I talked to WGN’s Nick Digilio about Mayor Lori Lightfoot suggesting that the city’s COVID-19 response would be worthy of a fifth star on the Chicago flag. You can listen to our conversation here and read the Chicago magazine story that inspired it here.
My next book, Midnight in Vehicle City, will be published in February 2021 by Beacon Press. It’s the story of the 1936-37 Flint Sit Down Strike, during which a group of autoworkers occupied General Motors plants until the company recognized the United Auto Workers. It was the beginning of the modern labor movement, and, its participants said, the beginning of the modern middle class.
I talked to WGN’s Nick Digilio about why the 1990s were the greatest decade in Chicago’s history. It wasn’t just because of the Bulls. Read the Chicago magazine article that sparked the conversation here, and listen to the interview here.
My CityLab article about how accents are changing in Chicago and Pittsburgh popped up on the MSN homepage. As a result, I was invited back on to WGN’s “Bill and Wendy Show” to talk about the state of the Chicago accent. You can listen here.
After eight years, I finally got into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office to ask him about school closings, declining neighborhoods and the Laquan McDonald shooting. He was combative. He was defensive. He was Rahm. Read what he had to say here.
I visited the brand-new Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting, Indiana, for Slate. Read my report here.
I was on Illinois Public Media’s “The 21st” today, talking about my Chicago magazine story on how Illinois stands to lose two House seats if a citizenship question is included in the Census. I discussed my experiences as an enumerator in the immigrant-heavy community of Rogers Park. Listen here.
Here’s my Chicago magazine article on how the fact that Illinois is the most average state has also allowed it to play a special role in American history, as the engine of the nation’s racial progress, the Land of Lincoln and Obama.
July 1: The Hideout, Chicago, 5 p.m.
July 3: Tuesday Funk, Hopleaf, Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
July 5: 57th Street Books, Chicago, 6 p.m.
July 7: Everybody Reads, Lansing, Mich., 3 p.m.
July 8: Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Mich., 7 p.m.
July 9: Pages Bookshop, Detroit, 6 p.m.
July 11: Middleton Public Library, Middleton, Wis., 6:30 p.m.
July 14: Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, Wis., 10 a.m.
July 14: Fond du Lac Public Library, Fond du Lac, Wis., 2 p.m.
On WGN’s “The Download,” host Justin Kaufmann and I held a contest for the best Chicago accent. We ended up giving Lou Malnati’s pizzas to Scott from Berwyn and Nick from Mount Greenwood. Listen here.