Exploring Leadership and Legacy (feat. Wood Harris and more) – Ep. 11



In our 11th edition, hear actor Wood Harris discuss growing up on the West Side; Michele Clark High School principal Charles Anderson sheds light on his school’s achievements; guest speakers from our Black Table event explain the importance of legacy; Chicago Bulls point guard Ryan Arcidiacono reflects on his first NBA game; one participant recounts an unforgettable day of service; and BUILD youth share thoughts on leadership.


Redefining The West Side (feat. Sgt. Jermaine Harris) – Ep. 10



Sgt. Jermaine Harris grew up on the west side. Unlike many that move away when they find success, Harris never left. Hear two of BUILD’s charismatic youth hosts interview Harris about his mentors, being a cop, serving his community, and hope for the future. Plus an MLK-inspired youth spoken word reflection.


An Attitude of Gratitude – Ep. 9



In this holiday-themed episode, hear what BUILD youth are thankful for, two stellar spoken word pieces, a youth-led talk show, an improvised BUILD song, a young man honoring his late friend, and an interview with ACT executive director Darnell Shields.

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The Sounds of Summer! – Ep. 8



BUILD knows how to make the most of summer. In this episode we follow young people from our media program, and listen to some of the fantastic original content they created this summer. Including: Community Issue Spotlights/PSAs, summer program participant interviews, coverage from a community basketball event,  and an in-studio interview with founder of Forty Acres Fresh Market, Liz Abunaw.


“People Can Change”: Latee’s Story – Ep. 7



Police Cmdr. Ernest Cato remembers the night Latee was shot. He next saw the ‘troubled young man’ 3 years later at BUILD’s 50th Gala, as Latee told a packed ballroom about leaving the streets behind and his plans for college. Commander Cato was floored. We reunited the two for a moving in-studio discussion on gangs, violence, growing up on the west side, mentors, and success on this inspiring episode of BUILD Radio.


BUILDing Voices: 50 Years and Counting – Ep. 6



Our 6th installment features 5 youth public speaking pieces, youth interviews with African-American leaders, an interview with a local youth hip-hop artist, plus, spoken word from a BUILD alumnus, and a short piece celebrating 50 years of BUILD.


Our Youth Are Our Future! – Ep. 5



BUILD has been empowering Chicago youth with opportunity for 50 years. Listen to tomorrow’s leaders; hear and understand their stories. This episode we’ve got BUILD’s youth council, youth comedy, a youth entrepreneur, youth poetry, and youth music. Donate at buildchicago.org #buildhope


“Death Is Contagious”: The Max Cerda Story [Explicit Content Warning] – Ep. 4



The debut of “Death Is Contagious”, a powerful audio-drama chronicling the true story of Max Cerda, one of BUILD’s “Street Intervention Specialists”. Also an interview with Max discussing gang life, what solitary confinement was like, and what his work with BUILD means to him. Featuring dramatic interpretive reading by Chicago actor Tommy Rivera-Vega. 


Power, Poetry, and Politics (US Sen Dick Durbin, artist/scholar Eve Ewing) – Ep. 3



Benjy and BUILD youth participants talk about voting, guns, gangs, and what they see in their communities. Also, US Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Writer/Scholar/Cultural Organizer Dr. Eve Ewing, and original spoken word poems from youth.


Chicago Bears BUILD (Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman, Sam Acho) & Youth “Hip-Hopera” – Ep. 2



BUILD sits down with past Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman, current linebacker Sam Acho, and franchise chairman George McCaskey. Also, the premiere of youth written/performed 3-part hip-hopera, “The Saga of Terrence Jenkins”.