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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. 

    More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and Making Sure Chicago Tells Our Story

    More Cops on CTA, No Charges in Till Case, and Making Sure Chicago Tells Our Story

    Chicago Police say they’re adding more officers to CTA trains across the city after recent violence. A Mississippi grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman in the Emmett Till murder case. Plus, controversy over a death in police custody, and gas prices are on the way down. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to Sylvia Snowden, host of CAN TV's Political Forum, and Angel Idowu, WTTW’s arts correspondent, about all that and more. 

    Some Good News:
    CAN TV fall lineup 
    NABJ-Chicago wins chapter of the year
    The TRiiBE’s Morgan Johnson’s newsletter 

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    • 22 min
    Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life

    Here's How to Still Live That Summertime Chi Life

    We‘re a month away from the end of our Summer Bucket List Challenge. Host Jacoby Cochran and lead producer Carrie Shepherd discuss who, uh, poorly they're doing at hitting all the spots. Plus, participants Annie A. and Dea B. tell City Cast where they've visited this summer, and how the list has exposed them to more of Chicago.

    Check out who's winning the Bucket List Challenge!

    Some Good News:
    Little Italy Festa 

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    • 14 min
    How the ‘Bud’ Became a Staple in Black Chicago

    How the ‘Bud’ Became a Staple in Black Chicago

    The Bud Billiken Parade is turning 93 this weekend. It’s the largest Black parade in the country. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to Shermann “Dilla” Thomas about the history of the Bud, and Shkunna Stewart from Bring Out the Talent Dance Co. about her family’s history of dancing in the parade. 

    Some Good News:
    Taste of Andersonville

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    • 16 min
    Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades: The Illinois State Fair is Back

    Butter Cows, Kissing Babies, and Piglet Parades: The Illinois State Fair is Back

    The Illinois State Fair kicks off on Thursday. It’s meant to highlight the importance of agriculture in Illinois, but it’s also where politicians schmooze with voters and other members of their party. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to politics reporter Amanda Vinicky on what to expect, especially since we’re just a few months out from the election.

    Some Good News:
    Karaoke Storytellers
    The Moth

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    • 17 min
    Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from Chi to MCU

    Making 'Ms. Marvel': Fatimah Asghar's Path from Chi to MCU

    The Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel” tells the story of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, from Jersey City who suddenly gains superpowers. The show explores everything from Avenger fandom to Khan’s Pakistani heritage, even diving deep into the real-life Partition of India in 1947. Host Jacoby Cochran talks to a poet and screenwriter who has artistic ties to Chicago, Fatimah Asghar, about writing for Ms. Marvel, representation in the MCU, and more. 

    Chicago Park District Fall Programs Registration
    4th Ward Community Meeting about Proposed Dispensary

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    • 18 min
    Chi’s Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS Enrollment Continues to Drop, and Grab South Side Weekly's 'Lit' Issue

    Chi’s Sanctuary City Status Under Threat, CPS Enrollment Continues to Drop, and Grab South Side Weekly's 'Lit' Issue

    Across the U.S., big cities, including Chicago, are facing a small schools crisis as enrollment drops. Chalkbeat is out with a new story. ICE is finding new ways to target undocumented immigrants in Chicago. A new report from Block Club Chicago and Injustice Watch finds that Chicago police stop thousands more Black drivers in traffic stops than they report. Host Jacoby Cochran chats with Becky Vevea, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Chicago, and Alma Campos, immigration editor for South Side Weekly, about all that, plus some good news from a sales tax holiday to South Side Weekly’s literature issue. 

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

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2022 Primary

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Fantastic show

One of the essential daily listens. Excellent host.

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Good Vibes for Chicago

Jacoby serves the vibes our city needs — digging into what’s really going on with our politics, lifting up positive stories in our neighborhoods, and bringing pride and joy to our city. All in 15 mins. What more can a Chicagoan ask for?

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