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  • [Grief’s Children]

    0:00 Color bars. 0:50 Open on a Channel Five news special about a mass murder that occurred on September 26, 1986. Carol Marin reports that drug dealers arrived looking for money, and when none was given to them, they killed almost everyone present, leaving only two children alive, one with 46 stab wounds. She introduces this special, Grief’s Children, as a segment about the kids affected by urban violence. 3:00 Footage of children that live in the Henry Horner housing … Continue reading

  • [Martin / Mosely Election dub]

    00:12 The camera opens on Carol Marin reporting on a debate happening that will focus on the financial future of Chicago between Richard M. Daley, Harold Washington, and Jane Byrne. There is widespread debate about how much taxes and fees have risen under the Byrne administration, and this will be, in large part, the focus of the debate. Clips of all three candidates answering questions at other press conferences. Marin explains the format of the debate. Varying audio levels. 4:03 … Continue reading

  • [Garcia]

    0:12 On screen text: “Guinivere Garcia.” 1:19 Open on a Carol Marin news report about Guinivere Garcia, a death row inmate scheduled to be executed in less than one week. She says that she has “made peace” with the death, Amnesty International and human rights activists are fighting to save her. They recount the trials of Garcia’s difficult life, leading up to Garcia murdering her infant child to “protect her from the kind of abuse” she had suffered as a … Continue reading

  • [Ch. 5 News, 5/1/97, 5/5/97]

    00:00 An episode of WMAQ News at 10. 00:18 Report on an accident that has resulted in a young child being killed after trying to escape from an elevator that was stuck. 1:59 Report on the murder of Jonbenet Ramsey. 4:00 Report on four police officers under investigation for misconduct, including rape, robbery, and extreme force. Series of short reports on happenings of the city. 7:00 Commercial break. 8:42 The news returns with a report on a man who was … Continue reading

  • [Nobody Told Me]

    00:00 Over a blank screen, Carol Marin reads the voice over to a news story. This is raw feed of the recording, and include mistakes, asides, countdowns, and several re-readings of the same line. This news story covers a high school in North Lawndale that implemented a program called “Unity” to help its failing students. This continues for the entire tape. 41:29 There is a brief moment from another tape. A woman reads at a podium. 41:32 Tape ends.

  • Chicago Slices – A Slice of Summer 1993

    Chicago Slices – A Slice of Summer 1993

    Chicago Slices was a local television series we produced 24 years ago. They were half-hour programs with four minutes of commercials, broadcast on independent channel 50, now owned by Fox TV. We created it to show interesting and offbeat local characters in short videos. As with many of the pioneering programs archived on Media Burn, it was an audience, critical and artistic success, but wasn’t financially viable for commercial television. Here’s a small slice of Chicago Slices from 1993. Watch the … Continue reading

  • John (Mr. Computer) #1

    John (Mr. Computer) #1

    The tape features a demo for the television show “Wired In.” While the program never actually came to fruition, the footage and demos put together are an interesting look into the the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, we watch as computer enthusiast Jon, a.k.a. Mr. Computer, speaks with the Wired In crew about the computer industry. Continue reading

  • Computer Kids #6

    Computer Kids #6

    The tape features raw footage from the television show “Wired In.” While the  program never actually came to fruition, the footage and demos put together are an interesting look into the the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, we watch as children put computers to use at The Learning Circuit, a computer learning center in Los Angeles, California. The filmmakers also interview several children about their experiences with the new technology. Continue reading