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‘This car doubles as an iron lung’ – Eating vegan food with author Ashlee Piper (Give a S*it) (Episode 186)

Car Con Carne, presented by the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston, heads to the Ravenswood area to meet up with author/vegan/sustainability expert Ashlee Piper. Given Ashlee’s background, it made sense to meet at  Urban Vegan (1601-1603 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613).

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Presented by The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston

Car Con Carne is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Autobarn Mazda of Evanston! I bought my last two cars there, and can’t say enough about the Autobarn’s approachable…

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‘Journalists afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted’ -Journalist Charlie Meyerson (Episode 185)

Veteran (seasoned?) Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson (currently of Chicago Public Square & Rivet, ex- of Chicago Tribune, WGN, WNUA and WXRT) joins me for subs and news talk at Submarine Tender (200 Desplaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130.) Just to get it out of the way, the restaurant’s name isn’t “Submarine Tenders,” as wrongly stated early in the episode by your intrepid host.

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Naked Raygun’s Jeff Pezzati: A Chicago music icon (Episode 182)

Naked Raygun is simply one of the greatest bands to emerge from Chicago. They helped define the Chicago punk sound in the 1980s with a handful of timeless albums and legendary live shows.

Proving there is still justice to be found in the world, Raygun’s legend continues to be discovered and the band’s catalog is finding its way into a new generation’s streaming playlists. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that one of the band’s most high-profile evangelists is Dave Grohl, who frequently shares the story of seeing Naked Raygun back in the 1980s at the Cubby Bear in Chicago.

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Pro tip: Don’t invite people to your home who ignite flash bombs. Exploring Baconstock with 13-Monsters (Episode 183)

13-Monsters members and co-organizers of the annual Baconstock event in Romeoville, Deb and Jamie, join me at this year’s Baconstock.

Posted in beer Episodes Suburbs

Why craft brewing is like ‘giving medicine to the sick’: Metal Monkey Brewery (Episode 184)

This week, Dan and Jason of Metal Monkey Brewing (515 Anderson Drive in Romeoville) jump in my car as the annual Baconstock festival in Romeoville was going on in the background. Metal Monkey is a beer fan’s favorite… especially in the Romeoville area.

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Best of Media Guests, Volume One (Episode 181)

This week, it’s a look back at some of Car Con Carne’s best media guests. And yes, there have been plenty of them through the years… which is why this is only Volume One.

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Chicago band The Giving Moon is given encased meats (Episode 180)

Chicago indie band the Giving Moon joins me this week for encased meets from Jr’s Red Hots (2345 W. Armitage).

Posted in Episodes punk rock

The awkward ‘bro hugs’ that will forever define our relationship: Smoking Popes at 350 Fest (Episode 178)

Maybe my favorite Smoking Popes interview in 25 years…

Posted in Episodes pop punk

‘Waiting for that career-ending F-bomb’: Catching up with Tony from MEST at 350 Fest (Episode 179)

In this episode, I sit down with Tony Lovato of Mest in the parking lot of this year’s 350 Fest in Tinley Park.