WBEZ | Podcast http://www.wbez.org/tags/podcast Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jessica Abel’s new book reveals the Secrets of the New Masters of Radio http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/jessica-abel%E2%80%99s-new-book-reveals-secrets-new-masters-radio-112729 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/out on the wire.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When WBEZ brought This American Life to the airwaves nearly 20 years ago, Ira Glass and his team used personal stories to make complex ideas and issues come alive using a method called narrative radio. TAL spawned a revolution that brought fact-based journalism and storytelling together...and creative folks have turned subjects like science and business into must-hear and must-download programs for millions of people each week. Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel has has written a new graphic book called &ldquo;Out On The Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio&rdquo; that takes you inside these programs and explains how they draw you in and keep you glued.</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/jessica-abel%E2%80%99s-new-book-reveals-secrets-new-masters-radio-112729 Bring us your ears! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/bring-us-your-ears-108172 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/season%20two%20podcast%20graphic.jpg" title="" /></div><p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s time. You asked for it, we brought it back: the Curious City podcast.</p><p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s in store? Stories about an old asylum, nuclear radiation, panhandler economics, the tunnels beneath Chicago&rsquo;s Loop and collective memories of a shuttered amusement park &mdash; to name just a few.</p><p dir="ltr">So, get yourself subscribed already!</p><ul dir="ltr"><li>For iOS devices <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-city/id568409161">subscribe via iTunes</a>.</li><li><p dir="ltr">For Android devices <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CuriousCityPodcast">subscribe via Feedburner</a>.</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr">If you listened to our first season, you know we experimented with format. We brought you a mix of stories and conversations that aired on WBEZ along with original content you could not get anywhere else.</p><p dir="ltr">Thanks to your feedback in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city-podcast-survey-105700">our podcast survey</a>, we learned a lot. Above all, many of you miss our stories that air on WBEZ 91.5 FM and want a one-stop shop to catch all of our feature-length stories. We&rsquo;ve rounded up the best for this season and one&rsquo;s ready for you now: reporter Alex Keefe&rsquo;s explanation of what a Chicago alderman&rsquo;s job really entails. (Hint: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/pregnancy-tests-pigeon-poo-what-chicago-aldermen-really-do-107648">legislation, pigeon poop, pregnancy tests and chainsaws</a>).</p><div><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F2836812" width="100%"></iframe></div><div><p dir="ltr">We plan to keep experimenting with format, and our hope is to bring you all-original podcast content that you hear before our radio audience does. But we need more time to get that in order. After all, we&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city">pumping out more stories</a> than we did last year, plus we&rsquo;re busy building <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/">a better website</a> and hopefully <a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-mention/expansion-curious-city-among-five-prototype-projec/">an empire that&rsquo;ll spread to other cities</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">Thanks for your ears and feedback! We hope you enjoy!</p><em>Curious City gives you extra curiosities on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook </a>and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter</a>.</em></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/bring-us-your-ears-108172 Q&A with Julie Klausner, author of 'Art Girls Are Easy' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/qa-julie-klausner-author-art-girls-are-easy-107004 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Julie-Klausner-1844.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="Julie Klausner (Photo by Mindy Tucker)" />You <em>probably </em>know Julie Klausner from <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2010/08/the_julie_klausner_interview.php">my 2010 interview with her</a>. If not for that, maybe her memoir <em>I Don&#39;t Care About Her Band</em> or her personable podcast <a href="http://howwasyourweek.libsyn.com/">How Was Your Week</a>. Starting Tuesday, you will also know her for her role as Young Adult author, as her new book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Art-Girls-Easy-Julie-Klausner/dp/0316243620">Art Girls Are Easy</a>, </em>a funny and romantic summer camp romp with an artsy twist, will be released May 7. I asked Julie what it&#39;s like wearing a new YA hat, and below that, check out an excerpt from the book.</p><p><strong>How hard or easy was it to switch gears into YA writing? What challenges did it pose?</strong><br />It&#39;s completely tough to write a book, period. But switching gears into fiction was absolutely challenging, if only because I had to make sure I wasn&#39;t using my own voice the whole time when I was writing&mdash;whether it was in the description or in the dialogue. I don&#39;t have a lot of experience writing fiction. Part of that is because I have such a loud nonfiction voice. I am who I am. Another element of the challenge of having to sit down and make sh*t up is imagination. As I grow older, I become more and more fearful that I have little to no imagination. The kind of abilities I had as a little kid to just play and make things up as you went along. So, I had to get past that fear to crack the story, and then to write in the voices of the kids I invented. But as far as it being a challenge from a YA perspective, I honestly have to say that I just tried to be true to the material, and I didn&#39;t think of the audience as being below or necessarily less sophisticated than somebody I would usually write for. I didn&#39;t dumb down my prose&mdash;or, I tried not to.</p><p><strong>You don&#39;t have to give us details (but feel free to), but how much of the book was inspired by your own young adulthood?</strong><br />I absolutely relate to the main character in the book. I was a very emotionally intense adolescent, very interior. I was eaten alive by my own passions, which were equal parts artistic drive and sexual madness. That&#39;s where I drew the inspiration for Indigo&#39;s tumult. Her conflict is more internal than it is a concrete struggle with her best friend. She does have some love affair gone sour stuff with her best friend Lucy, but the main plot exists within Indigo, I think. As far as the setting, I did go to a Fine and Performing Arts sleepaway camp, but it wasn&#39;t like Silver Springs at all, insomuch as the counselors were NOT sleazy and I will go on record as saying nobody ever tried to make out with me at the time. Which is still disappointing.</p><p><strong>What YA books have inspired you, either when you were a young adult or now in your general adulthood?</strong><br />The first Gossip Girl novel, by Cecily Von Ziegesar, was a huge inspiration, in terms of when I was first researching the genre and my agent suggested I see what was out there. I was so impressed by its satire and humor and its references, as well as by its structure. It read like a television show in how it was laid out; each scene introduced a couple of characters and they all converged in the middle and at the end. I mean this as a huge compliment. So, that absolutely encouraged me to write one of my own. AS far as growing up, like everybody else I was shaped by Judy Blume&#39;s opus, but I also want to give a shout-out to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Paula-Danziger/e/B000APCI5K">Paula Danziger</a>. She wrote some steamy&mdash;for me, at the time&mdash;novels about teenage girls making out with dudes and coming of age, and I plowed through every one of her novels. Also, if you Google her, you&#39;ll find some pretty incredible photos of her <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=Paula+Danziger&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=og&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wi&amp;ei=FiCEUZG-CM20qQGYzoDwCA&amp;biw=1920&amp;bih=952&amp;sei=GSCEUd60Eo2yrgGmpIDADA">wearing a jaunty headband</a>, which I guess, along with her purple glasses, was a trademark. She&#39;s dead now, which is very sad. A fellow redhead, too! Redhead Hall of Fame for her, no doubt.</p><p><strong>What are your plans for celebrating your first YA book&#39;s release?</strong><br />None as of yet! But I will probably overeat that night.</p><p><strong>Who is currently your favorite animal? (Neither your nor my pets qualify.) </strong><br />Well, that is unfair to disqualify <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=zulkey+briscoe&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=og&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wi&amp;ei=UyCEUcTVOYjMqQG03IDQDw&amp;biw=1920&amp;bih=952&amp;sei=YyCEUYrUJJHNqAHN4IGYBA">Briscoe</a> and <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=klausner+jimmy+jazz&amp;oe=utf-8&amp;aq=t&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;um=1&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;hl=en&amp;tbm=isch&amp;source=og&amp;sa=N&amp;tab=wi&amp;ei=mCCEUY6UG4qhrgGjq4CADw&amp;biw=1920&amp;bih=952&amp;sei=miCEUej0GsfXrAGxt4HoBg">Jimmy Jazz</a>, but I&#39;ll play along. I&#39;ll go with most recently adored instead of utmost overall pet. Yesterday I met Marc Spitz&#39;s two basset hounds, <a href="http://nypress.com/downtown-then-and-now-with-marc-spitz/">Jerry and Joni</a>. Jerry dazzled me, with his vocal displays of neediness and alpha-tude, but Joni ultimately won me over with her nuzzles and her plaintive, God-like eyes. I love them both. They are good hounds.</p><p>[Editor&#39;s note: Both Marc Spitz&#39;s and my dogs are named after Jerry Orbach.]</p><p>Now please enjoy an excerpt from <em>Art Girls are Easy:</em></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Wake up!&rdquo; Eleanor hissed. Sure enough, the bus was pulling up to campus, and the sign welcoming motorists to Silver Springs elicited cheers and general rabble from the peanut gallery of young campers at the front.</p><p>Indigo felt disoriented and groggy. She rubbed her eyes carefully so as not to smudge her mascara and looked out the window.They were just pulling up to the front of the camp.Indy could make out the lush lawn and blue buildings with sloping gray roofs in the near distance. Massive shady trees were spaced evenly throughout the campus, and the Silver Springs camp flag, which bore a feminized coat of arms that represented each discipline taught at camp above the Latin phrase<em> ArsGratiaArtis</em> (&ldquo;Art is the reward of art&rdquo;), danced lightly in the breeze. The overall effect was quite ethereal. Indigo began to imagine which colors she would mix to achieve the specific shades of the scene if she were to paint a landscape right now. Chartreuse and goldenrod. Maybe some cerulean.</p><p>&ldquo;You were snoring.&rdquo;Eleanor smirked, her thin lips a line graph of contempt under her Lancôme burgundy matte stick. &ldquo;It was&nbsp;pretty annoying.&rdquo;That was rich, coming from her. Indy gathered her things: she couldn&rsquo;t wait to get off this bus and avoid Eleanor for the rest of&nbsp;the summer.</p><p>As the girls lined up like elegant, talented cattle down the bus&nbsp; aisle, the camp director, Lillian Meehan, greeted each camper as she exited with a lei made from organic peonies tied together&nbsp;with red kabbalah string. Lillian was tall and amiable, and thin enough to look great in clothes, though not necessarily pretty. Basically, she was Glenn Close with dark hair and a whistle around her neck.</p><p>Lucy looked back at a still-sleepy, rumpled Indigo before getting off the bus. As the two girls made eye contact for the first time since their light dish session about Tyler or Taylor or whoever, Lucy smiled and winked at her friend, and Indy felt the&nbsp;warm rush of camaraderie wash over her. She smiled back and soon enough emerged from the bus into the warm kiss of sunlight on the grassy patch, where Lillian greeted her with a lei. And&nbsp;when she lifted her face to take in the familiar postcard of the sprawling green campus before her, Indigo found something&nbsp;small and sublime in its composition.</p><p>There, on the lawn of the main sprawl of Silver Springs, right near the office, stood Nick Estep, holding a blowtorch to a life-size rectangular metal sculpture. Goggles rested over his longish hair, which trickled onto the collar of his Nirvana T-shirt in the Berkshires sunlight.Indigo&rsquo;s heart rocketed to every point on the surface of her skin. He was here after all.</p></blockquote><p><em>Follow Claire Zulkey <a href="https://twitter.com/Zulkey">@Zulkey</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 08:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-05/qa-julie-klausner-author-art-girls-are-easy-107004 Curious City podcast survey http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city-podcast-survey-105700 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kristin nador pencils flickr podcast survey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The first season of the Curious City podcast is coming to a close, meaning we released 20 episodes and more than five hours of audio into the wild.</p><p>We&#39;re taking a break to recallibrate and make our second season even better. And to do that, we&#39;d love your help! Please consider spending five minutes filling out the survey below and maybe a few minutes more to share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.</p><p>And if you&#39;re scratching your head saying, &quot;Whuh? Curious City has a podcast?&quot; We&#39;ll help you fix that! <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/curious-city/id568409161">Subscribe here</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="1000" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dE1KTTRlQnRWYnBEWmE4cnN2cTkyWWc6MQ" width="620">Loading...</iframe></p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city-podcast-survey-105700 Video: Pro Wrestler Colt Cabana talks WWE, 'Art of Wrestling' podcast, CM Punk and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-15/video-pro-wrestler-colt-cabana-talks-wwe-art-wrestling-podcast-cm-punk-an <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/3907782923_5409157102_b[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Whether you're into pro wrestling or you couldn't name a wrestler since Hulk Hogan, you'll find a lot to like about Colt Cabana. The Chicago-based pro indy wrestler (he grew up in Deerfield) is funny, gracious and absolutely passionate about what he does — whether, as he puts it, he's wrestling in front of 6,000 people in an arena or in front of 40 people on a baseball field.</p><p>Cabana (real name Scott Colton) talks here about his time in the WWE, his popular <a href="http://tsmradio.com/coltcabana/"><em>Art of Wrestling</em> podcast</a> (think Marc Maron's <em>WTF</em> for the wrestling community), his close friendship with WWE star CM Punk and more.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/q64jhFcPQyw" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-15/video-pro-wrestler-colt-cabana-talks-wwe-art-wrestling-podcast-cm-punk-an 'WTF' is up with comedian Marc Maron http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/wtf-comedian-marc-maron-90172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Marc Maron Spitzer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Just shy of two years ago, comedian Marc Maron hit a real low. "W-T-F"-–a not so radio-friendly acronym pretty much summed up his life at that point: No job, a recent and costly divorce and thoughts of suicide. But what a difference a podcast makes.</p><p>The man behind <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/" target="_blank"><em>WTF with Marc Maron</em></a> the popular podcast and public radio program joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy to provide more details. The podcast airs Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on WBEZ. Maron was in town doing shows at the <a href="http://www.maynestage.com/" target="_blank">Mayne Stage</a> in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. His new comedy album, <em>This Has to Be Funny</em>, is out Tuesday.</p><p>The final episode on WBEZ airs this Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Maron will perform multiple shows Friday and Saturday night at the Mayne Stage.</p><p>Full disclosure: WBEZ is the media sponsor for the event.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/wtf-comedian-marc-maron-90172 Morning Drive Podcast: Election Day Edition http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-22/morning-drive-podcast-election-day-edition-82689 <p><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><p>Chicago's top headlines, piped straight to your earbuds.</p><div class="views-field-field-body-value"><div class="field-content"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><p>In today's episode: It's Election Day; health care on Chicago's South Side; commuters dealing with icy conditions.</p> <p>It's all the news that's fit to podcast.&nbsp; Click above to listen, click <a target="_blank" href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-the-morning-drive/id289088670">here </a>to subscribe.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-22/morning-drive-podcast-election-day-edition-82689 Morning Drive Podcast: tax hike and terrorism http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/morning-drive-podcast-tax-hike-and-terrorism <p><p>Chicago's top headlines, piped straight to your earbuds.</p><div class="views-field-field-body-value"><div class="field-content"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><p>In today's episode: the Illinois General Assembly approves a state income tax hike in a late night session, plus WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer takes a look at terrorism stings, as a 22-year-old Chicago man returns to court to face charges of plotting to blow up a crowded Wrigleyville corner.</p> <p>It's all the news that's fit to podcast.&nbsp; Click above to listen, click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-the-morning-drive/id289088670" target="_blank">here </a>to subscribe.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/morning-drive-podcast-tax-hike-and-terrorism Clever Apes: Light sabers and a fish choir http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/clever-apes-light-sabers-and-fish-choir <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="/gspitzer/2010/10/clever-apes-light-sabers-and-a-fish-choir/40289 /img_5901" rel="attachment wp-att-40323"><img alt="" class="size-full wp-image-40323" height="290" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_5901.jpg" title="IMG_5901" width="387"></a></p><p style="text-align: center; "><strong><sup>Malcolm MacIver with one of his weakly electric fish. He's colaborating on an art installation with Marlena Novak and Jay Alan Yim, called "<em>Scale," </em>opening in Europe. (Gabriel Spitzer / WBEZ)</sup></strong></p><p>One of the things I've discovered meeting all these clever apes is that the boundary between science and art is a porous one. Science is a highly creative pursuit -- it depends on discovering new connections, making guesses about mysterious gaps in our knowledge and then imagining possible outcomes. In some ways, even science fiction is born of the same impulse as rigorous science. <!--break--></p><p>In that spirit, I'll be joined tonight on stage at <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2010/10/science-of-films.html">Northwestern University</a> by four preeminent scientists to discuss how their fields, and science in general, are portrayed on the big screen. It's called <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Event_Detail.aspx?eventID=2094">"Mutants, Andriods and Cyborgs: The Science of Pop Culture Films."</a> We'll screen some great moments form sci-fi cinema, and talk light sabers, genetic master races, mind-wiping and, of course, robots. Still some seats left!</p><p>One of the experts joining us is <a href="http://www.neuromech.northwestern.edu/">Malcolm MacIver</a>, who works at the intersection of biology, robotics, neuroscience and engineering. Much of his work centers around weakly electric fish, for reasons that may not at first be terribly obvious. These animals provide a tailor-made model for studying neural responses to stimuli.</p><p>And they have another property, which inspired an extracurricular activity.&nbsp;Click the <strong><em>listen</em></strong> link above to learn about <em><a href="http://mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/archives/571">Scale</a></em>, an art installation made up of a choir of weakly electric fish. Visitors will be able to "conduct" the choir with a modified Wii-mote.&nbsp;It debuts next month in the Netherlands, but I'm pulling for a stateside showing soon.</p></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/clever-apes-light-sabers-and-fish-choir Clever Apes #4: The March of Time http://www.wbez.org/gspitzer/2010/09/clever-apes-4-the-march-of-time/37925 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P1060185.jpg"><img height="225" width="300" alt="" title="P1060185" class="size-medium wp-image-37930" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P1060185-300x225.jpg" /></a></p><div>&nbsp;We've always assumed that cognitive decline was just the cost of a long life. But some people manage to sail into old age without ever paying a price in mental sharpness. These &quot;<a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2008/11/superaged.html">super-agers</a>&quot; may have a lot to teach us about how the brain slows down and how dementia and senility work. They might even reveal whether there are protective factors against illnesses like Alzheimer's Disease. On the latest installment of Clever Apes, we dive into the science of super-aging. And we get to know one super-ager in particular -- a 93-year-old renaissance man who happens to be a leading brain scientist. <!--break-->His twin passions give him a unique perspective on aging: he's a world authority on a brain signaling network that is, among other things, <a href="http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/66/2/137.full">implicated in Alzheimer's</a>; and for almost 40 years, he's been fixated on the question of self-consciousness, and the nature of the I.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Download the full episode <a href="http://ayl.lv/ZkW">here</a>, or, better yet, subscribe to our <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast">podcast</a>.</div></p> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 07:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/gspitzer/2010/09/clever-apes-4-the-march-of-time/37925