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    VIDEO: Epic Steel Orchestra brings calypso sounds and ‘power of vision’

    Dave Hoekstra welcomes Julian Champion, founder of the West Point School of Music in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, and the members of the Epic Steel Orchestra, an 8-piece steel drum ensemble comprised of students from the school.  They talk about West Point’s mission of preventing violence through academic and musical growth and the importance of the arts in communities where funding is scarce, we hear a few live performances and more.

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    The Beat Full Show (2/19/17): Evaluating Cubs and Sox on MLB Network’s Top 100

    Adam Hoge, Jarrett Payton and Mark Carman bring you an abbreviated Sunday edition of The Beat: the guys evaluate the placement of Cubs and White Sox on MLB Network’s list of the Top 100 Players in baseball right now (Kris Bryant clocks in highest at #4); they also debate the many possible outcomes for the Bears at the QB position heading into 2017, and more.  

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    “Revise the Psalm”: Celebrating Gwendolyn Brooks as she turns 100

    Dave Hoekstra visits with Sandra Jackson- Opoku, co-editor of Revise the Psalm: Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, a collection of poetry, essays and other art inspired by the prolific poet’s message and activism.  Jackson-Opoku talks about the effort to keep the conscience of Brooks’ work moving forward, and reads a few selections from the book.  

  • DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 02:  Tiger Woods o f the USA on the 9th green during the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on February 2, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

    The Beat Full Show (2/18/17): Knowing when to hang it up

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: the guys have a career-related message for Tiger Woods which sparks a discussion on “protecting your legacy”; Greg Maddux passes on a Kris Bryant signed bat; Dave Eanet checks in from Welsh-Ryan Arena to talk Northwestern/Rutgers and Scottie Lindsey’s return to action; we play a round of “Who He Play For?” for ex-Cubs and White Sox, and more.

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    Voice of the Badgers Matt Lepay on Northwestern: “This is not a smoke and mirrors thing”

    Adam Hoge, Mark Carman and Dave Eanet sit down with the voice of Wisconsin football and basketball, Matt Lepay.  Matt and Dave reminisce about some of the more memorable Northwestern/Wisconsin match ups in both sports over the years; the guys discuss the evolution of both programs in terms of exposure and facilities, Chris Collins turning the Wildcats into legitimate contenders for a NCAA tournament berth and more.

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    The Beat Full Show (2/12/17): Previewing ‘Cats/Badgers live from Kohl Center

    Mark Carman and Adam Hoge bring you the Sunday edition of The Beat live from the Kohl Center in Madison as Northwestern prepares for a big time Big Ten matchup with Wisconsin.  Badgers play-by-play man Matt Lepay joins the show and talks about how both athletic programs have evolved in recent years; Jarrett Payton is back from Super Bowl weekend and discusses handing out a dual Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and sitting down with a roundtable of […]

  • Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley exchanges words with a security guard during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the LA Clippers Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    The Beat Full Show (2/11/17): Bulls or Knicks- Who’s got it worse?

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: the Blackhawks are coming off two big Central Division wins in Minnesota and Winnipeg; the Charles Oakley incident at Madison Square Garden has shed light on the dysfunction of Knicks ownership and we bring in our panel of expert Bulls and Knicks fans to discuss which franchise is in worse shape; Chris Kuc checks in from Edmonton on the Chicago Tribune Blackhawks beat as the Hawks head […]

  • HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    Boston Globe’s Ben Volin on Garoppolo in Chicago: “I think he’d be up for the challenge”

    Boston Globe Patriots reporter Ben Volin joins Adam Hoge and Adam Jahns ahead of the Pats’ 34-28 victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.  They talk about Jimmy Garoppolo’s future as Tom Brady’s backup in New England and the possibility of him landing with the Bears, and what a compensation package in such a deal would look like, LB Shea McClellin taking advantage of a change of scenery and fitting in with the Patriots’ schemes, and more http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3292859/3292859_2017-02-05-190159.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3794.mp3

  • New England Patriots' Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo enter the field before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    The Beat Full Show (2/5/17): Kicking off Super Bowl LI

    Adam Hoge, Mark Carman and Adam Jahns bring you the Super Bowl Sunday edition of The Beat: Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be dealt somewhere next year and the guys discuss whether or not it makes sense for the Bears to try to work out a deal; the NFLPA is speaking out on a bill in the Illinois senate that would cut off worker’s compensation benefits for professional athletes at 35; Chicago Sun-Times NFL writer Patrick Finley […]

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to reporters during a media availability for for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    The Beat Full Show (2/4/17): How much do titles matter?

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: It’s Super Bowl weekend and the guys discuss how accurate the number of championships is as a measure in “Greatest of All Time” conversations; we run the Super Bowl by-the-numbers and discuss whether or not the Monday after should be a national holiday; Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal get into it over the LeBron James saga on Inside the NBA; it’s the 10th anniversary of the ’06 […]