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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.




Chicago's Kiana Poised For Big Breakout

Chicago singer-songwriter Kaina Castillo has been performing at venues across the city since she was a teen. The Irving Park native built a name for herself along the way, and is now touring on her first full-length album, Next to the Sun.


Friday News Roundup For Sept, 13, 2019

From federal oversight of Chicago’s public schools tied to last year’s news of CPS’s oversight of sexual abuse and assault cases, to judges in high places to an unfolding story of the continued failure of the state’s Department of Children and Family Services, our round table of reporters break down the biggest news of the week on our Friday News Roundup


The Battle Over TIF Money For Lincoln Yards

Driving for a rideshare company like Uber or Lyft may be your ticket to some extra money. But if you owe fines or fees to the city, you may be blocked from doing the job. WBEZ’s Elliot Ramos explains what’s happening, and who’s affected most. Plus activists argue in court that developer Sterling Bay has no right to use public money from TIFs to build their mega-development known as Lincoln Yards. Find out what the judge said yesterday.


Chicago’s Police Overtime Problem

Mayor Lightfoot is trying to plug a Grand Canyon-sized budget hole. It’s somewhere in the neighborhood of $860 million. Every penny counts. So when she found out that the Chicago Police Department dished out nearly $70 million in overtime-for just the first 6 months of 2019-she called in the superintendent to find out what was going on. Sun Times reporter Fran Spielman takes us through the past, present, and future of the city’s police overtime. Plus Lynn Scarlett, Vice President of...


Uber’s Chicago Move, Chemical Spills In NW Indiana

Uber wants to be more than a rideshare company. They want to dominate a number of transportation markets in the same way Amazon has become a one-stop shopping experience. To that end, Uber has leased the massive old post office building that straddles the entrance to the Eisenhower expressway, with plans to turn it into the headquarters for Uber Freight. But the company hasn’t turned a profit yet, and Wall Street isn’t as forgiving with companies as they were when tech first began to...


A Teacher At Heart: One Man Leaves Academia And Returns To The Classroom

Gregory Michie was born to teach. After years as a CPS teacher, Michie took a job as an education professor. He thought he was leaving the rough-and-tumble of daily teaching for a less stressful gig at a university. But a decade later, he was back. Michie’s new book “Same As It Never Was: Notes On A Teacher’s Return To The Classroom” looks at his return to the same school, the same grade level, and the same subjects he taught before he left in the 1990’s...and how the system and the kids...


Lightfoot Goes After Ted Cruz: Friday News Roundup For Sept. 6, 2019

David Greising of the Better Government Association, Amanda Vinickey of WTTW and A.D. Quig of Crains’ Chicago Business break down the biggest news stories of the week, including Mayor Lightfoot’s twitter spat with Sen. Ted Cruz, the latest on the city budget, the most recent talk of a looming teacher’s strike, and much more.


Growing Up Bears: Chairman George McCaskey On His Family's Business And Passion

Bears' chairman George McCaskey talks to Cheryl Raye Stout about his life and work as the grandson of the team's-and the NFL's-founder George Halas


Chicago Below National Average For Murder Cases Solved, Prose

WBEZ’s Patrick Smith explains why prosecution numbers for murder cases are so low. And things to do this weekend around Chicago with See, Hear, Eat.


CPS Teacher Returns To Classroom After Stint In Academia

In his new book, Chicago Public Schools teacher Gregory Michie writes about what it was like to return to teach in the same middle school in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood where he began his career after more than a decade as an education professor. Morning Shift digs into what’s different about the teaching profession this decade compared with the late 1990s and how Michie navigates his role as a white teacher in a school that’s almost exclusively made up of black and brown...


Nick Offerman Loves The Simple Things In Life

Actor, author, and woodworker Nick Offerman talks about his family, his time in Chicago, and his philosophy on life as he prepares to take his one-man show on the road. He’ll hit the Chicago Theater Sept. 15th.


Bonus Pod - Mayor Lori Lightfoot's State of the City Speech

Mayor Lightfoot's complete speech from 8-29-19


Lightfoot’s State Of The City: Friday News Roundup For August 30, 2019

Mayor Lightfoot had good news and bad news when she delivered her state-of-the-city speech last night. The good was the number of reforms and cost-saving measures she implemented in her first 100 days. The bad news is, those reforms may not be enough to save us as we face major-and immediate-fiscal challenges. WBEZ political reporter Dan Mihalopoulos fills in for Jenn White, and is joined by Heather Cherone of the Daily Line and Paris Schutz of WTTW for a lively roundup of the speech, and...


What Will The Mayor Say Tonight? And The Many Layers Of Gone With The Wind

In the latest installment of The Movie That Made Me, Lesle Honore of the KLEO Community Family Life Center talks about her attachment to, and struggles with, the classic film Gone With the Wind. Plus A.D. Quig of Crains’ takes a stab at what Mayor Lightfoot will say tonight at her first State of the City address. The speech airs at 6pm here on WBEZ.


Cook County State’s Attorney ReadyTo Expunge Pot Records

Tens of thousands of people in Cook County have a hard time getting a job, finding housing, or moving on to become productive citizens after a conviction for a marijuana-related offense. But when weed becomes legal in Illinois on January 1, many of those convictions will be expunged. This will break down some of the barriers so that these people can better provide for themselves and their families. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx talks about the work that her office is doing in...


CPS CEO Janice Jackson Answers Your Questions

From budgets to hiring, from staffing to special ed, people in Chicago have a lot of questions when it comes to the 2019-2020 school year at Chicago’s public schools. CPS CEO Janice Jackson joins us for an extended one-on-one where she talks about those issues, answers questions from listeners, and addresses the possibility of a teachers strike


Lightfoot’s First 100 Days Fast Approaching. How’s She Doing?

When Lori Lightfoot campaigned for Mayor of Chicago, she talked about rooting out corruption, making government more transparent, including communities in discussions about how to make better policy, and having an all-around more equitable city that works for everyone. 3 key members of her transition teams talk about how they’ve done so far, and the work that still needs to be done to keep those promises. Then, the trend was to tear down Englewood in order to save it. The problem is,...


CJ Run Finds Community, Inspiration In Chicago

CJ Run was born in Germany, grew up in England, spent their high school years in rural North Carolina, and finally found community and a sense of belonging at college in Champaign-Urbana. Now, they’ve moved to Chicago, and the music is flowing like never before. They hope that music provides inspiration to kids like them who are trying to figure out who they are and what life’s all about.


Chicago’s Billion Dollar Budget Hole: Friday News Roundup For Aug. 23, 2019

Mayor Llightfoot and the billion dollar budget hole. Why national Democrats need to stop in Chicago. A Tea Party firebrand looks to run against Trump. And rampant bullying and sexual harassment in the statehouse outlined in a new report. Those stories and more on this week’s Friday News Roundup.


Harassment In Springfield, And CHA Head Abruptly Resigns

Last year a staffer in Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against her superior Kevin Quinn. Now a new report fully outlines the circumstances and situations women have endured for years. And while Madigan himself has not been accused of wrongdoing, the powerful politician has apologized for not seeing it, or responding to these allegations in a timely manner. Plus Eugene Jones Jr. was the CHA’s 5th CEO in 4 years. Residents liked...