Two stories about Chicago on Fresh Air this week. Today: violence interrupters on the city’s South Side. Friday: the story of Al Capone.
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.
Happy Friday! Carl Kasell, the Hall of Fame NPR broadcaster and scorekeeper for Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, did the Bears players a favor by reciting the famous Al Pacino pre-game speech from the movie Any Given Sunday. It’s a pump up pre-game speech from your extended family at NPR/WBEZ.
Only two families remain in the last standing high rise in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public housing complex and they could move out as soon as Tuesday. The move marks the end of an era in Chicago’s troubled public housing history, as the Chicago Housing Authority has been gradually moving residents out and tearing down the high rises at Cabrini and other public housing developments in the city.