Sidetrack with Jason Croft

WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - June 07, 2008

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We go into the Sidetrack archives for some summertime fun. We have stories about rock and rolls greatest myths, the search for the legendary tropical drink The Zombie, and the Continuum Fingerboard-a strange electronic instrument that be heard in the latest Indiana Jones movie.

Continuum Fingerboard

"Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John? Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed."

Water Parks Essay

Pi Omega Omega--The Downtown Drinking Fraternity

Interview with Jeff Berry author of "Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great 'Lost' Tropical Drink Recipes...and the People Behind Them."

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - May 03, 2008

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On this month's program, we talk to the organizers of WILL's Vintage Vinyl Sale. We've pulled some records from the sale for your listening enjoyment. Also the state of Polka music in Chicago. And memories of Japanese-Americans starting over, after being incarcerated by their government during World War Two...We'll have those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

WWII Memories

Chicago Polka

Essay: "You Are What You Spill"

WILL's Vintage Vinyl Sale

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - April 05, 2008

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This month we talk to a husband and wife team from Portland, Oregon, who run a black velvet painting museum called the Velveteria...we find out the burlesque revival in Chicago...learn about some award-winning mustard from the Midwest...and hear one man's story about growing up as a Catholic schoolchild were the fear of nuns with rulers permeated his life...

Chicago burlesque revival

Award-winning mustard

Chicago window washers

Essay: "Another Wrong Career"

The Velveteria--The Black Velvet Painting Museum

Essay: "Under The Ruler"

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - March 01, 2008

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On this month's program, we talk the inventor of the Nubrella-a modern take on the classic umbrella...we find out about the new website Book Glutton based in Urbana that combines an e-library with a social networking site... Appalachian hip-hop...a modern-day cowboy's ride across America...a vaction ranch for computer programmers...a primer of who you'll meet at a comic book convention...and a former Cubs manager's infamous news conference tape.

Rising Appalachia

Modern cowboy's ride across America

Book Glutton

http://www.bookglutton.com

Comic Book Convention

Big Nerd Ranch

Nubrella

http://www.nubrella.com

Former Cubs manager's infamous tape

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - August 04, 2007

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This month Sidetrack takes a look at the fight to save Berwyn's (in)famous art structure known as the Spindle...we hear about the life of a Chinese bicycle mechanic with ties to Urbana...learn about a way to buy land in America one inch at a time...talk to the creator of Pizza Beer--beer that tastes like pizza...and we have an audio essay on the joys of the water park.

Berwyn's Spindle

http://www.savethespindle.com/

Chinese Bicycle Mechanic

Selling America By The Inch

Pizza Beer

http://www.mammamiapizzabeer.com/

Water Parks Essay

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - July 07, 2007

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On this month's program...the author of "Weird Illinois" gives us some ideas for unusual road trip destinations...we chat with the director of the film "Cashing October" about the Cub's ill-fated 2003 season...we talk to people who are spending summer as part of the Art Theory Summer Camp...and we celebrate National Hot Dog Month...Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Art Theory Summer Camp

http://opensource.boxwith.com/

National Hot Dog Month

http://www.hot-dog.org/

Canary Song Trials

Weird Illinois Roadtrips

http://www.cubsmovie.com/index/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - June 02, 2007

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On this month's program...celebrate Star War's 30th anniversary with a member of the 501st Legion-a group of fans who dress up like members of the evil empire...we spend a Saturday morning scoping out hidden treasures at garage sales...find out about the world's only theremin lounge band...and talk with Wizard of Oz munchkin Mickey Carroll. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Garage Sales audio postcard

Star Wars' 501st Legion fan group

Oxford American Southern Film Issue

http://www.oxfordamericanmag.com/

Showman's Rest

Project Pimento

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - May 05, 2007

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On this month's program...we talk to the editor of a new magazine focusing on film making in Champaign-Urbana...hear about a life without television...and we hear about one person's experience with the Sterling Men's Institute, a self-help group that works at reclaiming a man's manliness. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Essay:

Film Magazine C-U Confidential

Interview with George Takei

One guy's experience being recruited for the Sterling Institute Men's Weekend

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - April 07, 2007

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On this month's program...we talk to members of Star Castle-Champaign's legendary progressive rock band from the 1970's-who are back with their first album of new music in almost 30 year...We learn about Champaign's Downtown Drinking Fraternity Pi Omega Omega...we visit a local tango night...and find out what's next for the Grammy award winning Archeophone Records. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Pi Omega Omega--The Downtown Drinking Fraternity

http://www.piomegaomega.com/

Tango Night at the Cowboy Monkey

http://www.joegrohens.com/tango/

Tiny House

Archeophone Records--WWI songs

http://www.archeophone.com/index.php

Starcastle Song Of Times

http://www.starcastlemusic.com/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - March 03, 2007

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On this month's program...We find out about a new club devoted to napping at Indiana University South Bend...learn about Scambaiters, a group of people who are fighting back against on-line scammers...we visit a Transformers convention...and we have a conversation with Craig Brewer writer/director of the new movie Black Snake Moan. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Transformers Convention

Scam o Rama

Camouflage Stage Designers

The Nap Club

Interview with Craig Brewer--writer/director of Black Snake Moan

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