?

In the last two years, the number of police officers inside Chicago Public Schools has dropped by one-third. Since 2020, it’s been up to local school councils to decide whether to keep officers in the building.


The Best Free Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

As prices continue to rise, Reset breaks down the latest inflation data and explores WBEZ’s new guide to the best free activities and events in Chicago this summer.