- Online Desi literary journal launches todayJaggery, an international online literary journal based in Chicago, launches today. The journal seeks to encourage a literary dialogue between South Asians and South Asians living abroad. Writer Mary Anne Mohanraj and scientest Manish Shah join us in studio. Performer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha joins us on the phone.
- 'The Trials of Muhammad' opens tonightA new documentary, 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' opens tonight in select theaters throughout Chicago. While Ali is was known for his boxing and his trash talking skills, the documentary looks at Ali's involvement with the Nation of Islam and his stand against the Vietnam War. WBEZ's Alison Cuddy joins us in studio to talk about the film.
- Weekend traffic and news
We take a look at weekend closures in Chicagoland.
- Governor Pat Quinn is running for reelection in 2014, but his current Lt. Governor, Sheila Simon, will not be joining him. Governor Quinn announced today he will be choosing former CPS chief, Paul Vallas, as his running mate. Joining us is Publisher and Founder of Chicago Catalyst, Linda Lenz. She covered Vallas when he ran Chicago Public Schools.
Cook County President, Toni Preckwinkle, unveiled her proposal for the 2014 county budget this week. WBEZ's Lauren Choolijian joins us to talk about the highlights (or low-lights) for next year.
- Antisemitism is on the rise in Europe. BBC Correspondent, Bethany Bell, has the story.
- 'The Marshall Mathers LP2' and 'Matangi'Vocalo's Jesse Menendez joins us to review Eminem's latest album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', released earlier this week, and M.I.A.'s new album, 'Matangi.' We look at the evolution of the music icons' respective careers and the evolution of their individual musical styles.