WBEZ Presents

WBEZ Chicago

Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.

27:58 | Oct 2nd

One hundred years ago, all across this country, racial tensions were exploding into violence so brutal that it would become known as the Red Summer. Chicago saw some of the worst violence in deadly attacks between blacks and whites. In City on Fire, ...Show More

15:41 | Jun 10th, 2017

C.W. McCall had a surprise No. 1 hit in 1976. But he was actually an ad executive playing the character of a country singer. Sound Opinions producer Evan Chung tells the strange story of how “Convoy” became a cultural phenomenon. He speaks with the s...Show More
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08:55 | May 20th, 2017

Upon discovering a pattern of students skipping swim class in the CPS system, WBEZ’s Linda Lutton attempts to follows the trail of sick notes and track down their progenitor: one elusive and enigmatic Dr. Fong. This episode of WBEZ Presents is a spec...Show More

13:30 | Apr 29th, 2017

Last summer, WBEZ reporter Dan Weissmann traveled to West Frankfort, a small town in southern Illinois that briefly played host to a small battle in the so-called “war on coal.” With coal at the center of the climate change battle, some people from a...Show More

09:16 | Apr 15th, 2017

After more than two years as WBEZ’s vice president of content and programming, Ben Calhoun is returning to the staff at This American Life. WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan sat down with Calhoun on his last day to discuss his career, the WBEZ stories he love...Show More
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