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The 8th Day

"The 8th Day" is a radio program that focuses on crucial social justice issues from a spiritual perspective. It is brought to you by 8th Day Center for Justice and is broadcast in Chicago on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, from 7:00 -  8:00 pm, at 88.7 WLUW, Chicago Sound Alliance. You can also listen to live webcasts online at http://www.wluw.org/ anywhere you have access to the internet. Additionally, you can listen to the archived shows listed below.  The 8th Day Radio Show has been broadcasting since Aug. 2001.


Chris Eagan and Mary Kay Flanigan interview Rev. Calvin Morris of the Community Renewal Society

August  25th, 2013

When you imagine academic research imagery of cold Ivory Tower think tanks come to mind, but 8th Day highlights the alternative to dry academia, in its conversation with Phil Nydon of CURL. The Center for Urban Research and Learning emphasizes a unique university community partnership. The show delves into the history of CURL research projects and explains how the work is so much more compelling than a pure scholastic exercise.

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August 11th, 2013

Exploring new ways to engages students Whitney Young English professor Jay Rehak has come up with a novel idea. Jay crowd sourced the writing of a book using his students as his co authors. This innovative technique not only exposed students to a deeper understanding of an important virtue it also gave them experience in the process of getting published. Our show covers the creation of such a unique project.  

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May 19th, 2013

Using the national holiday of Memorial Day as a backdrop, 8th Day staff members Mary Kay Flanigan and Chris Eagan along with guest Joe Scarry of the No Drones network explore the origins of the holiday and suppose new ways in might be embraced. Given this framing the show delves into the implications of war and deeply into the device de jour for modern warfare, drones.

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May 5th, 2013

The radio show which aired on Mothers' Day focused on the plight of mothers around the world. In 1970, Julia Ward Howe, a nurse during the Civil War who tended to the wounds of soldiers and worked with widows and orphans, declared a day dedicated to justice and action; Mother's Day. Today, in honor of sentiment that inspired the holiday this show delves into the work of RefugeeOne in Uptown who helps Immigrants and Refugees adjust to life in new surroundings.

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April 28th, 2013

With the anniversary of the Postville raid and conversation swirling around the latest attempt at comprehensive immigration reform 8th Day Center staff Stephanie Dernek and Mary Kay Flanigan interject their musings.

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April 14th, 2013

On the heels of massive organizing around the Keystone XL pipeline 8th Day Center takes a moment to glimpse at the history of Earth Day. Hosts Mary Kay Flanigan and Chris Eagan explore the long history of the Green Movement and postulate about its impact today.

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March. 10th, 2013

The theme of 8th Day Center’s first March radio show was Women’s History.  Our two guests were Mary Ann Johnson, who is president of the Chicago Area Women’s History Council, and Kristin Emery, interim director of the Women in Leadership Archives, Gannon Center, Loyola University.  Mary Ann Johnson and Kristin Emery talked about the role of Public History in telling the stories of the women who have gone before us, inspiring and encouraging us to keep working for human rights for all.

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Feb. 24th, 2013

Our guest Nancy Jones of Chicago Fair Trade discusses the state of the Fair Trade movement. We begin with the origins of Fair Trade and eventually arrive at the latest developments. Nancy discusses what a Fair Trade City might look like and more importantly why anyone would want such a thing. The show is an excellent journey into the intentionality and future of the Fair Trade movement.

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Feb. 10th, 2013

This weeks show discusses upcoming events and actions for climate change and avoiding climate chaos.  Our guest was Jay Becker with World Can't Wait.  She is one of the organizers of the Climate Crisis Chicago Conference   which will be taking place on Feb.16th.   That weekend will also be the mass mobilization to D.C. for 350.org's Move Forward on climate change which is likely to be the largest gathering on climate justice issues ever.  We also will discuss 350's campaign for divest of fossil fuels.  

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The following programs are archived at 8th Day Center. If you wish to listen to them, please contact 8th Day.

Nov. 25th, 2012

Our show starts with a historical context around conscience in the Catholic Church. After which staff members Chris Eagan, Liz Deligio and Mary Kay Flanigan discuss the origin and intentionality around the Center's latest project Conscience Monologues.  

Nov. 11th, 2012

 Hosts Stephanie Dernek and Gwen Farry discuss the upcoming School of the Americas Vigil taking place in Columbus, Georgia. Additionally, with the election wrapped up Stephanie and Gwen dialogue about the reprecussion of the results as it pertains to the work of the Center.

October 28th, 2012

Musical guest Verbal Kwest talks about their musical influences and how God came to be apart of the mix. Julian AKA J.Kwest and Anthony AKA BreevEazie discuss their brand of hip hop that artfully draws from gospel and talks about social justice issues but is meant for wide distribution. After a twenty minute conversation with Julian a pastor for church in Hyde Park and Anthony a dean on the South Side the remainder of the show debuts half of Verbal Kwest's nesest album Batman & Batman.

September 9th, 2012 

Coalition of Immokalee Workers comes to Chicago to make their voices heard at a food festival hosted by Chiptole. CIW discusses the origin of the farm worker rights campaign and why Chipotle was chosen as their next focus. The conversation is with a farm worker and a inter faith translator as they cover CIW strategy and how it ties into their own personal story.

August 26th, 2012

Professor Michael Baxter of De Paul University dicusses politics from the lens of the Catholic tradition. The conversation focuses in on whether either political party offers a platform compatible with Catholic teaching. Using his knoweldge in history and by inserting personal experience a rich conclusion of another way forward emerges from the dialouge. 

July 22nd, 2012

Our most recent radio program showcased the Teachers Union struggle against Mayor Emmanuel.  Our guest Jay Rejak joined 8th Day staff hosts Mary Kay Flanigan and Stephanie Dernek for a rousing conversation about this complicated struggle for public schools in Chicago.  As we all know the struggle for public funded entities is echoed all over this country.    Jay Rejak has been a Chicago Public School Teacher for over 20 years and is the President of the Pension Board for the Teachers Union. 

June 24th, 2012

Fr. Larry Dowling the pastor of St. Agatha's parish in North Lawndale discusses the importance of restorative justice in CPS. Over the course of the show we lay out the history of restorative justice, compare it to the core values inherent in the current zero tolerance policies and delve into the implications such a move might have on neighborhoods such as North Lawndale and beyond. The conversation offers fascinating insight into a niche part of our educational system in need of desperate repair. The show also makes an appeal for listeners to call CPS representatives so please consider doing so after listening. 

June 10th, 2012

Renowned actvist Bernadine Dohrn, Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University and former leader of the radical anti-Vietnam war group eventually known as the Weather Underground, discussed with 8th Day staff her reaction to NATO protests in Chicago. The conversation specifically tackles the role of non-violence within the context of our current hyper violent military industrial complex and analysis on the effictiveness of the weekend activities given the circumstances.

April 22nd, 2012

Professor Leonard Cavise an expert in criminal law and human rights law shares his reaction to current events. As a practicing lawyer and current law professor at DePaul University, Mr. Cavise was able to offer interesting insight to current events such as the Trayvon Parker case, John Burge trail and ongoing civil rights issues in Central and South America.

April 8th, 2012

Long time friend of the center and previous guest Kathy Kelly advocates for the US to end its reliance on drone focused warfare in the middle east. Kathy details her travels especially to Afghanistan and presents the case for loving interconnectivity between peoples of all countries. As the show was boradcast on Easter the show frames the discussion as a way to participate in the reserrection of new life, as we aim to be Christ-like towards eahc other.

March 25th, 2012

8th Day's own, Liz Deligio discusses her recent trip to Columbia as part of an Ethics Commission.

March 11th, 2012

American Friends Service Committee talked about their work in recruiting students away from military enlistment. AFSC talks about the intense strain military spending puts on our national budget. That is why AFSC is hosting a counter summit during this summer's NATO conference to be held in Chicago in May. 

February 26th, 2012

Homelessness is a reality in all urban and most rural US communities. When did this begin? What is an approproperiate response? Tom Drexler and Ignatian Spirituality Project have an unique and valuable perspective on how to approach this particular social justice issue from a spiritual foundation.

February 12th, 2012

Andy Thayer a very well respected local activist diagrams his plans for when the NATO G8 conference comes to Chicago in May. Thayer explains his history of activism and why this summers conference should inspire interest from a wide auidence.

January 22nd, 2012

Politics play out in the enviroment once more and 8th Day staff do a social analysis to determine the interests playing out in the Keytone XL pipeline debate. At the heart of the matter are tar sands a new form of petroluem entering into the energy market. The impact of such a large new factor in the energy equation have vast implications and the show attempts to unravel them all while debunking politically motivated spin attached to the project.

January 8th, 2012

Ten years ago on January 11th, 2002 a prison opened up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The site was specifically created to house suspected terrorists. The US has used the site as a mechanism to strip foriegn suspects of their human rights. After many years of documenting the human rights abuses and injustice of such a prison system many activists are calling for its closure. 

December 25th, 2011

 Remembering that the Christmas story of Jesus' birth in a manger is the story of an immigrant's birth. The celebration of the most famous immigrant beginning seems like an approperiate time to check in on the national debate as immigration resurfaces on the national spotlight. The show focuses on current federal and state policy as coming into place during the holiday season.

December 11th, 2011

 Advent Conspriacy themed show. Highlights different spiritual approaches to the holiday season. Show includes alternative gift giving ideas, zany caroling and a thought provoking message from a Richard Rohr reflection.

November 27th, 2011

 Interview with Jennifer Bing of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) about her take on the relationship between Palestine and Israel.

November 13th, 2011

 Conversation with Janel Bailey of the organization Chicago Nieghborhood's First. CNF focus is the intersection of labor and large corporations.

October 23rd, 2011

Listen to 8th Day Radio Show where we focus on the Occupy movement.  Our guest for the show is Mark Banks who is a part of the local Chicago contingent of the Occupy movement.  He discusses with us the grounding for the movement as well as  we go in depth into some of the tenants of the Occupy movement.  We also talk about the organizing model and some of the nitty gritty of dealing with occupying in Chicago.

October 9th, 2011

Focuses contain recent Unite Here "Secure Jobs Secure Airports" ordinance introduced to city council and interviews on the streets with people participating in Occupy Chicago.

September 25th, 2011

Recap of 8th Day Center for Justice annual event featuring Fr. Roy Bourgeois. The show focuses on the history and experience of attending the SOAW protest.

September 11th, 2011

Interview with Hatem Abudayyeh, offers a unique Arab perspective, as we collectively explore how to find a peaceful persistence after a national tragedy.

August 28th, 2011

Interview with Jerica Arents

June 26, 2011

As one of the few outlets continuing coverage of the Honduran coup, 8th Day speaks with Alex Navas Alvarez, from the Honduran Lawyers’ Collective for Justice and the Lawyers’ Front Against the Coup. Alex is under special protective measures from the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights due to the numerous threats he has received. He speaks about the ongoing crisis in Honduras and the struggle to find justice there and from the international community.