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From working in a ‘war zone’ to eating diner food in a Mazda: ‘Blues Doctor’ Dan Ivankovich (Episode 73)

This week, I’m joined by one of CNN’s “Heroes of the Year,” “Blues Doctor” Daniel Ivankovich. Wikipedia explains his work better than I can: He’s the “leader of the Bone…

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Local H: As Good As Fed (Car Con Carne TV Pilot) (Episode 72)

BREAKING: A Car Con Carne TV pilot is being worked on as you’re reading this. Scott Lucas of super-huge Chicago band Local H joined me for the pilot’s first shoot,…

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Guest-a-palooza at the Taste of Chicago -or- ‘My life is a week-long burgerfest’ (Episode 71)

Car Con Carne kicked off the live events in the Taste of Chicago’s “Food for Thought” podcast pavilion this year, and a bunch of guests were there to make sure…

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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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‘If you let it, cancer will take everything from you… you can’t let it do that’: Gildapalooza with Dan Olas and Chris from King and Kash (Episode 69)

What’s it like having cancer? “Everybody wants to tell you how good you look… but really you know you don’t look very good. You look like you have cancer.” My…

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‘The full Beverly experience’ given by ‘media gadfly’ Scott Smith (Episode 68)

“Media gadfly” Scott Smith (@ourmaninchicago) greeted me at the Original Rainbow Cone on S. Western Avenue with a bag of burgers from nearby Top Notch Burgers. He wanted to make…

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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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Why take on online harassment? Amy Guth: ‘Someone’s got to do this. Why not me?’ (Episode 66)

I’ve had this one “in the can” for a while, waiting to launch it simultaneously with Yak Channel. My timing was a little off. Okay, a lot off. Regarding online…

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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…