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Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (JVO) visits new restaurants every week with a guest sitting shotgun. They eat and talk in James's Mazda 3... and sometimes the guest even performs in the car.

Car Con Carne James VanOsdol

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Chicago media personality James VanOsdol (JVO) visits new restaurants every week with a guest sitting shotgun. They eat and talk in James's Mazda 3... and sometimes the guest even performs in the car.

    Wheatonites Unite! Matt Derda at 302 Wheaton (Episode 689)

    Wheatonites Unite! Matt Derda at 302 Wheaton (Episode 689)

    Musician Matt Derda joins me for food at 302 Wheaton (302 W. Front St.). We ate the “Wheaton Bowl” (it’s healthy, or so I’m told), fries, onion rings and more as we talked about Matt’s music and 302 Wheaton’s embracing of the local community.

    • 24 min
    Russian mythology and Italian sausage: Talking ‘Atomika’ over Johnnie’s Beef with comics creator Sal Abbinanti (Episode 688)

    Russian mythology and Italian sausage: Talking ‘Atomika’ over Johnnie’s Beef with comics creator Sal Abbinanti (Episode 688)

    ATOMIKA: GOD IS RED, the independently-created graphic novel by Sal Abbinanti, is being compiled in a new Omnibus edition. Jump on the Kickstarter of Atomika while you can: It closes soon, and there are all kinds of cool extras and goodies you can get from stretch goals already hit!
     
    Sal’s a favorite of mine, and it was a pleasure to meet him at Johnnie’s Beef in Elmwood Park. Over Italian sausages, we talked about Atomika’s storyline and publication history, the independent and mainstream sides of the comic book industry, Jack Kirby’s far-reaching legacy, and Sal’s potentially concerning new project title. 
     
    Support Sal. Support Atomika. Eat more Italian sausage.
     
    Russian mythology and Italian sausage: Talking ‘Atomika’ over Johnnie’s Beef with comics creator Sal Abbinanti (Episode 688)

    • 38 min
    ‘More bizarre than Battle Royale and far bloodier than The Ring’ - A.V. Club’s Katie Rife talks ‘Suicide Club’ (Episode 687)

    ‘More bizarre than Battle Royale and far bloodier than The Ring’ - A.V. Club’s Katie Rife talks ‘Suicide Club’ (Episode 687)

    The A.V. Club Senior Writer Katie Rife joined me tonight to talk about Japanese shocker "Suicide Club," from 2001. See it in two midnight shows in all of its 35mm glory at the legendary Music Box Theatre over Thanksgiving weekend!
    Katie and I talked about horror (she practically has a PhD in horror), the now-ongoing "Music Box of Horrors" series, and why Marvel movies are now the Foo Fighters of film.

    • 23 min
    ‘The Last Days of Capitalism’ takes on social class disparity, white privilege and authenticity (Episode 686)

    ‘The Last Days of Capitalism’ takes on social class disparity, white privilege and authenticity (Episode 686)

    The value of truth and money are explored (if not eviscerated) in the engaging, slow-burning new movie “The Last Days of Capitalism.” In a very lean, focused way, the film looks at white privilege, social class disparity, prositution and the fabric of social and sexual relationships. 
    Joining me to talk about The Last Days of Capitalism are Writer/Director Adam Mervis, Lead Actor Mike Faiola and Lead Actress Sarah Rose Harper.

    • 25 min
    ‘Cupid for Christmas’ aims arrow for Hulu this weekend (Episode 685)

    ‘Cupid for Christmas’ aims arrow for Hulu this weekend (Episode 685)

    Christmas and Valentine’s Day collide in “Cupid for Christmas,” a family-friendly new rom com movie debuting on Hulu this Saturday. Director Blayne Weaver returns to Car Con Carne to talk about the movie’s creation.

    • 16 min
    From thrift store find to record company publisher: Unearthing Lorna Donley and the Veil (Episode 684)

    From thrift store find to record company publisher: Unearthing Lorna Donley and the Veil (Episode 684)

    Have you ever discovered a band from a bygone era and had its music change your life?
    That’s what happened when music fan Eric Clements discovered a handful of cassettes at a thrift store from an 80s Chicago band called the Veil.

    The discovery led him down a rabbit hole to learn more. And that led him to start a record label to release a Lorna Donley & the Veil anthology, “Time Stands Still.”

    Clements is on the show today, along with David Thomas from the Veil, to talk about the thrill of music discovery, and the passion it inspires.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

JohnnyPerona ,

JVO!!

An amazing interviewer. One would think he has done this once or twice before 😉

Andy Derer ,

Awesome Podcast

JVO leads the listeners through some awesome Chicagoland-based culinary experiences with some great guests. Highly recommended.

dgirl424 ,

Es bueno!

I LOVE this podcast. Probably one of the most entertaining, and thoughtfully made podcasts out there. It doesn't disappoint, and it certainly entices the taste buds.

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