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Chicago blues from the west side clubs to Conan O’Brien: Li’l Ed Williams (Episode 91)

Chicago blues treasure Li’l Ed Williams (Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials) jumps in my car for a burger, as well as conversation about the blues and his career. Before…

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Smoking Pope vs. JVO at Epic Deli (Episode 85)

My favorite restaurant on earth is Epic Deli (2616 Schaid Ct, McHenry, IL 60050). I couldn’t resist going there with Josh Caterer of Smoking Popes, who recently helped create the…

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Heligoats perform live, eat ‘Italian Beef pizza’ (Episode 79)

It’s another exclusive “backseat performance” as Chris Otepka of Heligoats plays two of the band’s best songs (My Camping Trip From Hell, Fish Sticks) live in the back seat of…

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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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My Dinner with Mancow (Part Two) (Episode 61 1/2)

This episode picks up where the last one left off, as Mancow and I eat hot dogs in the parking lot of Irving’s in Wilmette. The eating-and-talking-in-a-car concept may not…

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My Dinner with Mancow (Part One) (Episode 61)

Media superstar Mancow jumps in the passenger seat for “My Dinner with Mancow (Part One): An intimate conversation over hot dogs”(at Irving’s for Red Hot Lovers in Wilmette). I’ve worked…

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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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Planning the death metal version of ‘Thriller’ over tacos: Broken Hope’s Jeremy Wagner (Episode 50)

“Please tell me there’s a napkin in that bag.” “This is going to be a good week to get the interiors washed” Death metal comes to Car Con Carne, as…

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Rise Against bassist Joe Principe shares a pizza in a strip mall lot (Episode 49)

Rise Against’s Joe Principe sits shotgun for a trip to Chicago suburb Downers Grove. We visit Dan’s Pizza, an awesome mom & pop carry-out pizza place tucked into a nondescript…

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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…