Barber Shop Show

Coming to you live from Carter's Barbershop in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, The Barber Shop Show brings you a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor. No punches are pulled and no topic is considered off-topic.

The show is hosted by WBEZ's Richard Steele (and produced by Ayana Contreras). It is produced in collaboration with The Chicago Reporter.

The Barber Shop Show airs every Friday at 12pm CST on Vocalo.org, 90.7 FM, and 89.5 FM.

The show also rebroadcasts on Saturdays at Noon on Vocalo, and on Vocalo's sister station,
WBEZ 91.5 FM on Sundays at 3pm.

The Barber Shop Show is brought to you thanks to the generous support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the McCormick Foundation.
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This week’s Barber Shop Show was our September Mid-Month Mash-Up (our monthly news roundup featuring some of our favorite journalists and bloggers). Host Richard Steele was joined by:

Lauren Choolijan (WBEZ)
Maudlyne Iherijika (Chicago Sun-Times)
Monroe Anderson (The Root)

We discuss media portrayals of Domestic Violence, a tightrope walker’s bid to cross the Chicago River, the killer instinct of chimpanzees, and many other notable news stories from the last couple of weeks.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we talk about Steve Bogira’s recent report for The Chicago Reader about the impact of PTSD on Children. According to the article, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was first studied in combat veterans, but in recent years it’s become clear that children are especially [at risk].” Steve joined host Richard Steele at the shop and helped us to look at the cost of untreated PTSD… not in The Middle East; but in our own backyard. Plus, we learn about a program training college students to serve preschool children in under-resourced communities.

We were also joined by:
Aminah Wyatt-Jones
Innovation Zone Project Development Manager
Illinois Action for Children

Melissa Frazin & Lupe Raya of
Jumpstart Chicago at DePaul University

Bryan Stokes II
Director of Programs at
Gads Hill Center

Later, we heard about the need for more trauma centers on the South Side, and the ripple effect on the whole South Suburban region.
For that conversation, we spoke with:
J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakwood Community Organization (KOCO)
Alexis Moore, youth organizer from Fearless Leading by the Youth, (FLY)
and Park Forest, IL Mayor John Ostenburg

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM, 90.7FM, and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

Most older U.S. cities have a signature kind of building. In Brooklyn it’s the brownstone, one standing shoulder-to-shoulder to the next. In Philadelphia, newcomers and visitors are struck by the distinctive row houses. What about Chicago? Here, it’s the modest Two-Flat.
Chris Bentley reported on the history of the Two-Flat for WBEZ’s Curious City. On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we heard his report. We also talked about the future of the two flat: a 100 year old staple of Chicago architecture.
Host Richard Steele was joined by Chris, along with:
• Geoff Smith of DePaul’s Institute of Housing Studies
• Jennifer Masengarb, of the Chicago Architecture Foundation
• Bryan Hudson, an architect based in Chicago. 1/3 of his clients own old two-flats, and he knows about the variety of uses these buildings serve their owners (and how that has changed over the years).
• Dennis Rodkin, residential real estate reporter for Crain’s Chicago Business

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM, 90.7FM, and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

A couple of weeks ago, we were joined by WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell and Angela Caputo of The Chicago Reporter. They brought us up to speed on the ongoing case against Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans, accused of over 40 instances of police misconduct. Here is an update on that story, posted by Angela to The Chicago Reporter’s website.

This week, the Jackie Robinson West Little League Team won the Little League National championships. They are the first all-black Little League team to become US Champions in over 30 years. In fact, the popularity of baseball in African-American communities have seen a pretty dramatic decline in the popularity of baseball.

On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, we revisit our 2012 look at that decline, as well as the presence of African American players in Major League Baseball. Co-Hosts Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly spoke with guests Evan Moore, Ben Strauss and former Negro League player M.C. Johnson.

Later in the show, we explore the lasting legacy of musician, composer, and bandleader Sun Ra, whose 100th birthday is being celebrated at this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 91.1FM, 90.7FM, and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

It’s back to school time, so we checked in with some our favorite local journalists and bloggers who focus on the topic of education.
In this podcast, we hear about the local and national education news headlines that caught their attention.
And, they talk about how some school officials in the Chicago Public Schools are quick to call the police. That leads some students to receive harsher punishments than an adult would face for the same offense.
Host Richard Steele was joined this week by:
• WBEZ’s Becky Vevea
• Sarah Karp of Catalyst Chicago
• Blogger and Educator Ray Salazar
and
• WBEZ Intern Marcus Blueitt. Marcus is going into his Sophomore year of College this year at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire. He’s also a North Lawndale Resident.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

According to Angela Caputo’s recent cover story for the Chicago Reporter, “More than half of the $500 million dollars spent on Chicago Park District improvements since 2011 went to just 10 of the city’s 77 neighborhoods. And seven of those 10 neighborhoods are increasingly white, affluent and have access to outside money.”

Angela Caputo, investigative journalist at the Chicago Reporter, joined Richard at the shop this week. They were also joined by:
• Helen Juarez of the Kelly Park Advisory Council.
and
• Cassandra Francis of the organization Friends of the Parks.

Later in the program, Angela and Richard were joined WBEZ’s West Side Bureau reporter Chip Mitchell. Recently, Chip has been following the questions of Police Misconduct surrounding Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans. Angela has been covering this story for The Chicago Reporter as well. She’s also reported on the larger story of police misconduct in the Chicago Police Department and the Independent Police Review Authority.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

On this installment of the Barber Shop Show, Host Richard Steele was joined by cast members of The Marvelous Marvelettes. They filled us in on the real life Motown story behind the production, now playing at the Black Ensemble Theater. We were also treated to live, in-shop performances from:
• Alanna Taylor (who played “Wanda”)
• Christina Harper (who plays “Katherine”)
• Melanie McCullough (who plays “Gladys”)
• And guitarist Herb Walker

We also got caught up with the Black Harvest Film Festival, which runs until August 28th.
We heard about some of the upcoming notable films from Shadow and Act’s Sergio Mims. Plus, we spoke with a local brother/sister filmmaking team, Cy Weisman and Joshua MacNeal, about their film (which is playing at Black Harvest), “The 4th Meeting”.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

On this week’s Barber Shop Show, host Richard Steele was joined by
journalist Whet Moser. He talked about his recent Chicago Magazine article that sets up the connection between health, economics, and crime in communities.
Then we heard from with Eboni Hawkins and Michael Johnson of Red, Bike, and Green (a black cycling organization). Eboni is also involved with Fultonia (a series of events dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Alvenia Fulton, a natural health care and nutrition pioneer in Englewood).

Plus, from “I Grow Chicago”, we’ll be joined by Robbin Carroll, Co-Founder and President of I Grow Chicago. I Grow Chicago spearheads an urban agriculture program, as well as outdoor yoga sessions in Englewood. We also talked to a yoga participant.

Lastly, we talked to Linsey Robinson, a 5th grade teacher whose class wrote an editorial to the Tribune in defense of their South Shore neighborhood. We also heard from two of her students, Damiontaye and Rondayle.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.

On this installment of Barber Shop Show, guest host Natalie Moore got an update on the Large Lots program. The program makes city-owned vacant lots available to neighboring homeowners for only a dollar. The second application round is open to homeowners in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood until August 4th. largelots.org

We were be joined by:
• Tina Harbin, President of the Yale Harvard Homeowners Association
• Demond Drummer, Tech Organizer at Teamwork Englewood

We also heard about a group called Black Girls Jump that’s working to preserve the art of double dutch jump rope. They even jumped for us live in the barber shop.
For that we were joined by:
Ayana Haaruun, Syreeta House, and Asmahan.

The Barber Shop Show airs on Fridays and Saturdays at Noon on 90.7FM and 89.5FM. You can also stream live at vocalo.org. The show also broadcasts on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ.