Barber Shop Show 129: Surviving gun violence

Merri Dee has overcome abuse, a gunshot to the head, and a bevy of racism and sexism in media to become a Chicago broadcast legend and a philanthropist. She calls her life both tragic — and full of miracles. Dee has a memoir out – Merri Dee, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness and Grace — that details the twists and turns of her amazing life.

Growth and change: Growing Home, a community farm project

Growing Home is a nonprofit organic farm business on Chicago’s South Side that doubles as a 14-week job skills development program. Twice a year, 20 interns from Englewood and neighboring communities come to learn farming and take job-training classes. Interns gain essential skills to get hired and keep a job.