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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.




Wiping Away Medical Bills, The Muslim Experience In Chicago

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III talks about how his congregation raised the money to wipe out over $5 million in medical debt for 6,000 South Side residents. And a new exhibition is up at the Chicago History Museum that focuses on the past, present, and future of the diverse Muslim communities in Chicago and the suburbs.


City Club Raids, South Side Photographs

What were the feds looking for when they raided the City Club of Chicago, and why was Mike Madigan's name on the list? And Lee Bey's new book Southern Exposure documents architecture on the South Side.


How Lonnie Bunch III Built The Most Popular Museum In America

How do you build a museum from scratch...that encompasses 400 years of African American history? How do you get it to tell hard truths, without making it a completely depressing experience for visitors? And how do you do it in a politically charged time, when the African American experience continues to shift and change? You talk to Lonnie Bunch. He explains how he managed to pull it off in his new memoir A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture...


Reset’s Friday News Roundup for Oct. 18, 2019

Teachers on strike, cops getting fired, and where pot will be sold in the city are just some of the stories our panel of takes on in Reset’s Friday News Roundup featuring WTTW’s Paris Schutz, The Daily Line’s Heather Cherone, and David Greising of the Better Government Association.


The Teachers Strike! And Building Sustainability Into Our Neighborhoods

The Chicago teachers and support staff are on strike. You’ll hear the latest from WBEZ’s Senior Education Editor Kate Grossman. Plus Reset’s Sustainability Contributor Karen Weigert talks about how we can all benefit from sustainability programs at the micro level.


The Dems Debate, Plus Shopping For Japanese Ingredients

For 15 years, Jason DeSanto worked as a speechwriter and debate prepper for U.S. senators and presidential candidates. DeSanto brings his take on last night’s big Democratic debate. Plus Monica Eng kicks of our series Global Groceries by taking you through Mitsuwa Japanese Marketplace, and explains some of the staples of Japanese cooking.


What Will It Take To Keep Chicago Teachers From Striking?

Sarah Karp brings you the latest on the negotiations between the teacher’s union and the city, and Chip Mitchell explains how far Chicago police officials went to justify the shooting of Laquan McDonald.


Toni Preckwinkle On County Budget, Samantha Power On Politics And Policy

Toni Preckwinkle introduces her 2020 budget for Cook County. And former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power talks American diplomacy in the age of Trump.


An Important Message For Morning Shift Listeners

Why haven't you seen a daily podcast in your feed this week? As we wind down Morning Shift and ramp up our new program Reset, Jenn White explains how we've got you covered from a programming perspective (more of the news and conversations that matter to you), and from a technical perspective (no need to unsubscribe/resubscribe). Check out the short message from Jenn, and see you back here very soon!


Cubs’ Retiring Organist: “Wrigley Is A Cathedral”

Gary Pressy attended every Cubs home game for 33 years. No, he isn’t a die-hard season ticket holder. He’s the club’s organist. But all great streaks eventually come to an end, and a few weeks ago, he announced his retirement. Before playing his last 7th inning stretch, Pressy sat down with WBEZ’s sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout to talk about his life, his career, and the special place the organ has in the atmosphere at Wrigley Field.


Illinois Farmers Getting Some Help From Taiwan

Farmers in Illinois and across the Midwest are hurting. Because of the weather. Because of competition with massive agribusiness. Because of the trade war with China. Last week, Taiwan doubled its order of Illinois soybeans. Cecile Shea of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs explains why it might not be the boon that farmers were hoping for, and explains what might be ahead for consumers in this “war of the tariffs” between China and the U.S.


House Ready To Impeach, Teachers Ready To Strike

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for an official impeachment inquiry yesterday. That means the 6 House of Representatives committees investigating the president and his administration will determine if there’s enough evidence for the House to proceed with impeachment hearings. HuffPost congressional reporter Arthur Delaney fills us in on the latest, and Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL 10th) gives his take on where this is all going and what it means for congress and the...


U.N. Sustainability Summit And The King’s Speech At Chicago Shakespeare

When it comes to climate change, much of the world is sitting up, taking notice, and pledging to do something, while the Trump administration rolls back environmental regulations and denies there’s even a problem. We talk about the recent UN Climate Action Summit with Karen Weigert. Plus we hear from actor Harry Hadden-Paton about his role as England’s King George VI, and how the king overcame a stutter to lead his nation through WWII with the help of his speech therapist.


Nurses Strike And Crime On The El

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went on a one-day strike last Friday, highlighting what they see as staffing issues that put patients at risk. We’ll find out more about the strike from Tribune healthcare reporter Lisa Schencker, and Denise Summers, a member of the union representing the 2,000+ nurses that hit the picket lines. Then, crime is up on the El. We’ll find out what kinds of crimes, and what’s being done to curtail them from our transportation contributor and...


Journalist Paul Tough’s new book examines the promise of higher education

A college education can greatly improve socioeconomic mobility. In The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes Or Breaks Us, journalist Paul Tough examines the many barriers to higher education for low income and minority students.


Morning Shift’s Friday News Roundup For Sept. 20, 2019

No pot stores on the Mag Mile, and the mayor’s refusal to release all the documents related to the Laquan McDonald case are just some of the stories we’re covering in today’s Friday News roundup


City Council To Vote On Ticket Reforms

WBEZ reporting has found the way the City of Chicago dishes out fines and fees associated with car tickets has affected disadvantaged neighborhoods of color more than any other. Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying to change that, and some of her reforms will get a vote tomorrow at City Council. City Comptroller Reshma Soni describes the reforms Lightfoot is pushing, and how she thinks they’ll help people, and the city, in the long run. Plus one woman’s mission to pair parents of children with...


Poet Kevin Coval’s Newest Work Looks At Gentrification

From the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Chicago’s Wicker Park was both a working-class neighborhood and a hub for young creatives searching for community and a place to hone their art. 10 years later, the area became a magnet for developers looking to cash in on Wicker Park’s hip nature and the close proximity to downtown. Poet and activist Kevin Coval’s new book “Everything Must Go: The Life And Death of An American Neighborhood” examines the changes that Coval witnessed, what...


Chicago's Kaina 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