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WBEZ's Worldview
Weekly+
 
WBEZ's global affairs program. Featuring in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Also, foreign film reviews and human rights commentaries. Hosted by Jerome McDonnell. This podcast is free, in mp3, and updated weekdays.
 
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Sound Opinions
Weekly
 
Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions - the world's only rock and roll talk show.
 
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Nerdette
Monthly+
 
Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.
 
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Filmspotting
Weekly
 
Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.
 
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Public Official A
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Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the rise and fall of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. How he did whatever it took to reach the top. The trail of destruction left in his wake. And how the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today.
 
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Making Obama
Rare
 
Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Season One of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Now, the story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president.
 
Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me joins Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda of Nerdette weekly to scrutinize the latest Game of Thrones episode.
 
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Sallie The Dog 2K12
Daily+
 
My dog Sallie has a bunch of stuff to say. This is it.
 
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Oh hey it's Lindy West! Lindy's the the executive producer of Shrill, a new Hulu series starring SNL's Aidy Bryant that's based on Lindy's 2016 novel of the same name. And we talk with Lindy about a few of the delightful scenes from the series (including an epic pool party), why Lindy left Twitter, and her forthcoming new book called The Witche ...…
 
Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with country singer-songwriter Sarah Shook about her musical journey, activism and her latest record, Years. Also, Gr ...…
 
Jordan Peele is not done scaring us. Peele's "Get Out" was one of the defining films of 2017. A huge box office success early in the year, it went on to be nominated for Best Picture, and won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. So if that’s your directing debut... how exactly do you follow that up? With US, Peele sticks with horror and ...…
 
On today's show:Professor of philosophy at Yale University Jason Stanley joins us to talk about his new book, "How Fascism Works: The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Racial justice organizations published a report arguing current anti-extremism programs reinforce government surveillance... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Cyclone Idai hit parts of southern Africa last week, leaving devastation in its wake.The human rights and lands of Mexico’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon talks about his book on whether governments should pay ransom when their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:At least 49 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand around the time of midday prayer on Friday.Over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.…
 
The director of 2014's "Phoenix" returns with a boldly enigmatic thriller. German director Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix” was a “Vertigo”-inspired thriller set in the aftermath of the Holocaust. It received some of the best reviews of 2014. For his latest, TRANSIT, Petzold evokes Kafka, Orwell and Kielslowski for another wartime thriller that is ...…
 
On today's show: The Brexit saga continuesAn Egyptian nun speaks on her life of serviceStudent activists prepare for US Youth Climate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: Analysis of China's National People's Conference MeetingDiscussion of collapsing insect populationsMusic from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: Historian Dana Frank looks at how the U.S. has intervened in Honduras over the yearsA conversation with a pizza master [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
At WBEZ (and maybe at your office too?) it seems like a lot of folks get sick at almost exactly the same time. But why?! Simple: People in our office are sick because sick people are in our office. “I think that is probably the single biggest thing that we could do to reduce the incidence of a lot of diseases,” says Sarah Cobey, an evolutionary ...…
 
This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts review the latest releases from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Solange.By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Marvel's first female-led feature is also one its best. Indie duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson," "Sugar") were a surprising choice to lead a Marvel movie, especially one with so much riding on its success. But Adam and Josh agree that the pair's CAPTAIN MARVEL is a mostly effective marriage of effects-driven action, empathetic charac ...…
 
On today's show:Opposition MP's are calling for Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to resign over alleged interference in an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Tensions have escalated between India and Pakistan, with India arguing that Pakistan harbors militant groups that support... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:After four years of civil war in Yemen, the aid organization Oxfam America reports “some 12 million people are at risk of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
The evidence is presented and President Donald Trump becomes ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's last hope. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.By podcasts@chicagopublicmedia.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio techn ...…
 
64 films. Only one survives. Welcome to the Madness. In the 2018 edition of Filmspotting Madness – Best of the 90s – the championship round had "Fargo" facing off against "Pulp Fiction." The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" pulled out a surprise victory over Tarantino's decade-defining masterpiece. So what surprises await us in this year's contest? The C ...…
 
On today's show: Benjamin Netanyahu negotiated a merger between far-right party Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: The case for ranked-choice votingThe (often silly) write-in candidates in elections near and farA reflection on Mayor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: An update on Venezuela and the blockade stopping humanitarian aid from coming inAn analysis of the Cuban... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:An update on the Trump-Russia investigation A film series that examines the intersection of art and religionA musical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Yep. Podcats. Not a typo. This week we take a journey back to 1994, just after an astronomer named Heidi Hammel — as well as the entire scientific community at large — learned that a fragmented comet named Shoemaker-Levy 9 was going to crash into Jupiter at a speed of more than 130,000 miles per hour. "We have witnessed other impacts,” Heidi te ...…
 
With almost everyone believing that he was guilty, Blagojevich fought back on national TV. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.By podcasts@chicagopublicmedia.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its founder Bruce Iglauer. They'll talk to him about his new book Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story and discuss some of the landmark artists who came through, from Koko Taylor to Albert ...…
 
Worse than a coven of witches? The 'Burbs. "Suspiria" star Jessica Harper has appeared in over 20 films since the mid-'70s, but she's also had a career as a singer-songwriter and children's book author. Her latest venture has her turning to memoir in the form of a 10-part podcast called "Winnetka," named for the Chicago suburb where she and her ...…
 
On today's show:Three of the 14 candidates in Chicago’s 2019 mayoral race propose a financial transaction tax, known colloquially as a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show: The final installment of our series on the intersection of science and power politicsA discussion with domestic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:An increasingly fractured global landscape was on display at the 55th annual Munich Security Conference.Mexican President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:What President Trump's emergency declaration means for American democracyAn Oscar nominee provides a window into his artA... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
The FBI recorded Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's phone calls for almost six weeks. What they heard shocked them. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.By podcasts@chicagopublicmedia.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more get name drops. They'll share some of their favorite songs about writers. They'll also review the latest from rocker Bob Mould and techno-indie artist Sneaks.…
 
Taking the red pill 20 years later. For the second film in their "9 From '99" series, Adam and Josh reconsider the Wachowski Sisters' seminal sci-fi film, which, while a popular and critical success in its release year, has only grown in estimation both as a film and as a way of thinking and talking about reality. Plus: Christopher Nolan, Todd ...…
 
On today's show:Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday to cast their vote for president, choosing between almost twenty candidates.To... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Winter is still here! (At least in the nation’s midsection.) And that means you’re looking for stuff to do when you’re stuck inside. And who better to recommend some good nerdy activities than Nerdette co-creator Tricia Bobeda?!? She did just that on WBEZ’s Morning Shift last month and we’re bringing it to you now because we love you. So please ...…
 
On today's show:Plant nerds, bird geeks and conservation junkies converge on Chicago for the Wild Things Conference on February 23rd.Trans... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Protests that started in December 2018 have snowballed into countrywide agitation against Sudanese president Omar... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Author Simon Mabon talks about religion and sovereignty in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle EastWe kick off our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:France recalled its ambassador to Rome after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with French Yellow Vest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Dana Czapnik has always been drawn to wanderers and wonderers, the kind of fictional characters who are always contemplating who they are and the world around them. But aside from the work of Virginia Woolf, Czapnik said she hasn’t come across many female characters who get those kind of opportunities. “That was one of the things that I was thi ...…
 
Who is Rod Blagojevich? He was an incredible retail politician who knew how to work a room. But ultimately, his obsession with climbing the ladder brought him down. Public Official A, a new podcast from WBEZ, examines the rise and fall of ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.By podcasts@chicagopublicmedia.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.…
 
Jokes and gender politics in the new Lego sequel. "The Lego Movie" was Josh's #1 film of 2014. Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" made Adam's Top 10 of the same year. Five years later, Emmet Brickowski and the rest of the master builders return for THE LEGO MOVIE 2 - and Gilroy is back, too, with the art scene satire VELVET BUZZSAW, another darkly sat ...…
 
On today's show:Representatives of the Taliban and other groups in Afghanistan met this week in Moscow to discuss a path for peace after a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:We dive into last night's State of the Union address with The Atlantic's Steve ClemonsEnergy analyst and investigative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
On today's show:Airstrikes kill civilians in the Middle EastThe military's role in the struggle for Venezuela's presidencyThe efficacy of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
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