Martha Bayne's Soup & Bread events at The Hideout are simple. No bands, no talks, no comedians. Just soup and bread. Professional and amateur chefs (from Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's to Martha's dad) provide the soup, and donations go to local food banks. Here, Martha talks about why the event has caught on, the larger meaning of soup and her new cookbook collecting recipes from Soup & Bread's past:
When DePaul sociologist and filmmaker (the National Geographic Channel's Drugs, Inc. series) Greg Scott comes on The Interview Show, it's safe to say that no one — probably himself included — knows what he'll say. But it's always a great mix of the educational, the insightful and the downright hilarious. Here, he talks with passion about his "embedded" work, on film and off, with and on behalf of addicts and sex workers, mostly on Chicago's West Side. He shares a story of being knocked unconscious with a cinder block, talks community among addicts and then, for the hell of it, weighs in on safety in Little League baseball.
(Note: Use headphones at work; some language)
(The next Interview Show is Friday, March 23 at The Hideout! Guests include actor Brian Dennehy, Chicago soul singer Syl Johnson and Chicago Reader political reporter Mick Dumke. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
Sometimes all it takes to get the day started right is an upbeat headline about circumcision.
Yesterday, it was: “Circumcision Tied to Lower Prostate Cancer Risk: Study.”
Goddamn, I love an upbeat circumcision story!
Like most American males born in the early 1970s, I was circumcised. For our generation, it’s “normal.”
My penis wouldn’t look at all out of place in a biology textbook over the caption “The American Penis.” (But … that textbook should probably be removed from schools and burned.)
Now, my family is Jewish, but my parents held no bris, aka no ceremony.
It's not uncommon for a DJ to combine forces with a jazz band. Seeking Wonderland is such a group. But as with any musical group, it's the musicianship and the ideas that matter. And while I can't claim to be an expert on jazz or music of any kind, the members of Seeking Wonderland have both the chops, and something to say.
Here, they use a classic jazz tune to take on our political scene and then do a really nice musical take on The Interview Show itself:
After a careful eight-month study of celebrity gossip magazines, I’ve determined that, on occasion, these publications get their facts wrong.
I’m fine with that.
We all make honest mistakes from time to time. And as any journalist will tell you, misspelled names, misheard quotes and even on occasion being duped are part of the business.
But when errors happen, reputable publications post corrections, such as when The New York Times retracted its erroneous story in 1969 that man had landed on the moon.
What’s troubling about gossip mags is that they refuse to own up to their mistakes.
In an effort to change that, here are some gossip mag corrections I’d like to see . . .
— An article in the Jan. 12 issue of US Weekly about actress Jennifer Aniston’s uterus described incorrectly what was inside of it. Due to an editing error, the word “no” was deleted before the word “embryo.” As such, the accompanying illustration was also incorrect.
— An article in the Jan. 18 issue of OK! Magazine about the mise en scène in the 2008 film Marley & Me misidentified the name actress Jennifer Aniston has decided to give to her soon-to-be-born baby.
Doug Sohn owns the best hot dog place in the world. I don't think there's much dispute about that. He's also one of the best interviewees there is. Back for this third time on The Interview Show, Doug shares what worries him, where he goes when Hot Doug's is closed and his thoughts on politicians visiting his restaurant.
The Interview Show marks its four-year anniversary this month. A big thanks to everyone who has come out to the show at The Hideout (and Union Hall in NYC), been on the show as guests, watched the show online, thought about the show at least once in an idle moment, told their pet about the show, not spoken disparagingly about the show in casual conversation and screamed the name of the show on a crowded CTA train.
And now, here's a look back at some of those people who made this past year so much fun:
We turned the tables, or the mics, on Steve Edwards this past Friday at The Interview Show. Here, Steve talks about his love for public radio, his history at WBEZ and, of course, his new show, Afternoon Shift. (Note: If you're at work, listen with headphones; there's a little cursing — by me, not Steve.)