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Just A Few Questions

Just A Few Questions

By Marc Sims
Just A Few Questions is a podcast that focuses on politics, education, and ending neighborhood crime. Marc Sims hosted a public access TV show for 25 years. Now Marc continues his passion to inform as a podcaster, sometimes going outside the boundaries of manufactured consent.

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Upton Sinclair
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A Nurturing Environment: Heidi Stevens
Marc Sims talks with nationally syndicated columnist Heidi Stevens about helping low income parents.  @HeidiStevens13
July 19, 2021
Think Dyslexia: Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein about dyslexia.
July 16, 2021
A Chicago Booster: Mary Pattillo
Marc Sims talks with Northwestern University Professor Mary Pattillo about remaining Black on the block. Black on the Block   The Politics of Race and Class in the City
July 8, 2021
The Milieu and Crime: Neil Steinberg
Marc Sims talks with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg about neighborhood crime. Neil Steinberg is a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.
June 30, 2021
America's War on African American Marriage: Dr. Dianne M. Stewart
Marc Sims speaks with Professor Dianne M. Stewart, author of Black Women, Black Love: America's War on African-American Marriage·
June 20, 2021
Low Income Neighborhoods: Alex Kotlowitz
Marc Sims talks with journalist Alex Kotlowitz about low income African American neighborhoods. Alex Kotlowitz is an American journalist, author, and filmmaker.
June 11, 2021
Reducing Neighborhood Crime: Tawa Mitchell
Marc Sims talks with Tawa Mitchell about reducing neighborhood crime in Chicago, Illinois. Tawa Mitchell Senior Program Officer, Chicago Commitment MacArthur Foundation.
June 10, 2021
Pandemic Media Hysteria: Sergio Mims
Marc Sims talks with conversationalist Sergio Mims about the 2020 pandemic.
June 2, 2021
Woman Of The People: Alderwoman Jeanette B. Taylor
Marc Sims speaks with Alderwoman Jeanette B. Taylor, 20th Ward of Chicago Illinois.
June 1, 2021
It Could Be Dyslexia: Ben Joravsky
Marc Sims talks with Ben Joravsky about his self diagnosed Dyslexia. The Ben Joravsky Show
May 21, 2021
Art In Motion School: Kara Bickhem May
Marc Sims speaks with Kara Bickhem May, Founding Director of the Art In Motion School in Chicago.
May 20, 2021
Some Students Have Dyslexia: Shawn Anthony Robinson, Ph.D.
Marc Sims talks with Shawn Anthony Robinson, Ph.D. about dyslexia.
May 17, 2021
We Know What Works: Marrianne McMullen
Marc Sims talks with Marrianne McMullen about reducing neighborhood crime.
April 19, 2021
More Money For Struggling Students: Fred Klonsky
Marc Sims talks with retired schools teacher Fred Klonsky about helping struggling students.
April 15, 2021
Prepared For The Show: Rachel Joravsky & Cody Wilkins
Marc Sims talks with comedians Rachel Joravsky and Cody Wilkins about their podcast and being funny.
April 14, 2021
Dramatically Reduce Neighborhood Crime: Paul Vallas
Marc Sims speaks with problem-solver and lifelong public servant Paul Vallas. @Paulvallas
April 2, 2021
What's Wrong With Voter Suppression? Atiba Buchanan
Marc Sims talks with Atiba Buchanan about voter suppression.  The Buchanan and Seaton Radio Show WVON 1690AM - The Talk of Chicago
March 30, 2021
Raising The Intellect  pt2: David Seaton
Marc Sims talks with David Seaton about raising the intellect of masses.
March 14, 2021
Raising The Intellect  pt1: David Seaton
Marc Sims talks with David Seaton about raising the intellect of masses.
March 14, 2021
Arne Duncan Managing Partner Chicago CRED
Marc Sims talks with Arne Duncan, Managing Partner Chicago CRED, about creating safe low income neighborhoods.
March 4, 2021
Education Beyond Pandemic: Maureen Kelleher
Marc Sims talks with Maureen Kelleher about public education post the pandemic and beyond.
February 21, 2021
Black Education Matters?: Dr. Charles Cole III
Marc Sims asked Dr. Charles Cole III will Black (African American) students get some education reform.
February 19, 2021
Free College Money: Richard Hayes
Marc Sims talks with Richard Hayes about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Richard Hayes, District Director of Financial Aid for the City Colleges of Chicago.
February 16, 2021
Believe Students Can: Madison Payton
Marc Sims talks with professional educator Madison Payton about supporting students so they can achieve in school. @MadisonPayton2
February 14, 2021
79th Street College Advisor: James Alford
Marc Sims talks with college academic advisor James Alford.
February 9, 2021
POTUS Joe Biden: Heartland Mamas Heidi and Murri
Marc Sims talks with The Heartland Mamas Heidi and Murri about POTUS Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.
February 5, 2021
College Belonging: Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn Provost and Senior Vice President at Virginia Union University.
January 31, 2021
Indivisible Chicago-South Side
Marc Sims talks with Esther Peters and Teri Watkins from Indivisible Chicago-South Side.
January 30, 2021
Biden Harris Middle East Peace: Ray Hanania
Marc Sims talks with journalist Ray Hanania about a new US administration and other stuff.
January 28, 2021
POTUS Biden Politics Race: Ben Joravsky
Marc Sims talks with Ben Joravsky, host of The Ben Joravsky Show.
January 28, 2021
Children Teens Adult Stress: Ned Johnson
Marc Sims speaks with Ned Johnson president and founder of PrepMatters, and co-author of The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.
January 27, 2021
Class & College: Paul Tough
Marc Sims talks with Paul Tough author of The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.
January 22, 2021
A More Equitable Chicago: Liz Dozier
Marc Sims talks with Liz Dozier Founder and CEO of Chicago Beyond.
January 21, 2021
Liberalish Podcast: Keith Wraith
Marc Sims talks with Keith Wraith co-host of the podcast Liberalish.
January 14, 2021
The Chicago Reader: Karen Hawkins
Marc Sims talks with Karen Hawkins co-publisher of The Chicago Reader about The Chicago Reader.  
January 11, 2021
Full Body Frequency: Laura Rice
Marc Sims talks with Laura Rice about her podcast Full Body Frequency. Full Body Frequency
January 9, 2021
Reading Good Journalism: Charlie Meyerson
Marc Sims talks with veteran Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson about the importance of reading good journalism. Chicago Public Square
January 8, 2021
Financial Literacy/Social Safety Net: Professor Harold Pollack, PhD
Marc Sims talks with Professor Harold Pollack, PhD about financial literacy and a stronger social safety net. All the financial advice you’ll ever need fits on a single index card
December 31, 2020
Start and Maintain a Nonprofit: Valerie F. Leonard
Marc Sims talks with nonprofit expert Valerie F. Leonard about starting and maintaining a nonprofit.
December 22, 2020
Organizer Building Trust: Syron Smith
Marc Sims talks with Syron Smith about building trust among African Americans. Syron Smith founder of The National Block Club University.
December 20, 2020
A Neighborhood and Schools: Carlo Rotella
Marc Sims talks with Professor Carlo Rotella about Chicago's South Shore neighborhood and public education.  The World Is Always Coming to an End:  Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood
December 18, 2020
The Importance of Solid Journalism: Steve Edwards
Marc Sims talks with Steve Edwards about the importance of public media and Journalism. Steve Edwards is chief content officer at WBEZ Chicago Public Media.
December 18, 2020
West Side Disinvested: Haru Coryne
Marc Sims talks with ProPublica reporter Haru Coryne about the disinvestment of part of the west side of Chicago Illinois. Disinvested: How Government and Private Industry Let the Main Street of a Black Neighborhood Crumble.
December 17, 2020
Did You Ever Swim Naked? Garry Meier
Marc Sims speaks with radio legend Garry Meier.
December 16, 2020
Better Reading Instruction: Sonya Thomas
Marc Sims talks with Sonya Thomas Executive Director of Nashville PROPEL about improving reading instruction. What the Words Say
December 16, 2020
Raising Graduation Rates: Dr. Marck Abraham
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Marck Abraham about raising the graduation rates of young men. Dr. Marck Abraham
December 10, 2020
More Church Less Crime? Dr. James Anyike
Marc Sims talks with Dr. James Anyike about the Church helping to curb crime and violence. James Anyike Pastor of Scott United Methodist Church.
December 9, 2020
Not Taught To Read: Emily Hanford
Marc Sims talks with Emily Hanford Senior Correspondent for American Public Media Reports about the science of reading.
December 4, 2020
Human Basic Neighborhood Needs: Marc Pullins
Marc Sims talks with Marc Pullins about reducing crime in Chicago Illinois. Marc Pullins executive director of Roseland Matters.
December 3, 2020
Will The Democratic Party Move Left? Paul Street
Marc Sims talks with Paul Street about the Democratic Party moving far to the political left. Paul Street
December 2, 2020
Preventing Crime in Chicago: Jerry Brown
Marc Sims talks with former political consultant Jerry Brown about Preventing Crime in Chicago Illinois. Carjackings skyrocketing across Chicago in 2020
December 2, 2020
Are Charter Schools Done? Lenny McAllister
Marc Sims talks with Lenny McAllister about public charter schools. Lenny McAllister CEO, Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools and  Senior Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation.
November 26, 2020
POTUS Joe Biden and Republicans: Lenny McAllister
Marc Sims talks with Lenny McAllister about life for Republicans under a Joe Biden administration.
November 26, 2020
Laws Norms POTUS Trump: Attorney James E. Coogan
Marc Sims talks with Attorney James E. Coogan about POTUS Trump and a nation of laws.  Dwyer & Coogan
November 20, 2020
Law School? Attorney James E. Coogan
Marc Sims asked Attorney James E. Coogan is law school worth the cost. ATTORNEY JAMES E. COOGAN  Dwyer & Coogan
November 20, 2020
Neighborhood Hope: Diane Latiker
Marc Sims talks with Kids Off the Block founder Diane Latiker.
November 18, 2020
Kamala Harris' South Asian Heritage: Rummana Hussain
Marc Sims talks with Rummana Hussain about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' South Asian heritage. Chicagoan from Kamala Harris family’s hometown in India among many women sharing joy of this ‘pivotal moment’
November 13, 2020
Diversity Inclusiveness Equality: Adolfo Mondragón
Marc Sims talks with Adolfo Mondragón about the Democratic Party's left wing progressive agenda.
November 8, 2020
Democratic Party Messaging: David Seaton
Marc Sims talks with David Seaton about the Democratic Party's ideas and messaging. The Buchanan and Seaton Show on WVON AM 1690 Chicago, Fridays 9-12 am.
November 8, 2020
Is The Trump Nightmare Over? Atiba Buchanan
Marc Sims talks with Atiba Buchanan about a more politically progressive USA. The Buchanan and Seaton Show on WVON AM 1690 Chicago, Fridays 9-12 am.
November 7, 2020
Reading Education Must Change: J. Richard Gentry Ph.D.
Marc Sims talks with Dr. J. Richard Gentry about the science of reading movement. Science Says Reading Education Must Change
November 3, 2020
Move To South Africa?
Marc Sims talks with Wallace Brown about moving to South Africa.
October 25, 2020
I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters David Masciotra Author
Marc Sims talks with David Masciotra Author of I Am Somebody : Why Jesse Jackson Matters.
October 22, 2020
Prepare To Broadcast: Harold Lee Rush
Marc Sims talks with long time Chicago radio veteran Harold Lee Rush. Harold Lee Rush recalls Bob Wall’s ‘special time’ at WGCI
October 12, 2020
Go To Media Class: Chris Base
Marc Sims asked Chris Base; should someone choose a media school or traditional college media classes? Chris Base is a 30 year Chicago radio veteran.
October 10, 2020
Talk To A Talk Show Host: Mark Bazer
Marc Sims talks with Mark Bazer about being a talk show host. The Interview Show with Mark Bazer is a talk show in a  bar. Filmed at The Hideout in Chicago, this series features  conversations that are as substantive as they are entertaining.
October 10, 2020
Remain Cautious of COVID-19: Henry Davis Jr.
Marc Sims talks to South Bend Indiana Councilman Henry Davis Jr. about his COVID-19 symptoms.
October 5, 2020
Wrestling With Black Identities: Alden Loury
Marc Sims talks with Alden Loury about wrestling with personal identities. The Envy of the World   By Ellis Cose Stereotype Threat: A Conversation with Claude Steele 42 Million Ways To Be Black  Henry Louis Gates Jr.
September 28, 2020
Black Students Matter: Natasha Dunn
Marc Sims talks with Natasha Dunn about creating a Black student achievement taskforce. The Black Community Collaborative CPS Black Student Achievement Task Force Now in Development Chicago Parents Ask CPS to Create Black Student Achievement Taskforce
September 22, 2020
Write Your Stories: Fx Nozakhere
Marc Sims talks with Fx Nozakhere about his book DuSable City: The Underside of Chicago and African Americans in Chicago Illinois.
September 22, 2020
Dramatically Reducing Crime: Tio Hardiman
Marc Sims talks with Tio Hardiman about dramatically reducing crime in Chicago Illinois. Tio Hardiman, Executive Director for Violence Interrupters, NFP, has  dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and  social change.
September 15, 2020
Students can improve their reading and writing: Alfred W. Tatum, PhD
Marc Sims talks with Alfred W. Tatum, PhD about the importance of helping students improve their reading and writing.  Alfred W. Tatum, PhD Professor Director of the UIC Reading Clinic Curriculum & Instruction
September 8, 2020
Kenosha Wisconsin Before and After: Daniel J. Thompson
Marc Sims talks with journalist Daniel J. Thompson about resigning from The Kenosha News and the city of Kenosha Wisconsin.
September 6, 2020
Digital Content Strategist: Toure Muhammad
Marc Sims talks with Toure Muhammad about the necessity of marketing.
August 30, 2020
Get Rid of Tax Increment Financing (TIF): Tom Tresser
Marc Sims talks with Tom Tresser about getting rid of Tax Increment Financing. Civic Lab Curious City: Untangling TIFs
August 29, 2020
Persuading Students To Do The Work: Dr. Jay Wamsted
Marc Sims talks with Jay Wamsted about teachers connecting with their students. John Wamsted TEDx Eating the Elephant: Ending Racism & the Strange Magic of Trust America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up
August 28, 2020
Reparations When? David Seaton
Marc Sims talks with David Seaton about the descendants of slavery in the United States receiving their reparations. David Seaton, Co-Host of The Buchanan & Seaton Show on WVON AM 1690 WVON AM Chicago, Fridays 9-12 am.        
August 22, 2020
Run for Political Office: Ashley Banks
Marc Sims talks with Ashley Banks about Chicago, broadcasting, and running for political office. Ashley B Radio Show
August 17, 2020
Starting That Journey: Sheree L. Ross
Marc Sims talks with Sheree L. Ross about starting a journey in film/video with something short. Women Filmmakers of Color
August 15, 2020
Progressive Public Policies: Professor Ted Williams
Marc Sims talks with Professor Ted Williams about the possibilities of progressive public policies in the United States. Ted Williams III has taught Political Science at Wright College, Chicago State University,  and currently is the Chairman of the Social Science Department  at Kennedy-King College.
August 13, 2020
Chicago Trump Palestine and Israel: Ray Hanania
Marc Sims talks with Ray Hanania about Lori Lightfoot, Joe Biden, Palestine and Israel. Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter, Op-Ed writer, Media Consultant
August 13, 2020
Democratic Party Takeover: Tom Shepherd
Marc Sims talks with former political consultant and Fenger High School graduate Tom Shepherd about a possible Democratic Party takeover.
August 6, 2020
You Pay Taxes: Ben Joravsky
Marc Sims talks with Ben Joravsky about TIF's, Tax Increment Financing.   
August 2, 2020
Move To Africa: Omowale Afrika
Marc Sims talks with Omowale Afrika about African Americans moving to the continent of Africa.
August 1, 2020
Education's "Secret Sauce": Natalie Wexler
Marc Sims talks with Natalie Wexler about providing students a background knowledge curriculum.
July 31, 2020
Hire More College Faculty of Color: Marybeth Gasman Ph.D
Marc Sims talks with Rutgers University Professor Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., about hiring more college faculty of color. An Ivy League professor on why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color: ‘We don’t want them’
July 30, 2020
Public Service: Alderwoman Maria Hadden
Marc Sims talks with 49th Ward Alderwoman Maria Hadden about improving life in Chicago's far north side.
July 29, 2020
Tap Into The Universe: Dr. Yaounde Olu part 2
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Yaounde Olu about tapping into the universe.
July 27, 2020
Tap Into The Universe: Dr. Yaounde Olu part 1
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Yaounde Olu about tapping into the universe.
July 27, 2020
Explain The Tarot Cards: Dr. Z
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Z about expressing your authentic self.
July 25, 2020
Do Charities Solve Problems: Valerie Leonard
Marc Sims talks with Valerie F. Leonard about charities actually solving problems.
July 23, 2020
Intention and Unintentional Racism: ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson
Marc Sims talks with ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson about intention and unintentional racism.
July 22, 2020
They Don't Vote: Jerry Brown
Marc Sims talks with former political consultant Jerry Brown about why some people don't vote.
July 21, 2020
Education During A Pandemic: Eric Grant
Marc Sims talks with Eric Grant about educating students during a pandemic.
July 20, 2020
The Pandemic Crisis Continues: Paul Vallas
Marc Sims talks with Paul Vallas about how the COVID19 pandemic is impacting public education. Paul Vallas is the former  CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
July 20, 2020
Schools in Canada Schools in The USA
Marc Sims talks with Stephen Hurley about education in Canada and in the United States. In Conversation with Stephen Hurley: Michael Barbour – Online Learning in Ontario
July 18, 2020
David Seaton
Marc Sims talks with David Seaton about the Joe Biden and the Democratic Party. Seaton and Buchanan can be heard on  WVON-AM 1690 Chicago, Fridays 9p-12a
July 14, 2020
Syron Smith
Marc Sims asks Syron Smith; are charities maintaining the power dynamics of the USA?  "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution" Clay Shirky
July 12, 2020
What Makes A Movie Great: Sergio Mims
Marc Sims talks with Sergio Mims about what makes a movie great. Sergio Mims is the co-founder of the Black Harvest Film Festival.
July 11, 2020
Atiba Karem Buchanan
Marc Sims talks with Atiba Buchanan about the Democratic Party moving to the political left. Host of The Buchanan and Seaton Show on WVON AM 1690 Chicago, Fridays 9-12 am.
July 7, 2020
Hermene Hartman
Marc Sims talks with Hermene Hartman about the media business, equity in the USA, and the crime in Chicago Illinois. Hermene Hartman Founder & Publisher of N'DIGO
July 2, 2020
Reverend Craig Nash
Marc Sims talks with Rev Craig Nash about drastically reducing the crime in Chicago Illinois. Reverend Craig Nash Director of Community Engagement Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny)
July 1, 2020
Heartland Mamas
Marc Sims talks with Heidi Henry and  Murri Briel, the  Heartland Mamas about the Democratic Party moving to the political left. Heartland Mamas podcast.
June 30, 2020
John Currie
Marc Sims talks with John Currie about seeking mental health support. Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
June 28, 2020
Marty Nemko Ph.D.
Marc Sims talks with Marty Nemko about jobs, education, and the perils of printing money.
June 25, 2020
Dr. Charles Cole III
Marc Sims talks with Dr. Charles Cole III about inspiring students who are struggling in school.
June 24, 2020
Rasheeda Denise
Marc Sims talks with Rasheeda Denise about dating after 30. @RasheedaCanAct
June 19, 2020
Rasheeda Denise
Marc Sims talks with Rasheeda Denise about the acting business. @RasheedaCanAct  
June 19, 2020
Chris Stewart
Marc Sims talks with education activist Chris Stewart.
June 19, 2020
Laurie R. Glenn
Creating The We Marc Sims talks with Laurie R. Glenn about an opportunity to create great change.
June 18, 2020
Maya Akai
Marc Sims talks with Maya Akai about reassessing a dream or goal.
June 14, 2020
Herb Lawrence
Marc Sims talks with Herb Lawrence about a career in sports radio.  (Do the job before you get the job.) Herb Lawrence Executive Producer at the 670 The Score
June 14, 2020
Dr. James Peterson
Marc Sims talks with Dr. James Peterson about strengthening the United States of America. James Braxton Peterson, Ph.D. is a writer, educator and consultant.
June 12, 2020
Armstrong Williams
Marc Sims talks with Armstrong Williams about politics, policing, and education.
June 10, 2020
Seth Godin
Marc Sims talks with Seth Godin about marketing, advertising, and blogging. Seth Godin is the author of over 18 books. Free Prize Inside was a Forbes Business Book of the Year in 2004, while Purple Cow sold over 150,000 copies in more than 23 print runs in its first two years. The Dip was a Business Week and New York Times bestseller. Business Week also named Linchpin among its "20 of the best books by the most influential thinkers in business" on November 13, 2015. In the early 1990s, he curated a 10-book series for children titled Worlds of Power.
May 23, 2020
The New and Old News Media
Marc Sims talks with Ken Davis about the old and new news media.   Ken Davis talk show host, program director and news director of Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM. Chicago Newsroom  Ken Davis and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
May 23, 2020
Universal Basic Income One Woman's Opinion
Marc Sims talks with Marcia Logan about a Universal Basic Income.   Why Andrew Yang’s Universal Basic Income Proposal Has Been Gaining Ground
May 22, 2020
Ida B. Wells & Voting
Marc Sims talks with Delmarie Cobb veteran media and political consultant about Ida B. Wells and voting.  Ida’s Legacy
May 22, 2020
College Advice from a Parent
Marc Sims talks with Eric Grant about college expectations. Eric D. Grant is The Managing Partner & Financial Advisor with Polaris Wealth Management. A 1988 Howard University alumni. A husband and father.
May 22, 2020
What Is News? (Also advice for students who are considering a career in journalism.)
Marc Sims talks with Rummana Hussain about the news paper business.   (Also advice for students who are considering a career in journalism.) Rummana Hussain is the assistant metro editor at The Chicago Sun-Times. Oct 7, 2019
May 17, 2020
The Value of The Fourth Estate and Social Media
Marc Sims talks with Mick Dumke a reporter for ProPublica Illinois.  ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Sep 14, 2019
May 17, 2020
Salim Muwakkil Wisdom part 2 (spirituality & resources)
Marc Sims talks with Salim Muwakkil about reparations for ADOS. Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at In These Times and host of the Salim Muwakkil Show on WVON Radio. Sep 12, 2019
May 17, 2020
Salim Muwakkil part 1 Wisdom Money, meditation and a few other things
Marc Sims talks with Salim Muwakkil about the power of meditation and a few other things. Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at In These Times and host of the Salim Muwakkil Show on WVON Radio. Sep 13, 2019
May 17, 2020