Below you will find the latest radio productions and collaborations that I have produced and edited for WGN Radio. 

The Original Rainbow Cone ice cream truck may be coming to a city near you!

Rollye James speaks with Lynn Sapp, the third-generation owner of Original Rainbow Cone. They talk about the history of the historic ice cream shop, how they have pivoted during this pandemic, their new ice cream truck, and much more. This weekend, the truck will be making a pit stop in Bolingbrook at 303 S. Weber Rd. on Friday from 4-10 p.m and on Saturday and Sunday from 2-10 p.m. Original Rainbow Cone in Beverly neighborhood is open for pickup, takeout and catering.

Illinois State University sociologist Dr. Richard Sullivan discusses navigating social norms in the era of social distancing

Rollye James chats with Dr. Richard Sullivan, a professor of sociology at Illinois State University, blogger at the Main Drift, and host of the After Class Podcast. Dr. Sullivan and Rollye have an in-depth discussion about navigating new social norms in the age of COVID-19. They also discuss how these norms affect our decisions, how social media is influencing our social norms, the interconnections between social norms and social roles, and much more.

Carlos Nelson on the INVEST South/West program and the healthy lifestyle hub slated for the Auburn Gresham neighborhood: ‘It inches us closer to the finish line’

The City of Chicago is investing $11 million in healthcare on the city’s west and south sides as part of the city’s much-promoted INVEST South/West program. Carlos Nelson, CEO of Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation, joins Ji to describe what the $4 million “Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub” project will look like and how it will provide additional healthcare resources to residents in the neighborhood.

WTTW reporter Heather Cherone on the city releasing the bodycam video of former CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson: ‘Why wasn’t there a sobriety test performed?’

Heather Cherone, political reporter for WTTW News, joins Ji to discuss her latest story surrounding the 371 complaints filed against CPD officers for their response to protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. They also discuss the body camera footage released by the city from the night former police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel in October 2019.

Planning a micro-wedding? A south suburban wedding venue may have an opening for your special day

Small businesses are at the heart of a wedding industry hit hard by coronavirus. One local wedding venue, Farmington Lake, has unexpected openings available for petite or micro weddings (50 people and less) as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of reopening. Owner Melanie Lauffer shared that wedding postponements and rescheduling in 2021, has left the Mokena working farm’s event calendar open in the near future. Family owned since 1856, Farmington Lake is a tranquil, romantic setting for a small ceremony for couples interested in tying the knot soon.

How Mezcla Media Collective continues to uplift women and non-binary filmmakers of color during COVID-19

Elena Valentine is the Co-Founder of Mezcla Media Collective, an organization that lifts up over 500 women and non-binary filmmakers of color in Chicago by building community, increasing skill capacity, and advancing careers. She joins Ji to tell us more about the their mission and activism within the community. To support Mezcla Media Collective COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here.

Libertyville author Gail Lukasik reflects on her mother’s struggles of being biracial passing as white in her book “White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing”

Award-winning author and Libertyville native Gail Lukasik speaks with Ji about her critically acclaimed book: White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. The book recounts the story of her mother’s “passing” for white, her struggle with the shame of mother’s choice, and her subsequent journey of self-discovery and redemption. FGW Productions in partnership with ICM (International Creative Management) has optioned the film and TV rights for White Like Her.
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