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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.




Two African American Women Who Coach High School Football Are Breaking Barriers A Setting Records

Coach K and Coach Knikkie bonded over a love of the sport, and cheer each other on, even when their teams face off, which was another record setting event in Illinois. Reset sits down with the coaches and learns about what drives and unites them and how they hope to draw positive attention to their schools. GUEST: Konesha Rhea, Head Varsity Football Coach DuSable Panthers Jouscelyn Mayfield, Christian Fenger Academy High School


Do You Want To Land A Job? Leave This Off Your Resume

The pandemic has forced many people to rethink their job paths, so Reset talked to three professional coaches about how to take the next step in our careers. GUESTS: Phoebe Gavin, career and leadership coach and executive director of talent and development at Kate Brooks, board-certified career coach and counselor Bianca Jeanty, career coach and speaker


From “Land Barbara” to Gritty: The Best Moments From ‘Abbott Elementary’ Premiere

Abbott Elementary is back after collecting a few awards at the Emmys. Reset chatted about our initial impression of the start of Season 2 with a TV critic and panel of Abbott fans. GUEST: Danette Chavez, Editor-in-Chief of Primetimer Brandon Pope, reporter/anchor at CW 26 Arionne Nettles, journalism lecturer at Northwestern University

WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap Sept. 23, 2022

More migrants are bused up to Chicago from Texas, Mayor Lightfoot appoints a new North Side alderman, while City Council approves a measure to protect abortion access. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Weekly News Recap. GUESTS: Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune state government reporter Erin Hegarty, City Hall reporter, the Daily Line Christian Farr, NBC-5 Chicago reporter


Chicagoans Shout Out Their Fave Local Eats

Only two Chicago spots made the New York Times’ 2022 list of America’s best restaurants. But we think they overlooked some of our other great restaurants. Because regardless of what kind of food you’re in the mood for, you’ll easily find it in Chicago. Reset talks through our overall favorite spots and what you should order when you visit for yourself. GUEST: Aimee Levitt, freelancer and former deputy editor at Eater Chicago Steve Dolinsky, author and the NBC-5 food reporter


No Love For Chicago’s O’Hare, Midway Airports Survey

Have your airport experiences in Chicago been sub-par? You’re not alone. A recent survey of the country’s airports found that travelers are increasingly frustrated with O’Hare and Midway airports. Reset hears more about how those airports are ranked.


The Predicted ‘Future’ Of Climate Migration Is Here

The warming planet is causing more intense storms and extreme weather, which is forcing millions of people to flee their homes around the world. Some experts say this problem will only get worse as conditions become more unbearable. Reset talks with Juan Declet-Barreto with the Union of Concerned Scientists and Gaia Vince, author Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World.


Why One Chicago Woman Is Showing Youth A Whole New World

Chicagoan Crystal Dyer wanted to help the young people in her Austin community be exposed to the beauty of the wide world. A travel agent herself, she knew what getting out of your environment and exploring the world could do to your perspective. So she began a program to do just that: connect at-risk youth—many of whom may have never been on a plane before, or owned a passport — with different countries, cultures and people. Reset talks to Dyer about why she chooses travel to connect with...


Librarians Are On The Front Lines Of A New Culture War

Efforts to ban books are on the rise, presenting challenges to schools and libraries across the country. And a new report from PEN America says challenges to library books are not just coming from concerned parents, but are actually part of an organized political effort. Reset checks in with Jonathan Friedman of PEN America and Susie An, WBEZ education reporter to learn more about the report and what’s at stake


Cooking For A Cause: How Chicago Chefs Are Teaming Up For Tigray

Earlier this year, Chicago chefs rallied to cook for Ukrainians — it was an event that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in humanitarian aid due to the war in Ukraine. Now, local chefs are teaming up again — this time, for the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Ethiopians in the country’s northern Tigray region are experiencing possibly the worst health crisis in the entire world. This is due to a two-year conflict between the ruling party and the central government, as well as the worst...


She Sued A Local Plant For Causing Her Cancer. A Jury Awarded Her $363 Million

Sterigenics in Dupage County and two companies in Lake County used the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide in sterilization processes for years before nearby residents began to report higher-than-normal levels of a number of cancers. Reset speaks with Michael Hawthorne, reporter at the Chicago Tribune, about the first lawsuit against Sterigenics over use of the known carcinogen, which Springfield considered banning in 2019.


Immigrants Bused To Chicago From Texas Need Emergency Housing, Healthcare

Volunteers and nonprofits are meeting people as they arrive and helping to provide housing, healthcare and food. But these immigrants are in a precarious position because they can’t legally work in the country until six months after they submit their asylum application. Meanwhile, that application process requires money for legal fees, and many of the non-profits that help immigrants with this process are at capacity. Reset speaks with Laura Mendoza, immigration organizer, The Resurrection...


Dr. Taormina Tackles Your Covid, Flu, and Monkeypox Questions As We Swing Into Fall

Sweater weather is just around the corner but with it comes flu season. Reset answers your most asked questions about colds, flus, covid and monkeypox with the help of Dr. Mia Taormina, infectious disease specialist with Duly Health and Care


Whitney Talks About Their New Album, SPARK

Critically-acclaimed band, Whitney, released their 4th album, SPARKS, this past week. The new album experiments with synthesizers and other electronic elements that make the new record a departure from the band's typical sound. Reset caught up with the band about the inspiration behind the new record. GUESTS: Julien Ehlrich and Max Kakacek, members of the band, Whitney


WBEZ’s Chicago News Recap: September 16, 2022

MIllions of Illinois taxpayers will soon receive one-time tax rebates, while republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey releases his tax returns for public scrutiny. Reset goes behind the headlines on the Chicago News Recap. GUESTS: Amanda Vinicky, WTTW political correspondent Mariah Woelfel, WBEZ city government reporter Mike Lowe, reporter for WGN TV News


The Child Poverty Rate Has Decreased Dramatically According To A New Study

In a new report from the New York Times and non-partisan research group Child Trends, the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. dropped significantly from the early 1990s to just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Reset speaks with one of the authors of the report, a reporter from the New York Times and researcher at Northwestern University on the findings and their implications. GUESTS: Dana Thomson, senior research scientist at Child Trends Jason DeParle, reporter for the New York...


At This Chicago School, Dozens Of Ukrainian Refugees Start Fresh

More than a hundred thousand refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine are here in the United States. Many of those refugees are children, and one place here in Chicago that is stepping up to help is Saint Nicholas Cathedral School in Ukrainian Villages. This school year they have taken in 75 Ukrainian refugee students, bought supplies for their families, and created an English immersion summer camp for the last weeks before school starts. Reset checks in with principal Anna Cirilli on how things...


Why The Chicago Skyway Is Now Under Australian Management

The Chicago Skyway is under new management: the Australian company Atlas Arteria, which owns and operates toll roads in Europe and the United States. In 2005, Chicago leased the Skyway to private shareholders. The shareholders can buy or sell, but the city has to remain in the agreement for 99 years. Reset learns more Chicago Tribune reporter Robert Channick and toll road expert Robert W. Poole, director of transportation for the Reason Foundation.


Ending Systemic Racism In Tech

The nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization Color of Change presented its Black Tech Agenda to members of Congress this week in a push for policy solutions to advance racial equity in the technology industry. Reset learns more about the group’s plan from Washington Post reporter Cristiano Lima and Rashad Robinson, president of the advocacy group Color Of Change.


Film Uncovers A Battle for Privilege and Power as Aid Effort Builds New School in Haiti

What seemed like a simple international aid project spirals out of control. How (Not) to Build A School in Haiti details the long and complicated process it took to build a new school in a rural town north of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The project comes to a sudden halt when a headstrong American construction worker clashes with a Haitian leader. Reset talks with a Chicago-based filmmaker and a Haitian creole translator about how the development process comes to life on screen.