Chicago Public Media Podcasts

Featured: Strange Brews | Nerdette | Sound Opinions

Strange Brews (WBEZ's craft beer podcast)  We talk with Anna Blessing about her new book, Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland. We also discuss the Brewers' Association's new Top 50 craft breweries of 2013, Ten Ninety Brewing's purchase of Big Chicago Brewing and beer brewed with prehistoric yeast. We drank Three Floyds Brewing's Topless Wytch Baltic porter.

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Nerdette  This week, Nerdette contributor Logan Jaffe shares a recording of the interview she had with Goosebumps author R.L. Stine at the 2013 C2E2 in Chicago. There's also some bees.

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Sound Opinions  (The world's only rock-n-roll talk show!) The post-metal quartet Pelican brings its thundering instrumentals to the Sound Opinions studio. And later, Jim and Greg review the latest album from The Hold Steady.

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WBEZ and Vocalo Podcasts, from A to Z 

By the Way

By the Waydid you know that Vocalo collaborates with community partners to bring you voices and conversations you cannot hear anywhere else on public radio? Well, we do. We curate the best of these collaborations and present them to you here, as part of the ‘By the Way’ series on Vocalo 89.5 FM and Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Changing Channels 

TV has jumped the shark! Networks and cable are out, Hulu and Netflix are in. That's changing the way television is produced, and how people are watching. Each week on WBEZ's Changing Channels, pop culture critics Leah Pickett, Britt Julious and Alison Cuddy watch TV and talk about its future.  Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Chewing the Fat 

From WBEZ Chicago, Chewing the Fat is a weekly podcast with food journalists Louisa Chu and Monica Eng. Together they tackle cooking, dining, culture food policy, culinary characters and more. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud 

Curious City

WBEZ's Curious City is a news-gathering experiment designed to satisfy your curiosities. You ask your questions about  Chicago, the region and the people who live here, vote for your favorites, and together we find the answers. It’s your Curious City. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud


Filmspotting is a weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago, featuring in-depth reviews, top five lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen. Subscribe on iTunes | RSSSoundCloud


Live Music Thursday

Each week on Live Music Thursday, WBEZ podcasts video of one song from a live music performance filmed in our studios at Navy Pier. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | Youtube

Music Vox 

Vocalo's Music Vox is a magazine-style music show featuring local, new and independent music. Plus segments on new releases, music news, and in-depth interviews dealing with the culture and politics of music and the artists who make it. Hosted by Jesse Menendez. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Nerdette Podcast

Nerdette Podcast is co-hosted by Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda. It's a safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, listening to and encountering IRL. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Sound Opinions 

Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Strange Brews 

WBEZ's podcast covering craft beer and related culture. Hosted by Andrew Gill, Alison Cuddy and Tim Akimoff, Strange Brews episodes are recorded on location around the Midwest and include interesting guests including brewers, artists and craft beer lovers. New episodes are posted every other week. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

Tech Shift

Our information’s up in the cloud, Google wants us to wear computers on our faces, and we’re not sure where our privacy went. Technology is changing how we learn about our world, communicate with each other and live our lives. On Tech Shift, WBEZ Afternoon Shift Host Niala Boodhoo and Web Editor Tim Akimoff chat with innovators and commentators about our life in a technological world. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

The Paper Machete 

The Paper Machete is a free, weekly “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events and American manners. Part spoken-word show, part vaudeville revue, The Paper Machete features comedians, journalists, storytellers and musical guests performing in the back room of a Chicago bar. Subscribe on iTunes | RSSSoundCloud

The State We're In

Host Jonathan Groubert and WBEZ have teamed up to bring back the revered program, The State We're In. In Season 1 of this podcast reboot, you'll hear astonishing true and personal stories from all over the globe. The sonically beautiful, and narratively gripping "talkumentary" program brings you guests who will amaze you, break your heart or leave you laughing—sometimes, all at once. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud

This American Life

Each week This American Life chooses a theme, and presents various stories on that theme. Hosted by Ira Glass. Produced by Chicago Public Media. Distributed by Public Radio International. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud


From Nobel Peace Prize winners to Nicaraguan sweatshop workers, WBEZ’s Worldview highlights a range of voices that go beyond the headlines. The show delves deep into the people and forces shaping the world and our communities, exploring issues and events through in-depth series and public events. Jerome McDonnell hosts WBEZ’s long-running global affairs program. Subscribe on iTunes | RSS | SoundCloud