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May 16, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, May 16, 2021 - Full Show

We comb through efforts to end discrimination against Black hairstyles. The Black engineering firm steering CTA’s modernization. And we share the mic with WBEZ host Sasha-Ann Simons.

May 16, 2021

Illinois Senate Bill Addresses Black Hair Discrimination in Schools Across State

Black hair has been politicized, penalized and legislated throughout history. As a bill addressing hair discrimination heads to the Illinois House, we break down the politics of Black hair.

May 16, 2021

Israel Kills 42 in Gaza as Netanyahu Warns War Will Go On

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people Sunday, Palestinian medics said, in the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence. 

May 16, 2021

CDC Director Defends Decision to Ditch Masks

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines.

May 16, 2021

Sharks Use Earth’s Magnetic Field as a GPS, Scientists Say

Researchers said their marine laboratory experiments with a small species of shark confirm long-held speculation that sharks use magnetic fields as aids to navigation — behavior observed in other marine animals such as sea turtles.

May 16, 2021

Fauci Says Pandemic Exposed ‘Undeniable Effects of Racism’

The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic.

May 16, 2021

2 Chicago Police Officers, Suspect Shot on City’s West Side

Two Chicago police officers were shot on the West Side of the city Sunday morning and have been released from the hospital, and the suspected gunman was also shot, according to the Chicago Police Department.

May 15, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, May 15, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago’s Board of Education on what the search for the next CPS CEO will look like. A permitting delay for a metal-shredding company. And a musical profile with a 14-year-old oboist.

May 15, 2021

Classical Contemplation with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

In February, we met four teens participating in a program that helps students pursue careers in classical music. Little Village resident Giovani Ibarra, 14, offers his thoughts on the oboe with this performance.

May 15, 2021

Permit for Southeast Side Metal Shredding Facility Paused After EPA Steps In

Southside Recycling has long planned a move to the Southwest Side. But last week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency asked Mayor Lori Lightfoot to conduct an environmental justice assessment in the community before allowing the company to operate.

May 15, 2021

Board of Education President on Finding New CPS Chief

Chicago Public School officials say they hope to have a new CEO selected by late July. Miguel del Valle, the head of the Chicago Board of Education, joins us to discuss the process of picking the next chief.

May 15, 2021

Israel Strikes Gaza Home of Hamas Leader, AP Office

Israel slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes on Saturday, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp — most of them children — and pulverizing a high-rise that housed The Associated Press and other media.

May 15, 2021

Pipeline Operator Says ‘Normal Operations’ Have Resumed

The operator of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline — hit on May 7 by a ransomware attack — announced Saturday that it has resumed “normal operations,” delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast.
May 15, 2021

Colleges Pushed Anew for Reparations for Slavery, Racism

Student and community activists from New England to the Deep South are demanding institutions take more ambitious steps to atone for past sins — from colonial-era slavery to more recent campus expansion projects that have pushed out entire communities of color.

May 15, 2021

McDonald’s Raising US Workers’ Pay in Company-Owned Stores

McDonald’s follows other chains including Chipotle, which said Monday that it will raise workers’ pay to an average of $15 per hour by the end of June.