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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.




WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: July 1, 2022

Reset goes behind the week’s headlines, in Chicago and beyond with John Byrne, senior political reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Brandon Pope, reporter and anchor at CW 26 and Heather Cherone, Chicago politics reporter for WTTW News.


Chicago's Cheesemonger Champion

Chicago cheese expert Cara Condon took home the 2022 Cheesemonger Invitational top prize in New York. Reset learns more about her win.


Black Maternal Mortality Post-Roe (Part Three)

Planned Parenthood of Illinois is working to break down barriers to prenatal and postpartum care for Black birthing people. Reset gets the latest on the new Bridges to Prenatal Care program and more from their director of health equity and impact, Deloris Walker.


Black Maternal Mortality Post-Roe (Part Two)

While abortion is still legal in Illinois, experts expect the overturning of Roe v. Wade to have a lasting impact on existing healthcare inequities in the region. Reset discusses the relationship between abortion access and pregnancy health outcomes with Dr. Sadia Haider, division director of family planning at Rush University Medical Center, and Mathematica health analyst Sara Bovat.


Black Maternal Mortality Post-Roe (Part One)

Black Chicagoans are six times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white Chicagoans, according to a 2019 city report. Reset breaks down national and local efforts to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for Black parents with Jamila Taylor with The Century Foundation and Dr. Candice Robinson of the Chicago Department of Public Health.


Gov. JB Pritzker, Rep. Darren Bailey To Face Off In November

Reset breaks down everything you need to know about the race for Illinois governor with WBEZ state politics reporter Dave McKinney, Chicago Sun-Times Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet and David Greising, president and CEO of the Better Government Association. Plus, we check in with GOP strategist Chris Robling about what Republicans are prioritizing ahead of the midterm elections.


The Present And Future Of Brain Health

For decades, researchers have chased a pharmaceutical cure for memory loss to no avail. But research released last year suggests that dementia rates have actually declined in the United States over the last decade. Reset talks with the co-authors of American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society. GUEST: Dr. Daniel R. George, medical anthropologist and associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine Dr. Peter J. Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve...


A Woman Reflects On Her Illegal Abortion

Before Roe v. Wade went into effect in 1973, abortion was illegal in the U.S. And people seeking the procedure were forced to receive care outside of the healthcare system and in the shadows. Linda Buczyna shares her story with Reset.


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.