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  • The Carry Out 11-21-17: “300 jobs will be cut but we don’t have to pay 30 cents for our Max Cherry Mountain Dew so it’s a good trade off”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the FCC announcing they will rollback net neutrality, Chicago City Council and the Cook County Board passing their 2018 budgets, Uber covering up a massive hack, the Bulls taking on the Lakers in Los Angeles, the Blackhawks heading to Florida for a game tomorrow night, Bears TE Zach Miller being released from the hospital and a man launching himself in a […]

  • Do You Know What’s The Worst? When your turkey is half thawed

    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 comedians Blake Burkhart and Bobby Condon! Do you know what’s the worst? Mimes. 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

  • Is the pursuit of happiness actually making us unhappy?

    One of our favorite guests makes a return engagement to the show tonight! The Download’s resident philosopher Al Gini joins Justin to discuss the pursuit of happiness, how the pursuit of happiness often causes unhappiness, the importance of being careful about the things we pursue, how being happy is relative, why it is okay being unhappy at times, how happiness has become a commodity and the tips we can use to become more fulfilled human beings. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like […]

  • Remembering the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington on the 30th anniversary of his death

    Agate Publishing founder Doug Seibold joins Justin to talk about the 30th anniversary of the untimely death of Mayor Harold Washington and the reissue of Dempsey Travis’ incredible authorized biography, “Harold, The People’s Mayor.” Justin is also joined by award winning columnist, writer, author, comedian and former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania to discuss the life and legacy of Mayor Harold Washington on the 30th anniversary of his death. Ray talks about what it was like covering Mayor Washington, when […]

  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 11-21-17

    We have another terrific show for you! On tonight’s episode of The Download, Justin chats with 1871 CEO Howard Tullman about what he’s learned running the tech incubator for the last 4 years, Professor Al Gini talks about how the pursuit of happiness sometimes causes unhappiness, Agate Publishing founder Doug Seibold tells us about the reissue of Dempsey Travis’ incredible authorized biography of Mayor Harold Washington, “Harold, The People’s Mayor,” comedian, journalist and former City Hall reporter Ray Hanania remembers […]

  • 1871 CEO Howard Tullman: “You have to be constantly raising the bar or you are actually slipping backwards”

    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 1871 CEO Howard Tullman. Howard talks about why he’s decided to step down from his position at 1871, why he feels like it’s a good time to step back from his day-to-day duties, the new initiatives that 1871 is looking towards, how the tech industry has grown in Chicago, how the goal of 1871 is economic development, […]

  • The Carry Out 11-20-17: “They say football is a game of inches but in the case of Connor Barth’s last second missed field goal I would say it’s a game of several wide feet”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the Justice Department suing to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner, Todd Stroger announcing he will run against Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President, Senator Al Franken being accused by another woman of inappropriate behavior, Uber buying up Volvo’s to form a fleet of driverless cars, the Bears losing to the Detroit Lions, the Bulls starting a West Coast road […]

  • Bears Insider Adam Hoge: “If John Fox is holding back Mitch Trubisky’s development right now then maybe you think about a change before the season is even over”

    It’s time for another episode of “Monday Evening Quarterback!” Tonight, Justin and WGN Bears Insider Adam Hoge break down the Bears  disappointing 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. Adam and Justin talk about Connor Barth being released after missing a potential game-tying field goal, the Bears starting the game off strong, the offense taking a step forward, the increased use of Tarik Cohen and Adam Shaheen, why Tarik Cohen, Jordan Howard and Adam Shaheen not being involved in the Bears final drive, the […]

  • Cool Classics! uses classic literature to help Chicago children navigate the world

    Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Mara Tapp joins Justin to discuss Cool Classics!, which uses classic books to connect children to a unified world of reading, art, culture, humanities and ideas. Mara talks about why and how she founded Cool Classics!, the goal of teaching children to love books as well as ideas and receiving a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 […]

  • Live from Studio 435: The Safes

    The terrific Chicago rock and roll band The Safes make a return visit to Studio 435 to talk about the fertile Chicago music scene, the incredible history of Chicago music, how being on the road has helped them as performers, the process of making their most recent record, “Tasty Waves” and their upcoming show at the Beat Kitchen. The band also perform a few songs include “Hometown,” “Disposable Outcome” and “Mediocre Jokers.”         Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a […]