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The Crisis Cast

Jun 2, 2021

LaShawn Ford's story is remarkable. It began in the public housing projects of Chicago, and his ability to speak truth to power is fueled with compassion.  

In this episode of The Crisis Cast, Thom & Lissa hear from this former public school teacher who has served 14 years in the Illinois General Assembly.  Rep. Ford...


May 7, 2021

George Ryan is a plain spoken pharmacist turned politician.  He also happens to be the former Governor of Illinois. Life and death are at the center of this conversation on The Crisis Cast.

In this episode, Thom & Lissa uncover the emotional journey of a law and order conservative, who went from supporting the...


Apr 26, 2021

The timing of this conversation left us pondering pathways to change.  It occurred during the days surrounding the verdict in the killing of George Floyd, and the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Chicagoan Adam Toledo.  

Renowned civil rights attorney Sheila Bedi joined Lissa and Thom to discuss her work surrounding the...


Apr 19, 2021

Amidst lockdowns and quarantines, in mid-March 2020, the Crisis Cast team gathered to work with a 'cast' of crisis leaders.  Our goals was to learn how to better manage the unexpected.

In this episode of The Crisis Cast, hosts Lissa Druss and Thom Serafin visit with producer Todd Manley and managing director Matthew...


Apr 1, 2021

Time to drive toward the intersection of sports and social science.  In this episode of The Crisis Cast, two renowned sports journalists give Lissa and Thom the lowdown on doing your homework.

Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times and David Haugh from Chicago's WSCR tell the tale of how they first crossed...