Latino Voices

Saturdays at 6 pm

Latino Voices

Day Laborers Face Increased Difficulties Amid COVID-19

(WTTW News) How Chicago’s day laborers, many of whom are undocumented, are finding — and not finding — work during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 27, 2021 - Full Show

How the pandemic has interrupted an income source for day laborers. Reviving the debate over a $15 minimum wage. A hospital chaplain offering spiritual support. The last word on bridging cultures. Read more >

Black Voices

Sundays at 6 pm

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 28, 2021 - Full Show

A sweeping criminal justice bill becomes law in Illinois. The history of social reformer Ada S. McKinley. Black Voices Book Club checks out “BeBop Fairy Tales.” Plus, a throwback with Sammy Davis Jr. Read more >

Black Voices

Rewriting History: Recognizing Black Trailblazer Ada McKinley

Ada McKinley (Courtesy Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.) A Chicago-based community organization established more than 100 years ago serves more than 7,000 people annually, but the story of its founder has largely been erased.  Read more >

Latino Voices

La Ultima Palabra: Anyiné Galván Rodríguez

Anyiné Galván Rodríguez (WTTW News) From Cuba to the Dominican Republic to right here in Chicago, millions of Afro Latinos speak their culture through their language and wear their African heritage on their bodies, especially in their hair texture. Read more >

Latino Voices

New Plan ‘Protect Chicago Plus’ Guiding City’s Vaccine Distribution

(WTTW News) Chicago has launched a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan that partners with community organizations to get vaccinations to people in the 15 communities most impacted by the pandemic. Carmen Vergara of Esperanza Health Centers tells us more. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 20, 2021 - Full Show

How Chicagoans are stepping up to help the homeless in their communities. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine to the hardest-hit communities. Remembering the Cuban Comet in this week’s throwback. Read more >

Latino Voices

La Ultima Palabra: Rafael Esparza

Rafael Esparza (WTTW News) Chef Rafael Esparza has worked in some of Chicago’s most storied kitchens. As part of our series, he gives us the last word on how works of mutual aid give cover to failures of public policy. Read more >

Black Voices

Criminal Justice Law Will End Cash Bail, Mandate Body Cameras

(WTTW News) Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed a criminal justice bill Monday that is massive both in its size – 764 pages – and scope. We discuss the the coming changes and what concerns the bill raises for opponents. Read more >

Black Voices

Notes on Jazz: ‘Bebop Fairy Tales’ Riffs on History

Jazz is the foundation of Mark Ruffin’s entire career as a music historian, journalist and broadcaster. In this week’s Black Voices Book Club selection, the principles of jazz composition also inspired his fictional takes on topics of race and intolerance. Read more >

Black Voices

‘Our People’ 1968 Interview: Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. appears on WTTW’s “Our People” in 1968. (WTTW) In this recently rediscovered interview, the Grammy Award-winning actor talks with “Our People” host Jim Tilmon about how media representations affect popular perceptions. Read more >

Black Voices

‘Our People’ 1968 Interview: Diahann Carroll

A still image from video shows an interview with Diahann Carroll on “Our People.” (WTTW) Black women’s hair, particularly in the workplace, has been the subject of endless discussion in recent years. In this rediscovered 1968 interview from the WTTW show “Our People,” actor Diahann Carroll tells a story that demonstrates it’s not exactly a new issue. Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is provided by CIBC.

Additional support is provided by The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation and Judy and John McCarter.

Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Fifth Third Bank.

Additional support is provided by Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr., The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Nicholas Antoine, Judy and John McCarter, and Hiranda and Paul Donoghue.

Join WTTW News every weekend for analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts and life, entrepreneurship and innovation, and equity and justice across the sectors of our society and in the Black and Latino communities in Chicago. Make the VOICES series your definitive source for real conversation and a platform for different voices and perspectives.

Latino Voices

Saturdays at 6 pm

Hugo Balta, Host and News Director for WTTW News

Black Voices

Sundays at 6 pm

Brandis Friedman, Host and co-anchor for Chicago Tonight

Latino Voices

Day Laborers Face Increased Difficulties Amid COVID-19

(WTTW News) How Chicago’s day laborers, many of whom are undocumented, are finding — and not finding — work during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Feb. 28, 2021 - Full Show

A sweeping criminal justice bill becomes law in Illinois. The history of social reformer Ada S. McKinley. Black Voices Book Club checks out “BeBop Fairy Tales.” Plus, a throwback with Sammy Davis Jr. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 27, 2021 - Full Show

How the pandemic has interrupted an income source for day laborers. Reviving the debate over a $15 minimum wage. A hospital chaplain offering spiritual support. The last word on bridging cultures. Read more >

Black Voices

Rewriting History: Recognizing Black Trailblazer Ada McKinley

Ada McKinley (Courtesy Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.) A Chicago-based community organization established more than 100 years ago serves more than 7,000 people annually, but the story of its founder has largely been erased.  Read more >

Latino Voices

La Ultima Palabra: Anyiné Galván Rodríguez

Anyiné Galván Rodríguez (WTTW News) From Cuba to the Dominican Republic to right here in Chicago, millions of Afro Latinos speak their culture through their language and wear their African heritage on their bodies, especially in their hair texture. Read more >

Black Voices

Criminal Justice Law Will End Cash Bail, Mandate Body Cameras

(WTTW News) Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed a criminal justice bill Monday that is massive both in its size – 764 pages – and scope. We discuss the the coming changes and what concerns the bill raises for opponents. Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is provided by CIBC.

Additional support is provided by The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation and Judy and John McCarter.

Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Fifth Third Bank.

Additional support is provided by Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr., The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Nicholas Antoine, Judy and John McCarter, and Hiranda and Paul Donoghue.