Target: Police: Chicago Police issued an officer safety alert warning for cops patrolling the West Pullman neighborhood. When officers respond to calls, they are actually the ones being targeted. We discuss the “hit” on those meant to serve and protect us, the 41 incidents where people got shot across the city and the death of a 15-year-old who was shot by police.
WBEZ Bureau Check In: This week WBEZ’s North Side Bureau Reporter Odette Yousef joins us in studio. She’ll give us the lowdown on the rising number of undocumented unaccompanied children entering the country. Odette also tells us about undocumented youth being held in adult detention facilities.
Job from Around the Way: We present the latest job lead in hopes of making the search a bit easier in this tough economy.
Racist Prank: A University of Chicago fraternity may be in deep trouble after pulling a prank on an African American mailman. We discuss the details of the prank and why people are saying that it’s racist and homophobic.
Story from Around the Way: This week’s story is from Lily Be, local storyteller and founder of “Stoop Style Stories.” She recounts the time when she was diagnosed with cancer and how telling stories helped her get through the difficult time. The story was originally told at the “Grown Folks Stories” event hosted by Cara Brigandi.
Suicide Assignment: Students in an Upper Manhattan English class were tasked with a strange assignment. To write a suicide note. The class was reading “The Secret Life of Bees” and students wrote from the perspective of a character that commits suicide in the book. We discuss.
A Win for the Interns: A judge ruled that Searchlight Pictures had violated federal and New York minimum wage laws by not paying their interns. Intern Guru George Lara joins us in studio to talk about the ruling and how it could shape how businesses compensate interns.
The Role of Sesame Street: Sesame Street has been known to tackle controversial topics. Divorce, sexual orientation, even AIDS. Now the program is taking on incarceration. We talk about the “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration” episode and the role of children’s programs in society.