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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.




Planned Parenthood and Title X, A Growing Peace Campus In Englewood

The Trump administration’s decision to withhold funds from health providers that talk about abortions has led Planned Parenthood to leave the federal program Title X and go without the millions in funds that comes with it. We talk about what that means for the organization, and women across the country and in Illinois Plus we look at the nonprofit I Grow Chicago, and the services and a safe space they provide for the residents of Englewood and beyond.


County Dems Make 2020 Picks, Social Media And The Next Election

It’s not quite the old smoke-filled back room of yore, but Cook County Democrats met late last week to choose who they’ll be supporting in the 2020 elections. WBEZ county reporter Kristen Schorch explains who got the nod, and how the county party’s backing helps a candidate. Then Mother Jones’ AJ Vicens talks about the reporting he’s done around election tampering via social media, and how rules to combat it might inadvertently be hurting municipal elections across the country, including...


Markets In Tizzy Over Inverted Yield Curve, Chicago’s Safe House

Over the last week, news reports and business channels have been throwing around the term Inverted Yield Curve. We’ll find out what it means, and what it has to do with a possible future recession or economic downturn. Then we’ll talk to the folks who run a house on the city’s Southwest Side that serves as transitional housing for men who need to escape emergency situations, like if their life is in danger.


Friday News Roundup for August 16, 2019

Bumps in the road for a future Chicago casino. A long-time politician says she won't stand for reelection. State's Attorney Kim Foxx gets a primary challenger. Those stories and more, broken down by 3 of the best journalists in the city. This week we're joined by WTTW's Paris Schutz, New York Times Chicago bureau chief Monica Davie, and freelance reporter Kim Bellware


State's Attorney Takes Aim At Juul, KLEO Celebrates City Youth

From paying social media influencers to their ad campaigns to the flavors themselves, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim believes that Juul, the biggest player in the growing e-cigarette market, is going directly after children. So he’s going directly after the company with a lawsuit. Plus K.L.E.O. is a non-profit serving kids on the south side through a variety of programs from helping navigate through first jobs to the arts and more. We hear more about their mission and their...


Future Chicago Casino Profits And A New Elder Abuse Task Force

A new survey says that Chicago and Illinois will do quite well once a successful casino opens in the city. But it also says that the profits for the casino’s actual owner will be so low, we may see a situation where no one wants to build one in the first place. And 20,000 cases of elder abuse were reported in Illinois last year, and experts say the number of actual abuse cases is much higher. We talk to 2 members of a new state task force combating abuse of the elderly and those with...


Trade War With China Affecting Illinois Farmers, Consumers

It’s been well over a year since the Trump administration started slapping tariffs on Chinese goods. China has responded in kind, and Illinois corn and soybean producers are taking a hit as one of their biggest export markets dries up. Additional tariffs will mean average consumers in the state will start feeling it as well. Plus the Chicago Tribune’s food writers have searched out the best middle eastern food in and around Chicago. We hear about some of their favorites


Waukegan Gambling And Young Poets Honor Gwendolyn Brooks

Pro Publica Illinois has taken another deep dive into gambling in the state. This time the focus is on Waukegan, the gambling interests there, and the influence they’re exerting. Plus the Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards give young people a chance to put their world into words.


Billy Branch: 50 Years Of The Blues

Billy Branch was born in Chicago, but he was raised in LA. He’d never been exposed to the blues until, at 17, he moved back to Chicago to attend UIC, and wandered into Grant Park for what many aficionados call “the greatest blues concert ever”. From that moment he was hooked. A few years later he was touring the world with Willie Dixon’s band, and he’s been leading his own band Sons of Blues since the late 70’s. Branch talks about his life in blues and his new album, Roots and Branches: A...


Minority-Owned Small Businesses Can’t Get Capital Needed To Grow

Small business loans are not being dished out at past rates in minority and low-income areas across Chicagoland and across Illinois. That’s according to a new study from Chicago’s Woodstock Institute. The lack of investment from banks essentially leaves communities without gasoline for their economic engines. We hear from the study’s author, and 2 small business owners trying to access additional capital. Plus this week’s See Hear Eat has a seriously nerdy bent to it as Chicago’s “King of...


Does CPS Have Enough Teachers?

A new WBEZ investigation found 1 in 3 CPS schools continue to have teacher vacancies. Some kids have gone all year without a teacher. And most of those schools are in black neighborhoods. WBEZ’s Sarah Karp explains what she found. And the impact of Toni Morrison. The prolific author died earlier this week.


Illinois Fiscal Picture Looking Brighter. Barely.

Ratings agencies-which determine how fiscally stable a government entity is, which ultimately determines how much it will cost that government to borrow money-have taken a dim view of Illinois’ finances over the last several years. But this week, the state was offered a glimmer of hope. Erik Kim, Senior Director at Fitch Ratings in NYC, believes that the governor and the legislature are taking the right steps to eventually get the state out of it’s financial mess. Plus State Senator Tom...


Chicago Kids Combating Gun Violence In Schools, Neighborhoods

One weekend in America, two more mass shootings. While the national media focuses on the massacres in El Paso and Dayton, 7 were killed and nearly 50 wounded in Chicago between Friday and Sunday nights. Earlier this year, as we marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, we brought in two Chicago teens working hard to rid their schools and communities of gun violence.


Updates On Area Road Construction, And Rocky Makes An Impact

Construction updates, distracted drivers, and new rail cars are some of the transportation stories you’ll hear from Tribune reporter and WBEZ transportation contributor Mary Wisniewski. Plus anti-hate activist Christian Picciolini talks about Rocky on the latest installment of The Movie That Made Me.


Friday News Roundup for August 2, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made the bulk of the headlines this week. We’ll find out what they said, what they meant, and how they plan to move forward on a number of issues and promises with our panel of journalists. This week we’re joined by Heather Cherone, A.D. Quig, and Dave McKinney.


New Illinois Law Aims To Even Playing Field For Job Applicants

Pritzker signed a bill that prohibits potential employers from asking applicants about their past salaries. Revealing past salaries often perpetuates the fact that women and minorities are paid less for the same work than white men. Plus the University of Illinois Cancer Center has re-tooled a successful app for the Latinx community. The app, now available in Spanish, helps keep patients informed about their treatment and the support available for a successful recovery.


Chief Equity Officer Tries To Correct City's Racial Disparities

Some cities, have diversity officers charged with making sure staffs, boards, and other positions are filled with a wide range of people, an equity officer needs to look at systemic racism in the city’s services and departments, and figure out how to correct disparities. Mayor Lightfoot has named Candace Moore as Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer. We’ll hear about her plans, and the challenges she faces making the city work for everyone. Plus WBEZ’s Dan Mihalopolous uncovers the rampant and...


Mothers' Anti-Violence Group Mourns Killings Of Their Own

For several years, the Englewood-based group MASK (Mothers Against Senseless Killings) have guarded their children and their neighborhood against the violence that's taken too many young lives. The mothers do it through their constant visible presence, their activities, their cookouts, and more. Last weekend, two of the moms were killed in a drive-by shooting. MASK’s founder Tamar Manasseh talks about the women, and describes her anguish over a situation that she believes is out of...


Connected Contractors Wasted Billions For O’Hare Projects

Contractors connected to mayors, alderman, and other city officials have received billions in contracts for work at O’Hare airport. But while many of these projects have come in way over budget or have gone on forever, few have actually translated into a better experience for the average traveler. The Better Government Association’s investigative reporter Alejandra Cancina talks about her new report. Plus transportation contributor Mary Wisniewski details a new Illinois plan to slow...


Trove Of Historic Black Photos Finds A Home

The photo and video archive of Johnson Publishing has just been sold for $30 million. Luckily, the consortium has pledged to make it available to researchers, historians, and museums. We’ll hear about the historical significance of the archive, and the company itself. Plus we revisit a conversation with author Claire Hartfield. Her book “A Few Red Drops” gives young readers a sense of the madness that engulfed Chicago during the massive race riot that took place one hundred years ago this...