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Street Musicians Tell Their Stories Through Song

Sheldon Harris Photo

Sheldon Harris plays the Jackson Red Line stop. (Photo by Forrest Davis)

Audio Slideshow: ChicagoStorytelling’s Forrest Davis and Kevin Dempsey interview street musicians Sheldon Harris and Kevin A. Martin about their experiences playing in the subway.

Story by Jake Scott

Many people walk by a street musician with a preconceived notion that the performers are homeless or drug addicts with no talent.

But that’s not true, says Chicago street performer Sheldon Harris.

Harris performs in the Jackson Red Line subway stop, often playing nineties acoustic rock. He doesn’t make much money, but he said it is better when he travels to Europe to play.

Harris said he does not play for the money. For him, misconceptions are placed aside and people go to play their music just to present it to an audience of commuters, tourists and passersby.

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Interview: Rob Peterson, AOL Fanhouse

Rob Peterson Photo

Rob Peterson (Courtesy Photo)

As a sports columnist for AOL Fanhouse, Rob Peterson writes a funny, offbeat blog about the NBA.

A former newspaper reporter, Peterson developed online skills as a graduate student at Northwestern University in 1995 and has worked for FOX Sports and NBA.com before joining AOL earlier this year.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Jake Scott interviewed Peterson about his career, his columns and the insights he shares on his Twitter account.

Olympic Loss a Downer in Daley Plaza

The crowd at Daley Plaza just after the announcement. (Photo by Jake Scott)

The crowd at Daley Plaza just after the announcement. (Photo by Jake Scott)

By Kevin Dempsey and Jake Scott

It went from high hopes, to the lowest of lows Friday as Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics with a last-place finish.

Outside of Daley Plaza, a crowd gathered to show support for the city’s bid and watch results. Within a moment, several in the crowd were stunned when they learned that Chicago lost in the first round of International Olympic Committee voting.

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