Come September, I’ll be at Chicago Public Media for six years, and it’s been great being part of the Overdrive. Not only did we contribute to doing great work for members of our community, but we really made a mark of public radio. I remember the first time that I sat down in the Vocalo studio. It was January and I had been paired up with The Morning aMP’s Brian Bablyon. As we were broadcasting, I thought to myself “this is unlike ANYTHING that I ever heard and I was hooked because FINALLY there was a smart, engaging alternative for the people. It was also necessary.
There have been way too many moments to list that I’m proud of on the Overdrive. From the great stories that we collect at our “Music & Stories” events to the head to head debates that we would have about policy, racism, even fried chicken, it’s all been a hell of a ride.
To the callers, tweeters and Facebook commentators, I thank you. Each of you whether we agreed or disagreed with each other, you helped us become better. Better thinkers, better communicators, better broadcasters, better people. We caused each other to think about things in different ways, and for that alone you are appreciated. I look forward to continuing to bring you great quality programming that will make you proud. Thanks for listening!
The Trayvon Martin Case: The trial that will decide George Zimmerman’s fate is now underway. The jury is hearing testimony from a key witness Rachel Jeantel, but the focus appears to be more on her delivery and demeanor than her actual account of what happened that fateful night last year. We discuss the details of her account of the murder as well as the public’s response to Jeantel.
From Football to Murder: New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with murdering his friend. He’s been released from the team since news broke of the occurrence. Hernandez also faces five gun-related charges. We discuss the details leading up to the charges and what this means for the NFL star’s career.
A Victory for Same-Sex Couples: In a dual ruling, the Supreme Court struck down two laws that banned gay marriage. As of today, Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are unconstitutional. The SCOTUS also threw Proposition 8 down to a lower court. This means that same-sex couples in California no longer have to subscribe to the marriage ban.
#StandwithWendy: Texas Senator Wendy Davis stood and spoke for 13 hours yesterday at the state’s Capitol. The filibuster was in opposition of an abortion bill that would have significantly restricted abortion rights in the state. We discuss the details surrounding the incident.
Wise Women:This week we pay tribute to the great "wise women" whose stories we’ve helped tell.