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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pipeline Operator Says ‘Normal Operations’ Have Resumed
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.
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.