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Surviving the Drug War: When you’re at the bottom of every statistic when it comes to income, education, and health, plus you havea felony conviction, where do you find hope? Reporter Monica Potts tells us about her story for American Prospect about a community center in West Baltimore that provides tough love job training and the people it connects with and the people it still fails.
Coya Paz: The doctor is in and we will decide once and for all if assaulting someone because they are wearing a Google Glass constitutes as a hate crime. We are also gonna figure out how to make higher education less white.
A Long Walk Home: We continue our conversation about everyday violence faced by women and girls when we are going by Sangheetha Ravichandran and Larrinita Starks, a staff member and youth leader with A Long Walk Home. ALWH uses art therapy and visual and performing arts to help girls heal from violence and to seek ends to it.
Council of Feminist Thought: we are joined by dynamic duo, Dick Dastardly and Mutt— we mean, Mikki Kendall and Jamie Golden, are here to talk about acting like a white man online, the way prostitution laws can be used to profile vulnerable people, and how totally wacky it is that TV comedies featuring female losers have found success.
Shinola, Detroit: Can the Motor City (and the Second City) find some economic relief by returning to its manufacturing roots? WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian reports on Shinola, an watch, bikes, and leather company based in downtown Detroit that advertises in the pages of Vogue and does business with the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Record Store Week: The annual celebration of the small, local record store is here and we talk with Kevin Starke, owner of K. Starke Records in West Town/Humboldt Park about dealing, collecting, and the constant hunt for new customers.
NWI Report: Mike Puente checks in about opposition to an immigrant detention center in Hobart, a judicial override to the legislature’s gay marriage ban, and what is going on with our own little BP oil spill.
What Is Hip: Each week our trends expert Tim Barnes tells us what we need to be doing to be cool, and today it’s getting a pet and spending a ridiculous amount of money on it.