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, 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 episode of the Barber Shop Show is straight out of the current issue of The Chicago Reporter.

In this issue, The Reporter is highlighting how harsher drug legislation is impacting communities. The Reporter’s own Angela Caputo tackles two facets of this situation: and the increasing number of convictions for drug-related crimes, and the growing cost to incarcerate those who are convicted.

We talk to Michael Flowers and Eric Ware. They are from a block in Chicago’s Austin Community that has the highest concentration of convictions in the city. They are also trying to turn their lives around after years of selling and using drugs.

We also talk to Elce Redmond and Bob Dougherty, two people trying to help people who’ve made the decision to start over.

For the full new issue, visit:

And to hear the stories behind the headlines, listen to fresh episodes of the Barber Shop Show Fridays at Noon on, 89.5fm and 90.7fm

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