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    Former Cub Rich Nye’s second career as an exotic pet vet: “I wanted to find something that made me special”

    Dave Hoekstra talks with former Cubs pitcher and renaissance man Rich Nye about his path to Major League ball and the Cubs teams of the late ’60’s, getting involved in veterinary medicine and finding a niche as an exotic bird and pet specialist, his latest venture into wood turning, and his constant drive to stay engaged and keep learning new things.  

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    The Beat Full Show (1/15/17): Carm wants to save the circus

    Mark Carman and Sam Panayotovich bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat: Ringling Bros. circus is folding up shop, and Carman mourns the end of an era; we discuss Cubs lineup options as the team sets its sights on Spring Training; Blackhawks Radio analyst Troy Murray joins the show to preview Hawks/Wild, the return of Nick Schmaltz, and the Hawks’ puck possession issues; WGN Newsroom correspondent Ryan Burrow checks in from Washington DC, where the Cubs are slated to […]

  • CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 04: Jake Arrieta  (L) and general manager Jed Hoyer of the Chicago Cubs
chat during the Chicago Cubs victory celebration in Grant Park on November 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    The Beat Full Show (1/14/17): Arrieta sits out White House trip and more Convention action

    Mark Carman and Kevin Powell bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: It’s Cubs Convention weekend and we hear some feedback from Woody’s Winter Warmup, featuring Kerry and Sarah Wood, Jason Heyward, and more; Jake Arrieta is opting out of the Cubs’ White House trip, and the guys weigh his reasons for sitting out; the success of KC Chiefs return specialist Tyreek Hill opens up a conversation on the lingering problem of domestic violence in sports; Chicago Tribune’s Chris […]

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    Guitar Town: Crazy Heart, Phantom Collective pay tribute to the singular voice of Steve Earle

    Dave Hoekstra welcomes guitarists John Ballantyne and Gus Noble of local honky-tonk outfit Crazy Heart, who provide some live tunes and talk about their upcoming celebration of the legendary Steve Earle for his 62nd birthday. The band teams up with the Phantom Collective drama organization for the party, a collection of songs and readings of Earle’s written work, taking place this Saturday 1/14 at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.  They discuss Earle’s influence in reviving an honest brand of country music in […]

  • Dave and Cynthia inside the Bluebird Van in Portland, OR. (Jon Sall)

    Nocturnal Journey: Indie book publishing in Portland

    Dave Hoekstra heads out on the Nocturnal Journey to Portland, OR and Microcosm Publishing, where he talks with Sales Manager Cynthia, who talks about the label’s origins in the “zine” culture of the mid-90’s, some of the featured imprints and genres that focus on DIY, self-improvement, social justice, fringe culture, and hidden histories, why the artistic atmosphere of Portland is perfect for fostering creating at Microcosm, and more.

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    “Birds are eternal”: Tony Fitzpatrick and Mary Wilding talk art, aviary inspiration

    Dave Hoekstra and Tony Fitzpatrick talk with author Mary Wilding about her book Clem Wilding’s Life as a Bird Carver, which details the life and work of her father, Clem Wilding, who carved and painted thousands of detailed birds over the course of his life in Berger, MO.  They discuss Clem and Fitzpatrick’s mutual inspiration to feature birds in their art, the value (monetary and otherwise) of Wilding’s carvings, Mary’s process of compiling her father’s writings into a cohesive work, […]

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    The Beat Full Show (1/8/17): Eating “difficult conversations for breakfast”

    Mark Carman, Adam Hoge and Jarrett Payton are finally reunited for the Sunday edition of The Beat.

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    The Beat Full Show (1/7/17): Bears brass put a bow on a disappointing 2016

    Mark Carman and Kevin Powell bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: We hear some end-of-season thoughts from Bears GM Ryan Pace, coach John Fox, and owner George McCaskey (who apparently has support among the Solider Field faithful); Fansided NFL insider Matt Verderame previews the playoffs and takes you through Wild Card weekend matchups; CSN Chicago Bulls insider Vincent Goodwill talks possible moves for the Bulls, and what the future holds for Jimmy Butler; the guys talk about overzealous […]

  • CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 4: Kay Felder #20 and Jordan McRae #12 of the Cleveland Cavaliers double team Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 4, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers 106-94. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

    CSN Chicago Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill: “It’s best that you try to stay competitive”

    CSN Chicago Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill joins Mark Carman and Kevin Powell for a conversation on the seemingly directionless Bulls, the rumors that Jimmy Butler could be on the trading block (and why it’s a bad idea to move him), Rajon Rondo’s  future with the club after losing his starting role, the trade value-or lack thereof-of some of the team’s other pieces, and more.  

  • Scott Stantis and Diana Rickert (Dan Long/WGN Radio)

    Scott Stantis Full Show (1/2/17): Physical therapy, the Illinois budget mess and the Chicago night sky

    Scott Stantis (in for Patti Vasquez) and Janien Fadich talk with physical therapist Ryan Jarema of Athletico about his career path and some common ailments, along with calls and texts about your aches and pains; Diana Rickert of the Illinois Policy Institute joins the show to talk about the exodus out of Illinois, the constant budget struggle in Springfield, and the state’s massive pension obligations; Audrey Fischer of the Chicago Astronomical Society discusses the plans for new blue lights around […]