Apr 26 • 15M

The B-Side: Who Wants General Iron?

The eighth episode of 14 East's podcast series digging into past stories

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A weekly podcast from the 14 East newsroom revisiting powerful, insightful and original stories from our archives that we've reported and how we've reported them, with commentary from the writers. Illustration by Bridget Killian, 14 East.
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Story by Elly Boes, Lara Diaz, Adriana Talavera, Citalli Velez
Recorded by Claire Malon
Produced by Elly Boes

Our eighth episode of The B-Side features an investigative story from a team of DePaul reporters and 14 East contributors. Originally published in May 2021, “Who Wants General Iron?” discusses in-depth how the metal recycling company came to choose the Southeast Side for its new location and the years of organizing that followed. 

In this piece — one in an award-winning series of 14 East stories — residents, activists and community members examine the negative impacts of historic industrialization, pollution and the future of their neighborhood.

This episode of ‘The B-Side’ was featured in 14 East’s weekly newsletter, In The Loop, on April 25. Read the full newsletter here. Cover art for the podcast is by Bridget Killian.

Miss our last episode? Check it out below:

In The Loop
The B-Side: Why My Mom Carries Cash
Listen now (15 min) | Written and produced by Grace Del Vecchio Recorded by Claire Malon Published in 2019, “Why My Mom Carries Cash” dives into the harmful nature of stigma regarding homelessness. Featuring a collection of interviews from those experiencing homelessness, housing organizers and advocates and community members, Editor-In-Chief Grace Del Vecchio writes about cul…
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Header image for the original story courtesy of Pullman State Historic Site & Southeast Chicago Historical Society