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Presented by the Chicago Reader, hear senior writer Ben Joravsky discuss the day’s stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty. Tune in to LIVE episodes streaming Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-3 p.m. at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or catch up with episodes anytime. Podcast-only episodes are also released throughout the week. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

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    "C'mon Mr. Mayor" and State Rep. Kam Buckner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 56:36


    The Johnson Administration inks a $29 million contract with a bunch of Right Wingers from Florida to build tents for asylum seekers. Ben tried not to lose his mind as he riffs. Why can't we put Chicagoans to work? State Rep Kam Buckner weighs in on the deal. A few words on the end of cash bail. A few suggestions for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. And Kam tackles the Bears. Are they trying to destroy Justin Fields' career?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Council Explainer" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 65:17


    Several aldermen vote against accepting a federal grant to help cover the cost of taking care of asylum seekers. Ben tries to explain the inexplicable. Monroe Anderson talks Jann Wenner, West Point affirmative action, Hunter Biden and Republicans on UAW strike.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Labor Pains" and Keith Kelleher

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 63:00


    Trump, Bill Maher and Drew Barrymore take their “stands” on the ongoing labor strikes. They all “love” the workers but hate their unions. Ben riffs. Keith Kelleher explains the strategies, goals and challenges of the UAW strike against the big 3 car companies. Keith is the former president of SEIU Healthcare. So he knows a thing or two about unions. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Matt and Mueze—Bad News Bears

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 63:24


    Two Chicago lefties—Mueze Bawany and Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle—talk Bears. And it's not good. Cause the Bears are awful. And Mueze is in pain over that cause he's a lifelong fan. And Matt is delighted because he's a—dare I say…he's a Packers fan. He's so happy that he composed a song special for this episode called—The Bears Suck. Which he sings. Then they start talking race and politics in the NFL.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Alex Holder—Unprecedented

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2023 47:13


    In 2020, filmmaker Alex Holder got the word he couldn't quite believe. President Trump okayed Holder to have access to his re-election run, Trump thought it would depict his triumph. It didn't work out that way. As you can see for yourself by watching his documentary, Unprecedented. After hearing this conversation, check out the one Ben had with Michael Crommett, Holder's cameraman who filmed the January 6th insurrection. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mick Dumke—City For Sale

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2023 53:22


    Block Club investigative reporter Mick Dumke gets into the nitty gritty of how Chicago's pols and wheeler dealers cut their deals. Speaking of wheeler dealers, an update on former Mayor Rahm's machinations to get what he wants. Whatever that may be. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    “Oh, What-A-Week” with April Preyar

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 51:01


    Criminal defense attorney April Preyar joins Ben to run down the week's with of news. Has Stacy Davis Gates replaced Kim Foxx as the Black woman MAGA loves to hate? No cash bail goes into effect Monday—what will happen? Does Jussie Smollett have a point? Yes, he's back in the news. And liberals are conservatives who've been arrested. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Silly Season" and Miles Kampf-Lassin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 63:43


    Mayor Johnson shows he's learned a thing or two about the budget games that mayors play. Ben riffs. In These Times editor Miles Kampf-Lassin takes the deep dive on labor. Particularly…United Auto Workers threatens strike as negotiations with the Big Three automakers hits an impasse. And he and Ben have a thing or two to say about the oddball political evolution of Peter Daou, who's gone from being a Hillary Clinton fan to campaign manager for Cornell West. Prediction…he's on his way to MAGA. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Tommy's Attack” Monroe Anderson and Adolfo Mondragon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2023 66:59


    Tommy Tuberville, MAGA senator from Alabama, blocks Biden military nominees to force the administration to weaken its support for abortion rights. Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson and Ben debate whether election lawyer Adolfo Mondragon, should file a ballot access case against Trump on the grounds that he clearly violated the 14th amendment. Then Adolfo weighs in. Hope your listening, Chris Christie.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Bears Bad" and Stacy Davis Gates

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 68:54


    Should the city give a handout to the Bears after that awful season opener? Ben riffs. CTU president Stacy Davis Gates talks about the fallout over revelations that her son is not attending a public school. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    First Tuesdays With Mayor Brandon Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2023 69:48


    On September 5, 2023, Mayor Johnson joined Ben and Maya on stage at the Promontory club in Hyde Park for First Tuesdays. For more than an hour, the mayor took questions. He looked like was having so much fun that he might still be there talking, just like old times, if not for a certain press side who said, okay, that's enough. Just kidding, Ronnie. Maya is, of course, Maya Dukmasova, reporter for Injustice Watch. Enjoy…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    David Faris—The Powerful 14th

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2023 53:03


    Roosevelt University political scientist David Faris talks amendment 14. Specifically, why it should be invoked to keep Trump off the ballot. Also, a word or two about Republican efforts to rebrand their “pro-life” message into a “pro-baby” one. Doesn't get much absurd than this, people.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Michael Rabbitt—Party Move In Ward 45

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2023 36:09


    Traditionally, the city's northwest side has been controlled by an alliance of conservative Democrats and Republicans. Michael Rabbitt is trying to change that by challenging Jim Gardiner for Democratic committeeman of the 45th ward. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    “Oh, What-A-Week” with Politico's Shia Kapos

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2023 60:31


    Shia Kapos, Politico columnist, drops in to join Ben for a run down on a week's worth of news. Including…Mayor Johnson's back-to-back public appearances—one crowd leaned left, the other right. And Stacy Davis Gates' school choice. And Darren Bailey tries to bring in Trump to beat Mike Bost. And her encounter with Don Jr at the GOP debate. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Madigan Out" and Michael Crommett

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2023 59:11


    Michael Madigan really has left the building, as he's not running for re-election as committeeman. Ben riffs. And cinematographer Michael Crommett talks about filming the January 6 insurrection. Michael was there that day. First at Trump's rally. And later on the steps of the Capitol, where he filmed the siege. He was the cinematographer for Unprecedented, Alex Holder's documentary about Trump's re-election campaign. His January 6 footage is featured in that film, See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Brandon Talks" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2023 61:39


    Mayor Johnson is the guest at First Tuesdays. Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson explains what's white peoples mean when they say Black people are playing the race card. And what they mean when they say Mayors Daley and Rahm were smart but Mayors Lightfoot and Johnson are nasty and slow. A few words about Little Richard and Coach Prime. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Nothing Ever Changes" and Denali Dasgupta

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2023 61:40


    A column from 1991 on mental health clinic shows that so much remains the same. Ben riffs. Activist Denali Dasgupta takes the deep dive on the influx of asylum seekers. Is this a crisis or an opportunity? And a word or two about a new Harvard professor named Lightfoot. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Eytan Boclin and Liam Klinkenberg: Hoop Dreams 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2023 46:59


    Comedians Eytan Boclin and Liam Klinkenberg co-directed arguably the funniest movie of the year—a ten-minute mockumentary that has absolutely nothing to do with Hoop Dreams, Steve James epic movie. Despite the name. Which is sorta the first joke. They explain everything you need to know about the movie. And then urge you to watch it on Vimeo. Also, Liam is the main actor in the film. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Rummana Hussain—Jump In The Lake!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2023 64:43


    What is it that people love about Chicago? The lake? The jazz fest? The edge? Rummana Hussain examines it. Also, the Vivek Ramaswamy phenomenon as explained by Rummana, who broke his Vhicago story. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    State Senator Lakesia Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2023 57:28


    “Oh, What A Week” with Delmarie Cobb

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2023 69:12


    Political strategist Delmarie Cobb and Ben break it all down, including…Jerry Reinsdorf speaks. Do we agree with what he says? Why Bronzeville didn't develop like Wrigleyville. Heated Hyde Park debate over asylum speakers. The Republican primary—is there any voter Delmarie can even remotely see herself voting for? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Attractive Nuisance” and Brendan Shiller

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2023 66:38


    Mayor Johnson's administration sues Kia to crack down on car thefts. Folks make fun of the mayor. Ben riffs. Brendan Shiller—activist, lawyer, poker player—returns and offers…A tribute to George Atkins. A new take on Sox shooting. And a few words about MAGA's attempt to re-make Trump into Tupac. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Gun Crazy" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 69:05


    Every day brings big and small examples of gun crazy. Ben riffs on a couple small examples. Then Monroe Anderson talks the rise and fall of Rudy G. Willful blindness. Why MAGA thinks Trump will win. And his love for MSNBC.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Sox Park Shooting" and Sam Holloway

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2023 67:34


    The Sox Park shooting exemplifies why it's best to hold off on judgment until you know all the facts. Ben riffs. Radical firefighter Sam Holloway returns with a lefty's take on Trump, Dems and fascist threats.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Edna Navarro-Vidaurre—Starting Early

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 35:31


    Edna Navarro-Vidaurre is on a mission—to get all the children in Chicago in school at an early age. All the kids. From every neighborhood and background. She explains why that's so important and why it's so challenging. Edna is the Regional Council Manager for Birth to Five Region 1A.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Steve James—A Compassionate Spy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2023 57:55


    Filmaker Steve James talks about his latest documentary—A Compassionate Spy. It tells the story of Ted Hall, a brilliant scientist at Los Almos who actually did what the fantasies accused Robert Oppenheimer of doing—turning nuclear secrets over to the Soviets. It's also a love story, featuring Joan Hall, Ted Hall's wife, who was a poet and linguist and street smart woman from Chicago. One of Steve's best films. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    David Faris—Doofus Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2023 54:26


    The first Republican presidential debate was a case study in cowardice and deceit. And Roosevelt University political scientist David Faris has a field day, breaking it all down. Including their dancing, dodging denials on climate change, Trump's coup and abortion. What a bunch of clowns. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Oh, What A Week with Adolfo Mondragon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2023 53:56


    So much to discuss on so many fronts! Good thing attorney Adolfo Mondragon, the renaissance man, is in the house. On the docket…White Sox want more money. Or they'll leave. Hispanic white nationalists. MAGA debate. How Trump and Ed Burke and Michael Madigan pay their lawyers with money they raise from suckers. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "MAGA Debate" and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2023 59:54


    MAGA has a presidential debate last night, without the emperor. Ben riffs. Alderman Carlos Ramírez Rosa, Mayor Johnson's city council floor leader, discusses the first 100 days of Mayor Johnson's Administration. Including the Bring Chicago Home referendum, treatment not trauma, when he will reopen mental health clinics, photo ops with Mayor Rahm and firing Health Commissioner Arwady. Also, a word or two about Tupacgate.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Don't Go-Go White Sox" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2023 51:11


    White Sox do a squeeze play. Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson talks GOP debate, Trump indictment in Georgia, and the Trump chumping of Mayor Rudy G. Also, Dems let MAGA follow Pritzker's Darren Bailey strategy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Tupac Didn't Say It” and Marc Sims

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2023 57:43


    Tupac didn't say the line Mayor Johnson said he said and boomer journalists have (too) much love Dr. Arwady. Ben riffs. Podcaster Marc Sims talks White Sox threat to leave Chicago, crime, schools, Friday swim club and…golf? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Rummana Hussain—Barbie Lovers And Haters

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2023 59:18


    Sun-Times columnist Rummana Hussain ponders the summer's big question: Why do men hate Barbie so much? Well, not all men. But MAGA men and MAGA wannabes, like Billy Maher. Is Barbie's success a precursor of a Democratic victory? And does the Bear's success indicate people have a healthier attitude toward therapy and treating mental illness?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Leor Galil—The Lolla Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2023 59:43


    Reader music writer Leor Galil explores the issue few Chicago leaders want to face—is Lollapalooza worth the time and trouble of turning over prime lakefront park space for a four-day music festival? Who benefits from the festival? Who pays the price? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Oh, What A Week" with Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2023 53:31


    Did you know that two conservative law professors wrote a law review article pointing out that Trump is ineligible to run for president? Now you do. Ben riffs. And alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez talks treatment bot trauma, Dr. Arwady, Columbus Day and Prager U.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Brandon Tried" and Attorney Jim Coogan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2023 59:35


    Mainstream Chicago works the refs. Ben riffs. Attorney Jim Coogan returns to talk Trump crimes. Including…Trump's claim of a two-tier system. His outlaw persona. His inside connections. And a word or two about the suggestion Trump's too big to prosecute. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Showdown in Montgomery" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2023 54:15


    The Montgomery brawl has political implications. Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson talks Montgomery, Fani Willis, Cheseboro memo, Ohio referendum and the latest lunacy from MAGA. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Rahm and Barbie" and Steve Krafft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2023 56:48


    Mayor Rahm wants the world to know he saw Barbie. Ben riffs. And Steve Krafft, retired Fox-news reporter from Arizona, makes his debut. He's got the inside scoop on Kyrsten Sinema, Kari Lake (they shared a make-up mirror) and other Arizona politicians. Most pols try to win elections in purple states by moving to the middle. Arizona Republicans are trying to win by going full MAGA. Steve explains the inexplicable. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    First Tuesday's at the Blanc—Mueze Bawany, Megan Franklin and Ling Young Talking CPS

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 91:41


    Ben and Maya bring First Tuesdays to the Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville to talk all things Chicago Public schools—what with the new school year about to start. Joining them are CPS high school teacher Mueze Bawany, parent activist Megan Franklin and Ling Young, chief of staff to alderwoman Jeanette Taylor, chair of city council education committee. As you all know, Maya Dukmasova is an investigative reporter for Injustice Watch. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    David Keown—The Plot Thickens

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2023 58:25


    Retired Northwestern University employee David Keown and Ben try to figure out what NU was up to with the way they handled the hazing schedule. The key is straight outta Deep Throat. Follow the money…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    David Faris—Trump Arraigned

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2023 64:00


    Roosevelt University political science professor David Faris makes sense of the senseless. Trump's arraignment for attempting a coup. Jack Smith's indictment, laying it out for anyone to see. Unless they willfully close their eyes. Merrick Garland's cautiousness. Mike Pence's calculations. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Oh, What A Week" with Mark Wallace

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 74:30


    It's a week's worth of news so let's talk about it with mark Wallace, podcaster and activist. Starting with…Ben cuts a deal with Mayor johnson. Say what? And Trump gets arraigned. And DeSantis rewrites the history of slavery. And it's Lolla versus MJ. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Mayor Deliberate" and Miles Kampf-Lassin

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 71:05


    Mayor Johnson tells reporters--don't rush me! Ben riffs. In These Times writer Miles Kampf-Lassin talks MAGA insurrection, Trump indictment, MAGA's curious take on the First Amendment and labor. A much needed view from the left.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Big News" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2023 60:53


    You know what we're talking about. Trump indicted—again! Monroe and Ben take it from A to Z.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Fifty-Four Percent" and CTU Pres. Stacy Davis Gates

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2023 69:14


    Trump polls at 54 percent. Ben riffs. And CTU president Stacy Davis Gates weighs in on all the issues. Including…Mayors Johnson and Rahm's sorta BFF moment. The principal's union. Rubber stamp school boards. Ben's back-to-the 90s shirt. And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Gordon Mantler—The Book On Harold

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 53:22


    Gordon Mantler just wrote a book about Mayor Harold Washington and Ben can't stop talking about it. Every logical person agrees that Washington is the greatest mayor Chicago ever had. But why? What obstacles did he have to overcome? What lessons can Mayor Johnson learn from Washington? How did President Obama try not to emulate Washington? Gordon is a professor of writing and history at George Washington University. The name of his book is The Multiracial Promise.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Rummana Hussain—Sinead O'Connor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2023 53:18


    Sun-Times Columbia Rummana Hussain calls out the double standard regarding Sinead O'Conor, who died this week. Why is it blasphemy when you're offended, but. Hey, it's free speech when someone else is offended? And a word or two about media coverage for Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mark Guarino—Jason Aldean Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2023 29:53


    Music writer Mark Guarino explains the roots of Jason Aldean's hater hit, Try That In A Small Town. Does Aldean really hate Black people or is he pretending to in order to sell records and make more money? What are the roots of the song? How is it different that z Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee. Mark knows as much or more about country music as anyone in Chicago as he just wrote a book called Country and Midwestern:: Chicago in the History of Country Music and the Folk Revival. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Oh, What A Week" with Brendan Shiller

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2023 68:58


    Chicago's favorite gambler Brendan Shiller joins Ben to discuss a week's worth of news. Including… Public education. Will north siders go to venues south of Roosevelt Road? UFOs. How to discern truth from lies. Should Mayor Johnson have said nice things about Mayor Rahm? Should the city raise the minimum wage for restaurant workers? And more…See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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    "Lies, Lies, Lies and More Lies" and Damien Perdue

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2023 53:58


    Congress held a hearing on UFOs. Ben riffs. Damien Perdue, host of the radio show, Think Theory Radio, joins Ben for the deep dive. Why don't people believe government? Maybe it's cause government lies so much. UFOs, Baby Bobby Kennedy, TIFs and so on. Then the truth about Hispanos and Oppenheimer. First the government erased them from their land and then the movie erases their erasure. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Emmett Till" and Monroe Anderson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2023 60:50


    President Biden announces memorial to Emmett Till as MAGA attempts to rewrite the history of slavery, Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson talks about the legacy of Till. And John Johnson. And Ebony . And Jet. And a trip he made to Mississippi with Curtis Mayfield in 1973. And then it's on to Hunter Biden, Kevin McCarthy and the latest on Trump.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    "Oppenheimer Fever” and Mick Dumke

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2023 58:41


    Ben has got Oppenheimer fever. He can't stop talking about the man and the movie and what it all means. Block Club reporter Mick Dumke returns to talk CHA and the billionaire. Mayor Johnson and Mayor Rahm—BFF? Harry Truman. Oppenheimer. And the NU hazing scandal.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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