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The Crisis Cast

Jul 8, 2020

Juliana Stratton runs marathons.  She runs them with her feet and her heart.  Not only is Juliana the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, but she is a crisis leader for the long haul.  In this episode of The Crisis Cast, Lissa & Thom learn about 'the wisdom in the room.'  This is Juliana's belief that communities know what...


Jul 2, 2020

Tracy Baim has been calling out the inequities of news gathering for well over three decades.  As co-founder of the Windy City Times, her career marks not only great crisis management but the rise of community journalism. Now, as publisher of the Chicago Reader, Tracy's passion continues to challenge mainstream...


Jun 25, 2020

As we have worked through these times of crisis, one recurring theme is the hunger for information.  In this episode of the Crisis Cast, Lissa & Thom visit with Michele Zurakowski a brilliant leader in the social services sector.  Michele is the Executive Director of Beyond Hunger where feeding communities is just one...


Jun 17, 2020

"These are hard conversations that must take place."  Eric Kowalczyk returns to The Crisis Cast with observations on the widespread conflicts fueled by systemic racism.  Lissa & Thom get some answers on where we start with police reform.  As author of The Politics of Crisis, Kowalczyk suggests that protests over the...


Jun 8, 2020

Garry McCarthy has spent a lifetime in law enforcement.  He insists that we continue to avoid real conversations about race.  In this visit to the chat room with Lissa & Thom, you'll hear some untold details from his departure as Superintendent of Chicago Police.  We also learn about what he views as critical breakdowns...