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Veteran radio news guy Charlie Meyerson talks to interesting people. (Some episodes consist of historic raw audio.) Contact: Meyerson@gmail.com
 
93XRT’s weekly shot of Chicago music hosted by Richard Milne
 
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Wanna know what terrible technology is headed your way in the years ahead? Journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow says it’s not hard: Take a look at what The Powers That Be are foisting on prisoners and students. Doctorow joined the Chicago Public Square Podcast for half an hour or so to talk about police brutality; controversial h ...…
 
(Updating this 2016 post of a 1997 interview that seems as timely as ever.) In his 1997 book A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, Pulitzer Prize-winner David K. Shipler documented a major split among Americans: “The divide between those who see racism and those who do not.” And he sounded an alarm about what many then might not ...…
 
(Updated on the occasion of Stan Lee's death, Nov. 12, 2018. Here’s Stan Lee, the man who created or co-created the core Marvel Comics universe, sitting down during C2E2 at age 94 for what his staff said was his last Chicago comics convention appearance. As you’ll hear, he had energy and enthusiasm to betray his age. His interviewers: Adrian F. ...…
 
The death of Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman took me back to 1997, when I interviewed the professor about his then- (and still-) revolutionary ideas on how to overhaul science education. Hear him talk about that—and much more—here … … or on iTunes or via your favorite podcast player. And while you’re at it, check out my other interviews with t ...…
 
How do you get the attention of newspaper editorial boards? How do you get them to see things your way? Are editorials as valuable as they used to be? Every once in a while, the Publicity Club of Chicago takes me up on my motto, “Will Moderate for Food,” and invites me to lead a panel discussion to address important questions like those. And so ...…
 
Filmmaker Steve James’s work—including the Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams and Abacus—has won him critical acclaim galore and goodwill in the town where he lives, Oak Park. But when he set out to create his 10-part documentary series America to Me—about Oak Park, its historic commitment to integration and its high school’s challenges in living up t ...…
 
Something different for the Chicago Public Square Newscast (and Podcast) series this time: A visit with Food Network star and Chicago native Jeff Mauro. He joined the Wednesday Journal Conversations series May 15, 2018, to talk about his life and times—including that time he was performing improv comedy and a ticketholder died. And stick around ...…
 
Approaching Mother’s Day 1993, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen—who shaped a generation’s approach to parenthood—stopped by the WNUA-FM studios in Chicago to promote her then-new book, Thinking Out Loud. Check out this audio—recorded May 5, 1993—to learn why she objected to the name of a Chicago Tribune newspaper section. Listen t ...…
 
In many ways, two-time presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan—former adviser to three Republican presidents (Nixon, Ford and Reagan)—set the stage for Donald Trump’s ascendance. When Buchanan made 2016’s “Politico 50,” the magazine pronounced Trump “Pat Buchanan with better timing.” How similar are they? Here’s 20-year-old, unheard-since-broad ...…
 
In 1998 Apple’s now-widely-forgotten CEO, Gil Amelio, sat down with me to discuss his relatively brief time atop what was then a struggling company—the subject of his book On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple. As you’ll hear—and as Engadget noted in 2014—Amelio proved remarkably “accurate … regarding how Apple could get its groove back.” In ...…
 
John was a guest three times on Local Anesthetic. He always arrived with an armful of CDs (it was the '90's!) and demonstrated a breadth of musical knowledge and taste that, frankly, made him more than qualified to be a WXRT jock. However, his ongoing and highly successful role as Martin Crane in "Frasier" along with his first love- acting on t ...…
 
Netflix’s comedic biography of National Lampoon co-founder Douglas Kenney, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, sent me back to my conversation decades ago with one of the story’s key figures, who shared his recollection of developments that made their way into the movie. If you enjoyed A Futile and Stupid Gesture, you’ll get a kick out of this unedite ...…
 
From the perspective of the Women’s March and #MeToo era of 2018, a 20-year-old book that set out to examine “working women and the transformation of American life” offers insight into trends decades in the making. Here’s my 1998 interview with author Sally Helgesen, who, over the course of three years, put a microscope to women in the Chicago ...…
 
1975: I was just beginning my radio career at college station WPGU-FM, hosting an investigative mini-documentary radio series, Probe. What would be more natural to “investigate” than my passion for comic books—with what became the first of several interviews over my career with Marvel Comics impresario Stan Lee? Presented here far more for the ...…
 
Radio production, comedy and advertising visionary Dick Orkin’s death Sunday sent me back into the archives—waaaay back in the archives—to my days learning radio at my college station, WPGU. (Image: 2016 Radio Ink cover.) Aired Feb. 2, 1976, here’s my journalist-in-training report from the time I interviewed Dick Orkin, a man whose creation of ...…
 
Wishing you all the Merriest today. Here's last night's Holiday Spectacular on WXRT. Thank you for listening.
 
'Tis the final show of new/old/live music on Local Anesthetic as heard on Dec. 10, 2017 and featuring Akasha, Young Cub, Bright Like Japan, Packy Lundholm, Chrissy Johnson, the Jesus Lizard and Umphrey's McGee. Thank you for listening.
 
It was a pleasure to feature Josh and Eli Caterer of the Smoking Popes as my final guests on Local Anesthetic. I went for a career retrospective plus a preview of the upcoming 20th anniversary re-issue of "Destination Failure". Long one of my favorite couple of guys, there was no better way to culminate Anesthetic's long run than by rocking the ...…
 
Better late than never (absolutely, in this case!), here's my conversation with guitarist Joel Paterson about his fine new Holiday release, "Hi_Fi Christmas Guitar". There's A LOT to like here and we discuss his song selections, playing technique and influences in depth. Enjoy. For more on Joel- https://www.facebook.com/thejoelpaterson…
 
Twenty years ago, journalist David Simon, author of the book that inspired the TV show Homicide—and later the creator of HBO’s acclaimed The Wire, among many others—joined me for a discussion of the then-new book he’d co-authored, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood. Simon’s time spent on an urban corner in Baltimore ha ...…
 
Let Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s incredibly successful Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!, tell you this: He hates the show’s name. He also hates the place where he creates that show. You’ll learn why as you listen to a podcast of my onstage interview with Sagal—part of the Wednesday Journal Conversations series—in which he talks about the show, his care ...…
 
Dig the rock from Bad Mother's new 7" plus the latest from Glass Eyes, Pool Holograph, Joel Paterson, Sidewalk Chalk, and Leonum on this past Sunday night's Local Anesthetic.
 
New releases from The Dress Circle, Althea Grace, Dead Rider, Mucca Pazza and Daniel Robbins. Plus, Steve Carver's "Autumn Leaves" and a Holiday Spectacular classic (2008) from Essex Channel!
 
Our guest DJ/instructor/Chicago r&b sommelier, Dante Carfagna, dropped by armed with what he deemed the "quintessential Chicago 45s from 1965-1975." He did not disappoint. Here is our final chapter in Local Anesthetic's decade long "History of Chicago Funk and Soul". Enjoy.
 
Hear the latest from Lucille Furs, John Mott, Shy Technology, Remington Pettygrove, Gramps the Vamp, Son of a Gun and Sam Vicari on Local Anesthetic.
 
The newest releases from Son of a Gun, Static in Verona, The Royal Outsiders, K-Nein, Rich Kreuger, and the Obleeks!
 
Listen to new tunes from The Band Royale, Jon Langford, The Future Stuff, Knox Fortune, Dan Rico, and Man's Body on Sunday night's edition of Lcal Anesthetic.
 
Proving there are still "firsts" to be had on Local Anesthetic, all participants in last night's Old Shoe interview on 93XRT are all hip to the knowledge that shaving is for guys with too much time on their hands (and don't have jobs in the music industry). Shoe's "Country Home" is the latest entry in their quest to be your next favorite band. ...…
 
New releases from Brad Peterson, The Safes, Bailey Dee, Old Shoe, Kathy Greenholdt and Joe Goodkin. Plus, info on YOUR participation in the Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular this December.
 
New Chicago music from ChooChoo, Oscar Wilson, Dorian Taj, Sidewalk Chalk, Dan Whitaker and Sunshine Boys. Plus, I announce that Local Anesthetic is coming to a close at the end of 2017.
 
Steve and I discussed his 25 years of excellent songwriting with, and without, his band Dolly Varden. Join Steve tonight and on Sept. 25 for his residency at he Hideout.
 
Last week, I interviewed my former neighbor, Obama chief strategist David Axelrod, on stage. A sellout crowd of 1,000 people paid to see it, and many more told me they wished they’d been there. So I made arrangements to turn it into a podcast. Photo: Alexa Rogals, Wednesday JournalOur hosts at Dominican University, which recorded the event, sha ...…
 
When President Obama’s former chief strategist—now University of Chicago Institute of Politics founder and CNN senior political commentator—David Axelrod agreed to return to his old suburban neighborhood to kick off the Wednesday Journal newspaper’s series of public conversations at Dominican University, I was honored by the request to moderate ...…
 
The latest releases from Anti/Beyond, Marty Casey, The Warmth, The Red Plastic Buddha, Pool Holograph and Sons of the Never Wrong on Local Anesthetic.
 
An enjoyable conversation with Mike Nutt and Tim Bredrup of Fletcher Rockwell about the band's upcoming "Help Me Get Better" release and show at Fitzgerald's on Sept. 8.
 
New releases from Varsity, Old Shoe (radio premier!), Stopt Clox, Fletcher Rockwell, Panda Riot and South City Revival
 
A lovely chat with Ratboys vocalist/guitarist Julia Steiner on Local Anesthetic last night. Lots of talk of songwriting and singing and life on the road and what lays ahead for an act that's just begun to tap in to the magic of their music. Catch this current snapshot of a this talented troupe on last night's Local Anesthetic on WXRT.…
 
New releases from The Giving Tree, The North 41, Ratboys (my guests on this upcoming Sunday's Anesthetic), The Kickback, Ovef Ow and Local Motive.
 
New music from Chicago artists Kyle Mann, Max Loebman, Sacha Mullin, Heather Lynne Horton, Kevin Andrew Prchal, Weep and Willow and Moritat!
 
Meghan has been creating great work with her bands Montrose Man, Bleach Party, and Velocicopter to name a few. Hear her history and musical motivations on this week's Local Anesthetic
 
Music and conversation with Jenny Bienemann and her delightful new release "Every Soul Grows to the Light"
 
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