Best wbez podcasts we could find (Updated June 2017)
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WBEZ's Worldview
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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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Paper Machete WBEZ
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The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners. Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of a Chicago bar. The show was created and hosted by writer Christopher Piatt (pronounced like hot apple PIE-it). In June 2011 The Chicago Reader named The Paper Machete “Best Comedy Variety Show of 2011.” The Paper Machete podc ...
 
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WBEZ's Tech Shift
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WBEZ’s way of helping you navigate the fast-changing world of technology and our digital lives (until the robots take over).
 
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WBEZ's Worldview
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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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WBEZ's Live Music Thursday
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Each Thursday we podcast video of one song from a live music performance filmed by WBEZ Music.
 
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WBEZ's Afternoon Shift
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The Afternoon Shift was a live WBEZ show featuring in-depth interviews and conversations with newsmakers and innovators. Its last show was June 5, 2015.
 
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WBEZ Presents
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Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.
 
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The State We're In (WBEZ)
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Host Jonathan Groubert and WBEZ have teamed up to bring back the revered program, The State We're In. In Season 1 of this podcast reboot, you'll hear astonishing true and personal stories from all over the globe. The sonically beautiful, and narratively gripping "talkumentary" program brings you guests who will amaze you, break your heart or leave you laughing -- sometimes, all at once. If you're a fan of This American Life, or captivating storytelling in general, you'll want to be sure to s ...
 
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WBEZ's Clever Apes
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WBEZ's Science Experiment
 
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WBEZ's The Morning Drive
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Top stories and features from WBEZ's award-winning City Room.
 
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WBEZ's Global Notes
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The most interesting music in the world from WBEZ's Worldview program.
 
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Nerdette
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Interviews with your favorite authors, artists, astronauts and more. From WBEZ.
 
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WBEZ Presents
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Documentaries, feature stories, and other original programming from WBEZ Chicago.
 
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Paper Machete WBEZ
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The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners. Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of a Chicago bar. The show was created and hosted by writer Christopher Piatt (pronounced like hot apple PIE-it). In June 2011 The Chicago Reader named The Paper Machete “Best Comedy Variety Show of 2011.” The Paper Machete podc ...
 
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Minor Interruption
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Podcast by Minor Interruption
 
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PleasureTown
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The fictional history of this mysterious Oklahoma town. From WBEZ.
 
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Homemade Stories
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Short stories and commentary shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.
 
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Chewing the Fat
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From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more.
 
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Re:sound
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The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.
 
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Worldview Global Activism
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In this ongoing collection of interviews, Worldview showcases individuals with Chicago-area ties who work to improve the world through grassroots efforts.
 
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Filmspotting
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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. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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Curious City
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Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.
 
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Vocalo's Barber Shop Show
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Coming to you live from Carter's Barbershop in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood, The Barber Shop Show brings you a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor. No punches are pulled and no topic is considered off-topic. Produced in partnership with the Chicago Reporter, and hosted by WBEZ’s Richard Steele. Airs every Sunday at 9am CST on Vocalo 91.1FM, 89.5 FM, and streams live on Vocalo.org. The show also airs on Sundays at 3pm on WBEZ, 91.5FM, and streams live on WBEZ.org.
 
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Long Haul: Public Radio Documentaries to Go!
 
Audio documentaries and stories hand-crafted by award winners Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister.
 
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Strange Brews Beer Podcast
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A beer podcast from WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station. Hosted by Andrew Gill and Alison Cuddy, episodes are recorded where ever good beer is found and include interviews with brewers, artists and craft beer lovers.
 
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Making Oprah
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The inside story of a TV revolution. In this new WBEZ podcast, Oprah Winfrey tells the behind-the-scenes story of her iconic TV talk show, along with producers, staffers, TV executives, and ratings rival Phil Donahue. The three-part series chronicles the show’s scrappy roots in Chicago, its rise to daytime dominance, and the powerful sway Winfrey came to have in American life.
 
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This American Life Radio Archive
 
Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Worldview Global Cinema with Milos Stehlik
 
Each week Worldview film contributor Milos Stehlik of Chicago's Facets Multi-media reviews films and talks with actors, writers and producers of global cinema.
 
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Dueling Critics
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Dueling theater critics Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel discuss the latest stage productions and dissect the best — and the worst — of Chicago's theater scene.
 
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Chewing
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New food & health podcast by Chicago Tribune Food & Dining reporter Louisa Chu & WBEZ Food & Health reporter Monica Eng
 
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Front And Center
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Front and Center explores the issues that make our region what it is, taking time to investigate hard questions and follow rich stories. Our first series explores the most obvious aspect of the region: water. Front and Center is sponsored by the Joyce Foundation.
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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This American Life
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UnOfficial free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
 
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Sallie The Dog 2K12
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My dog Sallie has a bunch of stuff to say. This is it.
 
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Serial Podcast
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Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New epi ...
 
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Vocalo Overdrive Podcast
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Excepts from Vocalo's afternoon show hosted by Luis Antonio Perez & Shantell Jamison
 
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The Morning Shift
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The Morning Shift is a live talk show from Chicago's WBEZ offering a dynamic mix of news, culture and music.
 
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Morning Shift Podcast
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A dynamic mix of news, culture and music in Chicago. Hosted by Tony Sarabia. From WBEZ.
 
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PleasureTown
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PleasureTown is a story-based podcast told in serial form that details the history of a little-known, failed Oklahoma utopian society.The town’s history is crowdsourced, piece by piece, by the producers, collaborators and audience members. PleasureTown is created and produced by Keith Ecker and Erin Kahoa, along with the assistance of WBEZ in Chicago.
 
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Weekender
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The Weekender is a weekend guide from WBEZ & Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy.
 
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Every Other Hour
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Last year in Chicago, there was a person shot about every other hour. So who picks up a gun, and why? Stories from a yearlong WBEZ project.
 
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Sound Opinions
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Sound Opinions is the World's only rock and roll talkshow. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music news and reviews. Plus tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. Sound Opinions is a production of WBEZ Chicago and distributed by PRX. Updated weekly.
 
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Curious City
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What do you wonder about Chicago, the region and its people? Pose your question to Curious City and we’ll get investigate together, with answers online, in a weekly podcast, and on WBEZ 91.5 FM. Our website: http://wbez.org/curiouscity
 
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Filmspotting
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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. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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Every Other Hour
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Last year in Chicago, there was a person shot about every other hour. So who picks up a gun, and why? Stories from a yearlong WBEZ project.
 
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Stanton Kawer, CEO and chairman of the Chicago-based Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, is an outspoken advocate for the benefits of yoga in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Stanton Kawer, CEO and chairman of the Chicago-based Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, is an outspoken advocate for the benefits of yoga in... [[ 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: With military powers like Iran the U.S. and Russia fighting in close proximity in Syria, “near misses” are... [[ 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: With military powers like Iran the U.S. and Russia fighting in close proximity in Syria, “near misses” are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
We dedicate this hour of Worldview to the practice of yoga — which came to America through Chicago in 1893. Chicago-based... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
We dedicate this hour of Worldview to the practice of yoga — which came to America through Chicago in 1893. Chicago-based... [[ 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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The Turnaround with Jesse Thorn
 
On the premiere episode of The Turnaround, Jesse Thorn talks to Ira Glass, the host and creator of This American Life from WBEZ. For more than twenty years, Ira and his colleagues have pioneered a distinctive brand of journalistic non-fiction that has inspired an entire generation of radio producers and storytellers. In his conversation with Je ...…
 
On today's show:We discuss a conservative climate solution supported by big oil companies with the legislative director of Citizens'... [[ 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 discuss a conservative climate solution supported by big oil companies with the legislative director of Citizens'... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
The fight for a separatist republic in Nigeria, Biafra, ended 50 years ago. Worldview talks to a Chicago family who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
The fight for a separatist republic in Nigeria, Biafra, ended 50 years ago. Worldview talks to a Chicago family who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Trici ...…
 
Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Trici ...…
 
Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Trici ...…
 
Steve Levitt, Scott Turow and Bridget Gainer are panelists. For the "Freakonomics" co-author, the attorney and novelist, and the Cook County commissioner it's "game on!" as they tackle competition of all kinds: athletic, sexual, geopolitical, and the little-known battle between butter and margarine that landed in the Supreme Court. WBEZ's Trici ...…
 
On today's show:Saudi Arabia is leading the Persian Gulf states in a diplomatic row with Qatar. Joseph Kechichian, a senior writer for 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:Saudi Arabia is leading the Persian Gulf states in a diplomatic row with Qatar. Joseph Kechichian, a senior writer for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Last month, the satirical news outlet The Onion published "The Trump Documents", an ambitious, multimedia undertaking adding... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Last month, the satirical news outlet The Onion published "The Trump Documents", an ambitious, multimedia undertaking adding... [[ 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 look at what the Trump administration's new directive on Cuba policy means going forward with Alberto Coll, professor of... [[ 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 look at what the Trump administration's new directive on Cuba policy means going forward with Alberto Coll, professor of... [[ 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 hear from an activist and an academic about how immigration affects both the black and LGBT communities We... [[ 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 hear from an activist and an academic about how immigration affects both the black and LGBT communities We... [[ 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 dig into the future of space travel amid shifting geopolitics: what countries are winning today's "space race" and... [[ 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 dig into the future of space travel amid shifting geopolitics: what countries are winning today's "space race" and... [[ 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 take a closer look at the aftermath of Britain's election last week. Our resident historian tells us the story of 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 take a closer look at the aftermath of Britain's election last week. Our resident historian tells us the story of 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: Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Riviera, who was pardoned by President Obama in January and released last month,... [[ 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: Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Riviera, who was pardoned by President Obama in January and released last month,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Featuring Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, Illinois state representative Sonya Harper, the Executive Director of the inner-city Muslim Action Network Rami Nashashibi, and the Executive Director and Founder of the Dovetail Project Sheldon Smith, this eclectic group tackles how Chicago can work to heal fractur ...…
 
Bicycling regularly gave The Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker a new lease on life. Now, he’s written a book to make a case for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
Bicycling regularly gave The Guardian political correspondent Peter Walker a new lease on life. Now, he’s written a book to make a case for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]By podcasts@chicagopublicradio.org (WBEZ Chicago).
 
C.W. McCall had a surprise No. 1 hit in 1976. But he was actually an ad executive playing the character of a country singer. Sound Opinions producer Evan Chung tells the strange story of how “Convoy” became a cultural phenomenon. He speaks with the songwriters behind “Convoy” – ad executive-turned-lyricist/vocalist Bill Fries and composer Chip ...…
 
On today's show: More than 3,000 people are gathering in Chicago this weekend for the second People’s Summit, Beyond Resistance: 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: More than 3,000 people are gathering in Chicago this weekend for the second People’s Summit, Beyond Resistance: 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 discuss what was covered during James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday... [[ 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 discuss what was covered during James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday... [[ 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: As ISIS claims responsibility for unprecedented terrorist attacks in Iran’s capital of Tehran today, we speak with... [[ 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: As ISIS claims responsibility for unprecedented terrorist attacks in Iran’s capital of Tehran today, we speak with... [[ 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 kick off Bike To Work Week with a conversation with Jay Walder, president and CEO of Motivate, the parent company... [[ 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 kick off Bike To Work Week with a conversation with Jay Walder, president and CEO of Motivate, the parent company... [[ 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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