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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.




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.


Chicago Prize 2022 Finalist Reimagines South Shore Intersection

Six groups are fighting for their chance to revitalize their community and win $10 million. Today Reset discusses a plan that could provide Chicago’s South Shore with more affordable housing, a health center and commercial spaces. We talk to Leon Walker with DL3 Realty; Ms. Jera Slaughter, resident of South Shore and founder of the South Shore 7th Ward Community Council and Community Round Table; and Anthony Simpkins, president of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.


One of Chicago’s ‘Chosen Few’ DJs just got nominated for a Grammy

Reset sits down with Chicago-based DJ Terry Hunter about his recent Grammy nomination for his remix of Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” and how he wants to see house grow in the future.


Catch ‘The Princess Bride’ in Concert At The Chicago Symphony Orchestra This Week

Behind every great movie is an equally great score. And there is a long tradition of orchestras playing movie scores live—including this weekend at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Reset talks to the CSO at the Movies conductor Richard Kaufman and a local music critic Britt Julious about The Princess Bride in concert.


Skip The Turkey Sandwich. Here’s How To Jazz Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is a time filled with food, loved ones, and more food. So much food we aren’t sure what to do with the rest. Reset speaks with Jordan Wimby, known as Melanin Martha — a food preservationist and cultural historian — about new ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers.


Big Tech Is Training Your Kid To Be Its Consumer Forever

Children and preteens wield $1.2 trillion in purchasing power every year. This is through items they buy directly, or that they convince their parents to buy for them, according to a 2018 Viacom report. And tech companies know it. Reset learns more about the effects tech and advertising can have on children’s learning and values with Susan Linn, psychologist, child play expert and author of Who’s Raising the Kids?: Big Tech, Big Business, and the Lives of Children.


Meet The Woman Behind Five Nursing Schools Across The Chicago Area

Reset sits down with Ebony Scott, CEO of Scott School of Careers, who opened several nursing schools herself across the city to find out how she did it and what compelled her to take action.


The World Cup Kicked Off This Week, But Controversies Continue To Swirl

The 2022 World Cup is underway in Qatar. The host country has received pushback on a number of recent decisions, from the sale of beer to players’ right to protest. Reset checks in with Brian Sandalow, contributing sports writer to Chicago Sun-Times and two professors from Northwestern in Qatar — Susan Dun and Craig LaMay — about the tumultuous backdrop of this year's World Cup.


Chicago Prize 2022 Finalist Says People Shouldn’t Have To Leave Their Neighborhood To Survive, Thrive

Ten million dollars is up for grabs to fund real estate and community development plans in the South and West sides. This grant comes out of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation and will be awarded in December. Reset sits down with one of the six finalists to talk about the need for a community hub and to centralize resources for youth, seniors and returning citizens in Back of the Yards. We hear from Craig Chico, president and CEO of Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council; Father Dave Kelly,...


Many Stillbirths In The U.S. Are Preventable. What’s Stopping Us?

There are more than 20,000 stillbirths in the U.S each year, but research suggests that many of them could be preventable. Reset speaks with ProPublica investigative reporter Duaa Eldeib, and Dr. Bob Silver, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah, to learn about the obstacles to preventing stillbirths, and how more babies could be delivered safely.


'When One Of Our Spaces Is Threatened, We All Feel Threatened'

After a shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado over the weekend killed five people and injured dozens more, people are devastated. We talk with local voices Kristen Kaza, producer of Slo’mo, one of Chicago’s longest running LGBTQ centered parties; and McKensie Mack, founder and CEO of MMG Earth — a Black and non-binary led research and change management firm — about what they’re feeling when safe spaces are no longer safe.


‘Lake Song’ Explores The Successes And Hardships Of Life In Chicago In 2098

There is no more walking down the streets of Chicago. The lake has taken the land. This is the story of a new audio drama called Lake Song. Reset explores the story of success and survival in the future Windy City with Jeremy McCarter, founder and executive producer for Make-Believe Association, and Laura Alcalá Baker, co-creator, casting director and line producer for Lake Song.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Nov. 18, 2022

Cook County unanimously passes next year’s budget, while Cook County homeowners finally get a look at their property tax bills. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot rolls out an ambitious plan for the CTA. Reset goes behind those headlines and more with Amanda Vinicky, WTTW political correspondent, Monica Eng, Chicago reporter for AXIOS, and A.D. Quig, Cook County and Chicago government reporter for the Chicago Tribune in our Weekly News Recap.


Food Friday: New Restaurants We Love

Thanksgiving is nearly here, and as you get ready for the big meal, we’re telling you all about our favorite new food spots to hit up when you’re hungry. Reset digs into local foodies’ Nick Kindelsperger, food critic for the Chicago Tribune, and Steve Dolinsky, author and the NBC-5 food reporter, about new restaurant picks and we share our own.


Meet The People Behind Bronzeville’s Omni Ecosystems

Reset digs deeper into efforts to cultivate living landscapes in manmade environments like the roofs of buildings across the city. Molly Meyer, CEO and founder of Omni Ecosystems, and Mike Repkin, director of research and development at Omni Ecosystems, join us to talk about why reconnecting with nature that way is so important.


Historic Bronzeville Sets Sights On Green Tech Innovation To Spur Economic Development

If your neighborhood has historic disinvestment, few grocery stores and you don’t have a car, you might have to take two buses just to get the food you need. A new initiative in Bronzeville is hoping to bridge this gap with an app that calls an electric rideshare vehicle to your door, bringing green technology to the neighborhood and addressing entrenched problems. Reset talks to Paula Robinson, managing member at Bronzeville Partners LLC, and Billy Davis, general manager at Jitney EV, to...


Seeking Environmental Justice On Chicago’s South Side

Black and Latino residents in Chicago are more likely than their white counterparts to be exposed to industrial pollution. As a result, they have higher rates of asthma and other chronic health conditions. Reset explores why environmental racism exists on the South Side, where the industrial hotspots are today, and how local leaders are working toward environmental justice with Karen Weigert, Reset Sustainability contributor and director of Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Center for...