Nathan Graham of Lucky Dutch on Car Con Carne with James VanOsdol
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A car-melting live backseat performance from The Lucky Dutch’s Nathan Graham (Episode 74)

You’re going to be blown away by this episode’s in-car performance (“It’s not the weirdest thing that’s happened in a car on Western Avenue”). No fair skipping ahead to hear…

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Michael McDermott performs and talks about success, addiction and redemption (Episode 70)

Michael McDermott is one of the greatest songwriters of the past 25 years. If you’re familiar with McDermott, you probably already know that Stephen King’s a fan (“Not since I…

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The war on cargo shorts, the proliferation of spandex and ‘Fatty’: Actor Matt Nikkila (Episode 67)

Don’t flick your Bic, ‘Matches’ is in the mix! Translation: Comedic actor Matt Nikkila jumps in the front seat for a trip to Weiner’s Circle, the infamous Chicago hot dog…

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Indie frontwoman prescribes a ‘big, meaty Tylenol’: White Mystery goes to Wolfy’s (Episode 65)

This week finds me at a classic north side hot dog joint: Wolfy’s at 2734 Peterson, a place whose food guest Miss Alex White describes as a “big, meaty Tylenol.”…

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How a video went viral: Sherman from 101 WKQX sits shotgun (Episode 64)

Mere hours after colleague Sherman (101 WKQX) posted a video of the Goodman Theatre sign in flames that went viral, he sat shotgun for Car Con Carne. This episode finds…

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The ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work’ Special Edition (Episode 59)

Next week sees the return of the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day, and Car Con Carne is a proud participant! For this special edition, I took…

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‘I am my own worst nightmare’: WLUP’s Tim Virgin sits shotgun (Episode 57)

I’ve known and adored fellow radio personality Tim Virgin for a very long time. For this week’s show, Tim met me at Herm’s Palace, a long-standing hot dog joint in…

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Temptation, good and evil discussed over hot dogs with Sandy King Carpenter (Episode 54)

You like conflicts? This episode gives you God vs. the devil! Husband vs. wife! Producer vs. professional wrestler! Movie producer/writer/graphic novel creator Sandy King Carpenter sits shotgun to talk about…

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Exclusive live performance from Jon Langford in the parking lot of Ivy’s (Episode 46)

Jon Langford is an artist’s artist. He’s a member of the Mekons, Waco Brothers, The Three Johns, Men of Gwent and an accomplished solo performer and painter. With a new…

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Recovering from brain surgery, playing piano and eating encased meats: Keyboard king David Allen (Episode 45)

Imagine being told you had a mass on your brain and that it had to come out immediately. Now imagine coming out of that surgery and not having control over…