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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

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Chicago’s daily news podcast, fresh every weekday at 6 a.m. Host Jacoby Cochran brings you timely conversations with news and culture makers; activists and artists; bus drivers and students; those who love and hate this place—all in 15 minutes a day. It’s a smart and delightful new way to connect with the city we share. Learn more and subscribe to our morning newsletter at citycast.fm/chicago. 

    City v. FOP, Parole Reform, and Sky Parade!

    City v. FOP, Parole Reform, and Sky Parade!

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police have competing lawsuits over the vaccine mandate for city employees. Despite a judge ordering union President John Catanzara to stop encouraging officers on social media not to report their vaccine status, the back-and-forth continued this week as 21 Chicago police officers were placed on no-pay status for failing to comply. WTTW host Brandis Friedman joins host Jacoby Cochran and producer Simone Alicea to talk about the drama. They also discuss efforts to reform state parole laws, the Chicago Sky championship parade and a couple more moments of joy!

    Guest: Brandis Friedman — Host, WTTW's Chicago Tonight and Black Voices

    Some stories mentioned today:
    The Chicago Sun-Times' latest on the court battle over the vaccine mandate
    The Associated Press' look at how police use force against children, following the ProPublica/Nashville Public Radio investigation into one Tennessee county.
    WTTW on a proposal to reinstate parole in Illinois
    Simone's City Cast Chicago map (plus her poll on "The Nightmare Before Christmas")
    Block Club Chicago's profile of FroSkate

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    • 19 min
    Why the Max Headroom Hack is Still So Creepy

    Why the Max Headroom Hack is Still So Creepy

    On a chilly November night in 1987, Chicagoans watching the 9 p.m. news on WGN were met with a disturbing sight. They saw a person in a rubber mask bouncing in front of a spinning metallic background over some garbled sound. Two hours later, Doctor Who fans saw something similar on WTTW. Someone had hacked into the stations’ broadcast signals. But to this day, we have no idea who did it…or why. The new film “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” was inspired by the real-life Max Headroom mystery. It stars Harry Shum Jr. and was directed by Jacob Gentry. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release tomorrow, Shum and Gentry tell us why the incident remains fascinating for internet sleuths and why the videos are so unsettling.

    Guests: Harry Shum Jr. — Actor/Producer, “Broadcast Signal Intrusion"
    Jacob Gentry — Director, “Broadcast Signal Intrusion”

    “Broadcast Signal Intrusion” is out in select theaters tomorrow. It’s also one of the virtual offerings from the Chicago Film Festival, available through Sunday.

    A little bit of news, y’all:
    A public viewing for the late historian Timuel Black will take place today in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
    The Chicago Public Library is screening Halloweentown I & II Saturday in the East Side neighborhood.

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    • 11 min
    Does Chicago Have Enough Ambulances?

    Does Chicago Have Enough Ambulances?

    When there’s an emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is whether an ambulance will show up. But the Chicago Fire Department has just 80 ambulances for a population of nearly 3 million people. While the department says that’s sufficient, the latest audit from the city’s watchdog shows CFD is failing to meet national standards for medical response times. A long wait for an ambulance could mean life or death, so why doesn’t the department add more to its fleet? CBS Chicago investigative reporter Dana Kozlov has spent years asking the city that question. She explains the scope of the problem and why it persists.

     Dana Kozlov — Investigative Reporter, CBS Chicago
     
     Check out Dana’s 2020 investigation into the city’s ambulance shortage.
     
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    • 14 min
    A 100-Year-Old Theater Needs a Makeover. Meet the Person Doing It

    A 100-Year-Old Theater Needs a Makeover. Meet the Person Doing It

    The Avalon Regal Theater in South Shore pays homage to two old venues that served as entertainment hubs for Black Chicagoans. From the 1920s to the 1960s, the Regal Theater was where the biggest names in music, from Louis Armstrong to Aretha Franklin, performed. The Bronzeville venue closed in 1968, and the building was demolished five years later. And, the Avalon Theater in South Shore has been everything from a Church to a movie theater. Jerald Gary is the entrepreneur and neighborhood booster who is trying to bring the excitement of those former spots into one, new destination for music, comedy, and live theater. It’s a pricey venture, but Gary tells us why he thinks it’s so critical.

    Guest: Jerald Gary— Owner, The Avalon Regal Theater

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    • 13 min
    New Bears Stadium a Likely ‘Loser’ No Matter Where It Is

    New Bears Stadium a Likely ‘Loser’ No Matter Where It Is

    Now that the Bears have inked a deal to buy the old Arlington racetrack in suburban Arlington Heights, fans are waiting to see if the football team will really move. The Bears ultimately want a new stadium — either on the lake or in the burbs —and it’s estimated a new stadium could cost about $2 billion. Most, if not all, of that would likely fall on taxpayers. But football stadiums don’t actually make money for cities, according to University of Chicago sports economist Allen Sanderson. In fact, he calls them “economic losers.” He explains why and what we can learn from past changes to Soldier Field. 

    Guest: Allen Sanderson — Professor, University of Chicago 

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    • 13 min
    Gun Violence in Schools, Scooters Return to Chi, and Why Jacoby Hates Halloween

    Gun Violence in Schools, Scooters Return to Chi, and Why Jacoby Hates Halloween

    A 14-year-old student and a 45-year-old security officer were shot and injured Tuesday as classes were letting out at Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Bronzeville. The shooting is prompting renewed questions about school resource officers. Host Jacoby Cochran reflects on that along with Block Club Chicago’s Jamie Nesbitt Golden and WCIU’s Brandon Pope. They also look at the rest of the week’s news, including electric scooters coming back to Chicago, the continued success of the Chicago Sky, and their opinions on scary movies ahead of Halloween.

    Guests: Jamie Nesbitt Golden — Bronzeville and Near South Side reporter, Block Club Chicago
    Brandon Pope  — Reporter/Anchor, WCIU
     
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    • 17 min

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