The Rundown: Gay athletes, Dueling Critics and Celtic rock
Gay athletes: The NHL recently released a public service announcement in support of LGBT rights. Bob Cook, a sports blogger for Forbes, examines how gay athletes navigate the sometimes-homophobic world of professional sports. Grand Slam winner Rennae Stubbs and former MLB player Billy Bean share their stories.
Circumcision: The rate of male circumcision is on the decline in the United States. Groups like Intact America say it's unnatural and unnecessary. WBEZ blogger Mark Bazer considers the pros and cons of snipping newborn boys. To weigh in, call 312.923.9239.
Listen to the Dueling Critics on Eight Forty-Eight
Onstage/Backstage: After a brief hiatus, Dueling Critics and Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel are back and raring for a theatrical fight. This time, they take on the Neo-Futurists' Pinocchio/Frankenstein.
Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers: St. Patrick’s Day is steeped in tradition, both at home in Ireland, and here in Chicago. Chicago Celtic rock band Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers understands and respects that tradition. They imbue their punk-tinged rock with music that speaks to its Irish folk roots, and lyrics that paint a historic picture of monumental moments in Chicago’s storied past. They perform live throughout the show, and will perform multiple shows throughout the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Listen to the Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers on Eight Forty-Eight, performance and interview Part 1
Listen to the Kevin Flynn & the Avondale Ramblers on Eight Forty-Eight, performance and interview Part 2