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  • Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann 4-24-19

    It’s Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann! This is the podcast that makes fun of the news and can also get you from Lake Shore Drive to 290 in like 5 minutes. Today’s top stories include the missing Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund being found dead and his parents being charged with murder, a report saying Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is under federal investigation for a tax break on his mansion, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov rushing to help an overdose […]

  • Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann 4-23-19

    It’s Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann! This is the podcast that makes fun of the news and can also get you from Lake Shore Drive to 290 in like 5 minutes. Today’s top stories include the brothers accused of carrying out the Jussie Smollett attack suing the actor’s legal team for defamation, Kim Foxx’s office agreeing to a special prosecutor in the case of a man accused of fighting with police, Stanley’s produce market abruptly closing their doors, Robbie […]

  • Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann 4-22-19

    It’s Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann! This is the podcast that makes fun of the news and can also get you from Lake Shore Drive to 290 in like 5 minutes. Today’s Earth Day edition of Lower Wacker Live gives you some helpful tips so you can be more productive when it comes to helping our planet.

  • Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann 4-12-19

    It’s Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann! This is the podcast that makes fun of the news and can also get you from Lake Shore Drive to 290 in like 5 minutes. Today’s top stories include surveillance video showing a violent encounter between the CPD and a high school student, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx requesting an IG investigation into the handling of the Jussie Smollett case, Alderman Ed Burke possibly being involved in another bribery scheme, snow coming […]

  • The Schmoedown is turning movie trivia into a sport

    Ben Bateman, Mark Reilly and Kristian Harloff join Justin on Extension 720 to discuss the Movie Trivia Schmoedown. Ben, Mark and Kristian talk about the loyalty of their audience, how the Schmoedown is part show and part contest, when they realized this concept was taking off, the general fascination people have with movies and trivia, the challenge of finding people who are both good at trivia and good at performing, how trivia as a sport is evolving and their live […]

  • Extension 720 with Justin Kaufmann Episode #9: How to Make It

    Tonight on Extension 720: How to make it. Lake Bell has made a name for herself as an indie filmmaker. But next week, she debuts a network sitcom. We talk about her life in Hollywood. Also, Brother Ali is coming to Navy Pier this weekend. The indie rapper from Minneapolis explains his career and how his faith has helped him navigate. We take a trip to PolyScience in Niles, get introduced to the Movie Trivia Schmoedown and head to Rogers […]

  • Hip hip artist Brother Ali: “If you only know hip hop from commercial radio I could see why you wouldn’t like it”

    The tremendous hip hop artist Brother Ali joins Justin on Extension 720 to talk about his great career, when he first became interested in hip hop, the advantages of being an independent artist, why he chooses to be politically active and socially conscious, the impact that religion and spirituality has had on his career, the parallels between Islam and hip hop, being part of the Rhymesayers collective and his appearance this weekend at the I Heart Halal Festival. This is […]

  • Neighborhoods Matter: Off the Record with Heartland Cafe co-founder Katy Hogan in Rogers Park

    “Off the Record” is a series of conversations with prominent Chicagoans in their communities. Tonight on Extension 720, Justin is joined by Heartland Cafe co-owner Katy Hogan at Royal Coffee in Rogers Park. Katy talks about how the neighborhood is changing, the amount of businesses that are being forced out by rising rents, the revolutionary streak that still exists in Rogers Park, what it means to her that they are tearing down the Heartland Cafe, Maria Hadden unseating Alderman Joe […]

  • Actress Lake Bell on her new sitcom ‘Bless This Mess’: “Any kind of comedy that I’m going to be involved with is going to be kind-spirited”

    The amazing writer, director and actor Lake Bell joins Justin on Extension 720 to discuss her new sitcom, “Bless This Mess,” which debuts on ABC on Tuesday, April 16th. Lake talks about the process of getting the series made, if there is a little bit of reality in the show, the challenge of making the “fish out of water” storyline fresh, wanting the show to be inclusive and not mean spirited, the differences between working on an independent project and […]

  • PolyScience President Philip Preston: “There is no future in being an ‘okay’ manufacturer”

    It’s the “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. Tonight, Justin speaks with PolyScience President Philip Preston about being at the forefront of temperature control manufacturing. Philip talks about how he became involved with PolyScience, the many different applications for precise temperature control, how temperature control has influenced the culinary industry, the importance of looking for emerging markets, the challenges of being president of a manufacturing facility, the drive for continuous improvement, the amount of time it takes to […]

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