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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.




What’s That Building? Thornton Distilling Co.

Reset explores a distillery at one of the oldest remaining brewing sites in Illinois with architecture sleuth Dennis Rodkin.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Jan. 27, 2023

The NRA files a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ assault weapons ban. Classes are back in session at UIC as faculty end their strike. A White Sox pitcher is investigated for domestic abuse allegations. Reset goes behind those headlines with John Chase, deputy metro editor at the Chicago Tribune, Dave McKinney, WBEZ state politics reporter and Brandis Friedman, WTTW co-anchor and correspondent and host of “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices”


27 Days. 40 Mass Shootings In America.

Article: (Two sentences max) With the seemingly never-ending barrage of gun violence, how do you cope? Do you go numb? Can’t sleep? That’s all normal according to the American Psychological Association. Reset talks with a psychologist Iggy V Ladden and pastor Raymond Chang and hears from WBEZ listeners.


What’s That Building? The Delaware Building

The Bryant Block, now known as the Delaware Building, was one of the most regal to be built downtown after the Great Chicago Fire. But in subsequent years, it became a hotbed of gossip and intrigue. Reset gets the story from their architecture sleuth Dennis Rodkin.


Minority-Led Startups Get A Boost At Chicago Tech Incubator

An incubator on the South Side of Chicago aims to launch new businesses and train young people to be entrepreneurs. Reset checks in with James Parker, CEO and founder of 1921 Coworking and Incubator.


Expanding What ‘Tourist Destination’ Means In Chicago

A new grant from the city’s tourism arm Choose Chicago seeks to help 12 Chicago neighborhoods draw more tourism: Auburn Gresham, Austin, Back of the Yards, Englewood, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, New City, North Center, North Lawndale, Roseland, South Chicago and Hyde Park. Reset hears more about the program with vice president of Choose Chicago Rob Fojtk and hears from folks in neighborhoods who could receive this money.


Who Got Snubbed In Oscar Nominations?

Nominations for this year‘s Academy Awards were released this week, with the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” leading the pack with 11 nominations. Meanwhile, critically-acclaimed films like “The Woman King,” “Till” and “Nope” were shut out of Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. Reset talks with a pop culture writer Michi Trota and a cinematic superfan, Jeremy Marder from the Music Box Theatre, for their takes on this year’s nominees.


What’s That Building? First Baptist Church Of Hammond

In this installment of Reset’s on-going series “What’s That Building?” the show learns about a mini-architecture district in Hammond, Indiana, just over the border from Illinois. Reset hears from its architectural sleuth, Dennis Rodkin, about the First Baptist Church in Hammond, and how it came to preserve so much building history.


How Safe Are Common Menstrual Products?

Companies that make disposable and reusable period products like tampons, cups, pads and underwear aren’t required to list the chemicals they contain. This came into focus after popular period underwear brand Thinx settled a class action lawsuit that alleged the company’s marketing misrepresented the safety of the products. Reset learns from health experts Anna Pollack and Jhumka Gupta of George Mason University about the research that goes into ensuring these products are safe and...


What’s That Building? The Sheldon and Harriet Peck Homestead

Reset architecture sleuth Dennis Rodkin takes us to the Sheldon and Harriet Peck Homestead, a confirmed Underground Railroad site in west suburban Lombard.


Chicago Asian Americans React To California Mass Shooting

Lunar New Year started Sunday. It’s supposed to be a time of celebration. But how might mass shootings targeting Asian Americans impact local Lunar New Year events? Reset is joined by Tuan Huynh and Van Huynh who are organizing festivities in Chicago, Alderwoman Nicole Lee and Stephanie Foerster from the Uptown Chamber of Commerce.


The COVID Pandemic Is Now Three Years Old

As we mark three years with COVID-19, the FDA has announced the U.S. will soon move to a single dose of vaccine each year, like an annual flu shot. Reset checks in on that as the importance of sleep for our health with infectious disease specialist Dr. Mia Taormina of Duly Health and Care.


‘What’s That Building?’ The Preston Bradley Center Gets A Second Act

The Preston Bradley Center has been a staple of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood since 1925. It was recently under threat of demolition, but former Uptown resident Dan Ivankovich decided to save the building and transform it into a multi-purpose space to serve the local community. Reset learns about the building's history and what it might look like in the future with Dennis Rodkin, reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business.


What’s Next In The Fight For Abortion Access?

Jan. 22 marked 50 years since Roe v. Wade. Reset discusses the past, present and future of reproductive rights with journalist Shefali Luthra and abortion advocate Alicia Hurtado.


Public Libraries Fight Back Against Book Bans

Chicagoland libraries are coming into conflict with parents who say they’re exercising their First Amendment right to protest a variety of children’s books about LGBT acceptance and body positivity. Reset talks to WBEZ metro reporter Adora Namigadde and Lindsey Dorfman, executive director of the Glenview Public Library.


Chicago DJs Celebrate International House Music With ‘Global Currency’

We ALL like to dance. A couple Chicago DJs are proving just that with their party, Global Currency, celebrating international club music inspired by one of Chicago’s musical exports — house music. DJ Mochi and DJ IGGY join Reset to share some tunes from South America, Africa, and more.


WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Jan. 20, 2023

The Illinois Rifle Association sues to stop the state’s weapons ban, Nicor Gas proposes income-based utility rates, and the Chicago Bears have their sights set on Arlington Heights. Reset goes behind the headlines with Paris Schutz, reporter and anchor, WTTW-TV, Carrie Shepherd, lead producer of the podcast City Cast Chicago, and Steve Daniels, Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter.


Lost & Found: Where Are The Best Fabric Stores In Chicago?

In our series “Lost And Found,” Reset helps listeners locate things in the Chicago area they’re struggling to find. In this installment, digital engagement producer Claire Hyman helps a set designer find fabric, wallpaper and more. And Bob Doepel, founder of Chicago Scenic Studios, explains a day in the life of a set designer.


Why Are People Fighting Over Stoves?

No, there’s not a ban on gas stoves. But concerns over indoor air pollution’s effect on our health led the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to discuss the possibility of the first ever safety regulation of new gas stoves. Reset discusses how this debate fits into the push to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels with Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility, Karen Weigert and Brent Stephens, Professor and Department Chair in the Department of...


Lost & Found: Where Can I Find Fresh Hot Peppers In Chicago?

Is it getting hot in here? In this installment of Reset Lost and Found, a spice enthusiast called the show in search of fresh hot peppers in Chicago. So our Digital Engagement Reporter, Claire Hyman, located markets throughout the city that sell varieties of chiles. Plus, a local chef Sebastian White gives us some inspiration for how to incorporate a little heat in our cuisine.