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WBEZ's daily talk show brings listeners the news and conversations that matter most to their day-to-day lives.




Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: July 10, 2020

Sun-Times columnist and ABC 7 political guru Laura Washington teams up with WBEZ investigative reporter Dan Mihalopolous to take you inside the biggest local and state stories this week in RESET’s Friday News Roundup.


Chicago Hip Hop Artist Leads Young Activist Discussion

Young activists are leading the 2020 protest movement, setting the agenda for issues like police reform and social justice. Reset checks in with local hip-hop artist Matt Muse to discuss how activists are setting the course here in Chicago.


Man Dies In Joliet Police Custody, Whistleblower Stripped Of Badge

A Joliet police sergeant was placed on leave and stripped of police duties Monday after blowing the whistle on the death of a man held in police custody. CBS Chicago’s Dave Savini joins Reset with details of his ongoing investigation of the alleged cover-up in the death of Eric Lurry


WBEZ Investigation: Big Businesses Benefit From Fed's Covid-19 Small Business Loan Program

The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, was created to help small businesses stay afloat during the covid-19 crisis. WBEZ reporter Dan Mihalopoulos looked into where those funds went in Illinois, and found out many beneficiaries weren’t exactly the mom-and-pop operations te money was supposed to support.


Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: July 2, 2020

Mayor Lori Lightfoot spars with President Donald Trump over the city’s response to recent gun violence. Advocates criticize CPD’s plan to arrest teens on “drug corners” ahead of the holiday weekend. Plus, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx plans to drop charges against those arrested in recent protests. Reset breaks down the biggest stories of the week in our weekly news roundup.


Back To School, Back To Broadway In The Age Of Covid-19

Pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics Dr. Shelly Varizi-Flais discusses the AAP’s recommendation that children return to school in the fall. And Chris Jones ponders the future of Broadway, the theater scene, and the culture engine that drives the economy of America’s biggest cities.


Move Underway To Scrap Lane Tech “Indian” Mascot. Could Blackhawks Be Next?

Chicago’s biggest public high school, Lane Tech, is setting the wheels in motion to change the school’s “Indians” mascot, after a push from alumni that called it “wrong and racist.” Reset hears from an alum — who once played the mascot role at Lane Tech — on why he thinks it’s time for a change. We also take a look at why other potentially offensive mascots in Illinois sports haven’t gone anywhere, and what it would take.


Illinois' Top Doc Updates The State's Fight Against Covid-19

Dr. Ngozi Ezike has shaped and led Illinois’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk with Dr. Ezike about how far the state has come, and how far we have to go in the fight against the novel coronavirus.


Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 26, 2020

The state is moving into Phase 4 of the coronavirus reopening, city deals with increasing violence, and President Trump says Chicago is like “living in hell”. We’ve got all the week’s big stories for you as A.D. Quig of Crain’s and David Greising of the Better Government Association join Justin Kaufmann for the Friday News Roundup


Progressives Not Making Much Progress With Mayor, CPD, CPS

Progressive activists and politicians in Chicago believe that now is the time to reform Chicago schools, the police department, and more. But the protests and the shifts in attitudes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have yielded few tangible results. Ald. Rosanna Rodriguez-Sanchez (33rd) discusses her frustration with the mayor, CPS, the police, and more.


Chicago’s Black Drag Community Calls Out Boystown Racism

More than 50 of Chicago’s top drag performers signed an open letter demanding change for how Black performers are treated in Boystown. Two of the leaders of that movement discuss the history of the scene, their grievances with it, and the solutions they’d like to see.


Playwright J. Nicole Brooks Puts Chicago History On Stage

J. Nicole Brooks has made a name for herself by writing plays about Chicago and its long history with racial injustice and segregation. Reset discusses how this current protest moment informs her craft, her play about Jane Byrne that got shut down because of the covid-19 pandemic, and more


Doctor’s New Memoir Recounts Battling AIDS In Chicago

In his new memoir “Plague Years: A Doctor’s Journey Through The AIDS crisis,” Dr. Ross Slotten gives us a first-hand account of fighting for patients and battling AIDS during the epidemic that exploded in the 1980's.


Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 19, 2020

From the continued protests over police misconduct to the latest on the city and state’s handling of the covid-19 pandemic, we’ve got all the week’s local news for you in less than 30 minutes. WTTW’s Heather Cherone and the Chicago Tribune’s John Byrne join Justin Kaufmann for the Friday News Roundup


DACA Recipient Speaks After SCOTUS Renders Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this morning. Reset talks with a DACA recipient and the head of a immigration nonprofit to get their response.


My Block, My Hood, My City Raises Money For Small Businesses

As the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd protests continue to impact the lives of many, the South Side nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City is assisting residents across the city. The organization’s founder joins Reset to talk about how they’re helping Chicago’s neighborhoods during difficult times.


Why Is It So Hard To Bring Bad Cops To Justice?

American police officers are known to have wide ranging work and legal protections when it comes to harm done on the job. Reset talks with two legal scholars about the legal and social landscape of accountability for officers and why it’s so hard to prosecute bad acting officers for misconduct.


Sen. Durbin: “There’s A Real Chance” Congress Can Pass Police Reform

Sen. Dick Durbin talks about the possibility of passing police reform in congress, the “Defund the Police” movement, and why congress should continue to help those laid off by the coronavirus pandemic.


(Jenn White’s Final) Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: June 12, 2020

From the mayor’s outrage at a videotape showing police misconduct to the latest on the governor’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve got all the week’s local news for you in less then 30 minutes. WTTW’s Heather Cherone and Paris Schutz join Jenn White on her final broadcast as host of Reset before she heads off to Washington, D.C. to host the national NPR program 1A.


New Chicago Police Union President Stands Ground On Reform, Community Relations And More

The new head of Chicago’s police union gives his opinions about local calls for reform, police misconduct, and the relationship between the police and the public. WBEZ’s Patrick Smith joins us for context and analysis.