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  • President Trump’s strong economy, Chicago’s lakefront slowly disappearing and Sister Jean turning 100!

    It’s Lower Wacker Live with Justin Kaufmann and very special guest Miles 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 ongoing story about lead levels in Chicago water, President Trump saying the economy is strong, Naperville reportedly reconsidering their ban of recreational marijuana sales, the Chicago Park District saying the lakefront is disappearing, Sister Jean celebrating her […]

  • Sexual harassment widespread in Springfield, Governor J.B. Pritzker renovates the Thompson Center and the WGN Softball team wins again!

    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 Governor Pritzker giving money to renovate the offices at the Thompson Center, a new report on sexual harassment in Springfield being released, a toxic spill from a Northwest Indiana steel mill killing fish, the Bears preparing for their game against the Colts on Saturday, […]

  • Uber signing a lease for space at The Old Post Office, State Senator Martin Sandoval apologizing for mock Trump assassination photos and the Bears as Super Bowl favorites

    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 Uber signing a lease to move into the Old Post Office, Chicago violence numbers well below what usually happens in August, the city starting to clean up safe passages around Chicago schools, Illinois State Senator Martin Sandoval apologizing for a photo of a man […]

  • Mollie and Pete Save Everything: NOT GOOD!!!

    From the people who brought you Mollie and Pete Save Christmas, this is the Mollie and Pete Save Everything podcast. Instead of breaking down a Hallmark Christmas movie, Mollie and Pete talk about what they have been up to this summer. This episode includes a review of the Chicago Riverwalk, the pro’s and cons of having a shake with your lunch, a discussion about falling asleep during movies, a Nextdoor update and a surprise addition to the family. Also, is […]

  • Extension 720 with Jon Hansen: Hoops in the Hood, Air and Water Show and Woodstock anniversary

    Tonight on Extension 720 with Jon Hansen (who is filling in for a birthday-ing Justin Kaufmann): If you’ve been near downtown this week you know it’s Air & Water Show time! Jon talks to Royal Air Force Red Arrows Flight Lieutenant Alicia Mason about being part of the iconic aerobatic team. We tell you all about the Hoops in the Hoods program and the cross-city tournament taking place tomorrow. Blockbuster Blake remembers the late Peter Fonda. Also, it’s the 50th […]

  • President Trump wants Greenland, Illinois GOP’s new logo and birthday jeans!

    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 President Trump allegedly asking aides about acquiring Greenland, pickpocket numbers rising in Chicago, the former Michigan Avenue Apple store being considered for a marijuana dispensary, Alderman Burke being able to secure huge tax refunds for rental car garages at Midway Airport, the Illinois GOP […]

  • Barrington High School sophomore Emma Nelson makes her film debut in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

    Barrington High School sophomore Emma Nelson joins Justin on Extension 720 to talk about making her film debut in the new Richard Linklater film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.” Emma talks about making the transition from stage to film, how she prepared for this role, what she did to get to know here character in the movie, what she knew about Richard Linklater’s career, her experience filming in Greenland, how she is coping with being in a Hollywood movie, what she […]

  • Joe Walsh vs. Trump, planes putting on a show and jumping worms!

    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 ongoing talk about a possible recession, former Congressman Joe Walsh taking on President Trump, sources saying President Trump blocked two congresswomen from going to Israel, the Air & Water show getting underway, jumping worms finding their way to Illinois, the Cubs getting thumped […]

  • Extension 720 with Justin Kaufmann Episode #33: I Don’t Wanna Make a Big Deal Out of This

    Tonight on Extension 720: Journalist Kerry Lester joins Justin to talk about a new report that finds that Illinois is one of only 14 states across the country that doesn’t have statewide legislation enforcing class size limits. What does that mean for students across the state? Social worker and author Jonathan Foiles discusses his new book, “This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America.” What can we do when an entire community is depressed. Jonathan […]

  • What do we do when an entire community is depressed?

    Social worker and author Jonathan Foiles joins Justin on Extension 720 to discuss his book, “This City Is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America.” Jonathan talks about how mental health treatment has advanced over the years,  the need for more mental health clinics, the amount of toxic stress there is on certain communities in Chicago and when he recognized that individual therapy could not take into account the importance  of unemployment, poverty, lack of affordable housing […]

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