It’s difficult for me to imagine public radio in Chicago without Worldview. Worldview is exactly what public radio should be – radio that continuously exposes people to the world beyond Chicago’s borders while simultaneously exposing us to the various wonderful worlds within the borders of our great city.
I have had the pleasure of hearing so many stories from activists, artists, academics, journalists, and residents near and far. These stories have provided so much insight into areas of the world and lived experiences that I would otherwise not have been exposed to. I find it appalling that WBEZ would consider ending such a critical program at a time when it is more important than ever to have perspectives on issues and people beyond our borders. While the world moves forward, this move is a step backward for WBEZ.
Getting rid of the only internationally focused program for more local programming that we can get any other time, is perplexing, to say the least. Worldview was incredibly unique and interesting. WBEZ needs more unique content, not just rehashed local content with different hosts. I truly hope they reconsider. To the wonderful host, Jerome McDonnell, and producers Steve Bynum, Julian Haida, and all the rest of the extraordinary staff, thank you for being true gems to public radio and to the public in general.Dr. Amara Enyia