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The perils of being an independent musician: Author/songwriter Kat Goldman (Episode 546)

Is the music industry a “lousy business,” as singer/songrwiter Kat Goldman suggests in her new book, “Off the Charts?” We tackle that question, and all the other aspects of the business, on tonight’s Car Con Carne! Vote Car Con Carne…

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‘Don’t do really dumb things’ – Dad’s Great Advice for Teens with Marc Fienberg (Episode 532)

Have kids? They could probably use some advice. Author, filmmaker and old JVO schoolmate Marc Fienberg is on tonight to talk about his helpful, insightful and entertaining recent book release, “Dad’s Great Advice for Teens.”

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Chicago dining in 2020: Fooditor’s Mike Gebert (Episode 521)

2020 wasn’t the year any restaurant owner would have chosen for their business. Fooditor’s Mike Gebert makes his annual Car Con Carne visit to recap the past year in Chicago dining and to chat about his recently-published “Fooditor 33: Chicago’s…

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Martin Atkins (PiL, Pigface, Killing Joke) spearheads ‘scratch and sniff’ music conference (Episode 490)

Musician Martin Atkins (Pigface, PiL, Killing Joke) is also an accomplished educator. This weekend, he’ll be leading the Midwest Music Expo… with a twist. It’s the world’s first “Scratch and Sniff conference,” which made me curious enough to have him…

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‘There’s nothing more emotionally honest’ than horror: Author Peter Counter (Episode 482)

“The best horror stories don’t take us into the truly unknown. Instead, they show us the limits of sensory experience, making us aware of the border between humanity and naught so we can better appreciate our toil, anguish, and frailty.”…

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The pandemic, broken down day-by-day: Author/Editor Jon Sternfeld (Episode 480)

COVID-19 has defined the way we think and exist in 2020. As history continues to unfold, the first several months of the pandemic have already been committed to print. “UNPREPARED: America in the Time of Coronavirus” is a new, oral-history-style,…

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From ‘Permanent Waves’ to ‘Presto’: Rush in the 1980s with author Martin Popoff (Episode 479)

Drawn like moths, we drift into the city The timeless old attraction Cruising for the action Lit up like a firefly Just to feel the living night   Author Martin Popoff is a longtime chronicler of RUSH, and has just…

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Scenes from the pandemic: Author Bill Hayes (Episode 470)

It’s been a helluva year so far. Writer Bill Hayes captured the emotions, sights and tone of the first few months of living during a pandemic in his excellent and highly-relatable new book, “How We Live Now: Scenes from the…

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Don’t You Just Hate That? – Author Scott Cohen (Episode 463)

It’s the little things in life that make you crazy. Life’s many tedious annoyances are spelled out by author Scott Cohen in his re-released book, “Don’t You Just Hate That?” We’re talking about all the annoying things in life on…

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Reviewing 50 Chicago hot dog joints in 50 days: Author Dennis Foley (Episode 448)

I chatted tonight with author Dennis Foley about his new book, “No Ketchup Chicago’s Top 50 Hot Dogs and The Stories Behind Them!” This episode is so authentically Chicago, it called me “jagoff” after I clicked “save.” Car Con Carne…