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  • The Carry Out 3-28-17: “Jay Cutler is essentially saying who needs football when you have reality television and softcore entertainment”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the newspaper so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the continuing soap opera surrounding the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump signing an executive order rolling back President Obama’s regulations on climate change, Illinois gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy saying it’s not that important to get an endorsement from the Democratic Party, Governor Bruce Rauner and Speaker Madigan fighting over the sale of the Thompson Center, Cubs and Sox preparing […]

  • What is so special about the Chicago hot dog?

    Journalist Monica Eng joins Justin to talk about the origins and history of the Chicago hot dog. Can you name the seven ingredients on top of a Chicago hot dog? Also, Monica’s daughter Miranda tells us about her new podcasts that tackle issues surrounding homelessness on Michigan Avenue and the political beliefs of some of her classmates. 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 […]

  • Do you know what’s The Worst? Being jealous of Jay Cutler’s bum

    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 incredibly hilarious Holly Laurent! Do you know what’s the worst? Messed up food orders. 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

  • Why hasn’t history been more kind to women artists?

    Author, literary critic and Booklist editor Donna Seaman joins Justin to discuss her latest book, “Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.” Donna talks about why she wanted to tackle the subject, why she decided to profile visual artists, what it takes to have a professional career in the visual arts, how she chose the artists represented in the book and how the democratization of visual art is increasing. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The […]

  • MMA Fighter King Mo previews his highly anticipated rematch with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

    MMA fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal joins Justin to preview his Bellator 175 match with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. King Mo talks about his life in fighting, what it means to him to be fighting in Chicago, his time spent as a professional wrestler, what he needs to do to prepare as an athlete for an MMA match, why he wanted to have a rematch with “Rampage Jackson,” the advantages and disadvantages of fighting in a different weight class, how much […]

  • What is the cost of segregation?

    Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, joins Justin to discuss the results of their study on the cost of segregation. The results? We are spending a lot of money to be separated. 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

  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 3-28-17

    We have another incredibly eclectic show for you! On tonight’s episode of The Download, Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, discusses the cost of segregation, MMA fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal chats about his career and upcoming bout against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, author Donna Seaman talks about her book, “Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists,” Monica Eng tells us about the history of the Chicago hot dog, Monica’s daughter Miranda tells us about her new podcasts […]

  • Musician Richard Ashcroft: “Chicago is a bit of a paradise for a young musician”

    Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft (“Bitter Sweet Symphony”) joins Justin to talk about his career, the memories he has of performing in Chicago, why “Urban Hymns,” his record with The Verve, still resonates with fans after all these years, the consistency between his work with The Verve and his solo material, how he approaches writing a song, his latest solo record, “These People” and his upcoming show at House of Blues. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like […]

  • The Carry Out 3-24-17: “People are leaving Cook County but I’m fine with population loss if it brings down the line at Walgreens on Saturday afternoon”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the newspaper so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the GOP failing to get enough votes for their new healthcare bill, the internet going crazy over a photo of a group of white men trying to take on reproductive rights, a Cook County Judge ordering the state to pay lawmakers in Illinois during the budget impasse, President Trump approving the completion of the Keystone Pipeline, Cook County recording […]

  • Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tracy Letts: “Theater audiences in Chicago are very adventuresome and they love new work”

    Actor, screenwriter and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright (“August: Osage County”) Tracy Letts joins Justin to talk about his amazing career, Chicago’s wonderful theater community, how the theater audience in Chicago is very adventurous, the importance of having people around him who he can trust, how he deals with rejection, what it takes to get a show to Broadway, keeping the Steppenwolf ensemble spirit with him when he’s working in New York, the skill it takes to be an actor […]