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  • The Beat Full Show (1/20/18): Is NFL Championship Sunday better than the Super Bowl?

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you The Beat:  The guys debate the superiority of the Super Bowl vs. Championship Sunday and Carm has a Niko Mirotic sighting in public; Alexandra Ilitch of WLNS Lansing joins the show to discuss the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal and Larry Nassar sentencing hearing; Kevin Durant puts Carm on an elite professional level; Fansided NFL editor Josh Hill previews your Championship Sunday contests; Chris Boden checks in from the United Center ahead of […]

  • Josh Hill previews NFL Championship Sunday: “People are going to be surprised at how close [Jaguars] play the Patriots”

    Fansided NFL editor Josh Hill joins Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz to preview Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship games and discusses whether or not Jacksonville's defense is going to be enough to stop the Patriots' and a less-than-100% Tom Brady, the key for the Eagles to get pressure Case Keenum and force the Vikings to keep the ball on the ground and the challenge for Nick Foles to stand up to Minnesota's veteran defensive core, and more.

  • WLNS-TV’s Alexandra Ilitch reports from Nassar hearing: “The statements that these women are making have been very powerful”

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz talk with reporter Alexandra Ilitch of WLNS-TV Lansing, who is covering the sentencing hearing for former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.  She discusses the powerful victim impact statements made by former gymnasts and how statements from well-known victims like Aly Raisman have helped raise the scandal’s profile, Nassar’s  close relationship with Team USA coach John Geddart and the alleged “good cop, bad cop” routine that often sent gymnasts to Nassar, what price coach Kathy Klages and Michigan […]

  • Musician Aaron Kelly talks songwriting, capturing Americana: “It is an artist’s place to reflect the nature of the times”

    Songwriter, folk musician and Chicagoland native Aaron Kelly joins Dave Hoekstra in-studio for some live tunes and a discussion on his solo work and career: they discuss the influence of John Prine (who went to high school with his mom), Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt on his music and worldview, navigating the scene of the city and suburbs, the challenge of touching a topical or political issue in a forum where people are usually looking for an "escape", and more.

  • Justin O’Brien’s ‘Chicago Yippie ’68’: “The story didn’t end with just the five days in August”

    Dave Hoekstra talks with Justin O'Brien, author of Chicago Yippie! '68, featuring his personal memoirs and photos from the streets of Chicago during the week of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  He shares his stories of discovering Civil War photos as a young man, and that inspiring him to get involved in what became the antiwar movement, the role folk music played in Vietnam-era protests, how we can apply what we learned in '68 to the present, and more.

  • The Busy Beaver Button Company and Women’s March Chicago: “We need to help people express themselves”

    Dave Hoekstra previews the upcoming Women's March Chicago with representative Clair Shingler and the Busy Beaver Button Company's Joel Carter and Denise Gibson. They discuss the business of buttons as a means of expression and the history of protest and political buttons in the US, Shingler talks about this year's march and the focus on action in the voting booth as a means of change, and more.

  • The Beat Full Show (1/13/18): Is it time to forgive Sammy?

    Mark Carman and Harry Teinowitz bring you the Saturday edition of The Beat: the  guys discuss Matt Nagy’s hiring as the head coach of the Bears, and of course a name-pronunciation argument comes up; former Kansas City Chief and BTN analyst Danan Hughes joins the show to break down Nagy’s offensive prowess (and being in early on Kyle Schwarber); Tom Ricketts lays out a path to redemption for Sammy Sosa at the Cubs Convention; Bulls radio analyst Bill Wennington joins […]

  • Mazurka Wojciechowska talks Slavic music in America and discovering the accordion: “At first, I thought it was a nerdy instrument…”

    Dave Hoekstra welcomes accordionist and Slavic folk music expert Mazurka Wojciechowska, who provides some live tunes and talks about her January 26 show at the Old Town School of Folk Music celebrating the music and dance of the European Union.  She also discusses finding music at an early age and being one of the first girls accepted into Lane Tech’s music program, learning the accordion later on in life and using that to broaden her appeal in folk circles, moonlighting as Kiss […]

  • Nick Digilio Shoots the Puck

    Nick’s Dad’s Joke of the Week – 1.8.18

    Nick's Dad delivers his joke of the week for January 8, 2018.

  • Monday Morning Movie Reviews: ‘The Post’, ‘Hostiles’, ‘I Tonya’ and more

    Nick Digilio, Erik Childress and Collin Souter catch up on reviewing the last few weeks worth of releases since breaking for the holidays.  This week: The Greatest Showman, Downsizing, I, Tonya, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Molly’s Game, Hostiles and The Post.  Erik and Nick then take a look at the weekend box office numbers.