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  • The Carry Out 2-20-18: “My prediction is nothing short of complete annihilation of Earth will remove Mike Madigan from his perch as Speaker of the House and even then it would be a close vote”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include President Trump moving to ban “bump stocks,” the #MeToo machine hitting Speaker Madigan once again, USA Swimming being rocked by another sexual abuse scandal, the state wrapping up their case against Lincoln Towing, the Blackhawks losing to the Kings, Northwestern basketball losing to Maryland after a stunning loss to Michigan State last weekend, the Bears releasing Jerrell Freeman, figure skater Bradie […]

  • Comedian Artie Lange on his battles with addiction: “The thing that made me even seek help is the fact that other people were getting hurt and I couldn’t stand that”

    The tremendous comedian Artie Lange joins Justin once again to talk about his life, battles with addiction and the poignant “Artie” episode of HBO‘s “Crashing.” Artie tells us about what it means to part of “Crashing,” how Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow came up with the idea for this particular episode, what it’s like having your personal demons become public, the amazing response from fans to the episode and what it took to prepare for playing a role that is […]

  • Journalists Anne Johnsos and Charlie Meyerson share “Big Thoughts from Little Brains”

    Journalist and Chicago Public Square publisher Charlie Meyerson and journalist and author Anne Johnsos join Justin to discuss their “Big Thoughts from Little Brains” event taking place this Thursday, February 22nd at M Lounge. Anne will read from her recent book, “Potty-Mouthed: Big Thoughts from Little Brains” and Charlie will share excerpts from journals he and his wife kept while raising their three sons to adulthood. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday […]

  • Do You Know What’s The Worst? Sweaty Dollar Bills

    It’s Tuesday night so that means it is time to come together and collectively complain and bemoan about #TheWorst things in society…for prizes! Tonight, Justin is joined by the always hilarious Sarah Albritton and Catherine Povinelli. Do you know what’s The Worst? Baby showers without alcohol. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

  • Block Club Chicago is bringing neighborhood news back to Chicago

    Journalists Jen Sabella, Shamus Toomey and Stephanie Lulay join Justin to talk about launching Block Club Chicago, a new nonprofit neighborhood news site. Jen, Shamus and Stephanie talk about the overwhelming support for their venture, when they decided to take on this project, why they believe this news organization is important to the city of Chicago, the importance of being hyper-local, the similarities and differences between Block Club Chicago and DNAInfo Chicago, how they are going to choose what neighborhoods to […]

  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 2-20-18

    We have a tremendous episode of The Download for you tonight! Justin chats with Big Shoulders Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Joshua Hale about their mission to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of Chicago, journalists Jen Sabella, Shamus Toomey and Stephanie Lulay tell us about their new neighborhood news organization, Block Club Chicago, Chicago Public Square’s Charlie Meyerson and journalist and author Anne Johnsos discuss the “Big Thoughts from Little Brains” event they have coming up […]

  • How the Big Shoulders Fund helps to keep under-resourced Chicago schools open and thriving

    It’s Tuesday night so that means we have another episode of “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. Tonight, Justin speaks with the Big Shoulders Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Joshua Hale about their mission to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. Joshua talks about where the idea for Big Shoulders comes from, the importance of having a community school, what happens to a neighborhood when a school closes, the challenge of keeping […]

  • The Carry Out 2-16-18: “While we are at it can we arrest people who start their Facebook posts with, ‘I usually don’t do long posts but…'”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include Robert Mueller indicting 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference, President Trump visiting with first responders in Florida after this week’s mass shooting, the Department of Justice ordering a review of FBI procedures after the bureau failed to investigate a tip about the suspected Florida shooter, Harvard students protesting Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Reader Executive Editor Mark Konkol coming under fire for […]

  • The Download’s Olympics correspondent Mollie Green: “Honestly, Adam Rippon has done so much more than winning a medal would even do”

    Mollie Green, The Download’s Olympics correspondent, joins Justin to break down all of the highlights from tonight’s winter games. Mollie talks about Nathan’s Chen skating comeback after a couple of disappointing early programs, how fan favorite Adam Rippon performed, how Lindsey Vonn did in her Olympic return and the overall performance of the U.S. team thus far. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio