Vocalo Presents

Series produced by WBEZ

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Content produced and presented by Vocalo for WBEZ.

Vocalo is also a next generation public media service that connects with younger, culturally diverse audiences through music, stories, and training.


25 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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When one thinks of fashion forward countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo usually doesn't come to mind. But Les Sapeurs might make us feel dif...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 05:44
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Unlike retail stores that sell new merchandise, pawn shops serve a unique purpose in communities. Dan and Luis call a Pawn Shop owner to find out t...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 04:57
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Irasema Gonzalez talks about coming of age as a young Latina in 1990s Chicago, and how her definitions of love and womanhood shifted with the passi...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 10:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Nailah Stevenson talks candidly about why she stayed in an abusive relationship. And when she realized it was time to go.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 08:04
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How a therapeutic dog named Jane saved a young woman's life in an unexpected way... She stopped trying to commit suicide.

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 06:51
  • Purchases: 1
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Interviews with Darryl Jones and Juan Rodriguez. Darryl was an Assistant State's Attorney based at the jail, and Juan Rodriguez has run a food tru...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 14:05
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Interview with Carlos Sanchez, former County Jail Inmate. Interview conducted by Jackie Serrato for 96 Acres. Audio produced by Vocalo's Ayana Cont...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 20:35
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Interview With Jennifer Gonzalez, Girlfriend Of A Cook County Jail Inmate. Interview conducted by Hugo Antunez for 96 Acres. Audio produced by Voc...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 08:20
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Artist and Chicago native, Maria Gaspar, interviews neighbors to uncover their opinions about what it means to live next to one of the largest pre-...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 13:37
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Audra Wilson talks about the ongoing struggle for Voter's Rights in the United States, as some states are questioning the relevance of the Voters R...

Bought by KPVL


  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: a band called death
Recently at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre, Ayana Contreras caught a documentary about Death, a 1970s all-black proto-punk band out of Detroit. The do...

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Oct 16, 2014
  • Length: 08:18
  • Purchases: 1
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According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, "Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five fomented the musical revolution known as hip-hop. Theirs was a p...

Bought by WETD


  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 02:34
  • Purchases: 1
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Reclaimed Soul host Ayana Contreras brings us rocket-fueled soul music with outer space themes.

  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 13:30
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They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, then Stevie Wonder should know the feeling of flattery well. His son...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 13:30
Caption: Betty Davis, former wife of Miles Davis
This week, Ayana Contreras brings us vintage music from women whose careers were overshadowed by their associations with megastars. From the ex-wif...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2014
  • Length: 13:30
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The word "gesture" isn't typically associated with sound; but verbal gestures have become a major part of the English language.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 05:47
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What are the origins of this dance? How did it begin? Who are the rising talents of this subculture based on the West Side of Chicago? And how has ...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 11:57
Caption: Opening Second Line, Credit: Wikipedia Creative Commons
Joshua Sirotiak seeks out the history of Second Line Jazz culture in New Orleans. Along the way, he finds a few answers to questions about his own ...

Bought by KALW


  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 10:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Martin Woods talks to Audra Wilson about the challenges and the rewards of being a Black Operatic Baritone from the West Side of Chicago, and takin...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 08:55
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Ray has been an activist most of his life. He organized lunch counter sit-ins and participated in the March on Washington. When he was drafted to f...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 23:59