Sidetrack with Jason Croft
On this month's program, we learn about a husband-and-wife circus duo, hear about the increasing popularity of vinyl records, look into the surge of Illinois wines, and we talk to granddaughter of Raggedy Ann creator Jonny Gruelle about the closing of the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in Arcola.
The Rolling Diamonds--husband and wife circus duo
Vinyl records making a comeback
Hike to interview Backcounty Ranger George Durkee
New Pirate exhibit at the Field Museum
Butter Lane cupcake shop in New York
Illinois Wines Make Headway
The closing of the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum
On this month's program, local drummer Rocky Maffit visits the WILL studios and shows off a few unusual instruments. We hear about the Garlicky Greens Eating Championship...find out how one Illinois artist has been inspired by starlings...and we remember science fiction writer Philip Jose Farmer.
Garlicky Greens Eating Championship
Artist inspired by starlings
Philip Jose Farmer remembered
Essay: Judge Street Elmhurst
Rock Maffit live in the WILL studios
This time around, we learn about a company that's creating "signature scents" for various colleges and universities...we talk to the publisher of the area magazine Innocent Words about its move away from print...take a tour of the unusual and sometimes unsettling Glore Psychiatric Museum...and we hear about one young doctors unexpected lunch with Marlon Brando.
Chicago deaf artist
Lunch with Marlon Brando
Glore Psychiatric Museum
On this month's program, we look back at some of the best interviews and stories we featured in 2008. We'll have an interview with the curators of the black velvet painting museum, a chat with B-movie queen Tura Satana, star of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, and we'll hear recording from the 1908 presidential campaign.
World War Two Japanese-American Hostel
Interview with B-movie star Tura Satana
On this month's program...We hear about what happens when being Santa doesn't turn out the way you want...a man who gives away Christmas trees...the roller derby revival...and we talk to the official historian for Rankin/Bass Productions, the people behind the holiday classics Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause Is Coming To Town.
"The Exquisite City"
"The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages" interview
Roller Derby Revival
The man who gave away Christmas trees
Cell Phone Santa
"My Politically Incorrect Christmas"
Interview with Rick Goldschmidt, biographer and official historian for Rankin/Bass productions
This time around, we have audio from the '08 election-1908 that is. We hear about the art of carving the perfect political pumpkins. Plus, stories about stolen yard signs, one man's quest for the perfect garage, and a tour of the show "Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics" now at the Krannert Art Museum.
Debate '08 (1908)
Political sign thieves
Using Craigslist to get Obama rally tickets
The Hartville Flea Market
Line dancing teacher audio postcard
The quest for the perfect garage
"Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics
This month, we get a lesson in zombie survival with the St. Louis-based Zombie Squad...we hear about the band the Moon-Rays who have based their career on Halloween songs...and we have our annual chat with a ghost hunter!
Classic Music Revolution
Chicago Lyric Opera Singer
Interview with ghost hunter Troy Taylor
This time around, we find out about the sport of mutton busting-young kids riding sheep...revisit an interview from the archives about International Talk Like A Pirate Day...and we present an encore broadcast of a tribute to singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg-a remembrance from those who know him when he played in Champaign-Urbana.
Japanese and Euro Bike Lovers in Harley Country
Talk Like A Pirate revisit
Dan Fogelberg: A Remembrance
On this month's program, we learn about the poetic side of actor and comedian Bill Murray...visit a tap-dancing competition in Chicago...talk to a man who runs a freak show in California...and hear about a street drummer who plays on just about anything he can get his hands on.
Chicago Tap Dancing
Poetry Festival/Bill Murray
The sociology of the Simpsons
Pop Culture Roadtrips
This month we find out how Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr is responsible for modern technology...hear about one writer's adventures after getting stuck in her bathroom...and we talk to the B-movie actress Tura Satana, star of Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!
Tura Satana Interview
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