Practically Speaking

Practically Speaking airs on Vocalo 89.5/90.7 FM Fridays at 11am and a rebroadcast can be heard on Saturdays at 11am.

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Is there truly a difference in the rates of success for the American-born children of recent immigrants versus Americans who are several generations removed from their immigrant roots? Among communities of color, this phenomenon of instilling specific cultural and ethnic values on American-born children is especially prevalent.

In this episode, we explored the distinct cultural differences between first generation children of immigrants and whether their cultural upbringing and norms have a palpable impact on their rates of academic and professional success.

Ruell Rogers, a professor at Northwestern, spoke about the differences between African American and Black immigrant dichotomy. Alex Thibodeau conducted an interview with good friend, Harluxsh, who discussed the pressures from his Indian immigrant parents to succeed, and host Audra Wilson spoke with her Jamaican father, who shared his hopes and dreams for his two children and grandchildren.

Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI)

On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores what feminism means to different groups. She is joined by Soheila Azadi, a graduate assistant at UIC, a native of Iran, and an artist who speaks to the role feminism plays in her life and culture. She is also joined by Shelly Conner, an instructor at UIC who teaches a course on women in literature. In addition, Vocalo contributor Ryan Bedell conducts interviews and examines pop culture to see where people stand on feminism.

Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI).

This episode of Practically Speaking focuses on what happens when people are released from incarceration and what rehabilitation is available to them. We discuss the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, as well as the Safer Foundation with president emeritus Diane Williams. We hear from several people struggling to get back on their feet after incarceration. We hear a spoken word piece from an area high school student about his experience. We revisit our discussion with Bill Brown about black veterans, and finish by talking with Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor, a custom silk screen company that hires exclusively veterans, and one of his employees, Dwayne Jones.

Blacks and Latinos made up 87% of inmates in the Cook County Jail in 2011, and sadly, that percentage hasn’t changed much since then.On the next “Practically Speaking,” Audra Wilson examines how punitive policies deny formerly incarcerated people access to resources, fueling a revolving door of Blacks and Latinos in the penal system. Diane Williams, President Emeritus of the Safer Foundation, shares how the organization is removing obstacles for reintegration into society. Renata Sago reports on what’s at stake for juveniles in the system. Plus, Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor, offers services and jobs to homeless vets.Tune in Friday at 11am on http://www.vocalo.org | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI).

Blacks and Latinos made up 87% of inmates in the Cook County Jail in 2011, and sadly, that percentage hasn’t changed much since then.
On the next “Practically Speaking,” Audra Wilson examines how punitive policies deny formerly incarcerated people access to resources, fueling a revolving door of Blacks and Latinos in the penal system. Diane Williams, President Emeritus of the Safer Foundation, shares how the organization is removing obstacles for reintegration into society. Renata Sago reports on what’s at stake for juveniles in the system. Plus, Mark Doyle, founder of Rags of Honor, offers services and jobs to homeless vets.

Tune in Friday at 11am on http://www.vocalo.org | 89.5 (NWI) | 90.7 (CHI).

On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson was joined by Andrew Johnson, Executive Director of the American Indian Center (a Cherokee). She was also joined by one of the founders of the Center, Susan Power (a Lakota). They break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity and histories within Native American cultures.

(image of Sioux chief High Horse, Rosebud Sioux Reservation circa 1900)


Then, contributor Alex Thibodeau explores the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture.
Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am and Saturdays at 11am(CST) on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (NWI)

On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. State of Virginia. It’s the 1967 case that made it legal for Richard and Mildred Loving (and interracial couples throughout the United States) to marry.

Then, we revisit Alex Thibodeau’s story of finding identity while growing up biracial in Detroit. His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”

We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that sometimes our differences can make our relationships stronger.

Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.

On the next Practically Speaking, we explore the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture. We also break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity within Native American culture.  Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (Nwi)

On the next Practically Speaking, we explore the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture. We also break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity within Native American culture.

Tune in Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (Nwi)

From James Brown’s bright colored hot pants to Kanye West’s fur-lined peacoats, African American artists have established a bold presence in the fashion world—in the U.S. and internationally.

In this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores Black style icons with Joy Bivins of the Chicago History Museum. Designer and Chicagoan Alice Berry explains the contributions of Black fashion from Chicago to France. Plus, Renata Sago explores how voguing competitions create community and inspire confidence for Black LGBT youth.

Tune in to new episodes every Friday at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

From James Brown’s bright colored hot pants to Kanye West’s fur-lined peacoats, African American artists have established a bold presence in the fashion world—in the U.S. and internationally. 

Coming up at 11am on Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores Black style icons with Joy Bivins of the Chicago History Museum. Designer and Chicagoan Alice Berry explains the contributions of Black fashion from Chicago to France. Plus, Renata Sago explores how voguing competitions create community and inspire confidence for Black LGBT youth.

Tune in at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

From James Brown’s bright colored hot pants to Kanye West’s fur-lined peacoats, African American artists have established a bold presence in the fashion world—in the U.S. and internationally.

Coming up at 11am on Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores Black style icons with Joy Bivins of the Chicago History Museum. Designer and Chicagoan Alice Berry explains the contributions of Black fashion from Chicago to France. Plus, Renata Sago explores how voguing competitions create community and inspire confidence for Black LGBT youth.

Tune in at 11am on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (CHI) | 89.5 (NWI)

This week on Practically Speaking, we deal with the importance of Keeping Communities Healthy. We discuss the fight against food deserts in low-income communities of color, going beyond the rhetoric of Obamacare. We also talk about universal health coverage and the legacy of the War on Poverty.

We talk with Bonnie Rateree, a Harvey-based activist working to bring viable food and healthcare options to Harvey. She’s lived in Harvey her whole life, and is committed to her community’s success.

Plus, we hear from Cook County Place Matters Team Lead Jim Bloyd and John Owens, Director of Community Building for Centers for New Horizons.

They are both working towards healthier, more just neighborhoods for everyone.

Tune in to fresh installments Fridays and Saturdays at 11am (CST) on vocalo.org | 89.5FM (NWI) | 90.7FM (Chicago)