This American Life: Harper High School, Part Two
We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour of stories from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school’s Homecoming game and dance. We hear the origin story of one of Harper’s more prominent gangs. And we ask a group of teenage boys: where do you get your guns?
Harper High School, Part One can be found here.
This American Life: Harper High School, Part 1
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances.
I highly recommend listening to this.
Photo: Scott Olson
The New York Times reports on gun violence in Chicago:
This city’s 471st homicide of 2012 happened in the middle of the day, in the middle of a crowd, on the steps of the church where the victim of homicide 463 was being eulogized. Sherman Miller, who was 21, collapsed amid gunfire not far from the idling hearse that was there to carry away James Holman, 32, shot to death a week earlier.
Read the entire article here.
Some highlights from the CTU rally downtown! Support Chicago teachers!
The nickelback one made me giggle.
I wish I knew about “said no teacher ever” when I was protesting with Wisconsin!
Rahm says cut back. We say fight back.
--Chant outside of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters. Chicago teachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years.
The Cubs, their owner and their fans either can be discouraged when watching the Brewers this weekend. Or encouraged. Safely on their way to winning the National League Central, the Brewers have an aggressive, youngish owner, a payroll of only $85 million, a sparkling stadium that public funding helped build and a farm system that produced its two biggest stars in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. They are everything the Cubs want to be and have everything they want to have.
--The Chicago Tribune.
I'm Still Mad About The Train.
In a bizarre twist, some of the money that Walker is now seeking originally was allocated for the Milwaukee-to-Madison route he previously turned down. That money is available because a fellow Republican governor rejected it, as well. linked above.