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Afternoon Shift: Entertainment districts, the new DSM and suburban poverty

Niala looks at the worth of Chicago's entertainment districts and old theaters. Medical professionals Emil Coccaro and Steven Migalski discuss the relevance of the new DSM. The Curious City team tackles the question: What is it like to live on minimum wage?


  1. A theater's worth: The saga to maintain Chicago's historic theaters continues. The Regal Theater is now on sale for a meager $100,000. The Congress Theater remains in an infamous state of disrepair. Now, the owners of Uptown palaces the Aragon Ballroom and the Riviera might get slapped with fines for failing to keep up with maintenance. Why can't we maintain these historic landmarks? Is it worth it? WBEZ architecture blogger Lee Bey and Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ music blogger and Sound Opinions co-host weigh in.
  2. Congress Theater in Daylight
    Congress Theater in Daylight
  3. DSM relevance: This week The American Psychiatric Association is releasing the fifth edition of the The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, long considered the “psychiatric bible.” The DSM-V comes after years of controversy concerning changes to the manual, a perceived lack of transparency, and the APA’s ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Emil Coccaro, the chair of the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Steven Migalski, a clinical psychologist and owner of Andersonville Behavioral Health, share their concerns and examine its relevance in their clinical practices. What are your thoughts on the new DSM?
  4. Minimum wage: The Curious City team takes on the question: What is it like to live on minimum wage? WBEZ Pritzker Fellow Lewis Wallace finds three individuals who share their experiences. What is your story?
  5. Suburban poverty: According to the Brookings Institution, poverty has grown by over 60 percent in the last decade, faster than in urban areas. Rob Breymaier, president of Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance and Michele Zurakowski, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center and the West Cook Home-ownership Center, examine what is driving the trend. What does suburban poverty look like? Call in or comment with your stories.