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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.

The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.
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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.




Eve Ewing Reflects On 1919 Chicago Race Riot In New Collection of Poetry

In the summer of 1919, 17-year old Eugene Williams was at the beach cooling off. While in the water, he drifted into the "white" area. White men on shore threw rocks at Williams, and he drowned. Police showed up, but refused to make an arrest. The incident ignited longstanding tensions between white and black Chicagoans. 5 days of violence followed, leaving 38 dead. Now, 100 years later, author and sociologist Eve Ewing revisits the incident with a new book of poetry called 1919.


Friday News Roundup for July 19, 2019

A war of words between Mayor Lightfoot and President Preckwinkle. Cops fired over a cover-up in the Laquan McDonald case. Possible sites for a future Chicago casino. Those are just some of the stories three of the city’s top journalists will unpack when they sit down with Jenn White for our Friday News Roundup


Helping Kids And Moms Deal With The Stress Of Chicago’s Violence

A new study uncovers the fact that, despite homicides going down in Chicago, more of the city's children are exposed to violence than ever before. Plus a Chicago mom talks about how she's channeled her pain after the loss of her son to gun violence, and a group that's gathering mothers like her for a day of mind and body healing.


No Raids, But Immigrant Kids Still In Detention In Chicago Area

The nationwide immigration raids that President Trump threatened over the weekend did not happen. Meanwhile Trump administration policies mean hundreds of immigrant kids are still being housed at shelters in the Chicago area. Want more Morning Shift? Subscribe to our podcast and rate us. It really helps. Connect with us on Facebook and on Twitter at @WBEZMorning. And leave us a voicemail with feedback or with a comment we may play on the air at 855-848-5551.


Peter Sagal Inspired By Nutty Knights

Utter silliness. Brilliant wackiness. However you describe it, Monty Python’s Holy Grail turned the Aurthurian legend on its head and changed the lives of a whole generation of comedy fans and future smart aleks. One of those people is Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me host Peter Sagal. In this latest installment of The Movie That Made Me, Sagal talks about why a film featuring coconuts, shrubberies, and killer bunny rabbits changed his life forever. Plus Chicago band Girl K mixes indie rock, dream...


Friday News Roundup for July 12, 2019

There’s an alligator living in the Humboldt Park Lagoon. While you were on #GatorWatch2019, what news did you miss this week? Morning Shift breaks down the biggest local news stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup with Jenn White.


Gator Mania Grips Chicago

If you live in south Florida, you see it every day. In Chicago...not so much. An alligator-somewhere between 4 and 5 feet long-has appeared in the Humboldt Park lagoon. We’ll hear about how it may have gotten there, what authorities are doing to humanely remove it, and why the lagoon makes for a good alligator home. Plus, hurricane season has begun in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. And September will mark the 2-year anniversary of the devastating storm that hit Puerto Rico. We’ll...


High Lead Levels Halt City’s Water Meter Program

Mayor Lightfoot has halted the program to install water meters in homes across the city. Testing found lead levels would jump during and after the process. Tens of thousands in Chicago have lead pipes connecting their houses to water mains running under the streets. We’ll get an update from Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne, and talk to two experts about how worried you should actually be about lead levels in your water, and how you can keep your family safe.


U of I Begins Offering Free Tuition This Fall

As more Democratic presidential hopefuls talk of free college tuition as part of their future plans if elected, the University of Illinois is making it a reality now. This fall, incoming freshman from Illinois who meet certain requirements will have tuition and fees waved. U of I Chancellor Robert Jones talks about the plan Then, the latest beverage craze...hard seltzer. This ain’t your average La Croix.


WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 5, 2019

Presidential candidates have been flying into Chicago, seeking support from local politicians. The city sees a violent Fourth of July holiday, and drivers are seeing extra fees at the pump. Those are just a few of the week’s top local stories the Morning Shift breaks down on our Friday News Roundup.


A South Side Armory. Plus, 'Fantastic Bugs'

We dig into the history of the General Richard L. Jones Armory. Plus, we go inside the 'Fantastic Bugs' exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum. GUESTS: Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business residential real estate reporter Robin Delapena, Collections Assistant at Field Museum’s Integrative Research Center Emily Parr, exhibition’s projects manager


Women with HIV/AIDS 'Remake' Their Lives, And A Look At The Chicago Origins Of House Music

Northwestern University sociology and African-American studies professor Celeste Watkins-Hayes spent a decade documenting the lives of more than 100 Chicago women living with HIV/AIDS. Her new book “Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality” chronicles a number of obstacles women face before their diagnoses. But the book is not a collection of stories of despair.


Nurses Work To Stop OB/GYN Unit Closing On The South Side

Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center announced it will close its obstetrics unit in August, leaving many African American women in the area with few options for prenatal care. The news came as a shock to the all-female, all-black staff of nurses and doctors that run the unit and the community at large, and it comes in a time of need. Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and the situation in Illinois is even worse...


WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: June 28, 2019

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for our Friday News Roundup when we break down some of the biggest local stories in our city and region. This week, the list includes a couple of Supreme Court rulings that will have a big effect in our area, key moves by Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzer, and an ongoing problem with a massive DNA backlog in Illinois. Morning Shift breaks down the news with Heather Cherone, managing editor and City Hall reporter at the Daily Line, and WBEZ...


Asian American Communities Raising Awareness, Removing Stigma Around Mental Health

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. But according to the American Psychological Association, they're two to three times less likely to seek mental health services than other Americans. We'll hear from a variety of sources, including The Morning Shift's own Stephanie Kim, plus doctors and researchers familiar with the situation in these communities.


Gery Chico Take Leading Role In Developing Neighborhoods From The Inside Out

First there was Lincoln Yards. Then The 78. Now, one mega-development to rule them all is being proposed. It’s called One Central, and it would essentially create a new neighborhood on top of train tracks that would link the South Loop to the lakefront. We’ll give you an inside look on what it is, who’s behind it, and the chances of it actually happening. Plus Gery Chico has helmed a number of major boards and a number of city entities. Now, he’s been tapped by LISC, the Local Initiatives...


IMAN Program Sees Success Reintegrating Former Inmates

Nearly 40 percent of former inmates in Illinois wind up back in prison. Dozens of programs are out there to try to help these people reintegrate into society, but rules, regulations, and the stigma don’t make it easy for someone trying to leave their past behind and start fresh. For 10 years, the Inner City Muslim Action Network has been perfecting a program that takes a holistic and family-oriented approach, and it’s had quite a bit of success. Plus 50 years ago, a group of jazz fans...


DCFS Has A Language Problem

A consent decree in Illinois says that the Department of Children and Family Services is supposed to place children with families that speak the same language. That doesn’t always happen, and the consequences can be painful. Plus, the latest Movie That Made Me has Vocalo host and stand-up comic Tribble talking about the Eddie Murphy classic Coming To America


New Film Shows Impact Of Early Childhood On Life, Health

Vocalist and music educator Tammy McCann has been named The DuSable Museum's American Music Curator At Large. McCann wants to expand the museum's footprint when it comes to music, and believes that learning about culture through music is one of the best ways people from different backgrounds and world views can come together and understand each other better. McCann lays out some of the ideas she has brewing for 2019-2020 exhibitions. Plus a new documentary shows that early childhood...


Friday News Roundup for June 21, 2019

Another long-serving alderman’s office raided by the feds. Mayor Lightfoot appears on Colbert. Country President Preckwinkle predicts no new county taxes in 2020. Those are just some of the stories tackled by our panel of journalists on our Friday News Roudup. This week, we have the Trib’s John Byrne, Kimberly Egonmwan of WVON, and WBEZ’s own Kristen Schorsch.