Sidetrack with Jason Croft

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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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - June 06, 2009

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This month, we remember local musician Jay Bennett who for a time played with the band Wilco, we talk to a professional mermaid, and we find out about a man who records sound for a living and his "one square inch of silence" project.

One Square Inch of Silence

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

http://www.medusirena.com/

Antimatter and the movies

Manufacturing Melodies

Tribute to Jay Bennett

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - May 02, 2009

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Sidetrack celebrates 10 years on the air with a selection of some of our favorite stories from the last decade. We find out if Philo really is the center of the universe; talk to the inventor of the Popcorn Fork; revisit our story on the Viper, the yodeling ukulele player; and hear about downtown Champaign's drinking fraternity.

The Viper

Archeophone Records

Philo, The Center of the Universe

White Squirrels

Popcorn Fork

Bloomsday celebrated in Champaign

Pi Omega Omega, Champaign's drinking fraternity

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - April 04, 2009

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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

http://www.yarnaudioworks.com

Illinois Wines Make Headway

The closing of the Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum

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WILL - Sidetrack with Jason Croft - March 07, 2009

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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

http://www.pjfarmer.com

Essay: Judge Street Elmhurst

Martin Atkins

Rock Maffit live in the WILL studios

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