Paula Roderick, Employment Discrimination Attorney
I know it’s a joy to catch WorldView on public radio in your own home or office or, as I often do riding around the city. I’ve had the good fortune to bring guests to Jerome McDonnell’s show on several occasions and there also is an amazing gift that comes with being in the studio and watching Jerome, Steve, and the WorldView team put his guests at ease and get ready for air. They came to talk about difficult challenging subjects: a few years ago with Sahar Francis, Executive Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights – telling the world about children in prison inside occupied Palestine and in Israel; and more recently with Reverend Alex Awad – a Nakba survivor – sharing his views on Gaza and Liberation Theology in Palestine.
Jerome does his homework – reading up on his guests and the subjects that they are going to cover. But clearly Jerome does a lot more: he delivers his interviews in a personable and confidence-inspiring manner that effortlessly helps guide the interviewee to get to the heart of the matter, always with room for their personal connections to their work. Jerome’s gift is drawing out what brings each person to the issues on which they work so passionately, and why we should know and care about these subjects, too.
As Alex and I prepared to leave the studio, I told Steve Bynum how grateful I am to Worldview for giving us the chance to have Rev. Awad reach a larger audience during his Chicago tour. And we knew, that’s what Jerome and Steve do so well, bring stories about world events to the front line here in Chicago. There are many more folks to interview with captivating life stories. The challenge is whether NPR will give Jerome and the amazing WorldView team the opportunity to continue to inspire, educate, and inform their listeners about world events that impact our lives here in Chicago and the local events here that reach beyond our borders to people around the world.