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Road trip! Dive restaurants and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (BLOG)

Welcome to Spring Break week. With the schools shuttered until Monday, I gathered up the family for a road trip across the midwest. The destination for Day One was Kalahari…

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Tinder disasters, radio stories and cheeseburger revelations: WLUP’s Lyndsey Marie (Episode 102)

I’m joined by cheeseburger enthusiast/WLUP co-worker Lyndsey Marie for a trip to Little Bad Wolf (1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660). Lyndsey takes her burgers seriously, which is…

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Meatless for Mars: Radio talk and vegan food with veteran DJ Johnny Mars (Episode 89)

Legendary Chicago radio DJ Johnny Mars (WXRT) jumps in the car for a (gasp) vegetarian meal at Amitabul (6207 N Milwaukee Ave). http://traffic.libsyn.com/carconcarnepodcast/295606883-carconcarne-meatless-for-mars-radio-talk.mp3 DOWNLOAD Google Play Music iTunes Stitcher We…

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Talking music with MTV/radio’s most trusted music voice, Matt Pinfield (Episode 86)

It’s the first-ever Car Con Carne remote broadcast, as the show rolls into San Francisco! Joining me for this episode is no less than Matt Pinfield, the entertainment industry’s most…

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‘We disguise ourselves to protect the identities of our loved ones’ – Magic Sword and hot dogs (Episode 82)

This is a weird, brief and wonderful one: I’m joined at Fatso’s Last Stand by “The Keeper” from electronic band Magic Sword. Magic Sword is a full-blown concept: The band…

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Columbia College alum crushes it at Riot Fest (Live at Riot Fest)

By the time you hear this episode, Jessica Hernandez may already be an international superstar. It sure feels like it’s going to happen soon. The Detroit star turned heads and…

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‘We have real blood at our show’ – Taco Tuesday with the Noise FM (Episode 80)

This week, it’s a “Taco Tuesday” recording at Masa Azul (2901 W Diversey Ave) with Austin and Alex from Chicago band The Noise FM. What does the band sound like?…

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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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Whopperito night: ‘I want to talk to you about your medical condition, but I want to do that after we eat’ (Episode 77)

Burger King unveiled it’s Whopperito (a Whopper made like a burrito) on August 15th, and I decided to try it during BK’s launch week. Fast food’s never been a Car…

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‘It’s still a man’s world out there’: Mystery Actions tear up Chicago punk scene (Episode 76)

Nikki, Lucy and Polly from Chicago punk rock band Mystery Actions join me for Taco Night at Taqueria Traspasada (3144 N California). Over tacos and Jarritos, we cover the following:…