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Where Abortion Rights Stand, Six Weeks Post-Roe

Indiana has become the first state to pass a new abortion ban since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. But it likely won’t be the last. Reset talks to Shefali Luthra with The 19th and WBEZ reporter Michael Puente about the state of abortion rights in Indiana and nationwide.

15m
Aug 09
How To Prep For The End Of The Student Loan Moratorium

With the two-year student debt moratorium set to expire this month, Reset gets advice on how to keep payments under control from Yanely Espinal with Next Gen Personal Finance.

16m
Aug 09
Reset Lost and Found: Swedish Egg Coffee

In a new series called “Reset Lost and Found,” producers track down things in Chicago that a Google search can’t uncover — like where to find Swedish egg coffee in Chicago. In the first edition of the series, Reset freelance producer Claire Hyman teaches us how to make the beverage and Tre Kronor owner and chef Patty Rasmussen gives us a history lesson.

16m
Aug 08
North Shore Superintendent On School Safety, Mental Health

A month after the deadly Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, Reset checks in with North Shore superintendent Michael Lubelfeld about his district’s plans for school safety and mental health for the upcoming school year.

15m
Aug 08
How To Know Your Device’s ‘Death Date’

Why do we find ourselves having to buy new devices every few years? And is that by design? Reset turns to Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler for answers, and discusses how consumers can push the tech industry to create longer-lasting products.

15m
Aug 06
Devon Price Wants To ‘Unmask Autism’

Devon Price didn’t realize he was autistic until after he finished his Ph.D. in psychology. Now, he’s devoting much of his career to researching and writing about autism. Reset learns more about the inequities autistic people face and how to find community as an autistic adult.

18m
Aug 05
WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: Aug. 5, 2022

Governor JB Pritzker declares monkeypox a public health emergency while his Republican challenger comes under fire for an old social media post. Reset does a deep dive on those stories and more with WBEZ’s Dave McKinney, The Daily Line’s Alex Nitkin and NBC 5 Chicago reporter Christian Farr.

37m
Aug 05
What’s In The Surprise Senate Climate Deal?

In a surprise announcement last week, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced a compromise deal on climate, health care and taxes. Reset sustainability contributor Karen Weigert breaks down the details of the Inflation Reduction Act.

16m
Aug 04
Exploring Illness Under Capitalism In ‘The Viral Underclass’

In his new book, Northwestern University professor Steven Thrasher shows the inequalities in who is able to survive viruses and how systems of oppression keep people sick. Reset learns more about 'The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide.'

20m
Aug 04
Teen Beaten By Oak Lawn Police Released From Custody

Seventeen-year-old Hadi Abuatelah was released from custody Tuesday, after being hospitalized for injuries sustained during his arrest. A video widely shared on social media shows Oak Lawn police officers tackling and beating the teen, whom they say resisted arrest after being pulled over. Reset gets the latest from Chicago Sun-Times reporter Andy Grimm and CAIR-Chicago staff attorney Emma Melton.

16m
Aug 03
How The 1968 DNC Changed Media And Politics

With local leaders vying to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Reset looks back at the fateful 1968 convention with film and media professor Heather Hendershot.

16m
Aug 03
Wisconsin Doctors Drive Hours To Provide Abortions In Illinois

With abortion almost completely banned in Wisconsin, some providers are making long commutes to serve patients across the Illinois border. Reset learns more about the partnership from WBEZ public health and politics reporter Kristen Schorsch and Kristen Schultz of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

14m
Aug 02
Dissecting Beyonce’s Latest Album ‘Renaissance’

People across the internet are raving about Beyonce’s seventh studio album Renaissance, which draws influence from house and disco music. But does it get the Chicago house seal of approval? Tiffany Walden of The TRiiBE and legendary Chicago house DJ Darlene Jackson weigh in.

16m
Aug 02
Jeremy Allen White On ‘The Bear,’ Italian Beef And The Chicago Accent

The Bear on FX and Hulu is the breakout show of the summer. The dark comedy explores grief, family and food with plenty of easter eggs for the sharp-eyed Chicago viewer. Reset sits down with the show’s lead actor about what brought him to the role and his hopes for Season 2.

19m
Aug 01
Makaya McCraven’s New Album Was 7 Years In The Making

The self-proclaimed beat scientist talks about his career and what can be expected from his latest record, In These Times. Reset talks to the Chicago-based jazz artist ahead of his show at the Salt Shed this week.

21m
Aug 01
What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Boosters

Millions of doses of updated COVID-19 booster shots could be available in the U.S. by early September, according to Pfizer and Moderna. Reset checks in with infectious disease specialist Dr. Mia Taormina for the latest COVID-19 news and guidance.

12m
Aug 01
Erika Sanchez Bares It All In Her New Memoir ‘Crying In The Bathroom’

Erika Sánchez’s memoir Crying in the Bathroom tells the intimate story of her life. Discussing everything from white feminism to body image, to her battle with depression, Sánchez holds nothing back and, in turn, offers readers a look into the life of a woman who’s come into her own — by her own terms.

18m
Jul 30
WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: July 29, 2022

Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants a dome on Soldier Field, Google is buying the Thompson Center and Illinois remains a monkeypox hotspot. Reset dives deeper into those stories and more on the Weekly News Recap with WTTW’s Paris Schutz, AXIOS Chicago reporter Justin Kaufmann and Chicago Tribune’s Rick Pearson.

29m
Jul 29
The Best Chicken Wing Spots In Chicago

Today is National Chicken Wing Day. Whether you like them sweet, savory or Chicago-style, we’ve got you covered. Reset explores the best spots in town with Chicago Tribune food critic Nick Kindelsperger and gets recommendations from listeners.

16m
Jul 29
Inside Margo Jefferson’s New Memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Margo Jefferson has been lauded as one of the most nuanced thinkers on race, class and feminism working today. Reset talks to the Chicago native about her new memoir, 'Constructing a Nervous System.'

13m
Jul 28
Google Buys Chicago’s Thompson Center

The tech giant’s move into the glassy state office could bring thousands of jobs downtown. But what will this mean for the historical legacy of the building? Reset brings on Jonathan Solomon with the Chicago firm Preservation Futures and Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker to discuss.

14m
Jul 28
Aurora Man Saves Driver Stuck On Train Tracks

Last fall, Lewis Medina saved a driver stuck in a railroad crossing as a train was approaching at 40 mph. He stops by Reset to share his story and how he feels about receiving a 2022 Carnegie Medal.

15m
Jul 27
Bolingbrook Man Rescues Neighbor From Attack

Last spring, Tony Rivera helped rescue his neighbor from a brutal stabbing. Reset learns more about his story and what it means to be honored with a 2022 Carnegie Medal.

13m
Jul 27
Monkeypox Cases Spike In Chicago

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that there were 344 monkeypox cases in Illinois. That’s a big leap from last Friday, when there were 238 reported cases. We check in with Dr. Anu Hazra, University of Chicago infectious disease specialist and Aaron Gettinger, Hyde Park Herald reporter.

16m
Jul 27
Many Millennials Stay Put In Their Hometowns

A new study by the U.S. Census Bureau and Harvard University found that more than two-thirds of millennials live within 100 miles of where they grew up. In Chicago, three-quarters of people who grew up in the area stayed close by. Reset brings on Ben Sprung-Keyser, a lead researcher of the study, to discuss what the report tells us about the labor market.

17m
Jul 26
Monarch Butterflies Flutter Closer Toward Extinction

Monarch populations have gone down between 22% and 72% over the past 10 years, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Reset turns to Allen Lawrence with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for more.

11m
Jul 26
‘The Funnel’ Explores Black Resilience

The Funnel explores love and ancestral power shared across generations of Black women facing housing injustice in Chicago. Reset talks with director Charlene Carruthers to learn more about the new short film.

12m
Jul 25
Inside Chicago’s Cosmic Country Cookout

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world festival, the Cosmic Country Cookout on Sunday is bound to have something you’ll love. Reset talks with event organizer Sully Davis and Lavender Country’s Patrick Haggerty for more details.

13m
Jul 23
A Guide To Northwest Indiana’s Secret Gems

From shipwrecks to singing port-a-potties, Secret Northwest Indiana serves as a history book and travel guide about hidden gems in the Hoosier state. Reset talks with author Joseph Pete for more.

16m
Jul 22
WBEZ’s Weekly News Recap: July 22, 2022

Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger is in the national spotlight for leading Thursday’s Jan. 6th committee hearing while Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky makes her own headlines in D.C. Reset takes a deep dive into those stories and more on the Weekly News Recap.

32m
Jul 22