Let’s See Action


Chicago’s Crime Beat Reporters: Telling The Stories Of The City [Listen]

Sam Charles of the Sun Times and the Tribune's Peter Nickeas stopped by to discuss why they feel it's important to tell these...

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Arts In Chicago

For over a year they have been developing The Chicago Cultural Plan, studying how other cities are utilizing public art, and how we can have a vital public art community serving this city. Part of this process is holding town hall meetings to hear from us, the citizens of this city.

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Giving Peace A Chance In The Neighborhood [Listen]

Two years ago I invited Reverend Gregory Seal Livingston, Senior Pastor of the Mission Of Faith Baptist Church, to discuss some of the problems his church is dealing with in the Roseland neighborhood in Chicago.. It was a half hour of dialogue that could have gone on for hours. Last year I heard Rev. Livingston was asking his community to give up violence for Lent. That got my interest.

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The Black Keys Come Through Again For The Kids

If you are a Black Keys fan, if you love Little League baseball, or if you go out of your way to help kids, do I have a t-shirt for you. Dan Auerbach and Patrick […]


Todd Rundgren’s Dream Goes On Forever

Todd Rundgren has a dream. The Spirit Of Harmony Foundation is his dream come true. Todd says, “The purpose of the Spirit of Harmony Foundation is to provide support and funding to school programs and […]

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Poetry Still In Motion

Last spring I started a page on the XRT website called Let’s See Action. Thanks to Pete Townsend for the words expressing how I feel. Like many Chicagoans I feel the almost daily cutting into […]


They Didn’t Make Nuns Like This When I Was In School [Listen]

I survived Catholic school. Our nuns were Sisters Of Mercy, but they didn’t know the meaning of the word. Our principal, Sister Mary Agnes, carried a paddle in her rosary belt, and she could pull […]


Happy Birthday Sarah McLachlan

Happy Birthday Sarah McLachlan. Canada has given us some terrific singer-songwriters, and she is one of the best. Not only some great songs, but she also gave us those wonderful Lilith Fairs in the 90’s. […]


Last Night I Ran Off To Join The Circus

Who hasn’t dreamed of running off to join the circus! Well, last night I joined the folks at CircEsteem to help with their annual fundraiser. For information on how they changes kids’ lives, check out […]


Just Ask Neil Young: One Good Turn Deserves Another

For years Neil Young has organized The Bridge School Concerts to raise funds for a school that provides innovative educational programs for kids with severe speech and physical impairments. This year the concerts will be […]


Being For The Benefit Of CircEsteem: Circus Soiree

For the benefit of CircEsteem There will be a show Thursday night, October 17th On Trampoline…well, maybe a human sized hamster wheel. The CircEsteem kids will all be there Late of Pable Fanque’s Fair, what […]