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Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day's stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or wherever you podcast. Don't miss Oh, What a Week!--the Friday feature in which Ben & special guests review the week's top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

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    • 4.8 • 116 Ratings

Reader senior writer Ben Joravsky riffs on the day's stories with his celebrated humor, insight, and honesty, and interviews politicians, activists, journalists and other political know-it-alls. Presented by the Chicago Reader, the show is available by 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at chicagoreader.com/joravsky or on the Reader's YouTube channel—or wherever you podcast. Don't miss Oh, What a Week!--the Friday feature in which Ben & special guests review the week's top stories. Also, bonus interviews drop on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Reader podcasts are recorded on Shure microphones. Learn more at Shure.com.

    David Faris—Supreme Law

    David Faris—Supreme Law

    David Faris explains the alliance between MAGA judges and Trump, the MAGA man. Starting with Justice Alito flying his flag upside down, in solidarity with the insurrection. A few words about the polls. And how the NYT covers politics. David is a professor of political science at Roosevelt University and a political columnist for Slate and Newsweek. His views are his own.

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    • 59 min
    Rummana Hussain—Journalistic No Nos

    Rummana Hussain—Journalistic No Nos

    Turns out the New York Times prohibits reporters from participating in protest marches. Rummana Hussain analyzes what’s that all about. A word or two about Milwaukee and Chicago. And the Sympathizer. Rummana is an editorial writer and columnist for the Sun-Times. Her views are her own.

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    • 56 min
    Joanna Klonsky—"Editor's Note”

    Joanna Klonsky—"Editor's Note”

    The Sun-Times feels compelled to add an editor’s note to a story about the boss. No, not Bruce Springsteen—the chairman of the board boss. No, not Sinatra. Ben riffs. Then Joanna riffs on Ben’s riff. And then they’re off… talkIng abortion rights, national politics and, Ben being Ben, basketball. Joanna is a political strategist. Her views are her own.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dr. Allison Cowett—"Good Job, Chicago"

    Dr. Allison Cowett—"Good Job, Chicago"

    Chicago takes a segregationist’s name off of one public school and puts RBG’s on another. Ben riffs. Dr. Cowett talks abortion rights. The impact on Chicago when MAGA states outlaw abortion. What to say to Fox News talking heads when they say—hop on a bus. Why MAGA’s assault on abortion rights is a medical crisis. And why Chicago needs a quiet zone outside clinics. Dr. Cowett is the medical director of Family Planning Associates Medical Group, one of the largest independent abortion facilities in the country.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Monroe Anderson--"Milwaukee Sucks"

    Monroe Anderson--"Milwaukee Sucks"

    Donald Trump hates on Milwaukee. Ben riffs. Monroe Anderson explains why Trump is staying in Chicago and not Milwaukee for the GOP convention, even though the convention is in Milwaukee not Chicago. Then he explains why Charlamagne Tha God is singing a new song about Black voters loving Trump. And then he explains why he believes unnamed WBEZ and Sun-Times editors felt compelled to write their unsigned editor's note. And more...

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Alderman David Moore—“New Approach"

    Alderman David Moore—“New Approach"

    Alderman David Moore camps out in a tent in his ward as a tactic to fight violence. Ben riffs. And Alderman Moore explains what he’s doing with that tent and why. Also, he talks ShotSpotter and his defer-and-publish showdown with Alderman Daniel La Spata. And he offers a parable about the Lion, the Jackass and blue grass that’s especially relevant for Chicagoans. Plus, much more.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

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Fantastic Host and Guests!

I followed Ben from his radio show and still love to listen to him several times a week… favorite guests are Monroe Anderson, David Farris, and Delmarie Cobb… they are fantastic, never miss their episodes! Ben is a great host… keep it up, Ben, we love listening!!!

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Rabbi Rayjay

This show absolutely rules!!!!

Pjosh101 ,

Great show...Like talking to an old friend

I'm a long time Chicagoan now retired in Arizona. I watched the Chicago Mayoral Primary debate on C-Span and realized how much I miss the Chicago political scene. I thought more about it and I said to myself why don't I listend to that guy I liked in the Reader, Jarovsky. Now I'm subscibed and listening daily. Thank you for the insighful, well researched broadcasts. You have the most relevant guests and I enjoy you're considered opinions. I'm totally back and plugged in. Now, if I could only find the "Punch 9" documentary. Keep up the great work!

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