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




Chicago Opera ‘The Factotum’ Blends Soul, Funk, Hip Hop And The Black Barbershop

Ready for some hip-hopera? Reset talks with Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, director, dramaturg and co-book writer for The Factotum, a fresh spin on The Barber of Seville that takes place on the South Side of Chicago and highlights diverse voices and diverse life experiences in a way that’s often missing from the genre of opera.


Bias Against Bodies: Fatphobia And Weight Stigma In The Workplace

There are currently no federal U.S. laws that protect people from weight-based discrimination, and only a handful of cities and states have such laws on the books. Reset talks to professor Esther Rothblum and advocate Brandie Solovay about why this discrimination persists and how to address it.


The Chicago Reader Looks To The Future

After a tumultuous few years, the Chicago Reader moved to non-profit status in 2022. A six-month nationwide search for the right person to lead the new organization led to tapping a homegrown talent with experience at the Better Government Association and other Chicago-based organizations. Reset checks in with the former publisher and the publisher-to-be who starts in mid-February.


New WBEZ Must-Listen: ‘Shoes Off: A Sexy Asians Podcast’

This newest WBEZ podcast shares stories of Asian Americans and their relationships with identity, confidence, and success. Reset chats with the hosts Susie An and Esther Yoon-Ji Kang, along with producer Stephanie Kim to get a behind-the-scenes look at the pod.


Bias Against Bodies: The Evolution Of Plus-Size Fashion

Plus-size fashion has come a long way in the 119 years since Lane Bryant opened its doors in 1904, but it still has a long way to go. Many people still struggle to access the same clothing options as straight-size people. Reset learns more from fashion blogger Natalie Craig and journalist Gianluca Russo, author of The Power of Plus. Then we’ll hear from Jovana Savic, founder of Thick Mall, a local vintage market offering more options to plus-size customers and local writer Megan Kirby who...


FDA Set To Ease Blood Donation Restrictions On Gay, Bisexual Men

A lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood was instituted in 1985, but change is afoot. Reset hears from Dr. Anu Hazra, University of Chicago infectious disease specialist, Jim Pickett, senior advisor with AVAC, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, Luke Romesberg, director of Youth Housing Program at the Center on Halsted, and Jennifer Brier, professor of history and gender and women’s studies, UIC.


Mental Health Care Is Out Of Reach For Many Migrants

Many asylum seekers arrive in Chicago with little knowledge of where they’ll sleep or how they’ll access food and care, especially mental health care. Reset hears about one migrant’s experience from Chicago-Sun Times journalist Elvia Malagón and from professor and social worker Aimee Hilado about what support migrants needs most.


Bias Against Bodies: Traveling With Plus-Size Women

Structural fatphobia is everywhere, including the skies. Almost no one can get comfortable on airplanes, and that’s especially true for fat and plus-size people. Reset speaks to podcast hosts Nicci Nunez and Alex Stewart who are leading trips around the world for plus-size people.


How Chicago Voters Can Make Informed Decisions In The City Election

Chicago has some major decision-making to do in the February 28 election, and WBEZ and the Chicago Sun-Times are here to help you get up-to-date on the issues you care about. Reset talks to politics editors Tony Arnold and Angela Rozas O’Toole about the new mayoral questionnaire and quiz.


Chicagoans React To Fatal Police Beating Of Tyre Nichols

Residents in Chicago and surrounding areas held vigils and protests demanding police accountability after the release of body cam footage that showed Memphis police officers brutally beating 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. He later died from his injuries. Reset talks with Sharon Fairley from the University of Chicago Law School, co-founder of the Let Us Breathe Collective Damon Williams and founder of the Lake County Chapter of Black Lives Matter Clyde McLemore.


Bias Against Bodies: The Argument For ‘Weight-Neutral’ Fitness

For countless Americans, the start of a new year brings renewed goals of weight loss, exercise and trying the latest diet trend. But for the sake of both mental and physical health, advocates are calling for a weight-neutral approach to fitness. Reset learns about what that would look like with Louise Green, C.P.T., plus-size trainer and founder of Big Fit Girl and Mirna Valerio, runner, speaker and author of A Beautiful Work in Progress.


Chicago Woos Laid-Off Foreign Tech Workers

How can Chicago become a technology hub to, perhaps one day, compete with the likes of Silicon Valley? A coalition of businesses in Chicago thinks one step could be hiring thousands of foreign workers, all of them H-1B visa holders laid off in recent weeks by companies like Microsoft and Google. The group will need to move quickly. When an H-1B visa holder is let go from an American company, they have 60 days to find work or leave the country. Reset talks with Brad Henderson and Nuwan...


How To Cope With Major Life Changes

Dr. Maya Shankar started her podcast A Slight Change of Plans as a pandemic project. Now, she is nearly three years into hosting insightful conversations about change. Reset gets a lesson in coping with change from the cognitive scientist and podcast host.


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.