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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. 

    Reparations in Chicago, County Jail’s Deadly Year, and Chief Keef Returns

    Reparations in Chicago, County Jail’s Deadly Year, and Chief Keef Returns

    Earlier this week, Mayor Brandon Johnson signed an executive order establishing a reparations task force to create a Black reparations agenda. The task force will examine Chicago policies that have historically disenfranchised Black Chicagoans and suggest measures to address these systemic inequities. The Triibe’s Tonia Hill spoke with residents about how they believe reparations should look. We are also joined by Injustice Watch’s Carlos Ballesteros whose recent investigation into Cook County jail uncovered its deadliest year in a decade. Plus, we discuss ongoing flood recovery, Chief Keef’s return to Chicagoland, and Woodlawn’s second annual Community Benefits Agreement summit.

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    • 33 min
    You Might Also Like: Science Will Win

    You Might Also Like: Science Will Win

    Introducing Live from SXSW - The Future of Cancer from Science Will Win.
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    In a live taping of the Science Will Win podcast, Host and Artificial Intelligence Expert Jeremiah Owyang speaks to cutting-edge healthcare leaders about the impact that AI is having on the future of cancer. Thirty years ago, the thought of a world without cancer was nothing more than a dream. Similarly, AI was considered a technology that had yet to become reality. Today, we are reimagining a future where the AI revolution will help change the trajectory of cancer as we know it.
    Featured experts:
    Edward Cox, Head & General Manager Of Digital Health & Medicines, PfizerJulie Gerberding, CEO and President, Foundation for the National Institutes of HealthMaimah Karmo, Founder & CEO, Tigerlily FoundationThis episode was recorded live in Austin, TX on Monday March 11 as part of Pfizer’s takeover of the South by Southwest podcasting lounge. 

    DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to team@podroll.fm.

    Chicago’s Worst Pests, Beating the Heat, and Burden or Delight

    Chicago’s Worst Pests, Beating the Heat, and Burden or Delight

    Move over summer fests — we’re talking about summer pests. The longest day of the year is also set to be one of the hottest in Chicago, so host Jacoby Cochran and contributor Greta Johnsen talk about ways to beat the heat this weekend, play a game of “burden or delight,” and give us the definitive ranking of Chicago’s creepiest and crawliest pests from rats, to bedbugs, to mosquitoes. Take our survey and tell us which one is the worst.
    Weekend events:

    Intro to Embroidery

    Chinatown Dragon Boat Racing

    Muddy Waters Museum Front Porch Series

    Fever vs. Sky at Wintrust Arena

    Some good news: Join the waitlist to be in the audience for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart during the Democratic National Convention.

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    • 26 min
    City Council Says What?! Plus, Heat Tips and Animal Stories

    City Council Says What?! Plus, Heat Tips and Animal Stories

    Chicago is likely to see temperatures in the 90s all week as a heat dome settles over the midwest. We’ve got the resources you need to stay cool. Plus, executive producer Simone Alicea gives producer Michelle Navarro a City Council quote quiz, and we discuss Chicago’s latest cute animal stories.
    Stories mentioned:

    “Resolution calling for Carter’s ouster from CTA gets sidetracked”

    “Alderman after retaliatory vote stall: ‘If you hit me with a bat, I’m going to shoot you with a gun’”

    “How much jail time should Ed Burke get? Depends on which City Council member you ask.”

    Black-crowned night herons at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Koalas at Brookfield Zoo Chicago

    Piping plover eggs

    Panda history

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    • 24 min
    Why is Chicago's Pride Parade Shrinking?

    Why is Chicago's Pride Parade Shrinking?

    We are less than two weeks away from Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ pride celebration when nearly one million people will make their way to the Northalsted neighborhood for the 53rd annual Pride Parade. However, with a shorter route and fewer participants, we’ve got everything you need to know before the parade kicks off. We are joined by Windy City Times writer and newsletter editor Jake Wittich, who also shares other Pride events to enjoy across the city.

    Good News: Chicago Public Pools

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    • 19 min
    Riot Fest Moving, Foxtrot Returning, and Summer Fest Trivia

    Riot Fest Moving, Foxtrot Returning, and Summer Fest Trivia

    Riot Fest announced Wednesday that it is leaving Douglass Park for SeatGeek Stadium in suburban Bridgeview, blaming the Chicago Park District for the decision. The move comes after years of pushback from the community in North Lawndale despite support from the local alderperson. Riot Fest is Sept. 20-22, which also presents a challenge for the Chicago Red Stars who play at SeatGeek. We are joined by Block Club Chicago’s Jamie Nesbitt Golden and WCIU host Brandon Pope to break down the latest. Plus, we discuss a decline in violent crime statistics, the return of Foxtrot, and play a little summer festival week trivia. 

    Good News: Soft & Tender Concert at Metro and Janet Jackson at the United Center

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395 Ratings

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