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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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with seven guests about the importance of mentoring, race, growing up in a city and more. She focuses on one non-traditional mentoring group here in the city, 100 Black Men of Chicago. In addition, Wilson attended a recent event in Chicago, “For the Brown Kids,” which featured pieces from 30 different Chicago artists that focused their work on showing what it is like to grow up being “brown.” She spoke with:

- Jourdan Sorrell, President and CEO of 100 Black Men of Chicago
- Jasper Hagan, volunteer at 100 Black Men of Chicago
-Christina Rodríguez, Founder of EXPO Collective
-Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Founder of EXPO Collective
-Eric Garcia, Founder of EXPO Collective
-Xeno Martinez, exhibitor at “For the Brown Kids”
-Teresa Magaña, exhibitor at “For the Brown Kids”

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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with three guests about the under representation of certain groups in society. One Black woman, Joy Triche, founded Tiger Stripe Publishing because she felt some groups in society; specifically African-Americans were not represented in children’s books. The three discuss representation, creating books, publishing, and more. Later in this episode, one Chicago poet reads her poem live. Wilson spoke with:
-Joy Triche, founder and owner of Tiger Stripe Publishing which features stories of under represented people.
-Isaac Perry, Chicago based writer and creative director at paradox media.
-Kristiana Colón, Chicago playwright, poet, actor, and educator.

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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with three guests about the Chicano Civil Rights Movement that came forward in the late 1940’s. They discuss the different complex communities in the US, race and authenticity, Mexican immigrants, and much more. She spoke with:
-Juan Carlos Hernandez, Author, Filmmaker, and Producer
-Pancho McFarland, Associate Professor at Chicago State University
-Gaylon Alcaraz, Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund

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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks with four guests about race, diversity, and identity. She spoke with: 
-Elisabeth Lindsay-Ryan, Part time faculty at Depaul University’s School for New Learning
-Sunny Nakae, Director of Diversity at Northwestern’s School of Medicine 
-Yan Searcy, Interim Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University
-David DuBois, Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Plus, four young men of different backgrounds sat down with Alex Thibodeau to talk about Race in Chicago. They pull no punches as they talk about invisible dividing lines, words that are “forbidden fruit”, and more.

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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson speaks with Jennifer Clary, a research associate with the Social Impact Research Center through the Heartland Alliance. They look at the changing face of poverty in America.

Then, Audra joins master gardener and community activist Bonnie Ratteree in South Suburban Harvey, Illinois. They talk about instilling pride in an area that has seen its share of troubles. Bonnie’s tools for building community ties include keeping Harvey’s history alive, and providing healthy food through community gardening.

Audra and Bonnie also talk about the connections between Bonnie’s upbringing and the upbringing of Bonnie’s Ghanaian friend (and fellow gardener), Augustina.

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Four young men of different backgrounds sat down with Alex Thibodeau to talk about Race in Chicago. They pull no punches as they talk about invisible dividing lines, words that are “forbidden fruit”, and more.

Recorded and edited by Alex Thibodeau with production support by Ayana Contreras.

Produced for the Practically Speaking Radio Program on Vocalo (89.5fm and 90.7fm)

In this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson looks at the various facets of our surroundings that contribute to good (or poor) health, from environment to nutrition and access to health care.

She is joined by Michael Howard of Eden’s Place and Claudia Ayala of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Later, she speaks with Dr. Doriane Miller, ‎Director pf the Center for Community Health and Vitality at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
Dr. Miller talks about Black Chicagoans, and their historical connections to the land. Those connections are being lost in the generations following the Great Migration.

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This week, Practically Speaking is celebrating its 50th episode! To celebrate, host Audra Wilson checks in with the subject of one of her most talked-about episodes: Vocalo – Ps-11 
We talk to Dr. Jifunza Wright Carter of the Black Oaks Center in Pembroke Township, IL. The Carter family made a commitment to bring information to black communities about ecologically sustainable living. That means living “off-the-grid” while building healthy food systems and sustainable energy pathways.

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On this episode of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson talks to Sean Tenner and members of Chicago’s Sudanese community to discuss to the current state of Sudan. She also discusses the tragic death of Karen Washington, founder of the website For Brown Girls, and the treatment of mental illness for people of color.

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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.

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