Sidetrack with Jason Croft
Fun stories, quirky interviews, thought-provoking commentaries, great tunes, and more!
Side track is no longer in production, but all the show's archives are presented here.
Sidetrack was AM 580's monthly news/features magazine hosted by Jason Croft. Sidetrack's goal is to bring you the stories you might have otherwise missed - the stories that sometimes get overlooked during the busy day-to-day headlines. The stories are sometimes off-beat, sometimes unusual, but never dull. It's a fresh look at the what's going on in our backyard and around the world. Be sure to explore program contents for links to more info and a few surprises.
This mont, we talk to an Urbana children's author who new book was inspired by the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago. We search out the self-described "Elvisologist" known as Blelvis. And we hear from the author of "Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy" and learn what really creeps him out. We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack!
The 68 Rooms
Adult Double Dutch
Powered By Laughter
Blelvis, the self-described "Elvisologist
On the program this month, we talk to a U of I professor who's spearheading an effort to preserve the "virtual words" of old video games. We hear about a performance troupe who dress up like shrubbery, yes shrubbery, to create truly unique impromptu performancea. And we learn about the two-fisted liquor known as Malort and a group of Chicagoans who are obsessed with it. We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack!
Once Upon A Crow
How to Survive the Strange
Close the Bible, Open the Bar
Vanishing Craftsmen: Clockmaker
Preserving virtual worlds of video games
The Man You Can't Ignore
Marlot: Chicago's two-fisted liquor
This time around, we talk to the man behind the site Jim's Pancakes-a blog that chronicles one man's quest to make cool and unusual pancakes for his daughter. We find out about the upcoming annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois. And we hear from comedy duo Rhett and Link, who make a living making on-line commercials and songs. We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack!
Comedy Duo Rhett & Link
Memory Palace: nee Weinberg
Essay: Americans Hate Money
Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois
This month, we learn the history of Confidential magazine-the 1950's scandal magazine who's mission was to "tell the facts and name the names." We also talk with Chicago Tribune columnist Maureen Ryan about the end of the television series "Lost" and how TV watching has changed in the 21st century. And we hear about a man who ran the Boston Marathon barefoot. We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack!
Barefoot Boston Marathon
Have Skills; Will Barter
Chicago Tribune TV columnist Maureen Ryan/end of "Lost"
Memory Palace: Babysitting
Memory Palace: Babysitting
Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, 'America's Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine
This month, we talk to character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, known for his work in the movie Groundhog Day and the TV show Glee. We learn about roller derby in Champaign-Urbana. Find out how the recession has affected comedy clubs. And we hear about a popular music website based in the Quad Cities. All that, tonight on Sidetrack!
Daytrotter music website
Comedy in the recession
Interview with character actor Stephen Tobolowsky
This time around, we profile Chatterbox Audio Theater, a Memphis-based group of actors that has moved the thrill of stage plays to the internet. We hear the story of a purple stuffed rabbit named Grape Jelly. We have an interview with a historian who has created a blog focusing on newspaper personal ads of the 19th century. And we learn the strange history of the marathon run at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.
Addicted to Junk
Memory Palace: 1904 Olympic Marathon
My Best Friend is Purple
Advertising For Love
Our Town for a new generation
Chatterbox Audio Theater
This month, we talk to an Illinois school teacher who has made it her mission this year to eat the same school lunches her students eat and blog about it. We hear about how butchery classes are becoming popular. We chat with the widow of Western writer Louie L'Amour. And we learn about two men who build musical instruments that run on solar power. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.
Making music with solar power
Fed Up: School Lunch Project
Memory Palace: John Paul Jones
The American Archive Project: Langston Hughes
A chat with western writer Louis L'Amour's widow
We start off the New Year talking to the author of "Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live." We find out why people are paying real money for virtual goods, and hear about a musical team-up between the rock band Kansas and Western Illinois University's Symphony Orchestra. We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.
Art from garbage
Real money for virtual goods
Sarah's Hat Boxes
Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live
Memory Palace: Minik Wallace
Kansas plays with Western Illinois University's Symphony Orchestra
Blue Collar Babysitter
On the program this time, we find out the secrets Santa uses to make his Christmas round from the author of the book "The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve." We hear about a cheerleading squad that has formed at a famed women's college. And we learn that when you look like Santa, it's Christmas all year around. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.
Lost Boys of Monmouth
Smith College cheerleaders
Memory Palace: Hoover Dam
Going Rogue as political theater
Music and the Mouse: How the Walt Disney Company used music to build its empire
Book interview: "The Truth About Santa"
Essay: "My Favorite Things"
It's Always Christmas
This month, we interview cult filmmaker Jeff Krulik, a director known for his rock fan documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot." We also talk to one of the authors of the blog "This Is Why You're Fat"--a collection of culinary monstrosities. Plus, Three Card Monte and crossword editor Merl Reagletalking about a puzzle he recently published featuring the call letters of this radio station. That and more, this time on Sidetrack!
Three card monte as street theater
Crossword puzzle editor Merl Reagel
"Freaks Like Us"
Jessica Amason, co-founder of the blog "This Is Why You're Fat"
Cult documentary filmmaker Jeff Krulik, director of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"
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