By the Way

By the way, did you know that Vocalo collaborates with community partners to bring you voices and conversations you cannot hear anywhere else on public radio? Well, we do. We curate the best of these collaborations and present them to you as part of the ‘By the Way’ series on Vocalo 89.5 FM.

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Vocalo's partnership program is funded in part by the McCormick Foundation.
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96ACRES is a series of community-engaged art projects around social justice issues, which examine the impact of incarceration at the Cook County Jail.

Vocalo collaborated with the Maria Gaspar & the 96 Acres Project. Vocalo trained interviewers and produce audio documentaries based on stories from community members.

A 96 Acres interdisciplinary showcase will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Tuesday April 8th

from 6–8 pm.

220 East Chicago Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611

Vocalo contributor Ryan Bedell discusses whether any bands from the 1990s to the present carry the same weight as The Beatles and other legendary artists once did. Who will people still be talking about in 50 years?

In this piece, Vocalo collaborator Ryan Bedell explains the importance of knowing the history of music and its roots, and why you should listen and appreciate the oldies.

Trains, buses, and automobiles. There’s a lot of ways to get from point A to point B. Vocalo’s Renata Sago speaks with commuters who have found ways to navigate the City of Chicago that have some unexpected benefits. She also speaks with Melody Geraci from the Active Transit Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group that aims to support biking, walking, and mass transit.

This piece was produced by Vocalo in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

Vocalo’s Ayana Contreras speaks with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about the Cook County Land Bank initiative, in which Cook County purchased foreclosed land and buildings from banks. She also talks to Karen Trout and Laura Michel, friends and residents of Avers Avenue in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. They’ve organized their block to build and maintain a community garden/playground on a vacant lot.

This piece was produced by Vocalo in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood has a long and storied history. It also has a lot of people who are imagining the future of the South Side community. Vocalo’s Renata Sago talks to community stakeholders trying to make their community a better place.

This piece was produced by Vocalo in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.

With chirping birds in the background, Tia Dunlap talks about some of the darker aspects of her neighborhood.

This piece was adapted from an audio slide show created by Tia, a student at Street Level Youth Media in Chicago. It was for a digital photography program called Exposures.

for more pieces from this program, visit: https://soundcloud.com/vocalos-by-the-way/sets/street-levels-exposures-in

for more on Street Level Youth Media, visit: www.street-level.org/

SLYM’s exposures program showcase dj collective

It’s back to school time.

You can feel that energy in the air as students head back to class and rededicate themselves to learning.

(At CPS schools this week, there’s another energy coming from the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike, but that’s another convo.)

The way school typically works is: young people learn from adult teachers. We’re flipping the script a little bit for our back to school special.

We’re highlighting youth voices, with the idea that we’ll learn a thing or two from them.

Every story, essay, poem and song in this playlist was created by youth.

Contributions came to us from Vocalo partners, including The MashFree Write Jail Arts, &Chain Reaction.

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John Quail from Friends of the Chicago River tells the truth about what is and isn’t in the river.