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WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago

Chicago Public Media is an institution that creates award-winning content for people seeking to learn more about the issues and ideas that affect our community, our nation and our world. Chicago Public Media produces programs such as This American Life, Sound Opinions, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR), The Morning Shift, The Afternoon Shift, Worldview and Radio M. In addition to WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Public Media also operates Vocalo 91.1FM, 89.5 FM and 90.7 FM, a next generation service that seeks to expand the reach of public media.

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WBEZ is the Chicago region’s premier public media service. We serve the public interest by creating and delivering diverse, compelling content that informs, inspires, enriches and entertains. Through a broad range of media platforms, we connect diverse audiences in our service area and beyond to one another. We help them make a difference in our communities, our region, and our world.

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Click here to view an alphabetical listing of all programs heard on WBEZ and click here to view the full program schedule.


Vocalo is a public media service for a new generation. Vocalo is a type of media that originates in the heart of the community. It reaches across traditional lines into music, arts, media and our local perspective. Vocalo not only convinces culturally diverse millennials to tune in, but also provides a platform for them to inspire, connect and share.

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Together we share stories, swap information and discuss topics that matter. Vocalo is broadcast on 90.7 (CHI), 91.1 (CHI) and 89.5 (NWI). More information at Vocalo.org.

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners.

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It is produced by Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around one million people downloading each week. From 2006-2008, we produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys. We’re also the co-producers, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. And a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films. In 2014, we launched our first spinoff show, Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig.

More information at ThisAmericanLife.org.

Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions is where people who love music can come together. Make discoveries, debate, learn about pop culture, engage, have fun and find new ways to further enrich your lives through music.

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Whether you’re an expert, or just a casual fan, Sound Opinions is your source for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. Each week on the show, nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis interview artists, talk about pop culture and music industry news, review new record releases and give trends a historical context. And, because on Sound Opinions,“everyone’s a critic,”listeners are invited to join in the debate.

Sound Opinions is produced by by WBEZ Chicago, home to This American Life and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and is distributed nationally by PRX. Sound Opinions can be heard on stations across the country and online at SoundOpinions.org.

WBEZ Podcasts

WBEZ’s This American Life leads the pack of the world’s most popular podcasts, drawing nearly 3.5 million listens a month. It is one of many world-class shows under WBEZ’s podcast umbrella, which includes stalwarts like Sound Opinions, where WBEZ’s Rock Doctors hold court on everything musical and Filmspotting, as unique a film review show as you will ever hear.

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WBEZ Podcasts are committed to an ever-expanding cultural offering that will serve the needs and sensibilities of today’s digital audiences. More information at wbez.org/podcasts.

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