Casual Fridays (with Jerry Davich and Karen Walker)

Fridays at Noon

The popular Post-Tribune columnist hosts an hour of local issues and conversation.

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Brianne Coleman, a domestic violence survivor who credits St. Jude House for her healing and her life’s turnaround, has started a new organization, Dimensions of Intersections, to help others in her former situation.

Her life has been rocky and, in many ways, it reflects Women’s History Month, which we are marking this month. We’ll talk with Brianne in a just a minute about her new support group and its hope for women across the region.

What's it like to be addicted to heroin and any other drug that would give you a similar escape?

Is skateboarding making a resurgence, or has it never went away?

If someone challenged you to place your right hand on your cell phone and vow to never text and drive again, would you stick to it?

If you had a terminal illness, would you want your partner to find true love, again, without you? Really?

And do you know what a leprechaun really is? Or why people kiss the Blarney stone?

Have you heard of Brothers Keeper shelter in Gary for homeless men across NWI? It’s housed in a beaten-down building that once sold tires, not soulful redemption.

I visited the cash-strapped, space-crunched, volunteer-starved shelter and spoke with its longtime director, Mary Edwards, a dedicated volunteer, Mike McDonald of Chesterton, and a grateful client, Levi Gildon, who credits the place for saving his life.

It’s called Z’s Donut Bar and Bakery and it’s attracting lines of customers out its single door who are waiting an hour - or two! – for a costly milkshake or a pricey sweet treat, ever since a video of its magical milkshakes went viral earlier this month.   

Where oh where is this amazing place located? ……In Gary, Indiana, across from a Broadway church, abandoned homes and gritty, hardscrabble streets. Yes, Gary.

On today's Casual Fridays radio show we will chat with a magician, a demonstrator and an activist, among other ordinary region residents doing extraordinary things in Northwest Indiana.

We will hear from Clara Burnett, whose special needs daughter attended the unforgettable "Night to Shine" event at Valparaiso Nazarene Church, and also with Todd Laczynski, one of the many church members who helped make it a reality for 325 prom-goers.

With the 2016 presidential election, we discovered something surprising - the digital age and social media expression is leading us to form political impressions based on snippets of information from multiple sources at multiple times a day.

Have you heard of the "Police Bible Ministry," the brainchild of Gus and Roberta Flores of East Chicago, where Gus served as police chief?

The couple has made hundreds of homemade nut-rolls to raise money for their beloved project, which gives custom-inscribed bibles to police officers across NWI to help protect them, guide them and comfort them.

On this week's Casual Fridays radio show, we’ll talk to the couple about their unique ministry, for God's glory, and how you can help make a difference in the lives of our region's police officers.

Similar to most of us who live outside of Chicago, or Gary for that matter, Tammy Hnatiuk didn’t feel a personal sense of loss from the endless shooting homicides in that city. Sure, she feels badly for each victim and their families, as we all do, but nothing beyond common decency and human compassion.

Teresa Chillemi went missing, officially, on Jan. 3, and according to police she was found Jan.6th, But she’s been missing from her mother’s life for months, if not years. The 37-year-old mother of three from Portage has lived a troubled adult life and her mother has no idea of her whereabouts or safety.

We often hear of such troubled people who become formally listed as “missing” yet who’ve been missing for years in many ways from their families or loved ones. Some family members, including Jerry, have given up on these lost souls at one time or another.