Marina City towers at dusk on 300 North State Street, c. 1965. Photograph from Hedrich-Blessing.
Alinea Revisited – A Life Worth Eating “The dish never got boring. Since this was a shared dessert for three people, each person picked and played with different combinations of ingredients making every bite taste different. This is the most memorable dessert I have ever had.”
Grant Achatz: The Chef Who Couldn’t Taste [Fresh Air interview]
Meanwhile, in the Midwest…Things recently got extremely tense at a public radio softball game in Chicago…..
On today’s Fresh Air, the rise and fall of legendary gangster Al Capone: “Businessmen, in particular, in the ’20s really believed that to be a success, an entrepreneur needed to have a personality, a sense that you were a success. That’s why I think Capone dressed the way he did. And that’s why he entertained the press — because he wanted to be perceived as a successful American. Dale Carnegie … would later cite Capone as a model for creating the public image. Obviously, it went bad in many ways for Capone, but that’s the image he was going for.” — Jonathan Eig
Tomorrow: the story of Al Capone. Guest: writer Jonathan Eig.
Eastern State Penitentiary - Al Capone’s Cell (by Prof. Jas. Mundie)
Audio’s up for Terry’s interviews with Ameena Matthews and Steve James.
Ameena Matthews is a former gang member who now enters Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods and mediates disputes before they erupt into violence. When Matthews was heavily involved in gang activities, it was her Muslim faith, her children and grandmother who served as her own violence interrupters: “[My grandmother] would step in the middle of raids, asking, ‘Where’s Ameena?’ Guns were drawn and she’s not even looking at the guns or the gas that was thrown in the building to smoke us out, she’s yelling my name and telling me to get my behind out. … She was there.”
Director: Steve James.
Monday: director Steve James, former gang member Ameena Matthews who now works to stop the cycle of violence in Chicago
Tomorrow: the story of American medical care as seen from the perspective of an inner city Chicago hospital. We speak with Dr. David Ansell, whose experiences treating patients at Chicago’s public Cook County Hospital make a strong case for national health care reform.
chicago — (by Melody Kramer)
In 1997, Frank Calabrese Sr. was sent to prison along with his brother Nick and Frank Jr. on a series of racketeering charges. The feds had enough evidence to keep him in jail for 118 months — meaning Frank Sr. would have been a free man when he turned 70. But then Frank Jr. wrote a letter the FBI, offering to help bring down his father’s murderous Chicago crime family.