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Chicago’s Homeless: Hope for the Future


Rodney Carter tells his story of life on the streets. (Photo: Caitlin Hacker)

In any given year, between 2.5 million and 3.5 million people in the United States live on the streets, not knowing where their next meal will come from or bed will be.

Willy Wilkn Photo

Willy Wilkn sells StreetWise on Michigan Avenue. (Photo by Caitlin Hacker)

People just like Chicago’s Rodney Carter and Willy Wilkn.

ChicagoStorytelling’s Caitlin Hacker, Manuel Argueta and Jessica Ernst interviewed Jenkins, Wilkn and other Chicagoans who recounted how they became homeless, how they survive the brutal winters and how others treat them.

They also interviewed workers from Cafe Too, a restaurant that hires homeless people to help them earn a living and get off of the streets.

Audio Slideshow: Chicago’s homeless tell their stories, and an employee at Cafe Too talks about the journey out of homelessness. Music provided rights-free by PodSafeAudio.com.

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Q&A: Lindsey Schneider of FLYPmedia

Lindsey Schneider

Lindsey Schneider
(Courtesy Photo)

FLYPmedia.com has a small staff, but the New York City-based site has made a big impact on the way media are using interactive storytelling techniques.

The site bills itself as “more than a magazine” and has attracted some top media talent, including former Time magazine journalist Jim Gaines, who serves as FLYP’s editor-in-chief.

Lindsey Schneider works as a copy editor at FLYP. But she tells ChicagoStorytelling’s Jessica Ernst that she does so much more with this innovative site: She also writes, films, manages projects and codes hypertext markup language.