Sidetrack with Jason Croft

WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - April 03, 2010

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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

http://www.daytrotter.com/

CU Rollers

http://www.myspace.com/505387703

Comedy in the recession

Interview with character actor Stephen Tobolowsky

http://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/the-tobolowsky-files/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - March 06, 2010

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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.

I, Avatar

Addicted to Junk

http://www.bsideradio.org/

Memory Palace: 1904 Olympic Marathon

http://thememorypalace.us/

My Best Friend is Purple

http://www.cityhighschool.org/

Advertising For Love

http://www.advertisingforlove.com/

Our Town for a new generation

Chatterbox Audio Theater

http://www.chatterboxtheater.org/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - February 06, 2010

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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

http://fedupwithschoollunch.blogspot.com/

Butchery classes

http://northwestfoodnews.com

Memory Palace: John Paul Jones

http://thememorypalace.us/

Essay: TI-99/4A

The American Archive Project: Langston Hughes

A chat with western writer Louis L'Amour's widow

http://www.louislamour.com/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - January 02, 2010

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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

http://badassoftheweek.com/

Memory Palace: Minik Wallace

http://thememorypalace.us/

Following Phish

Kansas plays with Western Illinois University's Symphony Orchestra

Blue Collar Babysitter

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - December 05, 2009

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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

http://thememorypalace.us/

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

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - November 07, 2009

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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

http://www.sundaycrosswords.com/ccpuz/MPuz.php

"Freaks Like Us"

Jessica Amason, co-founder of the blog "This Is Why You're Fat"

http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

Cult documentary filmmaker Jeff Krulik, director of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot"

http://jeffkrulik.com/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - October 03, 2009

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This month, we talk to the creator of the popular blog Cake Wrecks, which highlights professional cakes that have gone horribly wrong. In our annual chat with a ghost hunter, we chat with Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society. And we'll hear the gruesome story of the Villisca Axe Murder House. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack.

Cake Wrecks

http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

Essay: "Plummeting Approval"

http://www.thememorypalace.us/

Interview with ghost hunter Dale Kaczmarek, President of the Ghost Research Society

http://www.ghostresearch.org/

Villisca Axe Murder House

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - September 05, 2009

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This month, we talk to the curator of the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum in Elkhart, Indiana. We also talk to a Gibson City man about his bike trek from San Francisco to Illinois. And we have a special in-studio interview with Phil Clark of the local didjeridu rock band Tree Thump. Those stories and more, this time on Sidetrack!

Bike Trek from San Francisco to Gibson City

http://supaonabike.blogspot.com/

Recycling Your Ride

Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum

http://www.myspace.com/hallofheroesmuseum

Slacktivism

Stingrays for dinner

In-studio interview with Phil Clark of the band Tree Thump

http://www.treethumpdidjco.com/

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - August 01, 2009

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For this program, we follow an annual seven-day bike race across Iowa, we learn the history of the Ferris Wheel, we hear what former music executives are doing now after the collapse of the industry, and we find out what it's like to take on a bully, for the first time, at age 33.

You Used To Be About The Music

Ragbrai--bike race across Iowa

Rare baseball event essay

High Above Lake Michigan--the history of the Ferris Wheel

Our Gods Wear Spandex (replay)

Punching Out A Bully

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - July 04, 2009

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We hear the unusual story of Albert Cashier, a Civil War soldier from Illinois with a surprising secret. We also hear about a horn symposium that was held recently in Macomb; revisit our interview about the World's Largest Catsup Bottle; and hear about one woman's efforts to go green by dumpster diving.

International horn symposium in Macomb

World's Largest Catsup Bottle (replay)

Andy Kaufman

In love with a cannibal

The dumpstering life

The secret life of civil war soldier Albert Cashier

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